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Shavuot 5783: Voices — Zoom Only

May 25 @ 7:30 pm

Art by Sefira Lightstonehttps://www.sefiracreative.com/

Join us as we celebrate the revelation of Torah with learning, song, poetry, and more! We’ll join together with Temple Beth El of City Island and Rabbi David Markus for a joint festival celebration online via TBE’s Zoom room. We’ll begin at 7:30pm with Festival Ma’ariv (evening prayer) featuring some beautiful melodies we don’t usually hear and the joyful psalms of Hallel.

The Missing Jew by Rodger Kamenetz

Our Tikkun Leyl Shavuot (late-night learning) will begin at 9pm with our keynote Hearing Voices: What Poets Do, a poetry reading and conversation with acclaimed poet Rodger Kamenetz, author of The Missing Jew: New and Selected Poems 1976-2022. If you have any of Rodger’s books, please have them on hand, as they will help to inform the Q&A / conversation that flows after he shares some poetry! Here’s some praise for his New and Selected volume:

Rodger Kamenetz doesn’t miss a trick. He writes with a Yiddish lilt, a rabbinic braininess and tenderness, a three thousand year memory of torah and suffering and exile, and a wild kabbalistic dreamlife, all wrapped up in our beautiful freethinking American idiom.

I love these poems featuring matzos, cherry soda, tailors, and Torahs—with Santa Claus here too, making a cameo. I have long admired Rodger Kamenetz’s poems and how they meld the visible and the invisible, moving seamlessly between the daily and the holy as they slowly unveil the world’s secrets, from what a tailor knows about bodies to what family is and how it behaves. In Kamenetz’s hands, history often comes with a side of humor, and that arrangement makes these substantive, searching, and deeply spiritual poems compulsively enjoyable—and so resonantly true.

Other lessons will include:

  • I Wrote and Gave Myself, with R. Rachel Barenblat
  • Kol Dodi Dofek / The Voice of the Beloved Knocks, with R. David Markus
  • In Our Own Voices: Torah (Not-So-)Mad Libs

TBE’s Zoom Room: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/372001186?occurrence=1683172800000
Meeting ID: 372 001 186


May 25
7:30 pm
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