This Sun. is the holiday of Shavuot, where we mark being at Sinai and receiving the Torah.
Together with the late night study/Tikkun hosted by Shomrei Torah the prior evening (on June 11), the Jewish Sonoma County-wide celebration of Shavuot will continue outdoors on land overlooking the ocean in Occidental.
This year, June 12 is the first day of Shavuot, the day when the ancient Israelites "received the Torah at Mt. Sinai." What does this mean for us today?
1. First of all, this experience clearly took place outdoors, so we'll be gathering (like we do for most Zmanim gatherings) in the outdoors, where many of us are more receptive to awe, wonder, and mystery.
2. The rabbis taught that the giving of the Torah wasn't a one-time historical event but actually repeats every year, giving us the opportunity to see what "Torah"/sacred teaching we each could benefit from receiving this year.
Under the skilled guidance of the Master of Hebrew Chant herself (and Rabbi Daria's chant teacher), Rabbi Shefa Gold, adults will have the opportunity to listen for the Torah that is for each individual's "ears only."
Meanwhile, children will gather in multi-age settings and for a Shavuot experience organized by Wilderness Torah educator, Rebecca Schisler.
Children: Please register now (or by May 30!) so that we can plan accordingly!
Space is limited.
Register here now!
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~ Please arrive by 1:30 or 1:45 so that you can pack your bag of snacks for the trip before we depart!
~ This event involves moderate walking on uneven terrain. There will be a leisurely silent meditative walk for about 30 minutes. However, if you need to take the "short cut" (a less than 10 min walk), you can do so for this part of the day.
~ We'll be outdoors! Dress appropriately so that you can be comfortable. (Part of the day will be in an area that has no shade. Please wear hats/sunglasses rather than bringing umbrellas for an optimal experience).
~ We'll be sitting on the ground at two different locations. Bring a camping chair if you'd like.
~ Bring a water bottle
~ Do not use online directions for this property! Instead go here and scroll down for directions, and a link to a map.
(NOTE: Google Maps does not provide complete directions.)