Schedule

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10 pm

The Strange Life + Bizarre Death of Rabbi Elazar, Son of Rabbi Simeon
Ruby Namdar
Few Talmudic tales are as "out there" as is the story of Rabbi Elazar, son of Rabbi Simeon Bar Yokhai. Separated from his mother at a young age, he hid with his father in a cave for years and emerged pure, holy, and unprepared for life in the community. In this session we will study one of the Talmud's darkest, most intriguing tales: of Rabbi Elazar, his tormented life, and bizarre death.
7th Floor Beit Midrash East

Confessions of a Zionist Soul: from Arrogance to Recognition
Yizhar Hess, Ph.D.
When modern Zionism first began, the concept of shlilat haglut (discounting those who choose to stay in the diaspora as opposed to making aliyah) was crucial. After 75 years of independence, we should consider a more inclusive approach to diaspora-Israel relations. A lifelong activist and leader of the Masorti movement, Dr. Yizhar Hess will share his perspective on the evolving Zionist landscape, and his hope to foster one that is more diverse and ethical.
This program is presented as part of our Contemporary Zionism track with WZO
7th Floor Beit Midrash West

Between Judaism and a New Zionism: Expanding the Palace of Torah in Israel Today
Rabbi David Hoffman + Bill Lipsey
Through a careful reading of an inspiring selection of new spiritual texts created by modern day Israeli leaders, we will explore the next stage of the Zionist project and its implications for the Jewish people.
7th Floor Conference Center

Rikers Island: A Crisis of Tzedek + Teshuvah in Our Own Backyard
Evie Litwok + Matt Nosanchuk
Join Evie Litwok, founder of Witness to Mass Incarceration, and Matt Nosanchuk, co-chair of the New York Jewish Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform, for a conversation about the crisis playing out at Rikers Island and more broadly in our criminal legal system–and the Jewish values of repentance, forgiveness, and justice.
7th Floor Reception Room

Let There Be Light: Service of Strength, Hope + Healing
Rabbi Lisa Gelber
Over two years into the pandemic, we are yearning for the light at the end of the tunnel. Join us for a service of strength, hope, and healing, and open to the light of possibility. Through song, silence, poetry, and prayer, we'll practice holding on and letting go.
7th Floor Makom

Practical Spirituality: How Spirituality, Wisdom + the Talmud Address Addiction,
Recovery + Finding Meaning in Brokenness

Rabbi Igael Gurin Malous
Meaning and spirituality is at the center of recovery from addictions of all kinds. The human condition has remained similar for thousands of years so it's no surprise that alcohol, drugs sex and gambling are part of Talmud. Join us in study, and seek answers so that we are all better prepared and can face the challenges of life and recovery. You don't have to be an addict to be in recovery.
7th Floor Library

*Dance Your Prayers
Allison Talis
Emotion in Motion is a guided, free-form dance movement practice. We meet ourselves where we are, with an invitation to connect to the full experience of being human. It is a movement language to express, reclaim, release, and rediscover what exists in the deepest layers of oneself.
5th Floor Fitness Studio

*Swing Dance + Solo Jazz
Margaret Batiuchok
Champion swing danger Margaret Batiuchok will teach fun and easy jazz moves that you can use solo or with a partner, along with the basics of swing, Charleston, two-step rhythm patterns, and steps that are usable and fun to dance anywhere.
4th Floor Fitness Studio

Jewish Peoplehood in a Time of Partisanship: What Can Our Community Do Together?
Eric Goldstein + Rabbi Joanna Samuels
Eric Goldstein, UJA CEO and Rabbi Joanna Samuels, JCC CEO, will discuss the challenges and opportunities for the New York Jewish Community in coming together across differences and diversities. What does it take for us to align on important issues -- or to disagree with respect and commitment?
3rd Floor North Gym

The Power of Moral Imagination
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
What would it mean for this world if more of us approached challenging problems with "moral imagination," using the same energy, enthusiasm, and intellectual effort we apply to problems in science, medicine, business, and other areas of human innovation? In a morally complicated world, good people often feel powerless to effect real change. Through numerous examples, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin presents a challenging and joyful exploration of the idea that ethical opportunities abound in daily life. We just need the imagination to see them.
3rd Floor South Gym

*Concert: Songs to Live By Basya Schechter + Daniel Ori
On an evening when we stay up all night to honor and celebrate the power of the wisdom from the Torah, and the lineage of it's many interpreters, we pay homage to poets, spiritual leaders and writers, like Rumi, Adrienne Rich, John Muir, Emma Lazarus, and more, who have distilled other life lessons into quotes. Hear how these authors may have arrived at their insights, through music, lyrics, learning, and healing.
2nd Floor Communal Space

*Jewish Ukraine, Past and Present
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum + Yelena Goltsman
The history of Jews and Ukraine is a long and complicated one, filled with hate, antisemitism and violence: the Chmelnitzky massacres of 1648–49, Babi Yar, Nazi genocidal violence and local Ukrainian complicity, Soviet Jew hatred and erasure. It is also filled with deep Torah learning, profound Yiddish culture, theater, music, and literature. How do we Jews react to the Ukraine of today's news? Rabbi Kleinbaum will discuss the history of Jews in Ukraine and engage in conversation with Yelena Goltsman, who was born in Kiev, educated in Lvov, and moved to the United States as part of the wave of Soviet Jews who relocated here in the 1980s.
Mezzanine Classroom

Mortality + Revelation: Death Contemplation as a Jewish Spiritual Practice
Rabbi Melanie Levav
How might we use Jewish wisdom about death to help us live lives of greater meaning and connection? Surveying Jewish liturgy, Talmudic tales, Hasidic wisdom, and contemporary Jewish theology, we will explore ideas about the finite nature of life that can help us make sense of deeper questions about life and death, and serve to deepen ongoing Jewish spiritual practice.
L1 Classroom

*K'mo Tzemach Bar (כמו צמח בר): Rachel Shapira and Her Songs
Rachel Shapira
Israeli songwriter and poet Rachel Shapira narrates and introduces her best-known songs, performed by The Quartet.
L2 Auditorium

*A Conversation with Lisa Hurwitz, Director of The Automat
Lisa Hurwitz
Film director Lisa Hurwitz will lead a discussion and answer questions about her documentary The Automat and her upcoming project.
L2 Teen Center

*Cooking Class with 12 Chairs Cafe
Chef Maayan Glass
Learn how to make hummus and other Israeli delicacies with 12 Chairs Cafe.
L3 Culinary Center

*[Live Talk Show] Yacking with Yenta: The Matchmaker from Heaven Above
Stuart Meyers
Join Yenta, a matchmaking star shot out of heaven, for her episodic gab fest, The Yenta Show! Through comedy and camp, Yenta will guide her audience through interviews, toirah, and shenanigans in the spirit of Shavuot to teach people how to love themselves, and then somebody else.
L3 Mixed Media Room

JewFace: Representation of Jews in Hollywood
Hannah Brown, Lior Zaltzman + Isaac Zablocki
Coined by Sarah Silverman, the term Jewface refers to the concept of non-Jewish actors playing Jewish roles. With the diversity and inclusion movement pushing for authentic representations of minorities, join The Jerusalem Post's Hannah Brown, Kveller's Lior Zaltzman, and the JCC's Isaac Zablocki to discuss the place of Jews in Hollywood.
L3 Drawing + Painting

*Thank You For Coming Out Podcast with Rabbi Emily Cohen
Dubbs Weinblatt + Rabbi Emily Cohen
Dubbs Weinblatt (they/them) hosts a live recording of Thank You For Coming Out. During this episode, Rabbi Emily Cohen will share a coming out or coming-into-self story to kick off an intimate conversation about identity, family, community, and beyond.
L3 Classroom 1

Wines Worth Staying Up For: Wine Tasting!
Stefani Jackenthal
A fun, informative swirling and sipping exploration of wines from Israel and California. Sample wines with similar and contrasting characteristics from different wine-growing regions. Wine expert Stefani Jackenthal will answer questions and offer wine and food pairing advice. Two white and two red wines will be served. L'chaim!
L3 Classroom 2


11:15 pm

Diplomacy + Art
Asaf Zamir + Maya Wertheimer Zamir
Moderated by WZO vice-chair, Dr. Yizhar Hess, Consul General of Israel in New York Asaf Zamir and Israeli actress and model Maya Wertheimer, both lovers of Tel Aviv, will exchange ideas about using the arts as an opportunity to deepen relations between Israel and progressive American Jewry. As part of the Consul General of Israel’s broader mission to share the Israel experience through cultural events, this panel will focus on the universal language of the arts as a method for far-reaching understanding and commitment between people across the political spectrum.
This program is presented as part of our Contemporary Zionism track with WZO
7th Floor Beit Midrash East

Looking Forward: Journalism in a Time of Deep Division
Jodi Rudoren
With spiking antisemitism, rampant disinformation, and growing gulfs among Jews of different generations, backgrounds and politics, independent Jewish journalism and a platform for civil discourse have never been more essential. Jodi Rudoren, editor-in-chief of The Forward, will talk about how the storied publication is innovating to meet these challenges and cover abortion, Ukraine, diversity, the pandemic, and all the complicated and controversial questions of our time.
7th Floor Beit Midrash West

Balabusta and Beyond
Rabbanit Adena Berkowitz, Tobi Rubinstein + Rebbetzin Sara Shulevitz
Vorhand Over centuries the home was the focus forJewish women. As women entered business, law, medicine, and corporations, what impact and challenges have been experienced by Orthodox Jewish women? Rabbanit Adena Berkowitz, Tobi Rubinstein, and Rebbetzin Sara Shulevitz Vorhand discuss their paths in fashion, law, and mental health. 
7th Floor Conference Center

I'm Gonna Wait, Way in the Midnight Hour
Rabbi Mira Rivera
"I'm gonna wait, way in the midnight hour/That's when my love begins to shine, you and I." So sang Wilson Pickett in 1965. But way back in Talmudic times, our sages noted that a lyre hung over David HaMelekh's bed, and at midnight the northern wind would strum it on its own. Sing, pray, and learn with us about the wonders of those mystical hours between midnight and before dawn.
7th Floor Reception Room

Seven Trauma-Healing Tips from the Exodus Story
Igal Harmelin
The story of the Exodus from Egypt is an archetype of the journey towards liberation from the traumas of our past. Drawing upon advanced methods of trauma therapy, we will explore seven principles of healing reflected in the Exodus story.
7th Floor Makom

Kli Gever: The Jewish (Cross) Dress Code
Abbi Gezunt
Led by Frum drag queen Abbi Gezunt, we'll take a deep dive into the the biblical stories, Halakhic rules, and surprising Minhagim (customs) regarding cross-dressing.
7th Floor Library

*Jerusalem Between Fiction and Reality: Boris Schatz's Jerusalem Rebuilt
Dafna Shetreet
In his 1918 utopian novel, Boris Schatz, founder of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, travels to that city in 2020. We will discuss the novel and the fictionalized Jerusalem Schatz portrays, focusing on tensions between the religious and the secular, and the Western and the Eastern.
5th Floor Fitness Studio

*Salsa
Manuel Rojas
Partner dancing is back, and better than before! Enjoy Cuban rhythms and that New York salsa style as we warm up, partner up, and change partners. Learn beginner steps and how to connect them, lead and follow, and try a turn or two.
4th Floor Fitness Studio

The Future of NYC: Ruth Messinger + Gale Brewer on Division, Democracy + the Midterm Election
Ruth Messinger + Gale Brewer
Few people know more about NYC government and politics than the JCC's social justice activist-in-residence Ruth Messinger and City Council Member Gail Brewer. Join them for a conversation on what's at stake as we head toward the midterm election and what each of us can do to make a difference.
3rd Floor North Gym

What Ukraine Can, and Can't, Teach Us about Israel and Palestine
Peter Beinart
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hails Israel as a model for his country post-war. Yet many Palestinians compare Ukraine's struggle against occupation to their own. Many also see disturbing echoes in Russia's claim that Ukrainians are not a real people. When, if ever, is the analogy between the Russia-Ukraine and Israel-Palestine situations valuable?
3rd Floor South Gym

*Tribute to Ukraine
MusicTalks + Valeriya Sholokova
Ukrainian Cellist Valeriya Sholokova will share stories and music from her homeland, along with MusicTalks and a cast of Ukrainian musicians from classical music to klezmer, and much more.
Nursery Communal Space

*B'teiavon, Mit a Gutn Appetit! The Taste of Jewish Music
Cantor Sam Rosen + Joyce Rosenzweig
Get a sneak peek of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah's upcoming annual music benefit concert, "Let My People Eat!" featuring songs about food, and food in song, with CBST Music Director Joyce Rosenzweig and Cantor Sam Rosen. Join us for delicious learning and singing!
Mezzanine Classroom

Reproductive Rights are a Jewish Value: Sources + Action
Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann + Sarit Golub
Soon after Shavuot, the SCOTUS will likely overturn Roe’s constitutional protection of reproductive rights. Many who advocate against reproductive autonomy do so in the name of religion. Yet this rhetoric does not reflect values and teachings in the Jewish tradition. Join us to explore sources of reproductive justice in the Jewish tradition, and discuss the responsibilities and possibilities for Jews and human beings to fight for abortion rights in NYC and beyond.
L1 Classroom

*The New Black (Shababnikim) Screening + Conversation
Watch an episode of one of the most talked about Israeli TV shows, The New Black (Shababnikim), followed by a conversation with special guests. The award-winning series follows the exploits of four students who dropped out of their yeshiva and are searching for their place in the modern (Orthodox) world. Two additional episodes will be shown throughout the night, beginning at 12:30 am, in the Teen Center. Courtesy of ChaiFlicks.
L2 Auditorium

*Wine, Snacks + Schmoozing
The title says it all! Enjoy a selection of wines and snacks with music and schmoozing. Hosted by 20s + 30s (all are welcome).
L2 Teen Center

*Cooking Class with 12 Chairs Cafe
Chef Maayan Glass
Learn how to make hummus and other Israeli delicacies with 12 Chairs Cafe.
L3 Culinary Center

*What Keeps You on a Justice Path?
Sarra Alpert
What are your visions for a more just world? How do your particular identities, skills, and passions shape your contributions? How can we all be better equipped at honest self-assessment and holding ourselves accountable towards our justice goals? In this workshop, we will explore various tools for starting those practices and keeping them going towards sustainable work for change.
L3 Mixed Media Room

Late Night Laughs: Shavuot Comedy Show The Bible Players
Join us for stand-up comedy and laugh till cheesecake comes out your nose!
L3 Drawing + Painting

Opening the Heart to Revelation
Sheila + Sheldon Lewis
Through the lens of Jewish mysticism and wisdom, we will drop into our individual and collective hearts via ancient practices of meditation and contemplation, to help illuminate and transcend these extraordinary times. Join us for a deep and restful dive into the joy of Shavuot.
L3 Classroom 1

Wines Worth Staying Up For: Wine Tasting!
Stefani Jackenthal
A fun, informative swirling and sipping exploration of wines from Israel and California. Sample wines with similar and contrasting characteristics from different wine-growing regions. Wine expert Stefani Jackenthal will answer questions and offer wine and food pairing advice. Two white and two red wines will be served. L'chaim!
L3 Classroom 2


12:30 am

What Makes a Rabbi?
Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen
What does it mean to become a rabbi in the 21st century? What does the Jewish community seek in its religious leaders? Through text study and conversation, we will explore the evolving role of the rabbi from ancient times to today.
7th Floor Beit Midrash East

My Body, My Choice
Rabbanit Adena Berkowitz
With the leak of a draft Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, ending a constitutional right to abortion, what can we learn from how Jewish tradition approaches autonomy, the right to privacy, and decision-making regarding our bodies, including abortion.
7th Floor Beit Midrash West

Conversion: Is It Good for the Jews?
Rabbi Adam Mintz
We will explore the history of conversion to Judaism. Why did people convert? Were rabbis eager to accept them? How did this acceptance change over the centuries? Join us as we examine this critical and fascinating issue.
7th Floor Conference Center

History and Memory in the Jewish Experience
David E. Kaufman, Ph.D.
Following Yosef Yerushalmi's classic meditation, Zakhor: Jewish History and Jewish Memory (1982), the dichotomy has become central to modern Jewish studies. Join David Kaufman in a fast-moving overview of Jewish history as he applies the theme to the entire Jewish experience.
7th Floor Reception Room

In a Foreign Land with a Foreign Language: Israeli Poetry through the Centuries (in English)
Harel Fenigstein
The story of Ruth opens our eyes to the life of foreigners in a country and society strange to them. Israeli poetry, through the centuries, has always dealt with that feeling, from writing about Zion and Israel in Babel and Europe, to writing in Israel as new immigrants. Together, we'll explore poetry that expresses the feelings of writers who live in a place that is not their own.
7th Floor Makom

The God Idea: Exploring Diverse Jewish Expressions of the Divine
Abby Eisenberg
Join us for a lively exploration of the (mostly) forceful God of the Bible, the metaphorical God of the Maimonides and the philosophers, and the Kabbalistic God of the ten sefirot. We'll analyze texts from both intellectual and spiritual perspectives and consider which notions of God most resonate for us in this (almost?) post-pandemic world.
7th Floor Library

*Babe Ruth: A Shavuot Drag Show
Abbi Gezunt
Frum drag queen Abbi Gezunt leads an eventful night that will touch on the Book of Ruth, the suspiciously random holiday customs, infused with song, dance, and a lot of DRAG.
5th Floor Fitness Studio

Awakening the Senses the Buddha Body Yoga Way
Michael Hayes
Buddha Body Yoga is a practice specifically for larger bodies.This one-hour class focuses on opening the senses, the breath, and inward attention, becoming present to the moment and becoming aware of our bodies habitual holding patterns through adaptive yoga processes.
4th Floor Fitness Studio

The Untold History of Race and Racism in NYC
Ruth Messinger + Tamara Fish
Join the JCC's Social Justice Activist in Residence Ruth Messinger and Khazbar's Tamara Fish for an eye-opening look at the history of race and racism in NYC. Come in, take a quiz, and learn what they didn't teach us in school.
3rd Floor North Gym

Mystery Torah: the Omer, the Plague + What It Means to Emerge into the Unknown 
Elisha Wiesel + Rabbi Joanna Samuels
Elisha Wiesel and Rabbi Joanna Samuels, JCC CEO, will lead a study of several Talmudic passages about the Omer. Originally a time of joy, it became a time of sadness because of a plague. What can we learn from this, and how can we rethink ancient customs to align with the present day?
3rd Floor South Gym

*The Psalms, King David, the Polish Shtetl + Shavuot
Shoshana Jedwab
Percussionist, singer-songwriter, and prize-winning Jewish educator Shoshana Jedwab will sing and drum songs from the Book of Psalms, and share how the tradition of reciting Psalms is connected to Shavuot in her Polish Jewish ancestral tradition. Come and celebrate the "Watchmen of the Morning!"
2nd Floor Communal Space

*Everything Is Illuminated: Shedding Light on Jewish History + Family
Rabbi Yael Rapport
When it was published in 2002, Jonathan Safran Foer's novel Everything Is Illuminated offered a new perspective on the age-old story of Jewish identity seeking, set in Ukraine. Who are you? Where do you come from? Tonight, we'll use this text and the 2005 film adaptation to study how our perspectives and attitudes towards lineage, tourism, and politics have shifted in the past 20 years—and what remains unchanged.
Mezzanine Classroom

*The New York Premier of Heschel's Passover Eve: A Riveting Solo Performance Portraying Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
Rodie Kozlowski
A solo performance in Hebrew portraying Rabbi Prof. Abraham Joshua Heschel, his complex, fascinating and tumultuous character, his life history, the social struggles in which he took part, his beliefs and concerns. The play connects to the struggle for human rights, social activism, the need for tikkun olam, the relevance of Jewish tradition, Zionism, and Jewish peoplehood for each of us. In Hebrew with translation to English.
This program is presented as part of our Contemporary Zionism track with WZO
L1 Classroom

*The Forward Top 150 Songs LIVE!
Seth Rogovoy, Alan Light + Hesta Prynn
Earlier this year The Forward asked two dozen writers and musicians to help select a list of the Top 150 Jewish Songs of the Rock Era. Among those participating in the project were DJ Hesta Prynn and music journalist Alan Light, who along with Forward contributing editor Seth Rogovoy will discuss the list, aided by a live band performing some of the top hits
L2 Auditorium

*The New Black (Shababnikim) Season 2
This award-winning Israeli series follows the exploits of four students who dropped out of their prestigious yeshiva and are searching for their place in the world. View the first three episodes of season 2.
L2 Teen Center

*Syrniki: a Ukrainian Blintz without the Blini
Avery Robinson
We're cooking syrniki!! Learn about the history of this Ukrainian/Slavic dairy pancake and the general fascination with dairy on Shavuot. This event will also include a vegan recipe to accommodate the many sensitive Jewish stomachs among us.
L3 Culinary Center

*Give Us More to See: Jewish Values in the Musicals of Stephen Sondheim
Rachel Kunstadt
Stephen Sondheim, arguably the greatest musical theater composer of the 20th century, died last November, leaving a legacy of musicals (his "children"). We will examine Jewish values in his musicals, to explore the inherent Jewishness of the man and his catalog. "Anything you do, let it come from you."
L3 Drawing + Painting

*Singing in the Archive: Doing Business with Demons, Angels, Cantors + Ghosts
Jeremiah Lockwood
In this late-night exploration of the role of creative artists in the embodied experience of prayer in Jewish life, we will consider stories about demon possession in relation to the "possessed" quality of musical creativity, connections between Lurianic kavanos (intentions) and theories of performance, and how reanimation of old works of art figure as a ghostly suture across time.
L3 Classroom 1

*Silent Disco Party
Grab a set of headphones and choose between three channels of party music to dance the night away on the JCC rooftop! Headphones will be cleaned before each use. Hosted by 20s + 30s (all are welcome).
Roof (rain location: L3 Classroom 2)


1:45 am

Paper Bridges: Yiddish Women's Poetry
Rabbi Dave Yedid
We will read four poems by Kadya Molodowsky and Anna Margolin, pioneering Yiddish poets who wrote powerfully about homeland, displacement, violence, and theology. What bridges do they construct from their lives to our reality today? How does gender show up in their work? In what ways are these texts sacred, and how might they be considered in the wider Jewish canon?
7th Floor Beit Midrash East

Confessions of a Jewish Broadcaster
Rabbi Zev Brenner
A behind-the-scenes look at exclusive interviews and breaking stories from Rabbi Zev Brenner's 40-plus years in broadcasting, including the talking fish; the Lebanese Muslim married to a Syrian Jew  and the explosive aftermath when it was discovered he wasn't Jewish; the anti-Zionist Neturei Karta rabbi who became a Zionist; sexual abuse; off the derech; gay and transgender Jews in the Orthodox community; Chassidic group tensions; children of Nazis; and encounters with leading personalities.
7th Floor Beit Midrash West

Revelation and Rikers
Rabbi Mia Simring
A conversation, using traditional and modern texts, tying essential themes of Shavuot to Rabbi Mia Simring’s experience of providing pastoral support to those incarcerated in New York City jails.
7th Floor Conference Center

When Manischewitz Was Treyf
Avery Robinson
Are four cups enough? This discussion of our food values will be rooted in an accessible halakhic and historical evolution of kosher wine from the Torah through the 20th century, covering Manischewitz, the Pope, and Ovadia Yosef.
7th Floor Library

*MoveMeant: Embodying Revelation
Yonatan Arnon + Kobi Goodwin
Inspired by mystical texts, join us as we move to live music on a journey between the known and the yet-to-be-revealed of our bodies. We will begin by setting intentions with slow sips of cacao tea, freshly brewed by Bronx-based craft chocolate-maker slow cocoa, then continue with integrating breath and vocal exercises while elevating our spirits through guided movement and embodied meditation. All backgrounds and abilities are welcome. Founded in 2017 MoveMeant explores the intersection of spiritual texts, live music, and movement. Its mission is for every human being to feel at home in their own body.
5th Floor Fitness Studio

The Feldenkrais Method: Move Well and Live Well
Frederick Schjang
By questioning how we bring ourselves into relationship with the world, and how we observe divisions and lines, Frederick Schjang creates this awareness in the body...as in life…
4th Floor Fitness Studio

*Israeli Folk Dancing for All in Celebration of Shavuot
Ruth Goodman
Join in the joy of Israeli folk dance in celebration of Shavuot! Experience the exuberant spirit, traditions, and diversity of the Jewish people as we celebrate Chag HaBikkurim (Festival of the First Fruits), Chag HaKatzir (Harvest Festival), and Matan Torah (Giving of the Torah), as we join our hearts through our feet!
3rd Floor South Gym

שלום/Мир/Peace: Street Art for Ukraine in the U.S. + Israel
Rabbi Marisa James
Join Rabbi Marisa James for a virtual visit to the walls of Brooklyn, Tel Aviv, and beyond to see how graffiti artists are responding to Russia's war on Ukraine.
Mezzanine Classroom

*Middle Eastern + North African Jewish Poetic Songs (Piyutim): From Pulpit to Pop Chart
Galeet Dardashti
Join prominent performer and cultural anthropologist Galeet Dardashti for this interactive program on Jewish Middle-Eastern and North-African piyyut traditions. Come hear, study, and learn to sing several of these artistic and beautiful religious songs, and gain an understanding of their shifting cultural significance throughout Jewish history, including Galeet's research on the Mizrahi-piyyut movement in contemporary Israeli pop and rock music today.
This program is presented as part of our Contemporary Zionism track with WZO
L1 Classroom

*Klezmer Tribute to Fiddler on the Roof
Steven Skybell + MusicTalks
Join us for a special concert celebration of klezmer music and Fiddler on the Roof! Singer/actor Steven Skybell (Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish), joined by the MusicTalks Klezmer Ensemble, will transport you to a celebration at the Shtetl Anatevka from Fiddler on the Roof and will offer a joyous and energetic combination of beloved songs from the musical and klezmer music.
L2 Auditorium

*The New Black (Shababnikim) Season 2
This award-winning Israeli series follows the exploits of four students who dropped out of their prestigious yeshiva and are searching for their place in the world. View the first three episodes of season 2.
L2 Teen Center


3 am

Tales of Rebbe Nachman: Entering the World of Imagination
Rabbi Yael Werber
Through a close reading of text, we will delve into Rebbe Nachman's unique thoughts on prayer, and spirituality and take a deeper look at the man behind the Breslov Hasidic movement. All levels of experience are welcome and texts will be offered in translation!
7th Floor Beit Midrash East

Improve Your Posture and Feel Better with the Alexander Technique
Melissa Brown
Ease and good posture. It doesn't sound like these two go together, but with the Alexander Technique, they do! In this workshop, explore how good posture can actually help ground and center you. We will engage in experiential activities so that you can embody the work.
7th Floor Beit Midrash West

Songs and Stories of Mystics
Rabbi Naftali Citron
Harmony is singing together. Stories bring out life's moments in emotional ways. We will explore the songs and stories of Chassidic masters such as the Bal Shem Tov and Reb Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev.
7th Floor Conference Center

*Israeli Folk Dancing for All in Celebration of Shavuot
Ruth Goodman
Join in the joy of Israeli folk dance in celebration of Shavuot! Experience the exuberant spirit, traditions, and diversity of the Jewish people as we celebrate Chag HaBikkurim (Festival of the First Fruits), Chag HaKatzir (Harvest Festival), and Matan Torah (Giving of the Torah), as we join our hearts through our feet!
3rd Floor South Gym

*Reflections on Shababnikim (The New Black)
Jeff Feig + Moshe Horn
Shababnikim (The New Black) is a popular Israeli comedy about four students navigating the complex, funny, and fascinating world of the yeshiva in Israel. While described as a comedy, the show offers powerful and insightful views into modern Israel and explores tensions between the country’s various “tribes” while reflecting the perspective of each. It demonstrates the beauty and difficulties of the Haredi lifestyle through dynamic and very funny characters. Jeff and Moshe, huge Shababnikim fans, will use clips of the show to lead discussions of the issues it raises and what they can teach us all about life in israel.
L2 Teen Center


4:15 am - Closing Circle

Giving (Y)our Gift: Receiving the Fruits of Torah
Ritualist Miriam Rubin
Shavuot was a time when the first fruits of wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates were delivered to the Temple in Jerusalem. In this closing ritual of our Tikkun Leil Shavuot, we will show gratitude, stretch our bodies, and create something beautiful together.
Lobby