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    Night Shift: A Shavuot Experience

    Honoring Shavuot and Pride Month by Embracing our True Selves! | In English

    When: Saturday, 6/4/2022 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Where: Freidenrich Conference Center (Bldg F) 4th Floor

    OFJCC Palo Alto JCC


    Remembering Alex Joffe on the 10th anniversary of his passing

    Night Shift is a Jewish cultural experience. It's a new take on Shavuot—the holiday that celebrates Jewish culture and literacy. Come gather at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, and shift your perspective on Jewish learning and community building.

    We invite you to schmooze over delicious cheesecake, enjoy lectures and hands-on workshops, and honor pride month as we theme this gathering "Embracing our True Selves."

    Presenters: Hadar Cohen, Rabbi Darren Kleinberg, Elan Loeb, Sigal Vardi, Robert Perry and Tova Birnbaum

    This unique public event is a collaboration between BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change in Israel and the Oshman Family JCC.


    • 7:00 PM | "Returning to our Whole Selves" with Hadar Cohen and Sigal Vardi: A Community Musical Gathering

    • 7:30 PM | Schmooze and cheesecake

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      8:00 PM | "Ruth and Naomi Through Modern Queer and Feminist Midrash" with Elan Loeb: Engage spiritually with the story of Ruth and Naomi in this art exploration workshop. We will study ancient and modern queer and feminist Midrash and use the Jewish Studio Process to engage our innate creativity and divinity. The Jewish Studio Process is a unique methodology developed by Rabbi Adina Allen that melds the Beit Midrash (house of learning) and the art studio and uplifts art making as a path toward understanding. No art experience is required; your inherent creativity is already there. Join us as we co-create with our sacred stories.

      Elan Loeb (they/them) is a Jewish musician and educator based in the Bay Area on Ramytush land. They are the Music Specialist and Songleader for the Oshman Family JCC. They are proud to be in the second cohort of the Creative Facilitator Training through the Jewish Studio Project. They received their BA in Near Eastern Studies from Cornell University in 2017. In 2020, they founded Tzedakah Songs: Jewish Songs for Justice, an organization that hosts musical fundraising events for social justice causes. Elan believes that art is for everyone and loves to share the joy they find in Jewish music. As a teacher, they bring silliness, mindfulness and love into their work. In their spare time, they enjoy audiobooks, gardening, meditation and mending.

      "Finding One's True Self through the Gift of Torah and Poetry" with Robert Perry: Robert Perry shares and discusses his poetry informed and inspired by his Jewish experience of creativity and transformation. Like Ruth, he is grateful to have found a home in which to give expression to his True Self, contributing to the livelihood of his people and the world. Through the rich and supple particularism of Judaism, he has been able to realize the ideals of universal spiritual consciousness he brought with him and continues to hold and cultivate. As he davens and studies following the calendar of festivals and observances, he has found a special way to understand and appreciate the gift of Torah through his art that includes poetry, painting and design.

      Robert Perry is an artist and poet, publisher and translator, and designer of books of poetry and art. In 2015, he founded Dutch Poet Press and Robert Perry Book Design. He lives in Palo Alto and is a member of Congregation Kol Emeth.

    • 9:00 PM | Break

    • 9:15 PM | "The Journey of Weeks" with Darren Kleinberg: Join Rabbi Darren Kleinberg in an exploration of a new Jewish paradigm that exists beyond space and time, bringing us to an embrace of our true selves (Anochi). Together, guided by simple spiritual practices and wisdom from Jewish and other spiritual traditions, we will venture on a mythic journey from liberation to revelation. Rabbi Darren Kleinberg, PhD, is a Visiting Scholar with the Concentration in Education and Jewish Studies at Stanford University and is the incoming Dean of the ALEPH Ordination Program (AOP), which is part of the Alliance for Jewish Renewal (ALEPH).

      "Listening to Our Inner Knowing" with Hadar Cohen: Divine Revelation rarely comes from the outside but rather from an inner process and experience. How can we listen to ourselves more honestly? How can we slow down and feel out deep knowing from the inside? Join this interactive session for meditation, discussion and communal learning. Hadar Cohen is an Arab Jewish multimedia artist, healer and educator based in Los Angeles. She is the founder of Malchut, a mystical school teaching direct experience of God through heart-centered spiritual traditions. Hadar is a Jewish mystic who works to build decolonial frameworks for worshiping God. She is an artist weaving the spiritual with the political and her artistic mediums include performance, movement, writing, weaving, sound and ritual.

    • 10:15 PM | Schmooze and some more cheesecake

    IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION: All attendees at this event will be required to show either proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the event. Either a physical COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or the State of California Digital COVID-19 Vaccination Card may be offered as proof of full vaccination. The OFJCC follows the Santa Clara County guidelines regarding masking.


    Saturday, June 4
    7:00–11:00 PM
    Freidenrich Conference Center (Bldg. F), 4th Floor
    $25 Adults | $18 ENGAJ and under 36
    Contact: Tova Birnbaum | [email protected]

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