16 2021

Community Tikkun Leil Shavuot (BIC, CSS, JFM, JSS, TBE, UW Hillel)

6:00PM - 9:15PM  

Online Community Event via Zoom

Y’tziat Mitzrayim - Moving Through the Narrow Time of COVID

We can think of times of uncertainty as liminal experiences, that is, moving through an indeterminate passage toward an undefined future. As our biblical forebears left Egypt on their way toward an indistinct encounter with God at Sinai, today we too are traversing an indefinite passageway toward an uncertain future. Along the way we become injured, we lose ourselves, and we remain rudderless if we forget the values of Torah that help us maintain course. Join Madison’s Jewish communal leaders, along with experts in the field of mental health, as we explore the realities, challenges, and opportunities of our times.


6:00 pm - 6:45 pm T’filah/Communal Worship

6:45 pm - 7:00 pm Break, get your dinner

7:00 pm - 7:45 pm Panel: Y’tziat Mitzrayim as Metaphor for Uncertain Times: Jewish Texts and Reflections on Persistence, Perseverance, and Possibility. With Rabbi Andrea Steinberger, Rabbi Betsy Forester, Cantor Jacob Niemi, Rabbi Jonathan Biatch, Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman, and Rabbi Renee Bauer

7:45 pm - 7:55 pm Poetry/Music Interlude

7:55 pm - 8:35 pm Mental Health in Focus: Practitioners Share Experiences After a Year of Pandemic, Quarantine, and Loss with Dr. Ariela Karasov, Dr. Dan Gustafson, and Dr. Ron Diamond

8:35 pm - 9:05 pm Breakout rooms:

  • Text Study with Rabbi Betsy Forester
  • Reflect on the Evening with Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman
  • Reflect on the Evening with Rabbi Renée Bauer
  • What Liminality Means Across the Generations with Rabbi Jonathan Biatch
  • Liminality in Art Music and Midrash with Rabbi Andrea Steinberger

9:05 pm - 9:15 pm Siyyum

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The event Livestream will be shared on Facebook too if you are unable to join on Zoom.

The Community Tikkun Leil Shavuot is co-sponsored by Beth Israel Center, Congregation Shaarei Shamayim, Jewish Federation of Madison, Jewish Social Services, Temple Beth El, and UW Hillel.