This year, Shavuot begins on Motzei Shabbat (Saturday night) the 8th of June. As usual, we have a full programme planned, including our acclaimed Tikkun Leyl Shavuot, a children's Tikkun, our traditional picnic and football in the park, and an ice-cream kiddush on the second day. This year, we're continuing the tradition of holding second-day services at a member's home, followed by a milky pot luck lunch. Keep reading for details.
Tikkun Leyl Shavuot (full programme now available here)
Once again at KNM we will observe the ancient tradition of staying up all night to study on the evening of Shavuot. Our midrashic tradition has it that the Israelites slept in late on the morning of the revelation on Mount Sinai and needed to be roused from their beds. For this reason Jewish communities around the world observe a "Tikkun Leyl Shavuot", loosely translatable as"night of repair", to make up for our ancestors' error. The night is devoted to learning, thinking and arguing. Each year at KNM we take a theme and develop it through the small hours of the night, hoping to gain new insights into some particular aspect of Jewish life.
The Junior Tikkun will take place between 4.30pm and 6.30pm on Shabbat June 8th and will be led by Rabbi Joel and Noam staff. The evening will be split between two age groups, Reception-Y3 and Y4-Y8. Refreshments will be provided. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more details.
Picnic and Football in the Park
A Kol Nefesh Shavuot tradition!! Meet around 3pm in Stonegrove Park on the afternoon of the first day (this year, Sunday June 9th). No particular football skills or knowledge required!
Second-Day Shavuot Service and Pot-Luck Lunch
Monday June 10th, 9.30am. Lunch will follow directly after services. Please bring a milky or pareve dish to share.
This year, our theme for the Tikkun Leyl is Expressing the Encounter with God.
The Israelites stood together at Sinai and experienced God. We stand together on Shavuot and mark the occasion by reading a very particular story about the Israelites standing together at Sinai and experiencing God! Jews, and after us the other Abrahamic monotheists, are really into written words!
Was the original encounter linguistic? If not, how and why did a fundamentally non-linguistic experience get turned into spoken words and then into written ones and then into printed ones, and how did that process alter our experience of revelation? After all that, are the original experiences in any way accessible to us?
Sessions: Rabbi Joel, Dr Georgia Kaufmann, Rabbi Larry Tabick, Rabbi Dr Barbara Borts
Time: Introduction by Rabbi Joel at 9 pm, Ma’ariv around 10.20 pm, followed by all-night learning until Shacharit around 4 am. In accordance with the rabbinic ideal, we will aim to begin our morning Amidah exactly at sunrise (4:42 am), accompanied by the sound of birdsong.
The full programme for our Tikkun Leyl Shavuot is now available here.