The Paul Feig z"l Tikkun Leil Shavuot 2024

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The Paul Feig z"l Tikkun Leil Shavuot 2024

Come together with people from across the spectrum of Jewish Life for a free, revelatory night of study, film, music, dance, conversation, and more in celebration of Shavuot. Come for the revelation, stay for the cheesecake! No registration necessary.

In 2024, The Tikkun Leil Shavuot will take place in person only overnight, Tue, Jun 11–Wed, Jun 12, 9 pm–5 am.

Highlights include:

  • Sessions featuring Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award-winning lyricist/composer Benj Pasek; Tony-nominated actor Steven Skybell; best-selling author Dan Senor; and more
  • Rabbi Joanna Samuels in conversation with Rabbi David Wolpe
  • Antisemitism and Jewish life on campus, with multiple sessions featuring Columbia University professor Shai Davidai, Abigail Pogrebin, and NYC Hillel directors + rabbis
  • An all-night track with World Zionist Organization titled Jewish Peoplehood in Times of Crisis, including sessions on American Jews + Israel, feminism post-October 7, and more
  • Public Safety + Antisemitism Town Hall with UWS city council member Gale Brewer + Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, moderated by Forward editor-in-chief Jodi Rudoren
  • Stand-up comedy sessions from The Bible Players and Liz Glazer
  • Barbenheimer concert with MusicTalks
  • They're Coming After Us with John Podhoretz
  • Why the Jews: The Reason for Antisemitism, the Most Accurate Predictor of Human Evil with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
  • Silent disco
  • ...and so much more!

Keep up to date:

Watch recordings from previous Tikkuns.
Contact Sarah-Kay Lacks for more information.
If you are looking for an online Tikkun, you can register for Kohenet's here.


Our 2024 schedule is live! Browse our stellar lineup below. Sessions, presenters, and time slots are subject to change.


*These programs involve technology, music, video, writing, etc.

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9 PM

*Opening Song Circle
Cantor Shimon Smith + Rabbi Yael Rapport
Join in an immersive communal song experience to mark the beginning of Shavuot. Through raising our voices and spirits together, we’ll ready ourselves for the deep dive into experiential learning and rich Torah that lies ahead. All are welcome—no singing experience necessary! This program will be amplified.

All Night Lobby Gallery Exhibition: Flowers Will Bloom Again

Flowers Will Bloom Again is a creative tribute to honor the memory of all civilians who fell victim to the tragic events of October 7. During Yom Hazikaron and Shabbat Shabbang programs, community members crafted, painted, and knitted red flowers. Each flower symbolizes a life remembered and a promise for renewal. These handcrafted blooms are a powerful visual testament to our community's resilience and unity in the face of loss.
This installation is in partnership with The UWS Shlichut, UJA-Federation of New York, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Rodeph Sholom, Congregation Habonim, and Romemu. The program is proudly supported by the Israel Engagement Fund: A JCC Association of North America Program Accelerator and the Ministry for Diaspora Affairs.

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10 PM

All You Need is Love
Rabbi Lisa Gelber
The Beatles maintained that All You Need is Love. In a year like no other, gift yourself time in community to open to love. Through silence, song, prayer, and poetry, we’ll aim to tap into the heart’s center and send love to ourselves, one another, and the world. Rain location: 5th Floor Fitness Studio.

From "How To" to "Why Bother": Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Jewish Catalog
Rabbi Michael Strassfeld, Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove + Abigail Pogrebin 
The Jewish Catalog inspired a generation of Jews to bring Judaism into their homes and hearts. Fifty years later, what is needed now? 
7th Floor Beit Midrash East

Free Speech: Comedy, Israel + Judaism
Noam Dworman, Mike Pesca + Dan Naturman
The owner of the Comedy Cellar, a journalist, and a comic discuss and debate issues of speech and the First Amendment. 
7th Floor Beit Midrash West

An Insider's View: Dilemmas + Challenges of Running a Hospital in Wartime
Dr. Tamar Elram
The CEO of Hadassah Medical Center at Mt. Scopus, Dr. Tamar Elram, will take us behind the scenes of managing one of Israel's largest hospitals both on and in the aftermath of October 7, from treating the wounded to managing a mixed staff of Jews, Arabs, and more. This session is part of WZO's Jewish Peoplehood Hub: "Jewish Peoplehood in Times of Crisis."
7th Floor Conference Center

Meeting God in "Exile"
Dr. David Kraemer
According to the Torah, Israel's meeting with God to receive the words of the covenant took place at Mount Sinai, outside the Land of Israel. In this detail, the Torah communicates that the divine can be encountered anywhere. In fact, throughout our history, Jews have claimed that divine encounters are independent of territory. In this session, we will review such teachings and consider what they mean for us—Jews who are at home in "exile."
7th Floor Reception Room

"What's in Your Closet?" A Lilith Salon
Lilith Magazine + Susan Weidman Schneider
Closets hold all of our secrets, fantasies, and, often, cleaning supplies. They can be a place to hide (metaphorically or actually), a portal to another world, or a home for our most beloved/forgotten possessions. Join us for a lively conversation all about what our closets hide and reveal about us, alongside the folks who make Lilith happen (editors, writers, artists, and more...), and connect with Jewish feminists like—and unlike—yourself!
7th Floor Makom

Redeeming Images: Art to Demand Attention
Dede Bandaid, Nitzan Mintz, Orit Huberman + moderator Tobi Kahn
New York artist Tobi Kahn will facilitate a conversation with Dede Bandaid and Nitzan Mintz about viral art and street art in the context of their global poster campaign for the hostages, along with Orit Huberman, whose art and activism support the hostages and their families. 
7th Floor Library 

The Ugly Man, The Rabbi, and The Prostitute
Rabbi Igael Gurin Malous
Delve into a fascinating exploration of human connection, transformation, and the power of redemption. In this thought-provoking session, we will uncover timeless wisdom through the unexpected stories of remarkable individuals. What brings them together? How do their lives intersect in profound ways? Explore the deeper meaning behind their journeys and uncover insights that resonate across cultures and generations.
4th Floor Fitness Studio

Why the Jews: The Reason for Antisemitism—the Most Accurate Predictor of Human Evil
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
The word “Jew” continues to arouse passions like no other religious, national, or political name. Why have Jews been the objects of the most enduring and universal hatred in history? In this talk, Rabbi Telushkin uncovers and interprets the roots of antisemitism, from the ancient world to the Holocaust, and the current crisis in the Middle East. He explains why those in the West who think antisemitism is only the Jews' problem are making a grievous error; rather, Jew-hatred and Israel-hatred are the most accurate warning signs of evil.
3rd Floor North Gym

Safeguarding NYC: A Dialogue on Public Safety + Antisemitism
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, City Council Member Gale Brewer + Jodi Rudoren  
Join Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, City Council Member Gale Brewer, and editor-in-chief of the Forward, Jodi Rudoren, for a conversation on public safety and quality of life concerns. There were significant disruptions to the criminal justice system and support services during the pandemic, and public opinion polls indicate a decline in perceived safety compared to five years ago. From rises in antisemitism, hate crimes, and bias incidents to unlicensed cannabis businesses and retail theft, gain firsthand insights into how our local elected officials are addressing these critical issues, and discover perspectives, strategies, and a shared commitment to building a safer, more inclusive city for all. This session will be amplified.
3rd Floor South Gym

*Barbenheimer in Concert: A Musical Tribute to Barbie + Oppenheimer 
Join MusicTalks for a tribute to the 2023 box-office hits Barbie and Oppenheimer! This concert will celebrate female empowerment through music by trailblazing women such as suffragist Ethel Smyth, Florence Price, Billie Eilish, and more. We will also explore the exciting collisions of music and science with music by Bach, Mozart, Philip Glass, Coldplay, and more.
2nd Floor Communal Space

Zioness: Unabashedly Progressive, Unapologetically Zionist
Amanda Berman + Andrew Silow-Carroll
Zioness is a coalition of Jewish activists and allies who are fighting for the advancement of social, racial, economic, environmental and gender justice in America. Zioness is committed to fighting for Zionism and the inclusion of Zionists in social justice spaces, because Zionism is itself a progressive value. Don’t miss this exclusive interview and open conversation with Amanda Berman, founder and executive director of Zioness, and Andrew Silow-Carroll, editor-at-large of NY Jewish Week, about the mission and momentum of the movement.
Mezzanine Classroom

Twist it Up!
Wendy the Pipe Cleaner Lady
As part of “Flower Will Bloom Again,” a creative tribute to the victims of October 7, our community sculpted, painted, and knitted red flowers. Now it’s your turn! Join Wendy the Pipe Cleaner Lady to make poppies out of chenille stems. No need to stay for the full session, just poppy-n anytime.
Lobby (10:30 pm-12:30 am)

Eight Months of Upheaval: Israeli-Palestinian Affairs in the Shadow of October 7
Alex Lederman
The Hamas attacks of October 7 and the ensuing war have altered the trajectory of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and have already begun to reshape Israeli and Palestinian society. Join Alex Lederman, Israel Policy Forum’s senior policy and communications associate, for a discussion on ongoing developments in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank and how they stand to impact regional affairs, U.S.-Israel ties, Israel’s Jewish and democratic character, and prospects for an eventual two-state outcome.
L1 Classroom 

Faith + Jewish Identity in a Changing World
Rabbi Joanna Samuels + Rabbi David Wolpe
Rabbi Joanna Samuels, JCC CEO, will be in conversation with Rabbi David Wolpe, Max Webb Rabbi Emeritus of Sinai Temple and Visiting Scholar at Harvard Divinity School. They will discuss faith, resilience, and meaning in times of difficulty, the future of the American Jewish community, and Jewish identity and beliefs in our rapidly changing world. 
L2 Auditorium

32 Ways of the Heart
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum + Rabbi Ayelet Cohen
Reflecting on her 32 years as the leader and senior rabbi of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, New York City’s LGBTQ+ synagogue, Rabbi Kleinbaum will explore the “heart/Lev” of her rabbinate through psalms, liturgy, and her more than 32 years of experience (Lev is also the gematria of the number 32) through conversation with Rabbi Ayelet Cohen. This session will be amplified.
L2 Teen Center
*Funky Fermentation: Tasting + Demo
Chef Naama Levit
Explore the world of flavors created through one of the oldest cooking techniques—fermentation. Join us for an interactive session featuring fermentation and pickling demonstrations, followed by guided tastings. Learn about the art and science behind transforming ordinary ingredients into extraordinary flavors in this age-old tradition of ingredient preservation. Unlocking the incredible influence of microbes reveals a world of complex flavors, enriching our culinary experiences in unexpected ways.
L3 Culinary Center

*Counting Peas + Telling Fortunes
Mikhl Yashinsky
Abraham Hochman, or “Professor Hochman,” as he styled himself, was a clairvoyant on the Lower East Side in the early 20th century. His specialty was locating truant husbands, and he used a proprietary divination method involving counting out handfuls of peas or nuts, asking questions, and consulting gems, planets, and heroes of the Tanach for the answers. Learn more about this unusual oracle.
L3 Mixed Media Room

Rebuilding After Crisis: Beit Midrash (In Hebrew)
Gali Rabin + Kobi Cohen
The past two years have been an emotionally turbulent roller coaster for us, Israelis, and the global Jewish community. Numerous issues and divisions have come to light, and the disputes within Israel have been more pronounced and contentious than ever. At the same time, many have found the strength and courage to support one another. Let’s delve into both old and new texts to explore our capacity to build a better future together. This session is in Hebrew.
L3 Drawing + Painting

*Islands of Stability: Dror Israel's Work for Healing + Resilience in Israel
Mirit Sulema, Dror Israel International Relations Director + Educator
Join Mirit Sulema for a conversation about Israel on the ground today. Hear the harrowing personal stories of October 7 survivors and heroes from devastated Kibbutz Be’eri to the displaced community of Sderot. Learn about the important work of Dror Israel with evacuees, returnees, and refugees in the North and how the educators of Dror Israel jumped into action to help their communities bring normalcy to the chaos of post-October 7 life.
L3 Classroom 1

*Singing to Revelation
Rabbi Sammy Kanter + the B'nai Jeshurun Aviv Davening Team 
Let's go on a journey together to see how communal singing can help us experience a taste of revelation, both individually and as a community! Join the Aviv Davening team (the 20s + 30s prayer team at B'nai Jeshurun), led by Rabbi Sammy Kanter and Michael Harlow, for singing niggunim (wordless melodies) and an exploration of what Jewish thinkers over the generations have to say about the power of singing. All voices welcome. 
L3 Classroom 2

Sukkat Shalom: A Live Art Project 
Aya Goshen | Artists: Gal Cohen, Bat El Elfasi, Mor Peled, Deborah Wasserman
We invite two artists from the Gaza Envelope and two local NY artists to join forces in creating “Sukkat Shalom.” This project unites artists to collaboratively craft a canvas, ultimately forming a sukkah to be showcased in NYC. Hear more from our Israeli artists and examine the process of creation and healing. Cosponsored by WZO Zionist Enterprises Dep; JCC Association of America; and Laba, Laboratory for Jewish Culture.
L3 Ceramics Studio

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11:15 PM

Silent Disco Party 
Sponsored by JCC 20s + 30s
Grab a set of headphones and choose between three channels of party music to dance the night away on the JCC rooftop! Hosted by 20s + 30s; all are welcome. Featuring an Israeli-themed wine and spirits tasting from Columbus Wines & Spirits. Rain location: 2nd Floor Classrooms 3, 4 + 5.

Immigrants + Asylum Seekers: Our Newest New Yorkers
Ruth Messinger, Adama Bah + Power Malu
Join three of NYC's hardest-working activists for a deep dive into immigration—its history, its relevance to the Jewish community, and its challenges to the city in 2024. Learn and discuss what they are seeing on the ground—who is coming, how are they being welcomed, and what more all of us could be doing to protect them and best benefit the city.
7th Floor Beit Midrash East

Redeeming Hostages: A Study in the Meaning of Tikkun Olam
Rabbi Adam Mintz
Join us as we study a selection from Tractate Gittin that addresses a topic that has confronted Jewish communities throughout the centuries. 
7th Floor Beit Midrash West

Closer Together or Further Apart?: American Jews + Israel after October 7
Dr. Yizhar Hess, Julie Platt, Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove, Carol Ann Schwartz
"Three of the leading figures in American Jewry today—JFNA Chairwoman Julie Platt, Park Avenue Synagogue's Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove, and Hadassah President Carol Ann Schwartz—will join Dr. Yizhar Hess for a high-level panel on the future of the relationship between Israel and American Jewish communities in the aftermath of October 7. This session is part of WZO's Jewish Peoplehood Hub: "Jewish Peoplehood In Times of Crisis."
7th Floor Conference Center

Jewish Guilt: Is It Defensible?
Rabbanit Adena Berkowitz + Rebbitzen Sara Shulevitz Vorhand, Esq.
What does Jewish tradition teach us about Jews and non-Jews who have wronged someone and face punishment? How can an observant Jewish lawyer defend someone who has committed a crime? Rabbanit Adena will provide Jewish law’s perspective on defending someone whom you know is guilty as well as other issues such as self-incrimination. Rebbitzen Sara will share challenges she has faced as a criminal defense lawyer and defending individuals who are sometimes guilty as charged.  
7th Floor Reception Room

Changing Notions of a Heroic Death in Jewish History
Rabbi David Hoffman
Killed in 1920 defending the settlement of Tel Chai in the Galilee, Joseph Trumpledor became a powerful model of Jewish self-sacrifice and courage. His last words, “It is good to die for our country,” are forever etched in Zionist lore. But how “Jewish” were his words? While many cultures believe death on the battlefield is noble, Jewish perspectives on this idea are conflicted. We will explore biblical and medieval Jewish sources that discuss the concept of giving one’s life in battle.
7th Floor Makom

Jewish Life on Campus: Hear from Hillel
Abigail Pogrebin + NYC Hillel Professionals
Join Abigail Pogrebin for an important panel discussion with rabbis and directors from NYC Hillels about post-October 7 Jewish life on campus. Panelists include Rabbi Emily Aronson from New York University Hillel, Jenna Citron Schwab, executive director of Queens College Hillel, and Rabbi Leah Fein from Columbia/Barnard Hillel. 
7th Floor Library

Meditation for Inner Peace + Troubling Times
Sheldon + Sheila Lewis
Meditation is a powerful friend to accompany us through these trying and traumatic times. Offering experiential practices and kavvanot (focused intentions), we will open the heart to stillness, equanimity, and connection. On this night of revelation, we gather to hold the space for light and peace.
5th Floor Fitness Studio

Casting Doubt: What Hollywood Representation Says About Jewish Identity 
Andrew Silow-Carroll
Should Jewish roles only be played by Jewish actors? We'll look at debates over Maestro, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and other works through some key texts—current and historical—and what they reveal about how Jews identify as Jews and how they are perceived by others. On a holiday that celebrates Jewish diversity, we'll ask if Jewish identity is a matter of biology, tribalism, peoplehood, belief, outside pressure, or something else.
4th Floor Fitness Studio

Israel in Crisis: Thought + Analysis from Dan Senor
Dan Senor + Jeff Feig
Dan Senor is the host of Call Me Back, a consistent top 30 news podcast in the U.S. He is the co-author of the best-selling Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle, and his second hit book, The Genius of Israel: The Surprising Resilience of a Divided Nation in a Turbulent World which became an instant New York Times bestseller. Jeff Feig, JCC Board Chair and a friend of Dan, will be in conversation about the success of the podcast, the war, antisemitism, and politics. This session will be amplified.
3rd Floor North Gym

Becoming Greater than You Are: Lessons on Self-Transcendence
Rabbi David Wolpe  
Rabbi Wolpe will explore the Torah’s wisdom on how to grow your life beyond its current confines. How do we change who we are? Is that even possible? We will look at biblical characters who underwent profound changes and study the secrets of their transformation. This session will be amplified.
3rd Floor South Gym

Comedy Set: All Over the Place
Liz Glazer
Glazer will perform a solo set of comedy, followed by her signature midnight schmooze. Will she crack jokes about being Jewish on tour in 2024, or will she try to hide like so many of us want to? The only way to find out is to grab a seat at this one-night-only set.
2nd Floor Communal Space

Staying at the Table When Israel is on the Agenda
New York Jewish Agenda
Join NYJA to navigate the complexity of staying in conversation and in coalition with others when Israel is on the agenda and oftentimes driving us apart. Hear from political and community leaders who are continuing important work on a wide array of issues and causes despite the rupture we’ve seen in the Jewish community and in the broader world of political advocacy and social justice work in New York. Panelists include: Nancy Kaufman, board chair of NYJA; Andrea Kopel Salwen, executive director of National Council of Jewish Women New York; Melanie Roth Gorelick, CEO of Elluminate; and Phylisa Wisdom, executive director of NYJA. 
Mezzanine Classroom

Israel at War: Truth and Fake News 
Jodi Rudoren + Neria Kraus
A special talk contrasting media coverage of and after the massacre of October 7, in Israel and around the world. How do narrative and storytelling compare between Israeli, American, and global news? Is there evidence of bias in the perspective of reporting? Hear from the experts: Jodi Rudoren, editor-in-chief of the Forward and former New York Times bureau chief in Jerusalem, and Neria Kraus, leading Israeli journalist and TV anchorwoman.
L1 Classroom

*Our Broadway Mishpocha: A Celebration of Jewish Composers of Broadway with Special Guest Steven Skybell 
Join MusicTalks for a concert in celebration of beloved Broadway musicals. Our string quartet will perform music by Jewish composers from favorite musicals such as West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of Music, Rent, Dear Evan Hansen, and more along with fascinating anecdotes. The session will culminate with a performance by Tony-nominated actor Steven Skybell (Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish; and currently Herr Schultz in Cabaret).
L2 Auditorium

Healer of the Broken Hearted: Seven Blessings for Despair
Rabbi Yael Werber
Wouldn’t it be great if there were special liturgies to pray when we feel in need of healing our brokenheartedness? Well, maybe there is! Explore the seven blessings associated with despair from Mishna Taanit. Text and discussion-focused class. 
L2 Teen Center

*Funky Fermentation: Tasting + Demo
Chef Naama Levit
Explore the world of flavors created through one of the oldest cooking techniques—fermentation. Join us for an interactive session featuring fermentation and pickling demonstrations, followed by guided tastings. Learn about the art and science behind transforming ordinary ingredients into extraordinary flavors in this age-old tradition of ingredient preservation. Unlocking the incredible influence of microbes reveals a world of complex flavors, enriching our culinary experiences in unexpected ways.
L3 Culinary Center

*Paint + Sip
Aston Philip
Enjoy refreshments in a relaxed, creative setting and walk away with some new skills and a beautiful piece of art created by you! Step-by-step painting instruction; no experience required. 
L3 Mixed Media Room

Barbie + the Brain: Short Jewish Films
Tiffany Shlain
Acclaimed Sundance and Tribeca filmmaker Tiffany Shlain will share her two short films, The Tribe, an unauthorized, unorthodox film on the Barbie doll and the American Jewish people; and her new film The Teen Brain about the neuroscience of adolescence, executive produced by Goldie Hawn. Join us for film and lively conversation.
L3 Drawing + Painting

Shavuot Unkosher Comedy/Improv Show
The Bible Players
Come and laugh with the Bible Players—a stand-up/improv/interactive Jewish comedy show!  
L3 Classroom 2

Sukkat Shalom: A Live Art Project 
Aya Goshen | Artists: Bat El Elfasi, Mor Peled, Deborah Wasserman
We invite two artists from the Gaza Envelope and two local NY artists to join forces in creating "Sukkat Shalom." This project unites artists to collaboratively craft a canvas, ultimately forming a sukkah to be showcased in NYC. Hear more from our Israeli artists and examine the process of creation and healing. Cosponsored by WZO Zionist Enterprises Dep; JCC Association of America; and Laba, Laboratory for Jewish Culture.
L3 Ceramics Studio

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12:30 AM

The Struggle Against Antisemitism on Campuses
Rabbi Joanna Samuels + Professor Shai Davidai
Rabbi Joanna Samuels, JCC CEO, will be in conversation with Professor Shai Davidai of Columbia University Business School. Professor Davidai is a behavioral scientist and an Israeli activist who has gone viral calling out antisemitism at Columbia online. They will discuss the antisemitism spreading across US campuses, the encampments at Columbia, and the ideologies and psychological forces that have led university students and faculty to this moment.
7th Floor Beit Midrash East

Codex Sassoon: The Earliest, Most Complete, Hebrew Bible
Sharon Liberman Mintz
Learn about the history of Codex Sassoon and explore who created the first known Hebrew Bibles in the early 10th century and the communities that housed these monumental and supremely important manuscripts.
7th Floor Beit Midrash West

Tragedy + Triumph: Feminism after October 7 
Dr. Tamar Elram, Jodi Rudoren, Shira Ben-Sasson Furstenberg + Tammy Gottlieb
The Forward’s Jodi Rudoren, NIF’s Shira Ben-Sasson Furstenberg, and Hadassah Hospital’s Dr. Tamar Elram join World Zionist Organization's Tammy Gottlieb for a panel on feminism in Israel and the Jewish world in the aftermath of October 7. They’ll examine the impacts going forward of horrific violence against women, women fighting on the battlefield, and the emergence of a new generation of women leaders. This session is part of WZO’s Jewish Peoplehood Hub: “Jewish Peoplehood in Times of Crisis.”
7th Floor Conference Center

Deception + Redemption: A Biblical Spy Story
Rabbi Charlie Savenor
At a time marked by internal strife and external challenges, the left-handed leader Ehud is an unexpected choice to rescue the Jewish people from their adversaries. This spy tale in the Book of Judges demonstrates how perceived weaknesses can be transformed into strengths and how inspiration to stand up for the right thing can arise from the most surprising places. 
7th Floor Reception Room

A Filipinit for Savta: Non-Jewish Caregivers with Jewish Elderly in Israel Before + After October 7
Rabbi Mira Rivera
Explore a community described by Ruth Margalit as “transparents…invisible to most Israelis, taking on the work that no one in the society wants to do.” What is the halakha governing the care of our Jewish elderly by non-Jewish caregivers? What is our responsibility towards those who care for our elders but are “strangers in our midst?”
7th Floor Makom

Confessions of a Jewish Broadcaster: Anti-Israel Jews, Inspiring Converts, Affinity Scams + Antisemitism 
Rabbi Zev Brenner
An interactive discussion on some of the leading issues affecting the Jewish community. From the Neturei Karta and anti-Israel Jewish campus protests, the current situation in Israel and how it impacts American Jews, to inspirational converts, and affinity scams targeting Orthodox Jews (including Passover programs).
7th Floor Library

Connect to Body, Heat + Soul with Nia
Caroline Kohles
Join Nia for a dance party for the senses. Experience the beautiful music and flowing movements in the new Nia routine “Connections” created by Israeli choreographer Nitzan with Dorit from the U.K. Connect to yourself and to others as you move. There will be time to reflect and share. Finish with constructive rest in silence or the restorative yoga pose Shavasana. All levels welcome. 
5th Floor Fitness Studio

They're Coming After Us
John Podhoretz
American Jews after October 7 are being subjected to an unprecedented campaign designed to drive us underground. Here’s how it happened, how it works, and how we stop it. This session will be amplified.
3rd Floor North Gym

*Kholemen Khaloymes: Kabbalistic Dream Opening + Yiddish Lullabies
Sarah Chandler + Mikhl Yashinsky
Discover the hidden link between dreams and prophecy as we explore Talmudic and Kabbalistic methodologies for understanding the images and stories we experience while sleeping. The ancient tools of this Kabbalistic lineage date back 800 years to Isaac the Blind, via the DreamOpening® method developed by School of Images founder Catherine Shainberg, Ph.D. We will sing a series of 18th and 19th-century Yiddish lullabies. All texts are provided with English translation.
2nd Floor Communal Space

*Lost Princess Storytime
Jessica Tamar Deutsch
Join an intimate reading of Jessica Tamar Deutsch’s newest picture book Rebbe Nachman's The Lost Princess. This beloved tale includes many twists, peculiar details, and a mysterious ending. We’ll discuss the themes of the story and create our own visual interpretations of how this story possibly ended. 
Mezzanine Classroom

Understanding the Generational Divide on Israel
David Halperin, Shanie Reichman Vai Subash
An emerging theme in the conversation about Israel and Palestine is the overwhelming generational divide in the American Jewish community. Though present before October 7, the tragedy of last fall and the consecutive war against Hamas have exacerbated the political, religious, and generational rifts brewing between Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, and Boomers. Join Israel Policy Forum (IPF) CEO David Halperin, IPF Atid Director Shanie Reichman, and additional panelists from varying age groups as they explore these intergenerational dynamics.
L1 Classroom

Jewish Identity + A Career in the Arts with Benj Pasek
Benj Pasek + Ruthie Fierberg 
Benj Pasek is an acclaimed composer and lyricist across stage, film, and television. You know his Tony Award-winning smash Dear Evan Hansen, movie musicals La La Land and The Greatest Showman, Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building, and more. Benj is also proudly Jewish, becoming a voice for the Jewish community. How has his Jewish identity morphed from his Philadelphia beginnings to Broadway and Hollywood? And what was it like working with Meryl Streep?
L2 Auditorium

B’chol L’vav’cha / With All Your Heart
Joyce Rosenzweig + Cantor Sam Rosen
Join CBST music director Joyce Rosenzweig and Cantor Sam Rosen for a deep dive into an eclectic selection of settings of the V’ahavta prayer. We dedicate this session to Rabbi Kleinbaum's 32 illustrious years as Senior Rabbi at CBST. Throughout the years, she has taught us the integral connections between heart (l’vav’cha), soul (nafsh’cha), and strength (m’odecha).
L2 Teen Center

*Cheeseless Cheesecake? Baking for Change: Delicious Dishes + Climate Conversations
Chef Brandy Cochrane + Dr. Shahar Sadeh
This cooking session will blend delicious flavors with engaging conversations. As we learn how to bake a cheeseless cheesecake, we'll explore the ethical and environmental implications of our food choices. Come discover how we can be (and eat) the change we want to see in the world!
L3 Culinary Center

*Paint + Sip
Aston Philip
Enjoy refreshments in a relaxed, creative setting and walk away with some new skills and a beautiful piece of art created by you! Step-by-step painting instruction; no experience required. 
L3 Mixed Media Room

*The Elected: A Glimpse into Women’s Place in Israeli Politics
Gali Rabin
Women have long been a minority in the Israeli Parliament (Knesset). The Elected documents women’s fight for representation, gender equality, and leadership roles through interviews and rare archive footage. This session offers a glimpse into one episode, sparking curiosity about Israeli women’s achievements and the challenges they still face.
L3 Classroom 1

*War, Peace, and Music
Cantor Olivia Brodsky + Rabbi Josh Stanton 
How did the Yom Kippur War inspire Jewish musicians and how is the ongoing conflict doing so once again? We’ll reflect upon the interplay of compositions by Jewish artists as disparate as Ofra Haza and Leonard Cohen and review the efflorescence of music 50 years ago. Then we’ll encounter the ways in which the current conflict is drawing forth musical expressions of pain and hope, from DJ Shalos’ "We Will Dance Again" to the "Bring Them Home!" concert in Caesaria.  
L3 Classroom 2

Sukkat Shalom: A Live Art Project 
Aya Goshen | Artists: Gal Cohen, Bat El Elfasi, Mor Peled, Deborah Wasserman
We invite two artists from the Gaza Envelope and two local NY artists to join forces in creating "Sukkat Shalom." This project unites artists to collaboratively craft a canvas, ultimately forming a sukkah to be showcased in NYC. Hear more from our Israeli artists and to examine the process of creation and healing. Cosponsored by WZO Zionist Enterprises Dep; JCC Association of America; and Laba, Laboratory for Jewish Culture.
L3 Ceramics Studio

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1:45 AM

Answering the Call: Naase VeNishma + Climate Action
Dr. Shahar Sadeh
When the Israelites received Torah, they announced “Naase VeNishma,” (we will act, and we will listen). In modern thinking, we often seek to understand what we are committing to before making the commitment. However, at Adamah, we believe we are in a Naase VeNishma moment of the climate crisis. Join Adamah NY’s founding director to learn more about how Adamah is mobilizing a Jewish response to the climate crisis and driving the implementation of climate solutions across communities.
7th Floor Beit Midrash East

True Acts of Kindness: Myths, Facts + Opportunities about Organ Donation in the Jewish Community
Rabbi Joshua Rabin + Mara Bragg
Thanks to medical science, more people than ever are able to engage in a final selfless act of kindness through organ donation. However, many misconceptions exist about deceased organ donation and Judaism from halakhic, medical, and theological perspectives. This session will introduce key Jewish texts on organ donation, and learn about the stakes for families who stand to benefit.
7th Floor Beit Midrash West

Between October 7 + October 8
Dr. Yizhar Hess
As we gather in New York in June, for Israelis, the calendar still reads October 7. As Israel grapples with the many components of the day after—political, social, and more—what is the role of Diaspora Jewry? What are some of the most fundamental emerging challenges that go unnoticed? What can we learn to help shape where we go from here from prior tragedies in Jewish and Israeli history? This session is part of WZO’s Jewish Peoplehood Hub: “Jewish Peoplehood in Times of Crisis.”
7th Floor Conference Center

When Good is Bad + Bad is Good: The Impeccable Flawed Yichus of King David (and Why It Matters)
Bertie Bregman, M.D.
Come learn a page of Talmud from Tractate Yevamot that turns the concept of Jewish lineage on its head, and shows why "Good Yichus" is not all it's cracked up to be.
7th Floor Makom

(Healthy) Humility: When Too Little is Too Much
Abby Eisenberg
Join us for a fun (yes, fun!) conversation as we explore key biblical, rabbinic and mussar texts about humility, a core intrapersonal and interpersonal middah, character trait, in the Torah (and beyond). We’ll discover the groundedness that our sages ask us to nurture within ourselves, as we balance our awareness of the humanity we universally share with others, with the unique gifts that we offer friends, family and community.
7th Floor Library

*Israeli Folk Dancing for All in Celebration of Shavuot
Ruth Goodman
Join in the joy of Israeli folk dance in celebration of Shavuot! Experience the exuberant spirit, traditions, and diversity of the Jewish people as we celebrate Chag HaBikkurim (Festival of the First Fruits), Chag HaKatzir (Harvest Festival), and Matan Torah (Giving of the Torah), as we join our hearts through our feet!
3rd Floor South Gym

*To Life! The Drunk Musical History of Jewish Simcha  
MusicTalks Klezmer Ensemble
Take a musical tour of simcha (happy occasion) with an exciting concert and Hora dancing set. The ensemble will journey from a joyous wedding celebration in the East-European shtetl to Tipsy and wild drinking songs at the Borscht Belt featuring beloved Klezmer tunes as well as hidden treasures from the Klezmer and Yiddish Songbook. The concert will culminate with an exciting Hora set where all are welcome to join in dancing.
L2 Auditorium

Late Night Farbrengen: The Lev of Tanya
CRRIs Adam Graubart + Rabbi Aliza Schwartz
Farbrengen is the Yiddish word for joyful gathering. It is a Chassidic tradition to come together for spirited study of Torah and various Rebbes’ teachings. To appreciate this practice, we will look in Chapter 32 (the heart or Lev) of the Tanya, a rich, foundational work. Chapter 32 contains some of Rabbi Schneur Zalman's most central ideas and forms the basis of the Chabad movement today. Explore what this text may offer Jews of diverse backgrounds.
L2 Teen Center

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3 AM

Late Night Cookies + Conversation
Jeff Feig + Moshe Horn
A time-honored tradition at The Paul Feig z”l Tikkun Leil Shavuot. Jeff Feig, JCC board chair, and Moshe Horn will offer their beloved dawn session of study and conversation for those who stayed all the way through the night! Special sweet treats are in store for participants, but it’s the camaraderie and conversation as day breaks that make this an extraordinary final taste of Torah. This session will be amplified.
7th Floor Beit Midrash East

Judaism as a Philosophy of Practice
Rabbi Naftali Citron
Judaism as a philosophy of practice is the use of our traditions embodied in the Talmud and encoded in the Mishna Torah of the Rambam. Together, we’ll explore these core textual teachings, coupled with the Chassidic interpretations of Rabbi Mordecai Yosef Liener of Ishbitz. 
7th Floor Beit Midrash West

Shirat Ha’asabim: Singing Circle
Cantor Shimon Smith
Our night will culminate with a singing circle led by Hazzan Shimon Smith. Using only our voices, we’ll gather together with the beat of our hearts and the rhythm of our souls. This session is part of WZO's Jewish Peoplehood Hub: "Jewish Peoplehood In Times of Crisis."
7th Floor Conference Center

Sewing the Fabric of Statehood
Adam Howard
This session examines the various ways American labor organizations, led by members of the Jewish labor movement centered in the garment industry, assisted in the formation of a Jewish state, fostered a fellow labor movement in Palestine, and influenced the U.S. policymaking apparatus between 1920-1950.
7th Floor Makom

Chasing Revelation: A Deep Dive into גלי/גלה (Hebrew Root)
Ari L. Monts
At Shavuot, we commemorate the moment of revelation: receiving the Torah at Sinai. But what does the word mean? Through a deep dive into how shoresh גלי/גלה (Hebrew root) shows up in biblical, rabbinic, and contemporary literature, we will see what the word itself seeks to reveal to us. No Hebrew knowledge needed.
7th Floor Library

*Israeli Folk Dancing for All in Celebration of Shavuot
Ruth Goodman
Join in the joy of Israeli folk dance in celebration of Shavuot! Experience the exuberant spirit, traditions, and diversity of the Jewish people as we celebrate Chag HaBikkurim (Festival of the First Fruits), Chag HaKatzir (Harvest Festival), and Matan Torah (Giving of the Torah), as we join our hearts through our feet!
3rd Floor South Gym

*Tohu Vavohu: Creative, Chaotic Maker's Space
Sarah-Kay Lacks
Step into the creative realm of our late-night arts + crafts maker’s space, where creativity knows no bounds. Unleash your imagination amidst a curated assortment of materials and art supplies. Harness that middle-of-the-night energy to explore the artist that lives inside you. No experience necessary. 
L2 Teen Center

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4:15 AM

Closing Ritual
Rabbi Yael Rapport + Violinist Ada Pasternak

Breakfast generously donated by Zaro's Family Bakery.

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Rabbi Emily Aronson (she/her) is the Campus Rabbi at NYU Hillel. She oversees Shabbat and holiday programs, facilitates cohort and 1-1 learning, provides pastoral care, and serves as an interfaith Spiritual Life Advisor. She also facilitates Jewish Ally Zone trainings for the University about antisemitism and allyship. Rabbi Aronson was ordained from HUC-JIR in 2021 and graduated from List College at Columbia University and JTS in 2015. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and rescue dog.

Adama Bah is the founder of Afrikana, a Harlem-based organization that helps immigrants get their footing in their new country. Adama works 24/7 welcoming immigrants, responding to their most essential needs, and lobbying for changes in City policy that would benefit all.

Dede Bandaid, a multidisciplinary urban artist from Tel Aviv, communicates through various mediums in the public space. 

Wendy Baner created a new form of entertainment 22 years ago using pipe cleaners /chenille stems as her medium. Wendy was written about in the Wall Street Journal, was on The Martha Stewart Show and was a finalist in Martha's American Made Awards. She was also on Access Hollywood and travels to events all over the country. Previously she designed clothing and was a graphic artist. Wendy has always had the desire to create and loves to share her talents!

Shira Ben-Sasson Furstenberg is the associate director of the New Israel Fund in Israel and director of its Development and International Relations Department. She has previously held several positions focused on advancing pluralism and religious freedom in Israel.

Rabbanit Dr. Adena Berkowitz is scholar-in-residence at Kol HaNeshamah NYC, an organization dedicated to reenergizing the spiritual lives of both affiliated and not yet affiliated Jews; and senior educator at the Manhattan Jewish Experience. With a background in law, Jewish studies, and psychotherapy, She is the author of the best-selling The Jewish Journey Haggadah, now in its second printing; and co-editor of Shaarei Simcha-Gates of Joy, a mini prayer book and the first liturgical work written by Orthodox women in the modern era. 

Alvin L. Bragg, Jr. is the 37th District Attorney elected in Manhattan. A son of Harlem who has served as both a state and federal prosecutor, Alvin has spent more than two decades fighting to make our communities safer and our criminal justice system fairer. He is the first Black Manhattan DA in the history of the office.

Mara Bragg is an early childhood educator at the JCC. She was selected for the 5784 cohort of the Shomer Collective Educator Fellowship to develop resources that help normalize conversations about death and dying in Jewish spaces. Through her volunteer work with LiveOnNY, Mara speaks about organ donation in memory of her sister, who saved multiple lives via her gift of life in 2015, and whose heart still beats today. 

Bertie Bregman, M.D., has set aside time to learn Talmud almost every day for over fifteen years. He is also a family physician, and cofounder, with his wife, Dr. Rachel Bregman, of Westside Family Medicine. Not that it matters, except to say that anyone with the fortitude to show up to his shiur at 1:45 am, is automatically entitled to one FREE piece of medical advice on ANY topic of their choosing. After class, of course.

Rabbi Zev Brenner is CEO of Talkline Network, America's premier Jewish Network. He hosts the nation's leading Jewish talk show, Talkline with Zev Brenner. It airs on WOR 710 AM, WSNR 620 AM, and WNEW 102.7 FM HD 3  as well as on YouTube and major podcast platforms.

Cantor Olivia Brodsky of West Bloomfield, Michigan, attended the double-degree program with Tufts University and New England Conservatory of Music, where she majored Judaic studies and Classical Vocal Performance, respectively. She is a graduate of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she received her Master of Sacred Music and Cantorial Ordination. Cantor Brodsky currently serves as the cantor and spiritual co-leader of East End Temple in Manhattan.  

Sarah Chandler (she/her), aka Kohenet Shamirah, is a Brooklyn-based Jewish educator, artist, activist, healer, and poet. She teaches, writes, and consults on issues related to Judaism, earth-based spiritual practice, respectful workplaces, mindfulness, and farming. Currently, she is the CEO of Shamir Collective, as a coach and consultant to high-profile and emergent artists and authors. | IG + TikTok @shamirpower

Rabbi Naftali Citron is the rabbi of The Carlebach Shul and has been teaching Talmud, Kabbalah, and Chassidut for 30 years. 

Jenna Citron Schwab has been with Hillel since 2010 and was named executive director of Queens Hillel in 2019. Jenna was in the 2nd cohort of the Ruskay Institute for Jewish Professional Leadership, chaired Limmud NY 2018, and is a recipient of Hillel International's Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence award. She also serves on Hillel International's Director's Cabinet, is on the advisory board of the Kupferberg Holocaust Center, and is a member of Queens Community Board 8.

Brandy Cochrane is a plant-based chef on a mission to help people simplify plant-based living. Whether she is supporting professionals, communities, or families, her goal is to shift the mindset of anyone who’s curious about the plant-based lifestyle. Ultimately, Brandy wants to create a narrative that a splash of creativity, a dash of openness, and a lot of spice, can make plant-based living enjoyable and fun!

Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen is Pearl Resnick Dean of The Rabbinical School and Dean of the Division of Religious Leadership at the Jewish Theological Seminary, the first woman to hold this role since its founding. She is the author of Changing Lives, Making History: Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the First Forty Years and co-editor of Siddur B’chol L’vavcha.

Rabbi Dr. Elliot J. Cosgrove is the rabbi at the world-famous Park Avenue Synagogue in New York and one of the leading figures in the Conservative Movement.

Professor Shai Davidai is an assistant professor in the Management Division at Columbia Business School in NYC. His research examines people's everyday judgments of themselves, other people, and society as a whole. He is interested in the forces that shape and distort people's subjective perceptions of the world and their influence on judgments, preferences, and choices. 

Jessica Tamar Deutsch is a visual artist based in Brooklyn. Her work explores connections between ancient spiritual practice and contemporary culture. Through experimentation and play she creates new points of entry for spiritual connection. In addition to book illustration she creates contemporary Judaica for lifecycle events.

Noam Dworman is the owner of the Comedy Cellar. He attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School, took the bar exam, and never practiced law. In 1988, he opened the Cafe Wha in Greenwich Village where he was the musical director for about 20 years. His podcast about politics and comedy is called Live From The Table.

Abby Eisenberg is an NYC-based community Jewish educator. She is the founder and lead educator of Judaics Tutoring NYC, through which she and her team of educators work with learners around the globe. Abby teaches at 92NY, Melton Adult Jewish Learning, My Jewish Learning, among other organizations. She holds a BA from Yeshiva University and an MA from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Dr. Tamar Elram has served as the CEO of Hadassah Medical Center at Mt. Scopus since November 2017. She completed her medical studies at Hebrew University, an internship at Bikur Holim Hospital, and a residency in gynecology at Hadassah Ein Kerem. She holds an MPA from Harvard University and, among other roles, has previously served as assistant to the Director-General of the Ministry of Health and as Deputy Director of Hadassah Hospital at Ein Kerem. 

Jeff Feig’s passion for Jewish learning is evident from his participation on the boards of the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, the Shefa School, 70 Faces Media, and the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is an investor living in Manhattan. He is actively involved in the Tikkun, which is named in memory of his brother Paul. He is eagerly awaiting the day when his boys, Zachary, Benjamin, and Jacob, will be teaching a Tikkun class.

Rabbi Leah Fein is the Senior Director of Engagement at Columbia/Barnard Hillel, and was previously the interim executive director and Campus Rabbi at Syracuse Hillel. She was ordained and received an MA in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and graduated cum laude from Brandeis University. In July, she and her family will be moving to Los Angeles, where she will be an Associate Rabbi at Wilshire Boulevard Temple.

Ruthie Fierberg is the executive editor of Broadway News, the home for original journalism on Broadway. She is the creator and host of the podcast Who Were the Comedian Harmonists? The True Story Behind Broadway’s 'Harmony.' Ruthie is the former executive editor of features and branded content at Playbill | IG: @ruthiefierceberg

Lisa Gelber is a rabbi, mother, spiritual director, breast cancer survivor, BRCA advocate, Domestic violence educator, facilitator, and Peloton enthusiast. She seeks to see and celebrate the extraordinary in others and believes speaking up and seeing the other's humanity can save lives. Lisa serves as rabbi of Congregation Habonim in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of the UWS. 

Liz Glazer is a comedian, former law professor, lesbian, and rabbi’s wife. She’s a recent winner of the Boston Comedy Festival and Ladies of Laughter Competition, and recently recorded a set for Don’t Tell Comedy. Her debut album A Very Particular Experience, recorded at a sold-out headlining show at New York Comedy Festival, debuted at #1 on the iTunes comedy charts, and stayed at #1 for 6 consecutive days. | IG + TikTok @lizglazer

Ruth Goodman is director of the Israeli Dance Institute and the annual Israel Folk Dance Festival. She is also on the faculty of 92NY, where she specializes in Israeli folk dance. She is the founder and director of the Parparim Ensemble of Israeli Dance and Song and an editor of Rokdim-Nirkoda magazine.

Melanie Roth Gorelick is CEO of Elluminate, a global network of Jewish women for equity and justice. Former senior vice president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, she has worked on women’s rights and social justice issues at numerous organizations, including UN Women, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, AAUW, and founded the NJ Coalition on Human Trafficking.

Tammy Gottlieb, vice chairwoman of Women of the Wall and member of the World Zionist Organization’s executive board representing MERCAZ.

Adam Graubart is a rising fifth-year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Rabbi Aliza Schwartz was ordained from Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in May 2024. She plans to serve Temple Hillel B’nai Torah in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. Adam and Aliza have both served as Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Interns at CBST for the past two years. They have felt incredibly privileged to learn and grow within this multigenerational, intellectually and spiritually rich LGBTQ+ and Jewish community.

Rabbi Igael “Iggy” Gurin-Malous is a Talmud teacher, spiritual counselor, artist, and educator. Through practical spirituality and his unique approach, he offers modes of personal growth and healing that look at an individual’s actions, beliefs, and values. He has devoted his life to helping people whom others have neglected with guidance and resources. Previously, he was the CEO and founder of Tshuvah Center and the director of Spiritual Counseling at Beit T’Shuva. 

Dr. Yizhar Hess serves as vice chairman of the World Zionist Organization, founded by Herzl in 1897, where he represents MERCAZ. Dr. Hess previously served as CEO of the Masorti Movement in Israel, where he represented Conservative/Masorti Judaism in negotiations with the Israeli government regarding egalitarian prayer at the Kotel. One of the leading voices in Israel promoting pluralism, he writes regularly in the Israeli press on matters of religion and state.

Rabbi David Hoffman is the president of the Honey Foundation for Israel, which invests in religiously diverse spiritual leaders who are building passionate and inspiring Jewish communities.

Moshe Horn is a former Manhattan district attorney. He is now a professor at Cardozo Law School and a criminal defense lawyer specializing in Title 9 work, among other areas. Moshe is a frequent lecturer to high school and college students and parents on critical issues facing today's students. He has been on the Tikkun planning committee, as well as its chief cookie baker, with Jeff Feig for 20 years, and is incredibly proud of the Tikkun that the JCC has built, considering it a highlight of the year.

Adam Howard holds a Ph.D. in U.S. history from the University of Florida. He is an Adjunct Professor of History and International Affairs at George Washington University and the chief historian at the U.S. Department of State. In 2017, the University of Illinois Press published his book Sewing the Fabric of Statehood: American Labor and the Establishment of the State of Israel.

Orit Huberman has been involved in numerous activities supporting the hostages and their families, and applies her creativity and artistic skills to produce powerful calls for the immediate release of the hostages.

Tobi Kahn is an internationally acclaimed painter and sculptor whose work blends modern art with spirituality. 

Rabbi Sammy Kanter is the senior rabbinic fellow at B'nai Jeshurun. As the leader of BJ's Aviv community (for 20s + 30s), Sammy created Aviv Shabbat this past winter as a Kabbalat Shabbat experience geared toward the vibe and sensibility of Jews in their 20s and 30s. Alongside the musical direction of Michael Harlow, the service is led by a davening comprised of Jonah Schatz (percussion), Dvir Avnon-Klein (violin), Rabbi Alissa Platcow, and Jake Samuels.

Nancy Kaufman is the board chair of New York Jewish Agenda, a coach for women in the c-suite, and a consultant for non-profits. She most recently served as CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates inspired by Jewish values. Prior to joining NCJW, Kaufman was the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Boston. 

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum (she/her) serves as senior rabbi of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) in New York City. Assuming her position as CBST’s inaugural rabbi in 1992, Rabbi Kleinbaum arrived during the AIDS crisis, a time when the congregation urgently required both pastoral support and spiritual guidance. She steered the community through a period of upheaval and transformation, simultaneously addressing prevailing societal challenges and cultivating a resilient, profoundly spiritual fellowship.

Caroline Kohles is the senior director of The Davidson Fishberg Center for Health and Wellness at the JCC. She loves to share Nia (neuromuscular integrated action) because it is a fun and powerful way to move, express emotions, and even pray. She most enjoys the way Nia can connect us to our body, heart, and soul. As a teacher, former professional modern dancer, and educator she has traveled around the world to share Nia. 

David Kraemer is the Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at The Jewish Theological Seminary. As Librarian, he is at the helm of the most extensive collection of Judaica—rare and contemporary—in the Western hemisphere. Professor Kraemer is a prolific author and commentator.  His most recent book is A History of the Talmud, and his new book, Embracing Exile, will be published later this year.

Neria Kraus is a leading Israeli journalist and TV anchorwoman. She is the host of main news shows on Israeli Channel 13 and the channel’s US and White House correspondent. She has interviewed senior Israeli politicians and senior White House officials. Kraus was recently chosen to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, which selects the most promising and influential young Israelis.

Alex Lederman is Israel Policy Forum’s senior policy and communications associate. In this role, Alex contributes to IPF’s policy research, writes analytical articles and explainers on policy developments, and briefs audiences across North America. His analysis has been featured in CNN, TIME Magazine, The Hill, Forward, War on the Rocks, and other outlets.

Naama Levit is a chef and artist originally from Israel, currently residing and working in Brooklyn, NY. Her culinary journey began as a line cook in restaurants throughout Jerusalem. Since then, she has explored various roles in restaurants and culinary projects, transitioning into positions as a test kitchen chef and project manager at food startups. Naama brings a unique perspective to her work as a chef, expanding the experience with her inventive approach and artistic sensibility.

Sheldon and Sheila Lewis, longtime meditation teachers, lead classes and workshops at the JCC’s Makom and elsewhere. Sheldon is a mind-body practitioner, integrative health coach, and pioneering journalist in the field. Sheila leads Meditate Write Now classes and meditative nature + art walks through JCC and citywide. She is a writing coach and curriculum writer.

Sharon Liberman Mintz is the Curator of Jewish Art at The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and specializes in the fields of Hebrew illuminated manuscripts and rare printed books. Over the course of 36 years at the JTS Library, she has curated more than 50 exhibitions and co-authored ten exhibition catalogs. Since 1995, Sharon has also served as the Senior International Specialist for Judaica and Hebraica at Sotheby's, cataloging and appraising decorated Hebrew manuscripts, books, ketubbot, and megillot for Judaica sales worldwide.

Power Malu is the founder of Artists Athletes Activists, which greets new migrants and asylum seekers upon arrival in NYC and connects them with support services. 

Ruth Messinger is currently a social justice consultant for several organizations, has done work with the JCC’s Joseph Stern Center for Social Responsibility and devotes much of her time to our newest New Yorkers.

Rabbi Adam Mintz is the founding rabbi of Kehilat Rayim Ahuvim and a member of the Talmud faculty at Maharat. He founded Project Ruth which facilitates Orthodox conversions to Judaism in a friendly and accessible manner. 

Nitzan Mintz, a visual poet from Tel Aviv, began working a decade ago in the streets of Tel Aviv, where she would create visual poetry. 

Ari L. Monts/Emet Hagar is a Brooklyn-based writer/independent scholar/zine maker/ritual consultant/Jewish educator. They are graduate of the 2024 Teaching Kollel at SVARA Yeshiva. Their work engages in rigorous playfulness, pleasure, participation, and access. They’re excited about Talmud and critical performance pedagogy and relationships.

MusicTalks is NYC-based and presents informal and engaging concert programs featuring top Israeli musicians performing classical music, jazz, klezmer and Israeli song. MusicTalks tours across the US and offers concert-talks, lectures and family programs. With engaging and interactive conversation, the listener is given an experience that truly makes Music Talk. Experience MusicTalks every Wednesday this summer at Central Park.

Dan Naturman began performing stand-up comedy while at student at Fordham University School of Law and quickly discovered he had more passion for making people laugh than drafting contracts or analyzing statutes. Since then, he has performed on numerous TV shows including The Late Show with David Letterman. He also had a recurring role in the series Crashing on HBO. He is the co-host of the podcast Live from the Table.

Ada Pasternak is a Jewish American, award-winning musician who was born and raised into a musical family. Ada’s music has been featured on Netflix and Hallmark, and has been heard by millions on Spotify and YouTube. Her music as well as her new single 2024 is available on all streaming platforms including Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, Pandora and Bandcamp. You can support Ada's music via Patreon and sign up for her newsletter at

Mike Pesca is host of The Gist, the longest running daily news and analysis podcast in history. During his 10 years as a correspondent for NPR, Mike guest hosted All Things Considered and the news quiz Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. His work has aired on This American Life, Radiolab, and Planet Money. He has frequently appeared on MSNBC, CNN, and The Newshour, and written for The Washington Post, The Guardian, GQ, and Baseball Prospectus.

Aston Philip is a contemporary artist based in New York City. His paintings have been exhibited in many art galleries and institutions, and he has several works in corporate, private, and government collections. Aston studied painting in his hometown of Sydney, Australia at Sydney University.

Julie Platt is the current chair of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) as well as the Board of Trustees of her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Jewish Future Promise.

John Podhoretz is the editor of Commentary and the host of its daily podcast.

Gali Rabin is the Upper West Side shlicha (Israel emissary) and part of the New York delegation to UJA Federation of New York-The Jewish Agency for Israel. 

Rabbi Joshua Rabin is a community and government affairs liaison at LiveOnNY, specifically focusing on faith communities, and rabbi of the Astoria Center of Israel. LiveOnNY is a nonprofit organization that facilitates organ donation and transplantation in the greater New York area.

Rabbi Yael Rapport is the director of The Gottesman Center for Jewish Living and The Selma and Lawrence Ruben Center for 20s + 30s at the  Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. 

Rabbi Mira Rivera (she/ella) is rabbi-in-residence and chaplain at JCC Harlem and The Lunar Collective ( She was ordained in 2015 at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Born in Detroit, she identifies as Jewish, American, and Filipina. | IG: @rabbimira

Cantor Sam Rosen was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2022 and has served as cantor at CBST since then. Prior to cantorial studies, he earned a master’s degree in Jewish history from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Joyce Rosenzweig has served as music director of CBST since 1994. She has also been an educator of cantors and synagogue musicians at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion for more than three decades, and at the Jewish Theological Seminary since 2004. 

Jodi Rudoren is editor-in-chief of the Forward, the nation’s leading Jewish news organization. She previously spent 21 years at The New York Times, including serving as Jerusalem Bureau Chief during two wars in the Gaza Strip. She has won the Religion News Association's top commentary award for "Excellence in Religion Reporting" in 2024 and was a Deadline Club finalist for her weekly column, Looking Forward.

Dr. Shahar Sadeh serves as the Founding Director of Adamah NY, the newest Impact Hub of Adamah, the largest Jewish environmental organization in the United States. Dr. Sadeh supports Jewish institutions in adopting and implementing Climate Action plans and empowering their communities, particularly their youth, to be environmentally aware and active. She is a scholar-practitioner in the fields of environment and peacemaking and was recently included in “2023 Power of Diversity: Middle Eastern & North African 50” City and State power list.

Andrea Salwen Kopel began her career at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She has spent the last 25+ years working to improve the lives of women, children, and families in New York City’s non-profit sector for some of the city’s most beloved organizations, including Citymeals on Wheels, the Big Apple Circus, and Room to Grow. She currently serves as executive director of National Council of Jewish Women New York (NCJW NY). 

Rabbi Joanna Samuels is the CEO of the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. Previously, she served as the founding executive director of Educational Alliance’s Manny Cantor Center, the Rabbi of Congregation Habonim in New York City, and an advocate, strategist, and mentor at Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community. Rabbi Samuels was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2002.

Rabbi Charlie Savenor is the executive director of Civic Spirit. Founded in 2017, Civic Spirit provides training and support to day schools in civic education and its mission is to educate, inspire, and empower faculty and students toward civic belonging, knowledge, and responsibility. He is currently writing a book called What My Father Couldn’t Tell Me. Charlie lives in New York, and his family are fans of the Boston Red Sox!

Susan Weidman Schneider is a founding mother of Lilith—independent, Jewish, and frankly feminist––the award-winning Jewish women’s magazine, where she has been editor-in-chief since its debut in 1976. The magazine—and her books, articles, and lectures—are often credited with changing the way women see themselves and shape their roles. Lilith provides Jewish feminists with fuel to power change.

Carol Ann Schwartz is the 28th National President of Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, the largest Jewish women’s organization in the United States with nearly 300,000 members and supporters in America and many more all over the world.

Dan Senor hosts the podcast Call Me Back that has become a consistent top ten podcast in its category. He is also the co-author of the best selling and highly influential book Startup-Nation The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle and on Nov 7 released his second book, The Genius of Israel: The Surprising Resilience of a Divided Nation in a Turbulent World which became an instant New York Times bestseller.

Tiffany Shlain, honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping The 21st Century,” is an artist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards, and best-selling author of 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week. Her work has debuted at Sundance, MoMA, and U.S. embassies globally. Her documentary, The Teen Brain, was just released, and this fall she has a solo exhibition at Nancy Hoffman Gallery in NYC.

Rebbitzen Sara Shulevitz Vorhand, Esq. is a criminal defense attorney and Manhattan Upper West Side rebbitzen of Congregation Heichal Moshe known as the Rabbi Vorhand shul. Sara is a former prosecutor and is licensed in New York, Florida, Michigan, The United States Supreme Court, and various federal jurisdictions. She has handled many high-profile cases and has been rated as a top criminal attorney. She grew up on the UWS and attended Bais Yaakov and Fordham Law.

Andrew Silow-Carroll is editor at large for the New York Jewish Week and managing editor for ideas at the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Although he spent summers growing up at a bungalow colony in the Adirondacks, he remembers some memorably lousy winter weekends at one-star Catskill hotels before the whole place went belly up. He has written a widely used curriculum on Jewish humor, and once performed a standup comedy set for the History of the Catskills Institute, which is a real thing. 

Shimon Smith is the cantor and director of Music and Youth and Family at Romemu. Growing up in Israel, Shimon served in the IDF, where he received the presidential award for being an outstanding soldier. After his service, he became a Jewish Agency Shaliach in the U.S., and upon his return to Israel, he studied at the Rimon School for Music and Jazz. As a musician, he has appeared frequently at protests and rallies advocating for pluralism in Israel. 

Rabbi Joshua Stanton is Associate Vice President for Interfaith and Intergroup Initiatives at the Jewish Federations of North America and Rabbi of East End Temple. He is coauthor of Awakenings with Rabbi Benjamin Spratt and serves on the Board of Governors of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations, which liaises on behalf of the Jewish community with the Vatican, the World Council of Churches, and other international religious bodies.

Rabbi Michael Strassfeld has been prominent in the American Jewish community for nearly 40 years, dating from his involvement as co-editor of the first Jewish Catalog in 1973. He led the Society for the Advancement of Judaism (SAJ) from 2001-2015, and previously served at Congregation Ansche Chesed. His most recent work is Judaism Disrupted: A Spiritual Manifesto for the 21st Century published in 2023 by Ben Yehudah Press.

Vaishali "Vai" Subash is the director of communications for the Brooklyn Young Democrats (Kings County). Originally from Illinois, she came to NYC three years ago during a gap year to work on a political campaign. Since starting her career as an activist for reproductive rights and gun violence prevention, she has shifted her focus to pragmatic policy. Her academic background is in political science with a focus on the modern Middle East (MENA/SWANA) region and international policy.

Mirit Sulema is the head of Dror Israel's international relationships and engagement, and from 2012-2019 was the coordinator of the Dror Israel urban educators’ kibbutz in Akko. Over the eight years that she has lived in Akko since completing her military service, Mirit has spearheaded and participated in a range of educational projects in the city. Mirit also teaches sex-positive lessons to teenagers and gives talks about her journey as a lesbian in the periphery of Israel. 

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, named by Talk Magazine as one of the 50 best speakers in the United States, is the author of Jewish Literacy, the most widely-selling book on Judaism of the past three decades. A revised edition of his book Why The Jews, co-authored with Dennis Prager, will be coming out this fall.

The Bible Players are the premier educational, Jewish comedy troupe. They use improv and humor to teach mitzvot and build community. 

Rabbi Yael Werber is the assistant rabbi at CBST, New York’s LGBTQ+ synagogue. 

Phylisa Wisdom is the executive director of New York Jewish Agenda, a nonprofit organizing body and political advocacy group representing liberal and pluralistic New York Jews. She has worked with and within local government in a variety of ways: electoral campaigns, state government agency staff, local elected party leadership, and through nonprofit issue-based advocacy. 

Rabbi David Wolpe is the Max Webb Emeritus Rabbi of Sinai Temple and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Divinity School. He has been named the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek, among the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post. He is the senior advisor at Maimonides Fund and the inaugural rabbinic fellow for the ADL. His most recent book, David: The Divided Heart, a biography of King David, was a finalist for the National Jewish Book award and optioned for a movie by Warner Brothers.

Mikhl Yashinsky is a writer, singer, actor, and Columbia University Yiddish lecturer. Mikhl has performed with National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene in the Yiddish-language Fiddler on the Roof, Amid Falling Walls, and The Sorceress. Research for the role of the witch Bobe Yakhne led him to begin examining Ashkenazic occult practices which led him to the early 20th-century Lower East Side divination method he will be teaching this Shavuot. | IG: @mikhldarling

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We are extremely grateful to our remarkable faculty, and to those congregations and organizations who partner with us this evening: World Zionist Organization, 70Faces Media, Jewish Week, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, Shamir Collective, MusicTalks, JAFI, Forward, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the Selma and Lawrence Ruben Base UWS, B'nai Jeshurun Aviv, Israel Policy Forum, Jewish Food Society, Adamah NY, Columbus Wines & Spirits, Lilith Magazine, Dror Israel, The Bible Players, WZO Zionist Enterprises Dep, JCC Association of America, and Laba: Laboratory for Jewish Culture.

We are pleased to present a track with our cosponsor, the World Zionist Organization (WZO), titled Jewish Peoplehood Hub: "Jewish Peoplehood In Times of Crisis." Our organizations share a deep connection to Israel. We weave our relationship with Israel into our diverse Jewish identities and collectively explore its sights, sounds, history, and complexity. We are grateful to the WZO for their generosity and creativity in the creation of five excellent Tikkun sessions.

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Many thanks to the Spektor Family Foundation for their gift to support Tikkun Leil Shavuot, given in loving memory of Mira J Spektor: Composer, Poet, Life-long Learner.

Breakfast at Tikkun Leil Shavuot has been generously donated by Zaro's Family Bakery, a New York institution since 1927.

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Zaro's Family Bakery is an iconic family-owned, New York City-founded bakery with 14 locations throughout New York City and New Jersey. The first Zaro's bakery was opened in the Bronx in 1927 by Joseph Zaro, a Jewish immigrant from Poland. Today the fourth generation of the Zaro family runs the business and serves over 3 million customers a year.

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