Special event honors all sects of Judaism

CARMEL VALLEY — On May 18, San Diego Jewish Academy and several local synagogues will host the community-wide event of Tikkun Leil Shavuot: An Evening of Learning, which will focus on uniting the Jewish community at 6 p.m. with a candle lighting and prayer, followed by a kosher dinner for $10. At 7:15 p.m., the evening will feature with the keynote speaker, Rabbi Mordecai Finley, former president of the Academy for Jewish Religion. The event will continue with various learning sessions and discussion panels from prominent Jewish San Diegans. The study groups will continue late into the evening, as is traditional on Shavuot.
In July of last year, San Diego Jewish Academy invited local synagogues to participate in a compact designed to broaden and enhance the educational and spiritual opportunities available to San Diego’s Jewish community. This partnership became known as the Synagogue – SDJA Compact and led to this first joint event.
In conjunction with local synagogues, Congregation Beth Am, Beth El, Beth Israel, Temple Solel and Ohr Shalom, SDJA will host this event on its campus. Shavuot is a traditional Jewish holiday that involves studying late into the evening. The goal of the event is to bring the diverse Jewish community together to explore its differences by examining the topic of pluralism, which is also a core value of SDJA.
Pluralism is defined as the tolerance of multiple religious beliefs in one community or society. Although Judaism is a unified culture, the religion has various sects with different beliefs, which makes pluralism an appropriate topic for the evening. The evening will feature various study groups and discussion panels relating to this topic.
“San Diego’s Jewish community is broad,” said David Kornberg, Rabbi at Congregation Beth Am. “An event like Tikkun Leil Shavuot gives us an opportunity to come together as a community, explore our differences and figure out how we can work together.”
“We tried to offer diverse programming that would appeal to a wide Jewish audience,” said Larry Acheatel, executive director at SDJA and discussion group leader. “It is important to provide an event that can accommodate all ages and Jewish beliefs. We are even offering special teen programming.”
Dinner tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information or to purchase dinner tickets, visit www.sandiegojewishcommunity.com or contact Rebecca Besquin at (858) 704-3861 or rbesquin@sdja.com.

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