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Tikkun Leil Shavuot: Jewish Learning Festival at the MNJCC

  • 08:00 PM
  • MNJCC, 750 Spadina Avenue
A full night of community, study, singing, snacking and more! Over 50 sessions reinterpret and reimagine traditional Jewish texts and open up new community conversations. Special programs for kids. All are welcome!   Free for everyone.

The Tikkun Leil Shavuot Learning Festival at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre takes place from Saturday, June 8, 2019, 
 8:00 p.m. to Sunday, June 9, 2019 8:00 a.m.

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Join Rabbi Goldberg as she discusses with other leaders and community members:

Sanctity and Queer Identity: An Interfaith Panel, 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Room 308

Leaders and community members of diverse faith communities will discuss their personal experiences and community work in asserting the sanctity of LGBTQIA+ identity and experience. How do we break down heteronormativity and cisnormativity in our religious spaces? How do we heal the history of exclusion that our communities have upheld to become truly welcoming and accessible to all?

With Andi Yumansky, Rabbi Dr. Aviva Goldberg, Reverend Dr. Cheri DiNovo, Haran Vijayanathan

Andi Yumansky (moderator) is an observant, queer / trans Jew who has recently completed a master’s degree in Pastoral Studies at Emmanuel College, University of Toronto. They are passionate about community building, inter-faith organizing and spiritual-care giving. Andi currently practices psychotherapy and chaplaincy in Toronto.

Rabbi Dr. Aviva Goldberg (panelist) is the spiritual leader of Congregation Shir Libeynu, an unaffiliated, liberal and inclusive synagogue in downtown Toronto. She is a retired professor of Humanities at York University and specialized in the area of Women and Religion. Rabbi Goldberg is a sought after lecturer, teacher, moderator and workshop leader in the areas of contemporary Jewish liturgy, ritual and theology.

Reverend Dr. Cheri DiNovo (panelist) serves as Minister at Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church and Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts and a former MPP who passed most of the private bills in Ontario’s history and most of the LGBTQ bills in Canadian history.

Haran Vijayanathan (panelist) is an openly gay, Sri Lankan Tamil man, who has been working in the HIV and LGBTQ+ sector over the last 18 years. He is currently the executive director of ASAAP – the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention. Due to the homophobia that exists within community and culture – he was forced to ignore the religion he loved. Only after learning more of Hinduism’s stance on homosexuality, was he able to reconcile his religion, culture, and sexual orientation.

Program Guide

Pre-register here.  Please note – advanced registration for Shavuot Kids is mandatory.

Shir Libeynu is proud to be a long-time sponsor of this annual event.

The Tikkun Leil Shavuot Jewish Learning Festival is presented by the

and is supported and sponsored by many community partners.