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Online Havdalah and Pre-Shavuot Learning

Saturday, May 15, 2021 4 Sivan 5781

9:00 PM - 10:30 PMOnline

9:00 PM: Havdalah
9:15 PM: Learning with R' Sarah Mulhern

What's the Point of the Point? The Many Meanings of Shavuot

Both the Biblical text and the ritual experience of counting the omer create a strong link between Pesach and Shavuot, and build a powerful sense of momentum moving from Pesach to a peak at Shavuot. But what is that linkage meant to teach us? And what, exactly, are the implications for our beliefs and behaviors of the relationship between the two holidays? In this session, we will mine biblical and rabbinic texts for their varied and conflicting assumptions and messages about the take-away of Shavuot as we count omer for the final time and move into our preparation for chag.

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Rabbi Sarah Mulhern was ordained by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College and received private rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Daniel Landes. She also earned a Masters in Jewish Education from Hebrew College. She is an alumna of Yeshivat Hadar, Pardes Institute, Drisha Institute, Beit Midrash Har El, and Brandeis University, and was a Wexner Graduate Fellow.

During rabbinical school, Sarah worked in a variety of settings, including pulpits, social justice organizations, mikvaot, hospitals, and in adult and youth education. Previously, Sarah worked at the American Jewish World Service, where she designed curricula, wrote divrei Torah, ran the Jewish justice text database, trained educators, and designed and led service-learning programs. She is a well-regarded adult education teacher, and has taught across the country and in Israel.

Sarah lives in Riverdale, New York, with her husband, Rabbi William Friedman, and their children.

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