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Tikkun Leil Shavuot (In-Person and Virtual)

Sat, Jun 4 @ 6:00 pmSun, Jun 5 @ 7:30 am

Our community's all-night learning in celebration of the giving of Torah. Multiple in-person and virtual learning tracks, special learning for children, families, and teens and Adults. This year's focus: Journeys – Transformation of Space, Time, and Soul.


All-Night Learning Schedule

Session

Intensive

(Paradies Hall)

General Learning

(Ellman Chapel)

Family

(Courtyard)

Saturday, June 4

6:00 - 7:20 p.m.

God's Journey Through Jewish History - The beliefs that the ancient Israelites held about God - as expressed in the Tanakh - have evolved in clearly definable stages ever since biblical times. We will explore this evolution over the course of Jewish history, and see where it leaves us today, and where it might take us in the future.  Led by Dr. Steve Chervin

Story Slam Workshop - Share a story from your spiritual journey and learn the art of story-telling. Led by Rabbi Sam Blustin

Ruth's Selfless Journey: A Storytelling Workshop - Join Barry Stewart Mann, professional storyteller, for an interactive storytelling workshop. Learn about Ruth’s selfless journey from The Book of Ruth, our traditional Shavuot reading. With puppets and maps, we will also explore our own family journeys, exploring and sharing the narratives that are most important to us. This is an in-person, live session only. Led by Barry Stewart Mann

7:30 p.m.

Mincha (Ellman Chapel)

8:00 p.m.

Seudah Shlishit (Courtyard)

Journeying to the Tikkun Leil Shavuot (Courtyard)

While many commemorate Shavuot and the giving of the Torah by study sessions, often lasting all night, the questions as to why we do it and what we should study, often goes unanswered.  This session examines the beginning of Tikkun Leil Shavuot as it moved from the original event in Salonica, Ottoman Empire to Tzfat and thence to the wider Jewish world.  We also will reflect on the “original” Shavuot study guide as delineated by Rabbi Yitzchak Luria (HaAri, the Arizal) designed as a “journey” through the entire Tanakh. Led by Dr. Edward Queen 

9:00 p.m.

Ma'ariv/Havdallah Service (Courtyard)

9:45 p.m.

Exploring the Book of Ruth - Women are the prominent characters in this story about attachment and loyalty.  We will explore the contour of the narrative and then dive into some gems hidden in the Hebrew that most translations barely reveal.  This is a spiritual journey for the protagonists as well as for anyone reading the text deeply. Led by Jim Dricker

Just Talking to G-d: The Spiritual Practice of Rebbe Nachman - Rebbe Nachman was the great-grandson of Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Chasidic Judaism. This style of worship was marked by simcha. He taught that to be sad was a major sin and that when in prayer, we should shout, clap our hands, laugh, and dance. His great-grandson furthered the movement with the addition of a unique and simple form of prayer called Hitbodedut. Not to replace the thrice daily prayer services, but to elevate each by spending an hour a day just talking with G-d as will a dear friend, in whatever our native language is.  Led by Marty Cohen

10:45 p.m.

As the Court's Decision Approaches... What Does Jewish Tradition Say About Abortion? - We live in a difficult moment. The US Supreme Court appears to be poised to change the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in America nearly five decades ago. Most Jewish organizations that have staked out a position on this issue identify themselves as “pro-choice.” Why?  Can our Jewish textual history be called “pro-choice?” In this session, we will study several classical Jewish sources to discern our tradition’s views and why they ought to matter both inside and outside the Jewish community. Led by Rabbi Neil Sandler

Niggunim: The Melodies of our Journey - Led by Debra Cohen

11:45 p.m.

Bio Break

Sunday, June 5

12:00 a.m.

You Are the Detective - Objects of Our Journeys - Artifacts can enlighten us about a journey an individual or community has undertaken. Through a hands-on examination of objects and pictures, we will piece together journeys taken by biblical and/or prominent Jewish figures of the past. The study session will conclude with participants identifying the items and pictures they would choose to convey the story of their journey. Led by Marcia Lindner

Psalm Enchanted Evening: A Short Journey Through Hallel - Psalms of praise (Hallel) are said during the morning service of the three Pilgrimage holidays. We'll look at how Hallel takes us on a path toward gratitude. Led by Judy Marx

1:00 a.m.

The Women Who Shaped David's Life - We will trace King David's life thru the eyes of the women who helped to save it and shape it From Michal thru Abishag. Led by Dr. Linda Lippitt

Kirtan Chants Through Prayer of Wondering - Led by Bonnie and Michael Levine of Sunmoonpie

2:00 a.m.

Human Beings as Well as Remote Sages: The Personalities of Some Talmudic Giants - Hillel was gentle, Rabbi Yochanan b. Zakkai was gracious, Rabbi Chaninah b. Dosa was just unbelievable. We’ll take a look at the anecdotes that give us a glimpse into the personalities of some of the Rabbis who created the Talmud. Led by Rabbi Chaim Listfield

When is Revelation Not So Revealing: A Personal and Impersonal Journey - Shavuot is the holiday that celebrates revelation, but we cannot agree on when it should be. The "Ten Commandments" are the ultimate revelatory experience, yet we cannot agree on that. This will lead to a "Tale of Two Cities," Shechem and Jerusalem, which will illustrate a journey through time and a non-journey through time. Along with a personal spiritual-learning journey from Hebrew school to adulthood. In the words of the King of Siam: "When I was a boy; World was better spot; What was so was so; What was not was not; Now I am a man; World have changed a lot; Some things nearly so; Others nearly not." Led by Dr. Paul Feldman

3:00 a.m.

Preparing Ourselves for the Ultimate Journey - The Chevrai Kaddishah, Holy Fellowship, is entrusted with the holy task of cleaning and preparing a body for burial.  Join Rabbi Rosenthal as we explore the rites and rituals that are performed by the Chevrai Kaddishah, what these rituals mean and what we really believe about the journey from this life into the next. Led by Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal

The Still Small Voice Inside - Led by Rabbi Sam Blustin

4:00 a.m.

My Favorite Talmudic Stories and What They Say about Life! - Led by Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal

5:00 a.m.

Bio Break

5:15 a.m.

Hashkama Morning Service (Courtyard)

7:30 a.m.

Breakfast

Details

Start:
Sat, Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm
End:
Sun, Jun 5 @ 7:30 am
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Venue

Ahavath Achim Synagogue
600 Peachtree Battle Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30327
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Service Schedule

Selichot – Saturday, September 17

7:15 p.m

Mincha/Ma’ariv/Havdallah Service

Hybrid: Ellman Chapel and Virtual (Zoom)

8:10 p.m.

Selichot Service

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Sunday, September 25

9–10:30 a.m.


Morning Minyan

Virtual (Zoom)

6:00 p.m.

Mincha/Ma’ariv Service

Hybrid: Srochi Auditorium and Virtual (Zoom)

7:12 p.m.

Candle Lighting

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 – Monday, September 26

8–9:00 a.m.

Coffee and Schmooze

Co-sponsored by Sisterhood

In-Person: Garden

8:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah Service

Hybrid: Srochi Auditorium and Virtual (Zoom and Live Stream)

9–10:00 a.m.

Family Service

In-Person: Outdoor Tent

9:30–10:30 a.m.

Torah Study Led by Dr. Andrew Zangwill

“Happy Birthday World!”: After each Rosh Hashanah shofar blast, we chant a short poem which begins “hayom harat olam,” a phrase often translated as “today the world was born.”  This session examines this (and other) translations of ”hayom harat olam”  and teases out their meaning for us today. Andy Zangwill is a native of Pittsburgh and is somehow related to the British Zionist Israel Zangwill. He has taught physics at Georgia Tech since 1985 and has helped administer the AA Torah Study since 2000.

Hybrid: Cavalier Room and Virtual (Zoom)

10:00 a.m.–End of RH Service

Children’s Programming (0–5th Grade)

In-Person: Check-In at Ahava ELC

12:30–1:00 p.m.

Oneg and Light Kiddush

In-Person: Garden

6–7:00 p.m.

Mincha/Ma’ariv Service

Hybrid: Srochi Auditorium and Virtual (Zoom and Live Stream)

7:54 p.m.

Candle Lighting

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 – Tuesday, September 27

8–9:00 a.m.

Coffee and Schmooze

In-Person: Garden

8:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah Service

Hybrid: Srochi Auditorium and Virtual (Zoom and Live Stream)

9:00 a.m.–End of RH Service

Children’s Programming (0–5th Grade)

In-Person: Check-In at Ahava ELC

9:30 a.m.

Torah Study Led by Dr. Paul Feldman

“From Yom Teruah to Rosh Hashanah – A Rabbinic Journey”: The torah instructs us that, on the first day of the seventh month, there should be “teruah.” From that, it becomes a New Year where, hopefully, our Father, our King, inscribes us in the book of life. Let’s explore the rabbinic mindset that defines us as Jews. Paul Feldman has attended AA’s Shabbat Torah Study religiously for over 20 years. His interests include the historical aspects of Tanakh and the intellectual history of b’nai Yisrael through the ages. 

Hybrid: Paradies Hall and Virtual (Zoom)

12:30 p.m.

Tashlich

In-Person: Outdoor Tent

7:30 p.m.

Mincha/Ma’ariv/Havdallah Service

Hybrid: Srochi Auditorium and Virtual (Zoom and Live Stream)

Aseret Y’mei Teshuva (Ten Days of Repentance) – Sunday, October 2

9–10:30 a.m.

Morning Minyan

Virtual (Zoom)

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Family Taslich and Picnic with Shofar Blowing

In-Person: Morgan Falls Overlook Park

2–4:00 p.m.

Reverse Tashlich

In-Person: Peachtree Creek Greenway

6–7:00 p.m.

Evening Minyan

Virtual (Zoom)

Kol Nidre – Tuesday, October 4

5–5:30 pm

Family Service

Hybrid: Breezeway and Virtual (Zoom and Live Stream)

5:30–6:15 p.m.

Vegan Kapparot

Yom Kippur challenges us to cleanse our souls from missteps over the past year. Our tradition seeks to imbue the ethereal nature of our good and evil, right a wrong into an object that can be consumed, cast out, or flung away. Kapparot seeks to take that which is weighing us down and swing it over our heads, casting it far away from us. We have reclaimed this medieval ritual for our modern spiritual life, replacing the killing of a chicken with the righteous act of tzedakah. Join Rabbi Rosenthal in the garden as we will recite our prayers, imbue a bag of money with our regrets for the past year, and swing it over our heads, thereby turning our shortcomings into acts of loving kindness to help others. Farmer Joe and his chicken will be on site… for petting only.

In-Person: Garden

6:10 p.m.

Mincha Service

Hybrid: Srochi Auditorium and Virtual (Zoom and Live Stream)

6:30 p.m.

Kol Nidre Service

7:00 p.m.

Ma’ariv Service

Yom Kippur – Wednesday, October 5

8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Yom Kippur and Yizkor Services
Yizkor Service begins around 12:30 p.m.

5783 Yizkor Book Supplement

Hybrid: Srochi Auditorium and Virtual (Zoom and Live Stream)

9–10:00 a.m.

Family Service

In-Person: Outdoor Tent

9:30–10:30 a.m.

Torah Study Led by Judy Marx

“Everything Old is New Again”: This session explores how understanding our history through Yom Kippur’s Torah reading and liturgy lead us to repentance and forgiveness. Judy Marx is a long-time Jewish community professional. She was the Atlanta Director of the American Jewish Committee for twelve years and is currently with the Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta. In her free time she consults with interfaith organizations and prepares for Torah Study at AA.

Hybrid: Cavalier Room and Virtual (Zoom)

10:00 a.m.–End of YK Service

Children’s Programming (0–5th Grade)

In-Person: Check-In at Ahava ELC

2:30–4:00 p.m.

Beit Midrash (Study Hall) Led by Dr. Dennis Gilbride

“The Golden Calf, Consuming Fire, Atonement, and Forgiveness”: This session focuses on two relatively well known, but under-studied stories in the Torah: the Golden Calf and the death of Aaron’s sons, Nadav and Avihu.  By exploring midrashim and ideas that tie these two episodes together, we will provide an interesting and provocative understanding of the Jewish approach to atonement, forgiveness, and connection to G-d. Dennis Gilbride has been a professor for 32 years, first at Syracuse University and, for the last ten years, at Georgia State University in its Department of Counseling and Psychological Services. He began his career at Drake University in Des Moines Iowa where he and his family were congregants of Neil Sandler, AA’s Rabbi Emeritus.

Hybrid: Srochi Auditorium and Virtual (Zoom)

4–6:30 p.m.

Chanting with SunMoonPie

Hybrid: Paradies Hall and Virtual (Zoom)

5:30 p.m.

Mincha Service
Reading of the Book of Jonah

Hybrid: Srochi Auditorium and Virtual (Zoom and Live Stream)

6:30 p.m.

Neilah Service

7:41 p.m.

Ma’ariv/Havdallah and Final Shofar Blast

AARI Elul Campaign

*Updates*

Many of our committees and initiatives have agreed to host and share their beautiful sukkot around Atlanta with all of us. Everybody, whether assembling a welcome kit or not, is invited to come together for the holiday of Sukkot!

If you have pledged to assemble a welcome kit, one of these sukkot parties will function as your drop-off location. Bring your kit to the sukkah, and an AARI Committee member will ensure it makes its way to the Welcome Co-Op, our partner in caring for the newly arriving refugees. Additionally, each sukkah party will have all the supplies needed to assemble a bag so more can support and share our abundance with those in need.

Below is a list of the sukkah parties going on around Atlanta. You do not need to be a part of the host’s community (i.e. involved in Kesher, Sisterhood, mAAc, etc.) to join a particular sukkah party. If you love AA Synagogue and are a part of our spiritual family, you are welcome to any party that is convenient to you. (And just think: You might meet somebody new and make a new friend.) Join a Sukkah party, enjoy snacks and camaraderie, and assemble a welcome kit for a newly arriving refugee family. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the holiday of sukkot as a community!

mAAc Sukkah Party: Wednesday, October 12, 1–3 p.m., Ahavath Achim Synagogue (600 Peachtree Battle Ave, NW Atlanta GA 30327)

Kesher Sukkah Parties:

  • Wednesday, October 12, 5 –7 p.m., Home of Sara and Mark Papier (3231 Hunterdon Way SE, Marietta, GA 30067)
  • Thursday, October 13, 6–8 p.m.
    • Home of Elana and Ben Yonas (1841 McLendon Avenue NE Atlanta, GA 30307)
    • Home of Heleen and Steve Grossman (5170 Trimble Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30342)

Ahavath Achim Sisterhood Sukkah Party: Thursday, October 13, 6:30 –8:30 p.m., Ahavath Achim Synagogue (600 Peachtree Battle Ave, NW Atlanta GA 30327)

Inclusion and Belonging Committee Sukkah Party: Sunday, October 16, 1–4 p.m., Home of Shelly and Allan Dollar (2192 Greencliff Drive Atlanta, GA 30345)

Interfaith Inclusion Committee (IIC) Sukkah Party: Sunday, October 16, Ahavath Achim Synagogue (600 Peachtree Battle Ave, NW Atlanta, GA 30327)

There are many that have been forced to flee their homelands to come to a new country, fearful, and facing uncertainty. Most of us are only two or three generations distant from those refugee experiences ourselves, grateful our families survived the life-threatening turmoil in their homelands and could receive any help their new communities could offer. During the month of Elul and through the High Holidays, the AARI is launching the Elul Campaign as a way for the AA community to make an impact. As a part of this campaign, volunteers will assemble welcome kits to be given to refugee families as they arrive in Georgia (kit contents detailed below). We often have to purchase personal items for people to place in their homes, so having these kits on hand is of tremendous help and saves families money.

Volunteers can do this activity in whichever location and on whichever timeline they’d like. All items should be placed in a container (reusable shopping bags are recommended), and label each kit so we know what/who it’s for. It’s a good idea to re-enforce products with liquid contents with tape to prevent spillage.

Welcome kits need to be dropped off during the holiday of Sukkot (October 11–16). After Yom Kippur, a full list of dates, times, and locations of the many sukkot around town will be emailed to volunteers. Volunteers will choose a convenient sukkah to which to deliver the welcome kit(s). Volunteers are asked to hold on to welcome kit(s) until they can be delivered to the sukkah of their choosing. Deliveries are meant to be social events, so volunteers should plan to drop off the kit(s) and socialize a bit before leaving.

Volunteers who are unable deliver to a sukkah should email Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal (lrosenthal@aasynagogue.org) who will arrange for one of the AARI Task Force members to pick up the kit(s) from their home.

  • Drinking glasses (4 regular size)
  • Light bulbs (4-pack)
  • Small and large kitchen knives (1 of each)
  • Dish detergent (regular size)
  • Scouring powder (regular size)
  • Sponges (2-pack, kitchen)
  • Trash bags (box, tall kitchen)
  • Laundry deterg. (reg. size liquid or powder)
  • Can opener (manual)
  • Notebook (spiral or composition)
  • Pack of pens
  • Shower curtain and rings
  • Toilet paper (4 rolls)
  • Women’s deodorant (regular size)
  • Feminine hygiene (pack, pads)
  • Disposable razors (2 or 4-pack)
  • Shaving cream (regular size)
  • Shampoo (regular size)
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Bath soap (4 bars)
  • Toilet paper (4 rolls)
  • Men’s deodorant (regular size)
  • Shaving cream (regular size)
  • Disposable razors (2 or 4-pack)
  • Shampoo (regular size)
  • Toothpaste (4-6 oz. tube)
  • Toothbrush (adult)
  • Bath soap (4 bars)
  • Bath towel and wash cloth
  • Notebook (spiral or composition)
  • Pack of pens or pencils
  • Bath soap (4 bars)
  • Shampoo (regular size)
  • Toilet paper (4 rolls)
  • Toothpaste (4-6 oz. tube)
  • Toothbrush (child)
  • Bath towel and wash cloth
  • Small stuffed animal
  • Bath towel and wash cloth