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Tikkun Leil Shavuot ๐Ÿ”€

Thu, May 25 @ 6:00 pmโ€“Fri, May 26 @ 8:00 am

Join us for our community's all-night learning in celebration of the giving of Torah. We'll offer multiple in-person and virtual learning tracks and special learning for children, families, teens, and adults.

This event is free and open to the community!

Time

Session

Slot 1

(Ellman Chapel)

This is the Zoom link for all sessions held in Ellman Chapel

Slot 2

(Koplin-Borochoff Library)

This is the Zoom link for all sessions held in Koplin-Borochoff Library

Thursday, May 25

6:00 p.m.

Evening Minyan

Ellman Chapel

8:15 p.m.

Candle Lighting and Welcome

Ellman Chapel

8:50 p.m.

Session 1


Leader: Dr. Peter Saulson

We are "Citizens of Two Realms”
Through careful reading of Chapter One of his classic Man is Not Alone, we’ll see how Abraham Joshua Heschel argued that “the realm of the ineffable” was at least as real as the physical world. This insight forms the basis for understanding Heschel’s argument for the realness of God.

Source Sheet

Leader: Richard Friedman

Everything We Knew Was Wrong
Just a couple of examples to show how two revolutions—Archaeology and Bible Criticism—have changed what we know and what we understand in most of the Bible.

Source Sheet

9:50 p.m.

Transition

10:00 p.m.

Session 2

Leader: Dennis Gilbride

How Abraham Joshua Heschel Understands the Purpose of Prayer

This session will discuss Heschel’s view of prayer. We will explore several components of prayer including gratitude, wonder and moving beyond self-centeredness. We will also discuss Heschel’s view on the differences between prayers of praise and petition.

Source Sheet


Leader: Rabbi Neil Sandler

Reading Torah—Challenging the Mind and Uplifting the Spirit: A Session in Memory of Arnold M. Goodman z"l
Rabbi Arnold Goodman, my teacher and our teacher, enjoyed a very fulfilling career in the rabbinate. He touched many lives through the Torah he taught and left with many people. Of course, Rabbi Goodman’s Torah began with study of THE Torah. In this session on the day we celebrate our people’s receiving Torah, we will look at the meaning of the public reading of the Torah, the purpose it serves and the spirituality of the practice in our services.

Source Sheet

10:50 p.m.

Transition

11:00 p.m.

Session 3

Leader: Edward Queen

Torah and Tikkun: Study and Observance as a Spark for Redemption

Most of us know the Hebrew word "tikkun" from the phrase "tikkun olam" (repair the world) and may wonder what does it have to do with Shavuot? Traditionally the word, meaning repair or rectification, described activities undertaken to "fix" some sin or transgression, either individual or collective. They served to repair the world on a cosmic scale and pave the way for the messiah. This session looks at the kabbalistic doctrine of "theurgy", the idea that human actions affect the divine realm, and the essential role that Torah study and observance play in sparking redemption.

Source Sheet

Leader: Dr. Linda Lippitt

Chasidic Psychology and Demons
This is the teaching of Harav Yitzchak Ginsburgh. Close reading of the Torah and the Zohar reveals what G-d left unfinished and why.We will discuss the strategies available to suppress scars of trauma or desires for things that take us further from G-d. The most critical name for G'd for this purpose is "Sha-'ai. We will start the session with an orientation to the kabbalistic tree of life. Hopefully this will allow novices to mysticism to be enriched by this and want more.

Source Sheet

Friday, May 26

12:00 a.m.

Session 4

Leader: Steve Chervin

Abraham Joshua Heschel and Prophecy: God and Justice

Just as the prophets in the Hebrew Bible were consumed by God's demand for justice in the world, so too was AJ Heschel consumed with his own appreciation of the divine imperative to seek justice. In this session, we will examine excerpts from Heschel's masterpiece The Prophets, based on his doctoral dissertation in philosophy completed for the University of Berlin.

Source Sheet

Leader: Rabbi Chaim Listfield

“Is God a Gator?”
A story making the rounds is that one of America’s most famous rabbis blessed the University of Florida Men’s basketball team two years in a row, and the Gators won the national championship both times. We’ll discuss this charming story—and then we’ll debunk it. Shavuot is about following God, not influencing God.

Source Sheet

12:50 a.m.

Transition

1:00 a.m.

Session 5

Leader: Joe Citron

Torah in Relationship to Music, Songs and Artists

We will look at the influence of the Torah in song. Also see the diverse applicants of Torah in their works.

Source Sheet

Leader: Jordan Forman

Got to Get a Get? Got It!
Jordan will touch on some highlights from the tractate of Gittin (and maybe other sources) to see what Judaism has to say about divorce and the process of the get. What are the rights and responsibilities of the parties to the divorce? What can be done when someone is not performing his/her obligations? We will discuss these and other related issues.

Source Sheet

1:50 a.m.

Transition

2:00 a.m.

Session 6

Leader: Jay Waronker

Synagogues of Sub-Saharan Africa: Architecture, History and Communities
A book talk on Jay Waronker's just-released book Synagogues of Sub-Saharan Africa: Architecture, History and Communities. This publication provides a written and richly-illustrated (including Waronker's careful watercolors) history of the three hundred or so synagogues realized by diverse communities of Jews in thirteen regional countries: South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, and Eritrea. These religious buildings, varying in scale and appointments from the grand and luxurious to the one-roomed and humble and constructed in large cities, towns and villages, date from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Some are still operational, others repurposed and yet more demolished. Filling in a previous gap in scholarship and general knowledge, these synagogues reveal a fascinating story of Jewish, African and architectural history and identity.

Source Sheet


Leader: Rabbi Hillel Norry

The Most Remarkable Object in History—The Tablets
Not all characters in the biblical stories are people. Sometimes it is a remarkable THING, an object that plays a crucial part in driving the narrative forward, and creating the story. We will look at the description of the tablets themselves (not the commandments… the TABLETS… and ask simple but revealing questions about this remarkable object: Where is it, and where did it come from? Who made it? What is it made of? Is it the only one of its kind? When does it appear in our story? What happened to it, and where is it now?

Source Sheet

2:50 a.m.

Transition

3:00 a.m.

Session 7

Leader: Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal

Homosexuality and the Torah—A Jewish Perspective

For millennia, the words of the Bible have been used to exclude, ridicule, and demean homosexuals. The few words in the Torah on this issue are often read and taken at "face value." Is this "face value" reading really what the Torah says or are generations of bias, fear, and social control being read into our understanding of God’s will? A deeper reading can reveal a lot about how the Bible might be understanding sexuality and sexual behavior.

Source Sheet

There is no second slot session, only a first slot session in Ellman Chapel.

3:50 a.m.

Transition

4:00 a.m.

Session 8

Leader: Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal

Israel Through the Eyes of a Poet

Explore the artistic expression of love, life, and hope as poets give us deeper meaning into the Promised Land. This session will look at how Israel was expressed through the minds of poets and what their heartfelt expression means to our modern understanding and love of the Jewish State.

Source Sheet

There is no second slot session, only a first slot session in Ellman Chapel.

5:00 a.m.

Transition

5:15 a.m.

Gentle Yoga and Stretching

Memorial Garden

5:45 a.m.

Hashkamah Minyan (Early Morning Service)

Memorial Garden

8:00 a.m.

Breakfast

Paradies Hall

Details

Start:
Thu, May 25 @ 6:00 pm
End:
Fri, May 26 @ 8:00 am
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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, 1โ€“3 p.m., Ahavath Achim Synagogue (600 Peachtree Battle Ave, NW Atlanta GA 30327)

Kesher Sukkah Parties:

  • Wednesday, October 12, 5 โ€“7 p.m., Home of Sara and Mark Papier (3231 Hunterdon Way SE, Marietta, GA 30067)
  • Thursday, October 13, 6โ€“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)

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

Meshorerim (Spiritual Music) Sukkah Party: Saturday, October 15 7โ€“9 p.m., Home of Bonnie and Michael Levine (460 Gift Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316)

Interfaith Inclusion Committee (IIC) Sukkah Party: Sunday, October 16, 1โ€“3 p.m., Ahavath Achim Synagogue (600 Peachtree Battle Ave, NW Atlanta, GA 30327)

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

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 11โ€“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 ([email protected]) 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)
  • Bath towel and wash cloth
  • 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