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Standing At Sinai: A Preparation for Shavuot

  • 21 May 2023
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Zoom
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Standing at Sinai: A Preparation for Shavuot 

Tradition teaches that we were ALL there at Sinai. Perhaps some of us had better positioning than others; but we all have an ownership in the experience of revelation at Sinai. Can you even begin to imagine it? Perhaps somewhere along your journey to Judaism you had such a revelatory moment or experience that propelled or inspired your path. The experience at Sinai is a communal one and yet one that will be done virtually once again. 

When Ruth famously said, “Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God…”, she demonstrated her steadfast commitment to the Jewish people. How has this past year influenced our own commitments to the Jewish people? What have our bubbles looked like and whom have we included? Are there Jewish traditions that have carried us this past year? Are there traditions we aspire to adopt and/or adapt? Has God been present for you or has it been a game of Divine hide and seek? 

Together we will explore these questions and some traditional Jewish texts that invite us to renew our commitments to studying the texts of our heritage and the lessons we derive from them as we prepare to celebrate Shavuot, the festival commemorating the giving of the Torah and the welcoming of all who chose Judaism.

Instructor:  Tamar Ghidalia (she/her) is a Jew of Color of Sephardic (Spanish) heritage who was born in Tunisia, fled with her family to France, and subsequently immigrated to Israel and then to the U.S. She has a B.A. in Education and Hebrew Literature from Paris Sorbonne University and a B.A. in Music from the Conservatoire de Paris. Tamar is an educator and professional musician with 30+ years of experience in leadership, mentoring, program building, curriculum development and program management. She  teaches Introduction to Judaism and Hebrew courses for Union of Reform Judaism, Hebrew courses for Ammud the JOC Torah Academy, and does DEIB work around the country. She also  helps organizations and schools integrate the arts in education. 

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