Communities Collaborate on Shavuot Programs

Once again, area synagogues are joining forces to provide meaningful and enriching learning programs on Erev Shavuot. This practice is known as Tikkun Leil Shavuot. This year, Erev Shavuot falls on Saturday, June 8, and a couple of wonderful Greater MetroWest collaborations are happening to enable community members to participate in this meaningful experience. Plus, for your convenience, we have compiled a list of programs happening at synagogues throughout Greater MetroWest—all promise to be enlightening and are open to both temple members and non-members who would like to participate.

In Morristown, eight synagogues, a day school, the local Israeli community, and Federation are coming together to offer Tikkun Leil Shavuot at Temple B’nai Or. Joining B’nai Or are Adath Shalom in Morris Plains, Temple Beth Am in Parsippany, Temple Shalom in Succasunna, Morristown Jewish Center, Congregation B’nai Israel in Basking Ridge, Congregation Beth Torah in Florham Park, Congregation Beth Hatikvah in Summit, and Gottesman RTW Academy. This community-wide evening of music and learning is sponsored by the Gary Aidekman Family Foundation and costs just $18 per person.

Festivities include a wine and cheese reception at 7 p.m., a concert by renowned singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Elana Arian at 7:45, and a variety of interesting learning sessions (participants choose two) taught primarily by clergy. The event will culminate with a dessert reception at 11:15. Just a few of the 16 workshop offerings you can choose from upon registration include: Who Really Wrote the Torah with Rabbi Inna Serebro-Litvak; Jewish Magic Carpet Ride with Cantor Jonathan Comisar; The Practice of Yoga; An Ethical Life—An Encounter with Mussar with Rabbi David Nesson; What’s the Matter with Jersey? With Federation CEO Dov Ben-Shimon, and so much more.
Temple B’nai Or is located at 60 Overlook Rd. in Morristown. To purchase tickets, click here.

In Montclair, Bnai Keshet hosts this annual long-standing tradition of Community Shavuot Tikkun in collaboration with Shomrei Emunah, Temple Ner Tamid, and Temple Sholom of West Essex. This event, at 99 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair is free, open to the public, and includes dairy-based refreshments. The evening begins with a celebration for children ages 5 and under from 6-6:30 p.m. and a service and children’s program for ages 5+ from 6:30- 7:45. The adult program begins at 7:30 with a Ma’ariv service, an oneg, Havdalah and a keynote by Cantor Galeet Dardashti, followed by two workshop sessions, a midnight reading of the Ten Commandments, and another program by Canto Dardashti from 12:30-1:30 a.m.

Sample workshop topics include Kids Today with Rabbi Laurence Groffman, Restoring the Missing Letter in the Ten Commandments by Rabbi David Greenstein, and Can You Legislate Integrity? With Rabbi Marc Katz. For more information, click here.

To read more about the tradition of Tikkun Leil Shavuot from Federation’s Chief Jewish Learning Officer Robert Lichtman, click here.