Since 2004, the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan has celebrated the Jewish holiday of Shavuot with The Paul Feig z”l Tikkun Leil Shavuot, opening its doors to thousands of people for a free night of study, music, celebration, conversation, deep thought…and cheesecake. Following the unmitigated success of last year’s all-virtual event, the 2021/5781 Tikkun Leil Shavuot will once again be broadcast live via Zoom from 8:30 pm on Sunday, May 16, to 5 am on Monday, May 17.
Nearly a dozen scheduled tracks and 100 hour-long sessions will be presented during the all-night event. Highlights include performances from Israel Story Live, The Bengsons, Eurovision, and Elana Brody; conversations with Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody, Elisha Wiesel, Rabbi Moshe Waldoks, and Ronni Gamzu with Amir Tibon; cheesecake making with a professional pastry chef; and much more. Other presenters include notables such as JCC Chief Executive Officer Rabbi Joy Levitt, JCC Social Justice Activist in Residence Ruth Messinger, Forward Editor-in-Chief Jodi Rudoren, Israeli director Eytan Fox, writer/scholar Ruby Namdar, and so many more. Multiple programs will be offered in each time slot.
Tikkun honors the memory of Paul Feig z”l, who died in a car accident in 1998. Feig was the brother of a long-time JCC board member.
Shavuot commemorates G-d’s revelation of the Torah to the Jews on Mount Sinai. Today, many Jews around the world celebrate this holiday by staying up all night and studying Torah. Pre-COVID-19, the JCC invited the community to participate in formal study, dance, films, movement classes, and, of course, cheesecake.
This year’s lineup will include partnerships with local synagogues and national organizations like Be’chol Lashon, Shamir Collective, and the Kohenet Institute. As we enter the 14th month of COVID-19, we celebrate the extraordinary Jewish community we have built in virtual spaces and look forward to a Tikkun Leil Shavuot that amplifies all the lessons and competence we have cultivated on Zoom over the last year.
Once again, this year’s programs cover a range of topics to appeal to Jews of all backgrounds, and include NYC Mayoral elections, The Diversity of Asian American Jews, Sex and Torah, The Digital Diaspora, Iconic New York Jews, Superman’s Jewish Roots, American Jewish Women in Song, Ecology in Kabbalah, The History of the Israeli Protest Movement, Mindfulness: the New Normal, and Priestesses in the Hebrew Bible.
The JCC knows that many teachers and members of the Orthodox community do not use technology on Yom Tov, while also acknowledging that their teachings and presence would be of great value to all of us. To ensure that this community is represented during the Tikkun, along with the extensive variety of live programming, we are delighted to have some pre-recorded content provided by those who would be unable to otherwise participate as well.
The JCC invites you to stay an hour, two, or all night long for this UWS Shavuot institution. Although the program is free, registration is required.