Shavuot 5779

Tikkun Leil Shavuos and Shavuos Services June 8-9, 2019
Shirat HaNefesh, Minyan Segulah, Fabrangen,
Ohev Sholom – The National Synagogue,
and Tifereth Israel

Saturday, June 8 – Sunday June 9, 2019

Welcome the ever-changing Torah arriving from Mt. Sinai

Fabrangen Torah writing.

Printable version: Tikkun Schedule 2019

Saturday, June 8


Prior to the Joint Tikkun at Tifereth Israel

9:15-9:40 p.m. – Ma’ariv, Havdalah

9:40-9:55 p.m.  – Refreshment break

9:55-10:35 p.m. – Session A – Ari Ne’eman “American Jewry and the Eugenics Movement”

10:35-10:45 p.m.  – Break

Prior to the Joint Tikkun at Ohev Sholom – The National Synagogue

9:14 p.m. – Candle lighting

9:30 p.m. – Maariv

10:00 p.m. – Light dinner

9:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. – Teen Tikkun


Study Sessions –  beginning at Tifereth Israel Congregation, 7701 16th Street NW, and move to Ohev Sholom, 1600 Jonquil Street NW (across the street), during the night.

Joint Tikkun Begins at Tifereth Israel

10:45 – 11:30 p.m. – Communal Session #1

  • Rabbanit Tali Schaum Broder
    Seek and Ye Shall Find- a Hasidic text for Shavuot
  • Rabbi Ethan Seidel
    Having it Both Ways: The Importance of Ambiguity when Speaking of Sinai
  • Virginia Spatz
    Thoughts from Hebrew Poetry on American Shore: Lake Michigan in Hebrew and Kikayon in New York

11:30 – 11:40 p.m. – Break

11:40 a.m. -12:50 a.m. – Joint Session: ASK THE RABBI

12:50 AM – 1:00 a.m.  – Break

1:00 -1:50 a.m. – Communal Session #2

  • Josh Milner
    The Yoke of Heaven and Immunity to Infection – Does it help to think about them?
  • Ira Forman
    The Rising Tide of Antisemitism:  What Is It and How to Confront It
  • Norman Shore
    Avigayil eshet hayil: Texts on Abigail, Wife of King David

1:00 – ?? – “Open Derash” Night

Join us for consecutive divrei Torah all night long!  Everyone is welcome to share your Torah, regardless of age, background, and knowledge level. We will start at 1 am and go until Shacharit (or until we run out of divrei Torah)


1:50-2:05 a.m. All proceed to Ohev Sholom- The National Synagogue

2:05-2:50 a.m. – Communal Session #3

  • Arie Michelsohn
    How I Discovered Splendor in Techelet and Marvel in the Mitzvah of Tzizit
  • Leora Troy
    Don’t Judge the Torah by its Laws: Does following the Torah make you a good person?
  • Jesse Beller
    Late Night Nigun Singing

2:50 – 3:00 a.m. – Break

3:00 -3:45 a.m. – Communal Session #4

  • Saul Weinreb
    Pure versus Impure – Whatever happened to all the laws of Tumah Ve’Taharah?
  • Darius Sivin
    Mordecai Kaplan’s critique of the chosen people doctrine: Ssignificance for contemporary liturgical choices

3:50 – 4:00 a.m. – Break

4:00 -4:45 a.m. – Communal Session #5

  • Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld
    Telling the Story of Ruth
  • Yvonne Shashoua
    A Reading and Discussion of Daniel in the Lion’s Den
  • Ben Dreyfus
    Praying Before Praying: Singing niggunim to approach revelation

Sunday, June 9

Early Morning Shavuos Services

  • 4:45 a.m. –  Early Shavuos Services at Ohev Sholom – The National Synagogue
  • 4:55 a.m. – Minyan Segulah service, co-sponsored by Tifereth Israel at Tifereth Israel

Regular Shavuos Services

  • 9:00 a.m. – Regular Shavuos Services at Tifereth Israel
  • 9:15 a.m. –  Regular Shavuos services at Ohev Sholom – The National Synagogue
  • 9:30 a.m. – Regular Fabrangen Shavuos Service at Tifereth Israel
    In the TI library – includes Yizkor