Moonrise - Shavuot

Join us for the annual celebration of revelation: Shavuot, a journey from dusk to midnight through ritual, music, conversations, and, of course, cheesecake. This Shavuot ritual event, co-created with Lab/Shul, includes a moonrise ritual, interactive workshops, and a culminating midnight moment.

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7:30pm               Doors Open 
8:00pm               Moonrise Ma'ariv Ritual
9:30-11:50pm     Interactive Workshops
Midnight              Midnight Moment


1st Hour: 9:30-10:30pm

Buzzzzzz, and Sing your Way to Revelation
Shira Kline
Using mystical and liturgical sources as a starting point, explore meaning and practice through the medium of the musical soul.  Musical meditation, sacred Jewish geometry, the laws of vibration, toning and Kirtan chant. No experience necessary, just bring your in breath.  Join Shira Kline, Director of Worship at Lab/Shul for this Shavuot Shavuot meditation.

Communal Lament (a.k.a. Communal Kvetching) in the Book of Psalms
Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern Deborah Megdal
When is kvetching more than just kvetching? The Communal Lament is a type of Psalm in which we take the risk to say OUT LOUD the long list of reasons why we are angry with God. By putting God and others “on the spot” and verbalizing our pain, we ultimately build trust in our relationships -- so, perhaps unexpectedly, the lament is also an act of great hope. Tonight, we will study a selection of Psalms and then use them as models for creating our own Communal Laments.

“Psalm Enchanted Evening”
CBST Music Director Joyce Rosenzweig & Cantor Steve Zeidenberg
Bring the immortal words of the Psalms to life in new and unexpected ways by exploring settings of these ancient words from the Renaissance to today, and spanning the world in a musical reflection of these glorious words of inspiration and comfort.


2nd Hour: 10:50-11:50pm

Ilu Finu: Liturgy Building Workshop
Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern Rabbi Steven Philp
How do we put our experience of the divine into words? In this class, we will investigate how the liturgists of our tradition have mined our sacred texts for language – and in the process have created some of our favorite prayers. We will then work through our liturgical writer’s block by using bits and pieces of the Psalms (plus our own creativity) to create new compositions. There will be options for those who do and do not write on yom tov.

Saw Who At Sinai? Explorations of Jewish Collectivity
Rabbi Emily Cohen
People? Faith? Tribe? Genetic collective? Ethic? When we say that everyone who would ever be a Jew received Torah at Sinai, who exactly are we talking about? In this session we’ll explore some ancient, modern, and personal takes on what makes Jews a group.

PRIDE PSALMS -- Reclaiming our Songbook of Queer Love & Resistance  5,000 years In the Making
Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie and Rabbi Yael Rapport
Marking Stonewall 50 on the 50th night of Redemption into Revelation, CBST & Lab/Shul Rabbis Yael Rapport and Amichai Lau-Lavie invite you to explore the poems and songs of queer love and pride - from the Bible to Today. We may sing some too...

June 8th, 2019 8:00 PM   through   June 9th, 2019 12:00 AM
130 W 30th Street
New York, NY 10001
United States
Phone: 212-929-9498  ext. 876

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