Shavuot with New Synagogue Project & Tikkun Leil Shabbat: Choose Your Own Sacred Learning Adventure St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church


June 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
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New Synagogue Project & Tikkun Leil Shabbat (co-hosts)
St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church
1525 Newton St NW
DC 20010

Join the New Synagogue Project and Tikkun Leil Shabbat this Saturday, June 8 for a magical night of learning in community, beginning with a potluck dinner, followed by choose-your-own adventure workshops and a Shavuot service.

This event starts in the evening because we are observing the practice of Tikkun Leil Shavuot: a marathon all night study session, which stems from 16th century mystics of Tsfat in Ottoman Palestine and the story that Moses had to wake up the Israelites when they overslept to receive Torah at Mt. Sinai.

We are reimagining this night of sacred learning as a series of workshops honoring the many different ways we learn and connect spiritually: singing, dancing, queer text study, art-making, conversation, political education, and more. Like the Kabbalists, we will have plenty of coffee and tea, but we’ll only keep the party going til 11pm.

7:00 – 7:45 pm – Potluck Dinner (see instructions below)
8:00 – 8:45 pm – First Learning Session
8:45 – 9:20 pm – Service
9:25 – 9:50 pm – Second Learning Session
10:00 – 10:50 pm – Third Learning Session

Keep all dishes vegetarian and consider making them vegan and gluten-free as well! Your dish should fit into one of two categories:

1. Option One: Bring a vegetarian contribution (no fish please; dairy and eggs are fine). There’s a table where you can place that contribution.

2. Option Two: Prepare your potluck contribution in a hekhsher-only kitchen, or purchase a hekhshered potluck item. There’s a designated table where you can place that contribution. (If you don’t totally understand or strictly adhere to Option Two, don’t stress; just go with Option One, above.)

Note on recognizing different religious observance practices:

New Synagogue Project and Tikkun Leil Shabbat strive to recognize that we live in a pluralistic society and, as such, we all follow different practices in our observance of Jewish laws. In the spirit of pluralism, please make sure to note if your potluck contribution was made on Shabbat so that those who observe certain Shabbat practices will know. We also want to note that signage will be posted on which learning sessions we would recommend for those with a more restrictive Shabbat/chag practice.

Tikkun Leil Shabbat is an independent, lay-led minyan that meets approximately every third Friday evening for Shabbat services, a teaching from a local social-justice organization (called a dvar tikkun), and a potluck vegetarian dinner. We are a fiercely egalitarian, progressive, inclusive congregation who strives to make the world a better place through a Jewish and social-justice lens.

The New Synagogue Project is creating a spiritual and political home for people bound together by a welcoming and liberatory Judaism. We aim to be a community that is multiracial and intergenerational, including families of all kinds and individuals, interfaith families and fellow travelers, people with a diversity of gender identities and sexualities, and people from a wide range of religious and secular backgrounds and practices.