Tikkun Shavuot at Neve Schechter

A night-long journey of learning, performances, and discussions centered on the complex feminine experience in Jewish literature, art, culture, and Israeli society


Shavuot eve, Saturday evening, May 19, 2018 at 23:00

Admission is free of charge


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23:00 The Heart of the Matter

A conversation with artist, choreographer, actress, and dancer Renana Raz, moderated by Judy Tal Kopelman

24:00  Sexuality and Women’s Bodies – From the Personal to the Political

Tamar Mor-Sela, author of the book Awaken: Women Talk Sexuality in conversation with Esti Zakheim, actress and chair of Shaham, the Israeli Actors Guild

01:00 A Book of Your Own

Journalists and media presenters Shiri Lev-Ari and Anat Sharon Belais talk with Mika Almog and Esther Peled – two authors whose writing bravely places the complex, rich, and contradictory female experience at the center of the literary arena. Mika Almog is the author of a collection of short stories, Anticipation. Ester Peled’s short-story collection Widely Open Underneath won the 2017 Sapir Prize for Literature.

02:15 The Secrets of Counting

The meaning of counting according to the Kabbalah on an ascending scale from Passover to Shavuot

A lesson with Rabbi Roberto Arbib

03:30 So you came to fight? Go straight to the conflict.

Inbar Amir

Relationships move along an axis between closeness and distance and between conflicts and crises that arise in the different circles in which we move. In this interactive workshop, we will examine the opportunities that exist within relationship crises and explore what happens when we avoid crises at any price. We will examine crises in different types of relationships, between women and men, God and human beings, and will see how it is possible to manage ourselves within situations of conflict. The workshop will include textual study and audience members will take part in experiential theatrical activities.

Sanctity: Diminished – Exhibition in the Main Hall

This exhibition describes the story of abandoned synagogues in Tel Aviv that have been emptied of worshipers and neglected. The exhibition is the result of a joint research project by Brit Yakobi, the founder of “Free Space,” and artist Dona Mosen-Levy.

Curator: Shira Friedman


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24:00 The Book of Ruth – Of Women and For Women

In the Book of Ruth, Naomi and Ruth are the main heroines, working tirelessly at the supreme task of ensuring the coming of the Messiah.

Dr. Mor Altshuler, independent researcher, author of The Life of Rabbi Yosef Karo

01:00 “Ivria”

Excerpts from the performance “Ivria” on the synagogues’ bima and a conversation with Sigalit Banay and Hana Vazana Grunwald on drive, faith, and creativity. “Ivria” is a spoken word performance based on Sigalit Banai’s book of poetry. In her performance, Banay plays with identities and blurs the boundaries between “religious” and “secular” in search of the Hebrew woman who was exiled from the synagogue and yearns for her home, for her homeland.

Director: Hana Vazana Grunwald

02:15 Kamila in an A Capella Performance

Kamila, a singer and musician from Azerbaijan connects the sounds of ancient Azeri music to the stories behind the Jews of Azerbaijan. On the evening of Tikkun Shavuot, she will perform at the Schechter Center songs she has written and composed in her mother tongue – Azeri – and in Hebrew.