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Boulder Shavuot Celebration and Learning

Beautiful teachings, Torah Yoga, Ayeka, Rabbis disagreeing, and plenty of space to learn, plus ice cream, cheesecake, and cereal bar for the early morning.  Not to mention coffee by Ozo. This year, SoulFood has organized an all-night celebration of Torah and community at the Rembrandt Yard, 1301 Spruce.

Here is a full schedule of events:

All Night Long!

Rembrandt Yard, 1301 Spruce St

Tuesday June 7th – 8:30 pm – 5:00 am

8:30 pm – The prayer of the evening with Rabbi Aviva Bass and Rabbi Marc Soloway followed by an intro to the Spirit of Shavuot.

9:30 pm – What Happened at Sinai? Different Perspectives with Rabbis Josh Rose + Marc Soloway:

Every year on Shavuot, the Jewish community reenacts the moment of revelation at Sinai. Well, what do we think happened at Sinai? What do we mean when we say that Moses received the Torah?  How we relate to this event defines, in a deep way, what kind of Jew we are. So what did happen? A Reform and a Conservative Rabbi will discuss traditional and modern perspectives about Sinai and then share and challenge one another on their own views.

10:30 pm – 1st Your Choice:

a) Torah Yoga with Raj Seymour

b) Soul Speaking in Metaphor: The Poetry of Andalusia with Rabbi Debra Rappaport from Vail

ICE CREAM BAR! Dairy and non-dairy, toppings, the works.   But don’t fill up… there’s more snacks to come.

11:15 pm – G-d Upgrade? A lively debate with Rabbi Jamie Korngold, Rabbi Gavriel Goldfeder, and others around R’ Jamie’s new book “The G-d Upgrade“. Do we need an upgrade? Are some of us outdated? What are the implications of the Upgrade?

12:30 am -2nd Your Choice:

a) “Ayekah? Bringing G-d into everyday life” with Yoni Ashar and Hannah

b) A Capella singing with Mark Megibow of “Face”

CHEESE CAKE! A Shavuot tradition. While you eat, find out why.

1:30 am – Learning with Rabbi Marc Soloway: “A Journey to the Tree of Life – Stories, Teachings and Melodies of the Baal Shem Tov and his Disciples” – Rabbi Marc has recently returned from a remarkable journey to Ukraine where he visited the grave of Reb Yisrael, the holy Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hassidic Judaism, and many of his most important followers in Meziboz and some of the neighboring communities.. Weaving in some stories of this adventure, Rabbi Marc will share some tales, teachings and niggunim that relate to Shavuot, receiving Torah and spiritual quest.

2:30 am – Learning with Rabbi Gavriel Goldfeder – “Wait for it…” In Kaballah, the key moment of Shavuot comes when we shout “Keter!” during the kedusha of mussaf. (All these terms will be explained.) The word Keter means crown. But Rebbe Nachman of Breslov finds another meaning entirely for the word, for the concept, and for Shavuot.

CEREAL BAR! Early breakfast! Yum! I’m coocoo for cocoa puffs!

3:30 am – Learning with Rabbis Rose and Soloway: “Brewing a Cup of Spiritual Java: A Jewish Guide to Waking Up – The early morning can be more than a time of lazy stirring and bleary-eyed disorientation. It is an opportunity for a deeper awakening. The Jewish tradition provides a roadmap for a more powerful spiritual path to wakefulness in the fullest sense of the term. Rabbis Marc Soloway and Josh Rose have been studying together Hanhagat Ha-Boker, “Guide to the Morning,” in the Mishnah Berura, a key commentary on Jewish laws and customs. Together they will teach from this commentary and others about Jewish insights for arriving at true wakefulness in the morning. “Come take a sip of the nourishing spiritual java that is the Jewish morning routine.”

4:45 am – Morning prayers at Aish Kodesh – we’ll walk to Aish Kodesh, about 20 minutes away, for the morning prayers. We time the beginning of the silent prayer with sun rise. We read the Ten Commandments. We read the first chapter of Ezekiel – one of Judaism’s original mystical texts. We try not to fall asleep. Then we eat cheesecake and drink Scotch. And then we go to sleep.

About Rabbi Gavriel Goldfeder

Rabbi Gavriel Goldfeder

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