What exactly is Shavuot and why do we celebrate it?
Biblically, this holiday marks the beginning of the wheat harvest in Israel. Later, in rabbinic times, it became known as the anniversary of Revelation of Sinai. The pairing of the two is fitting: Wheat is the primary ingredient for bread, which is a life-sustaining food for our bodies. The study of Torah and all the literature that it has spawned is nourishment for our minds and souls. We need both in order to live healthy, balanced lives. Join us as we celebrate the Torah – God’s love-letter to the Jewish people.
Services Dates and Times:
Saturday, June 11
8:00pm: Erev Shavuot Services
8:30pm – Midnight: Tikkun Leil Shavuot (see below) and Dessert
Sunday, June 12
9:30am: Shavuot Service followed by a Kiddush Luncheon
Monday, June 13
9:30am: Shavuot Service with Yizkor and the chanting of the Book of Ruth followed by a Kiddush Luncheon
Tikkun Speakers: Saturday, June 11 at 8:30pm
Why a Physicist Believes in God: A Conversation with Professor Michael Dennin, Author of Divine Science: Finding Reason at the Heart of Faith
Professor Dennin has been a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UCI for 18 years. Passionate about public outreach in science, he teaches online open courses and has appeared on a number of TV shows. His book Divine Science: Finding Reason at the Heart of Faith (2015) explores the synergy between science and religion.
Joel and Dr. Fred Reiss on “Moses and the Art of Leadership: Reflections on Bible and Life Lessons “
Dr. Ahuva Ho on “Preservation and renewal of Jewish history in Spain”
Dr. Alan Cortez on “The Cherubim in Embrace – A Jewish Treasure Lost in Time”
Howard Mirowitz on “Kabbalah and mysticism in the story of Joseph”
Rabbi Elie Spitz on “Positions for Sleep”