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Shavuot Celebration and Services


Sunday, May 16th • 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
7:30 pm — "Pastrami, Verklempt, and Tshoot-spa: Non-Jews’ Use of Jewish Language in the United States" with Guest Speaker, Dr. Sarah Benor
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On Shavuot we read the Book of Ruth, in which a non-Israelite woman joins an Israelite family. This happens frequently in the United States: many non-Jews are connected to Jewish communities through family and friends. To what extent do they pick up the community's Hebrew- and Yiddish-laced English? Which words have spread to the broader American population? And how? This multimedia talk explains how words like klutz, shpiel, and kibbitz have become part of the broader American lexicon, sometimes popularized by comedians. Politicians use Hebrew and Yiddish words in diverse ways, from Bill Clinton’s “Shalom, chaver” to Michele Bachmann’s mispronunciation of chutzpah. A much more sinister use of Jewish language is white nationalists mocking Jews with words like Goyim and Shoah. Several video clips are shown, from James Cagney as a Yiddish-speaking Irish taxi driver to Barack Obama “getting all verklempt” while honoring Barbra Streisand.

9:00 pm — Maariv Service

9:45 pm — Text Study with Rabbi Samuel L. Spector
"Jewish conversion in Scripture and Talmud"

Monday, May 17th • 9:00 am
Shavuot Day 1 Service
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Tuesday, May 18th • 9:00 am
Shavuot Day 2 Service and Yizkor
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Mon, June 21 2021 11 Tammuz 5781