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Shavuot: 5782

We Were All at Sinai 
In memory of Paul Cohen z”l

A Sha'ar Zahav Shavuot Learning Series
Sunday, June 5, 2022
4:00 - 6:30 pm
 
This Shavuot we will celebrate the many fellow travelers who have joined the Jewish community and honor the memory of Paul Cohen z"l, who spearheaded our Journey to Judaism program for decades. A panel of members will tell their stories, breakout sessions will explore what it means to open ourselves to revelation, blintzes, and more!

 
Welcome and introductions starting at 4:00 PM

Welcome : Rabbi Copeland & Rose Katz

Revelation of Our Stories
Journey to Judaism Panel : Facilitated by Rabbi Copeland 

Following the panel discussion,  you can choose from an array of choices for our one breakout hour. Please notice if your preferred session is in-person, on Zoom, or Hybrid.


Small Group Session Choices (Descriptions Below)
5:15 - 6:00 
 
The Book of Ruth Text Study Ora Prochovnick In Person

How Do We Language This Journey?  Vincent Reybet-Degat & Alex Ingersoll In Person

The Mixed Multitude: Celebrating Families with Diverse Spiritual Backgrounds and Narratives  Rabbi Copeland & Adam Pollack In Person

Holding Our Traditions Together in One Spiritual Path  Maggid Eli Ramer & Carey Averbook On Zoom

Exploring Intersectionality in Jewish Conversion  Qianya Vinson & Franco Martinez & Marion Gillen  On Zoom


We Are All on a Journey with Judaism: What is Yours? Sue Bojdak  Hybrid


Reflection: Standing Together @ Sinai  Led by Sue Bojdak
6:10-6:30 
 
 

Small Group Session Descriptions

In-Person

1. The Book of Ruth Text Study  Ora Prochovnick 

It is customary to read Megillat Ruth on Shavuot. In this breakout session we will do a tet study of the story of Ruth, with a focus on Ruth's Journey to Judaism and the alternative family which she created with Naomi, and what we can learn from that today. 

 
2. How Do We Language This Journey?  Vincent Reybet-Degat & Alex Ingersoll

The language around conversion to Judaism carries collective beliefs within and outside the Jewish communities that can lead to approaching converts as a monolith, dismissing the singularity of each journey, and reinforcing performance anxieties. We will explore a multitude of ways to name ourselves and strategies for honoring each person in their own terms.


3. The Mixed Multitude: Celebrating Families with Diverse Spiritual Backgrounds and Narratives Rabbi Copeland & Adam Pollack

Over 70% of American Jews partner with people who aren't Jewish. At Sha'ar Zahav, we welcome families in which partners hold different spiritual practices, families in which not all identify as Jewish themselves bu the family walks a Jewish path together, as well as those families in which someone formally converts to Judaism. We will talk with members who have followed each of these paths while welcoming a diversity of spiritual narratives. 


On Zoom

4.  Holding Our Traditions Together in One Spiritual Path Maggid Eli Ramer & Carey Averbook

We are each a whole person made of many related parts. As spiritual people we can hold and integrate practices and beliefs from different cultures and faith traditions into our Jewish life. This will be time to discuss what you're explore, questioning, integrating on your journey of belonging in the Jewish tradition. 

 

5. Exploring Intersectionality in Jewish Conversion  Qianya Vinson & Franco Martinez & Marion Gillen


Hybrid

6. We Are All on a Journey with Judaism: What is Yours? Sue Bojdak

Through guided reflection and words or art, each of us will spend time with our own stories, identifying key components of the journey we are on. We'll share our revelations in pairs or small groups. This session will be accessible both in person and on-line. 


This program is free, but donations are appreciated. 


 

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