The Wisdom of Torah in Challenging Times: A Community Shavuot
Learning Experience
Thursday, May 28th – 7:30pm – 3:00 am
Co-sponsored by
  • Jewish Federation of Orange County
  • Temple Beth El of South Orange County,
  • Congregation B’nai Tzedek
  • Congregation B’nai Israel
  • Temple Beth Sholom
  • Temple Bat Yahm
  • Temple Beth Tikvah
  • Congregation Shir Hamaalot
  • Jewish Collaborative of Orange County
  • Temple Beth David
Every Shavuot, we celebrate the eternal dimension of the revelation of Torah at Mount Sinai and what it can mean for our lives today. The great Torah commentator Rashi notes that at the foot of Mount Sinai, the Jewish people stood as one people with one heart. In this time of COVID-19, when many of us are faced with numerous challenges, many of our OC synagogues are coming together in the spirit of unity and collaboration to receive a Torah that binds us together with strength and purpose. 
Erev Shavuot Service
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Rabbi David Young, Cantorial Soloist Jenna Sagan, Cantor Natalie Young and Special Guests
 8:30 p.m. – The Lord is My Shepherd… A Close Reading of Psalm 23 in a Time of Covid. – Rabbi Elie Spitz
9:00 p.m.- Suffering, Sorrow, Solace, Simcha – Words of our Tradition – Rabbi Heidi Cohen
9:30 p.m.- Chassidic Wisdom As Taught by Martin Buber – Rabbi Gersh Zylberman
10:00 p.m. – The Personal Redemptive Power of Mitzvot – Rabbi Nico Solocovsky and Rabbi Steve Einstein
10:30 p.m.- The Torah of Sheltering in Place – Rabbi Jill Zimmerman 
11:00 p.m. – Embracing What Is: Jewish Mystical Perspectives on Awakening to God in Every Place – Rabbi K’vod Wieder
11:30 p.m. – When Torah Challenges Us: Finding Healing in Difficult Texts – Rabbi Sarah DePaolo
12:00 a.m. – How Has the Evolution of ‘Community’ Changed the Way We Look at Judaism? – Rabbi Joe Mendelsohn
12:30 a.m. – Early Models of Collaboration Found in Classical Jewish Sources – Rabbi Marcia Tilchin
1:00 a.m. – Moses and Akiva and the Changing and Unchanging Nature of Torah – Rabbi Nancy Rita Myers
1:30 a.m. – Jewish Responses to Plagues Through The Years – Rabbi Joel Berman
2:00 a.m. When You Can’t Have It All: How a Jew Prioritizes – Rabbi Stuart Light
2:30 a.m. – Sheltering at Home: Exploring the Wisdom and Tension from the Rabbis – Rabbi Peter Levi

Shavuot Day 1 Morning Service
With Rabbi Marcia Tilchin, Rabbi K’vod Wieder, and Cantor Judy Sofer

Friday, May 29th 9:30am

  • Traditional Shaharit Service with Hallel
  • Chanting of the 10 Commandments
  • Torah Study
  • Yizkor
  • Creative Musaf Prayer

Register in advance for this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Tishah B’Av
Wednesday, July 29 in the chapel
8pm Traditional Evening Service & traditional reading of Lamentations
On Tishah B’Av, the first and second Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed five centuries apart. Our tradition teaches that only through embracing brokenness can true healing and redemption be realized. Join us for both traditional and creative observances of this sacred time. It is a time to mourn, heal and grow as individuals and together in community.


Slichot: A Gateway to the High Holy Days
Saturday, September 12
“But tshuvah [repentence], tfiilah [prayer] and tzedakah [charity] temper judgment’s severe decree,” from Unetaneh Tokef, High Holy Days liturgy.
8pm Dessert reception
8:30pm Havdalah and Slichot Service in the rotunda

Spiritual Preparation for the High Holy Days: Mikveh at the Beach
Sunday, September 13 at 9am at Diver’s Cove (Laguna Beach)
9am Renew your spirit for the High Holidays with a communal mikveh ceremony at the beach for both men and women.

Rosh Hashanah Services
Friday, September 18 Abbreviated Erev Reform and Conservative Services
Saturday, September 19 Day 1 Reform and Conservative Services with special programming for families with young children (including paid child care), followed by Apples & Honey
Sunday, September 20 Day 2 Conservative Service

Tashlich, Picnic Dinner and Havdalah
Sunday, September 20 at 5:30pm at the Dana Point Pier

Yom Kippur Services
Sunday, September 27 Abbreviated Kol Nidrei Reform and Conservative Services
Monday, September 28 Reform and Conservative Services (including Yizkor) with special programming for families with young children (including paid childcare); afternoon study session (with Steve Birch), and Avodah Meditation (with Rabbi K’vod and percussion accompaniment); Reform and Conservative Evening Services, concluding with Havdalah and break fast nosh


Saturday, October 3 Torah Study, Day 1 Conservative Shabbat Service, and Kiddush Lunch

Sunday, October 4 Day 2 Conservative Morning Service at K’hilat Horim, Heritage Pointe (Mission Viejo); BE Sisters Social in the Sukkah

Shmini Atzeret
Friday, October 9 Reform Shabbat Service

Saturday, October 10 Conservative Shabbat Service with Yizkor

Simchat Torah
Saturday, October 10 Dinner, Kindergarten and Religious/Hebrew School Student Consecration, Family Glow Party and Celebration, Conservative Services including dancing with the Torahs

Sunday, October 11 Simchat Torah Experience with Rabbi K’vod (off-site)