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Shavuot 5781

The custom of staying up all night studying Torah on Erev Shavuot has a complex history.  A midrash states that the Israelites fell asleep at Mt. Sinai the night before they were to receive the commandments and so Moses had to wake them up with a blast of the shofar.  To repair or correct (tikkun) this mistake, Rabbi Isaac Luria is credited with initiating a night of learning, so that the Jews would not sleep at all and would be awake and ready for the receiving of Torah.

But we read even earlier, in the Zohar, about Tikkun Leil Shavuot, “We learned that the Torah we must labour in on this night is the Oral Law, so that together we are purified from the deep wellspring of the stream.”

Please join us for our deep wellspring of learning and healing as we observe this ancient tradition of Tikkun Leil Shavuot.  Our program is Sunday, May 16, beginning with Ma’ariv at 8:00pm.  We then have seven presentations, bringing us messages of healing through Jewish text and personal experience.

Our program will be on Zoom and there will be opportunity for questions and discussions.

Please see the details below, including our Zoom link and our presenters.

I look forward to spending this mystical time with you!

Rabbi Robin Foonberg

To join the Tikkun Leil Shavuot, click here.

Meeting ID: 859 7688 2327

Passcode: CBI3636


Rabbi Elie Spitz

Ascending from the Darkness

Rabbi Spitz will begin our program with a close look at Psalm 132- A Song of Ascents. The Psalms are the Jewish people’s playlist of poems to God. Shavuot draws our focus on the Ten Commandments. Psalm 132 describes the Holy Ark in later Jewish history. A close look at the artistry of this Psalm and how this Psalm allows us to ascend from places of darkness.

Josef Levy, retired LBPD Commander

Healing in Times of Crisis

Retired Police Commander Josef Levy will discuss recent high profile police interactions that have impacted public trust. However, in light of these events, healing and understanding can take place. Josef will share the positive things law enforcement professionals are doing to help build and maintain, safe, respectful and inclusive communities.

Ba’alat Tefillah Amy Robinson Katz

Healing with Prayersong

Cantor Amy is our Ba’alat Tefillah at CBI and the creator of Prayersong, and HAL’LU. You can follow her on Facebook and YouTube or catch her blog “A Guide for the Prayerplexed” at

Join Amy for a mini Prayersong session, focusing on three texts. Even though we’re all muted, you can “sing to infinity,” chants of healing and love.

Jacob Green, CEO –

My Healing Journey

As a college freshman, Jacob interrupted a robbery and sustained serious injuries, forcing him to drop out of college and undergo nearly three years of full-time cognitive and physical rehabilitation.  Now a best-selling Amazon author and accomplished executive, Jacob will share his journey of healing and share the lessons he learned about building personal and professional resilience.

Jacob Green is a nationally recognized leadership and crisis management expert.  Clients such as Mattel, Fedex, Hyundai Capital, Scripps, and many other private and public organizations have brought Jacob in to help their teams leverage adversity and build organizational resilience.  He has received numerous awards for his work, including being a recipient of the National Caring Award in Washington, DC alongside Dr. Jane Goodall, recipient of the Orange County Human Relations Award, youngest recipient of the Gene Lentzner Humanitarian Award, and is a recipient of an honorary doctorate from Western University Medical School.  His book “See Change Clearly” is an Amazon New Release Best Seller and reached #1 in five Amazon New Release business categories.

Nathan Taft

Healing our Planet

Nathan Taft is a Senior Digital Campaigner at the environmental non-profit He’s the Digital and Communications lead for the organization’s SAFE Cities campaign that works with local communities to pass policies which phase out fossil fuels and accelerate a just, clean energy transition. He also serves as a member on the campaign working group of SAFE Cities’ sister campaign, the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty — an initiative that has been endorsed by more than 100 nobel laureates, including his holiness the Dalai Lama. Before joining, Nathan played an integral role during Katie Porter’s first congressional race, helping run her social media.

Nathan is driven to this work because he tries to live his life according to the principles of Tikkun Olam, and because he believes that moving our systems away from fossil fuels and mitigating the climate crisis are the most important fights of his lifetime.

Student Rabbi Miriam Hoffman

With Gratitude to HaShem and Science


Miriam is a rising 4th year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College and 2nd year student in the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management. Shavuos is her favorite Jewish holiday and is so blessed to be sharing her story of healing!  Miriam will be speaking about mental health, medication, therapy, and theology.


Rabbi Robin Foonberg

Healing with Mussar – Character Traits for the Post-Covid Era

Join Rabbi Robin for a late-night conversation about how each of us can come out of quarantine in a healthy way, how to find order and enthusiasm for moving forward, and what it means to truly know yourself through the practice of mussar.


Shavuot Day 1 Service
Monday, May 17 @ 9:30am
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Shavuot Day 2 Service with Yizkor
Tuesday, May 18 @ 9:30am
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