Shavuot is May 19-21 this year, and we are pleased to have Rabbi Benjamin Segal as our Scholar-in-Residence that weekend, sponsored by Adath Chesed Shel Emes Cemetery and Chevra Kavod Hamet Burial Society.
So, what is Shavuot? Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Tradition has it that all of us stood together at Sinai, and prepared ourselves for the gift of the Torah. Shavuot is a joyous holiday in which we reaffirm our commitment to Judaism and to the spiritual journey of Jewish learning.
Today, Shavuot is marked with special prayers, foods, the reading of Megillat Rut (the biblical Book of Ruth) and most importantly, the unique custom of Tikkun Leil Shavuot (an all-night Torah study session).
We hope you'll join us for a weekend of learning. Below is the full schedule of services and special events, as well as information on our Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi Benjamin Segal.
Rabbi Benjamin J. Segal is an author and lecturer, living in Jerusalem. He has most recently published Kohelet's Pursuit of Truth: A New Reading of Ecclesiastes. through the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (www.schechter.edu).
He is past president both of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies—the academic and educational center of Masorti Judaism in Israel, and of Melitz, the Centers for Jewish and Zionist Education. Previously, he served as the Director of the Ramah Programs in Israel.
Among his past volunteer roles, he was Chairman of the Masorti Movement in Israel and a member of the Executive of the World Zionist Organization, and the chairperson the Directorate of the Meimad (political) party in Israel.
Rabbi Segal was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, in 1969, and served as a pulpit rabbi in Palo Alto, California. He made aliyah in 1973, and lives in Jerusalem with his wife Judy. The Segals have five children and twenty-one grandchildren.
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