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Southern Arizona Jewish Community Made Meaning Together at Meeting at the Mountain in Celebration of Shavuot

The Tucson Jewish Community Center was abuzz with learning and conversation into the early hours of the morning during the recent Meeting at the Mountain, a special Shavuot event that brought the Southern Arizona Jewish community in celebration and study. The annual tikkun leil was proudly put on in partnership with Congregation Anshei Israel, Kol Ami Synagogue, and the Tucson J with support from the Yale and Elinor Palchick Family Foundation held at the Jewish Community Foundation.

The gathering honored the traditions and rituals of Shavuot in both traditional and innovative new ways and provided an opportunity for members of the community to engage in meaningful activities and discussions. Aptly named as Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, this year’s celebration offered a rich tapestry of experiences for attendees to learn about and connect with the holiday.

Young adults in their 20s through 40s enjoyed a lively happy hour, while attendees of all ages participated in afternoon and evening services. A seven species-themed cocktail and mocktail bar offered unique beverages, and Shavuot-themed puzzles and special holiday M&Ms added a festive touch for the kids in attendance (and any adults with a sweet tooth!). Delectable food catered by Asher Amar was enjoyed throughout the event, which culminated in a serene sunrise Havdalah service.

Classes were presented each hour by an impressive array of clergy, educators, and leaders from local synagogues and organizations, including Bet Shalom, Beit Simcha, Congregation Anshei Israel, Congregation Chaverim, Kol Ami Synagogue, M’kor Hayim Synagogue, the Tucson J, Tucson Torah Center, and the Weintraub Israel Center. Dr. Gila Silverman from The Shomer Collective, a national organization, also contributed her expertise.

Several highlights punctuated the night, leaving a lasting impression on attendees. An inspiring Song Circle fostered community spirit, while flower crown making with Yuval Malka, the Senior Community Shlicha, had participants adorning themselves in Shavuot spirit. Dr. Gila Silverman’s session, “Death on the Mountain,” and Rabbi Samuel Cohon’s (Congregation Beit Simcha) class, “We Complete God: Radical Human Empowerment in the Kabbalah of Zohar,” were particularly memorable.

Registration for the event took place on the Connect Jewish Tucson platform, which provides opportunities for individuals to host Jewish-themed events for both smaller groups and larger scale gatherings like the Meeting at the Mountain Community Shavuot experience.

Meeting at the Mountain was more than just an event; it was a testament to the strength and vibrancy of the Tucson Jewish community. Through learning, sharing, and celebrating together, participants experienced the true spirit of Shavuot, forging deeper connections with their faith and with each other.