Excerpted from UNSCROLLED: 54 Writers and Artists Wrestle with the Torah, edited by Roger Bennett (Workman Publishing). Copyright © 2013. To buy the book, visit unscrolled.org.
Shavuot is my favorite holiday. I could say that my reasoning is based on the fact that this holiday commemorates the Jews becoming a people and receiving the Torah. I could also say that my reasoning is based on the fact that this holiday culminates the seven weeks we spent counting the omer since the second night of Passover. I could even say that I appreciate how this holiday is one of the shalosh regalim, one of the three traditional times that Jews would make pilgrimages to Jerusalem. But I am going to be honest. I love Shavuot because it is customary to eat dairy, and let’s be real, what is better than a dairy dessert?Read More»
Unscroll on Shavuot in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Toronto.
Atid – Sinai Temple’s 20s & 30s
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)
Los Angeles, CA
In the tradition of studying Torah on Shavuot, Atid and Reboot’s UNSCROLLED invite you to delve deep into our central scroll in a fresh and innovative way. Re-imagine the ancient text with the help of artists, writers and rabbis. Shavuot dinner and dessert included!
7 pm – Dinner
8 pm – Program
For more information on Reboot’s UNSCROLLED project, visit www.unscrolled.org.
For more information on Atid events, visit www.atidla.com.
This event is brought to you in partnership with The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.
Night at the Jewseum: Rise
Contemporary Jewish Museum
San Francisco, CA
Thursday, June 5
The CJM launches a new quarterly social event for the after work crowd. Enjoy activities throughout The Museum including the extraordinary music of Karina Denike and Michael McIntosh in the Stephen and Maribelle “Yud” Gallery, flash tours, dialogues on contemporary topics, DIY activities, and customized drinks and snacks. Rise celebrates the Jewish holiday of Shavuot and current Museum exhibitions, creating a one-night only contemporary experience.
Enjoy activities throughout The Museum including the extraordinary music of Karina Denike and Michael McIntosh, flash tours with fabric experts from Britex, DIY activities, and specialty drinks and snacks.
Miles Nadal JCC
In the Al Green Theatre
7:30 – 8:30 pm, Doors open at 7:00
Hosted by Ralph Benmergui
Storytellers and speakers, poets and performers take the stage to unravel the revelation at Mount Sinai. Wrestle with the meaning and legacy, history and mystery of one of Judaism’s foundational moments. Closing with a communal candle-lighting ceremony. Featuring Adam Nayman, David Silverberg, Tracey Erin Smith, Rabbi Noam Katz, and the Harmonia Downtown Jewish Youth Choir directed by Yonah Sienna.
NB: Limited seating, book your free ticket in advance – click here
Presented in partnership with Reboot: www.unscrolled.org
The JCC in Manhattan
Tues, June 3, 10 pm–5 am
Doors open at 9 pm!
The countdown has begun for the tenth annual Paul Feig Tikkun Leil Shavuot at The JCC in Manhattan, the Upper West Side’s most spectacular holiday celebration, an updated version of the ancient festival of Shavuot, when the ancient Israelites stayed awake all night at Sinai anticipating the revelation. We will again offer a variety of traditional and innovative programs. Be part of the communal happening; come for an hour or seven!
Reboot Presents: Unscrolled Trivia Hour
What day was the Sabbath created? Where can you get leprosy? How many tablets did Mel Brooks have in History of the World, Part 1? If you can answer these questions (or even if you can’t!) come on down for a raucous hour of Torah and pop culture trivia, showdowns and, there might even be a hoedown! Winners will even recieve a grand prize (just don’t pick door number 1!) Visit unscrolled.org for more information.
Reboot Presents: #Torahin140
Can you sum up your favorite Torah portion in 140 characters or less. Take the challenge and create your own Torah commentary in the JCC lobby. Want more? Join the #Torahin140 conversation on Twitter and Facebook. Visit unscrolled.org for more information.
If you plan on being at the the BBYO International Convention in Dallas or Tribefest in New Orleans, look out for Unscrolled. We will be having interactive workshop where we challenge folks to delve into text while creating their own. Stay tuned for more info.
Moshe's son: ger/stranger & sham/there. What would it mean walk the world w/ the name 'Stranger'? Or do we all carry that name? #Torahin140
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God finally gets tired of hardening Pharaoh’s heart, invents Passover. #Torahin140
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