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Tikkun Leil Shavuot, at WES Tues May 30: "I Your God, We The People: Forming a More Perfect Union, From the Foot of Sinai to Constitution Hall

May 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

Shavuot marks the end of the counting of the omer, the start of the summer harvest, and the Israelites’ arrival at Mt. Sinai where they received the Torah.  This is the holiday celebrating spiritual maturation and Divine-human revelation. Our annual Tikkun Leyl Shavuot (the customary Shavuot “Learnathon”) Tuesday night May 30 will focus on the relationship between Jewish civilization and democratic principles in America and in Israel (with dairy refreshments served throughout). Here’s our lineup for learning:

7-8:15 pm:  "The Presumption of Innocence: Abraham and the Citizens of Sodom and Gemorrah," with Joshua Greenberg.

8:15-9 pm:  “Mordecai M. Kaplan on Judaism and Democracy”  with Kaplan scholar Mel Scult, Ph.D.

9-9:45 pm:  “Racism and Democracy in Israel” with Rabbi Ayelet Cohen, Senior Director of the New York/Tri-State Region of the New Israel Fund (NIF) and Rabbi Noa Sattath, Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), the Social Justice arm of the Reform movement in Israel.

9:45-10:30 pm:  “Majority Rule, Minority Protection: The Paradox of Baba Metzia 59b” with Rabbi Marc Margolius.

Afterwards, everyone is encouraged to attend the amazing annual all-night Tikkun Leyl Shavuot at the JCC in Manhattan.  Join us when our Shavuot celebration continues Wednesday morning, May 31 at 10 am with services featuring the chanting of the Book of Ruth as well as yizkor memorial prayers for our loved ones.

"The Way of Creation" Havdalah Program & Creativity Workshop

Mindfulness: Text-Study & Meditation.

Reconstructed Havdalah: Seeking our Best Selves.

Creative Pursuits: Doing the Work that Makes for Peace.

June 10th @ 8:15pm

The workshop will be led by activist-artist and WES member Joshua (Greenberg) Wight, inspired by his own work with Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way" guide to creativity, which he will be adapting to Jewish themes and Reconstructionist concepts and values.

"What Matters: Conversations about the End of Life"

“What Matters:  Caring Conversations About End of Life" is a program in which WES is participating to promote facilitated, Jewish values-based conversations about wishes for the end of life.


"What Matters" (whatmattersny.org) is based at the JCC, funded by Plaza Memorial Chapel, and has engaged with several synagogues and communal organizations in New York City over the past 18 months. It is based on an evidence-based Advance Care Planning program that was developed at Gundersen Health Center in LaCrosse, Wisconsin in order to fill the gap between the legal documentation of advance directives, such as power of attorney for health care, and the emotional and spiritual reality of what it means to make decisions for a loved on. 

Rabbi Margolius's talk was the first in a series of WES programs including film discussion group, panel discussion, a book group discussion, and a panel featuring a physician, an attorney, rabbi, and an ethicist.


190 Amsterdam Avenue (at 69th Street)
New York, NY 10023
Phone: (212) 579-0777
Fax: (212) 579-2669
Email: executivedirector [at] westendsynagogue.org
Affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist movement

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