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Will You Join Me?

One of my favourite happenings of the Jewish year is the moment of communal togetherness on Shavuot evening.  If you have never been to the caffeine and cheesecake fuelled learning scenes on the evening of Shavuot, this is the year to check it out.

Imagine a group of like-minded soon-to-be friends spending an evening together.  Music escapes down the hallway from the a joyful sing-along, as you settle down into a conversation about the spiritual possibilities of language through Kinder Eggs.  Then, as you head into a conversation with Rabbi Lev, you nab another cheeky slice of freshly prepared artisanal cheesecake.

According to our tradition, we were all at Sinai – all of us who choose to engage in Judaism.  And Torah was given in 70 languages, at different levels of complexity to all present.  The  Tikkun Leil Shavuot is a re-enactment of that moment, as we gather for the Giving of the Torah on Shavuot.

In my recent inauguration service, we committed to trying to build an active Jewish life together here in Essex and East London.  I hope you’ll join me, starting with this celebration of Jewish learning, especially if it is your first time.  If you have children,  grandchildren or great-grandchildren, invite them with you for the youth programs run by our amazing Movement Workers.  Then stay (or join) for the Intergenerational dinner, the moment of havdallah and welcoming in the holy day, and the fun.  Stay as late as you feel comfortable, and leave when you need to.  We are of course saying Yizkor during the 10.30am morning service the next day, so you will need your beauty rest.

Let’s create a scene as we gather together, learn and celebrate.  Information here:

Shabbat Shalom

Rabbi Jordan