The holiday Shavuot (literally, "Weeks") commemorates both the time of the wheat harvest (Exodus 34:22) and the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai (Exodus 19). In honor of matan Torah ("the giving of Torah"), it is a tradition to stay up all night and learn at an event called Tikkun Leil Shavuot. There are many such virtual programs all over the country; following are just a few, including one sponsored by a community in North Carolina!
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- Triangle Tikkun Leil Shavuot: Sunday, May 16, 2021, 8:45 p.m. - Monday, May 17, 1:00 a.m. ET. Back for the second year running, join your Triangle Jewish community for Tikkun Leil Shavuot 2021! We'll have a virtual night of learning over Zoom so that everyone can join. If you're interested in teaching a class (and remember, you don't have to be an expert to share whatever you want to teach!), please fill out this form. Rabbi Salem is happy to offer support for CJJ members for their teaching: Just let her know!
- ShavuotLIVE, from JewishLIVE and Judaism Unbound: Saturday, May 15, 6:00 p.m. ET - Sunday, May 16, 11:59 p.m. ET. Shavuot is a Jewish holiday that many have never observed before. But we think it's a great one! One of its traditions has been staying up all night, learning -- in community with others. But we're greedy. We want MORE than just all-night learning. We want all-night AND all-day! So we're putting together 30 straight hours of learning, featuring a rich diversity of presenters, from many different continents! More information is here, and registration is here.
- Shavuot 2021: Maamad Sinai, Reconstructing Pathways to Justice and Peace, from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association. Sunday, May 16, 7:00 p.m. - Monday, May 17, 10:00 a.m. ET. RSVP here.
- Our Torah: How Learning Leads to Action, from the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism. Sunday, May 16 4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. EST. Secular and Humanistic Jews celebrate Shavuot with Jewish literature and ideas from all eras, not only the Torah, and we agree with the Talmud’s sages that “study leads to action.” Join Leaders and Rabbis in Secular Humanistic Judaism as they turn our Tikkun Leil Shavuot into Tikkun Olam/Repairing the world through learning experiences with people and organizations doing good here and now!
Short 15-20 minute learning sessions, varied topics, many presenters and all free (with advance registration).