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The Wisdom of Torah in Challenging Times
A Community Shavuot Learning Experience

Thursday, May 28, 7:30 p.m. - 2:30 a.m.

Zoom link provided upon RSVP. 
The link will provide entry to the program regardless of when you chose to join. 


Every Shavuot, we celebrate the eternal dimension of the revelation of Torah at Mount Sinai and what it can mean for our lives today. The great Torah commentator Rashi notes that at the foot of Mount Sinai, the Jewish people stood as one people with one heart. In this time of COVID-19, when many of us are faced with numerous challenges, many of our OC synagogues are coming together in the spirit of unity and collaboration to receive a Torah that binds us together with strength and purpose.

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For more information contact Rabbi K’vod Wieder at

Erev Shavuot Service
7:30  - 8:30 p.m.
Rabbi David Young, Cantorial Soloist Jenna Sagan, Cantor Natalie Young and Special Guests

Torah Study Schedule 

8:30 p.m.
The Lord is My Shepherd... A Close Reading of Psalm 23 in a Time of Covid. - Rabbi Elie Spitz

9:00 p.m.
Suffering, Sorrow, Solace, Simcha - Words of our Tradition - Rabbi Heidi Cohen

9:30 p.m.
Chassidic Wisdom As Taught by Martin Buber - Rabbi Gersh Zylberman

10:00 p.m.
The Personal Redemptive Power of Mitzvot - Rabbi Nico Solocovsky and Rabbi Steve Einstein

10:30 p.m.
The Torah of Sheltering in Place - Rabbi Jill Zimmerman 

11:00 p.m.
Embracing What Is: Jewish Mystical Perspectives on Awakening to God in Every Place - Rabbi K’vod Wieder

11:30 p.m.
When Torah Challenges Us: Finding Healing in Difficult Texts - Rabbi Sarah DePaolo

12:00 a.m.
How Has the Evolution of 'Community' Changed the Way We Look at Judaism? - Rabbi Joe Mendelsohn

12:30 a.m.
Moses and Akiva and the Changing and Unchanging Nature of Torah - Rabbi Nancy Rita Myers
1:00 a.m.
Jewish Responses to Plagues Through The Years - Rabbi Joel Berman

1:30 a.m.
  When You Can't Have It All: How a Jew Prioritizes - Rabbi Stuart Light

2:00 a.m.
Sheltering at Home: Exploring the Wisdom and Tension from the Rabbis – Rabbi Peter Levi

Co-sponsored by:
Jewish Federation of Orange County, Temple Beth El of South Orange County, Congregation B’nai Tzedek, Congregation B’nai Israel, Temple Beth Sholom, Temple Bat Yahm, Temple Beth Tikvah, Congregation Shir Ha-Ma'alot, Jewish Collaborative of Orange County, Temple Beth David, Temple Beth Emet, and Path With Heart.