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Community Shavuot

Saturday June 11, 2016 Annual Community-Wide Shavuot Program

A Kansas City Tradition to Feature Keynote Speaker Rabbi Shai Cherry

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Jewish community will join together for an evening of prayer, study and celebration at the annual Tikkun L'el Shavuot program on Saturday, June 11 at Kehilath Israel Synagogue, 10501 Conser. The evening begins at 8:30 p.m. with two Mincha/Maariv services including a traditional and a contemporary service. The celebration will include a catered dairy buffet dinner followed by a keynote featuring Rabbi Shai Cherry, a Conservative rabbi with a doctorate in Jewish thought and an authority on Judaism and Darwinism, Torah interpretations and the philosophy of halakhah (Jewish Law).

Rabbi Cherry received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University where he wrote on Jewish Responses to Darwinism. He taught at Vanderbilt University for four years while writing his first book, Torah through Time: How to Understand Bible Commentary from the Rabbinic Period to Modern Times. Cherry then received ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and opened up his own Torah Learning Center, Shaar Hamayim, in San Diego. He also serves as a Lecturer for UC San Diego. His research has focused on the nexus between science and Judaism, and he has studied the Jewish response to evolutionary theory in the twentieth century.

Rabbi Cherry has an uncanny ability to translate traditional Judaism for those who have not had the luxury and blessing of dedicating their lives to Jewish learning. Known for his passion and humor, Cherry brings his expertise on the development of Jewish theology, biblical interpretation, and law to contemporary issues confronting the Jewish people.

Shavuot comes fifty days after the first day of Pesach, after the counting of the Omer has been completed, and celebrates God's giving of the Torah to the Jewish people at Mt. Sinai. Learning is an integral part of Judaism and therefore, it is befitting for the community to come together at this time to study. Shavuot also celebrates the harvest season. It is a custom to read the Book of Ruth, the story of a woman who voluntarily converts to Judaism, as well as to stay up late on the first night of Shavuot to study Torah. The Kansas City Jewish Community has celebrated this Shavuot tradition for over 30 years.

A catered dairy buffet dinner featuring a favorite selection of Shavuot delicacies including blintzes and cheesecake will be served at 9:15 p.m. The cost is $16.00 per adult and $10 per student (age 17 and under). Advance prepaid reservations can be made online at kcrabbis.org or sent (make checks payable to Rabbinical Association) to Rabbinical Association, 5801 W. 115, Suite 113, Overland Park, KS 66211. Reservation deadline is Tuesday, June 7; reservations received after June 7, is $20.00 per adult and $14 per student. There is no charge to the community to attend the study program only, which begins at 10:15.

This program is cosponsored by The Rabbinical Association of Greater KC, and funded by the Goldie Chalet Fund of Kehilath Israel Synagogue.

For additional information or if planning to attend the study program only, contact Annette Fish, Administrator/Program Director, Rabbinical Association, afprogram@aol.com or 913-327-4622.

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