Join all of your friends from the downtown Toronto Jewish community on Sunday May 16th, where we'll be learning live on Zoom from 6 pm to midnight.


The MNjcc’s Tikkun Leil Shavuot is turning 13, and we’re staying safe at home for our B’nai Mitzvah year.

Join all of your friends from the downtown Toronto Jewish community on Sunday May 16th, where we’ll be learning live on Zoom from 6 pm to midnight. With 18 sessions to choose from and a self-guided (tech-free) study supplement, there’s something for everyone at this year’s Tikkun Leil Shavuot – a virtual night of community, study, snacking and more!

Free and open to all, regardless of heritage, ability, experience or level of observance.

We are committed to accessibility. This event will have auto-captioning. Please be in touch by email at LaurenS@mnjcc.org or by phone at 416.924.6211 to let us know about your access needs as soon as possible.

There are three sessions every hour and each session falls under one of three headers: CONTEMPORARY, TEXT, HANDS-ON



Thanks to the following partners for their support:

Alex Richler- Community Macher, Beth David, Beth Tzedek, Career Up Now, UJA Committee For Yiddish, Danforth Jewish Circle, Downtown Jewish Community School, EshelTO, Habonim Dror/Gesher, Fentster Gallery, Hashomer Hazair/Shomria, Hillel UofT, Holy Blossom Congregation, Jewish Family and Child Services, LABA, LimmudTO, Lishma Jewish Learning Project, Makom, Morris Winchevsky School – United Jewish People’s Order, Narayever Congregation, Ontario Jewish Archives – Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, Ontario Yiddishkeit, Oraynu Congregation, Reboot, Secular Synagogue , Congregation Shir Libeynu, Shoresh, Niv Magazine, No Silence on Race


Featured Kultura members in discussions:

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Hiddur Mitzvah & The Lost Art of Shavuot
With Bareket Kezwer

Join artist Bareket Kezwer in this hands-on workshop where you’ll learn about the lost art of Jewish paper cuts and have an opportunity to make your own unique paper artwork. Participants will be guided through the process of hiddur mitzvah (beautifying ritual) meets vision boarding in a supportive space where they can reflect on the abundance of their harvest and the seeds they want to sow moving forward. No previous art experience required; everyone is welcome! Family-friendly and open to folks of all ages. This session has a restricted capacity to create an intimate learning environment, please only register if you can commit to attending. If you register and are no longer able to attend, please let us know so that we can make the spot available for someone else.


7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Oy Vey! A Pandemic! Documenting the Jewish Response to COVID-19
With Dara Solomon, Joshua Tapper, Donna Bernardo-Ceriz, Michael Friesen
Presented in partnership with Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre

Typically, archives collect materials after historical events have occurred. However, as the pandemic unfolded, the OJA began to proactively document the community’s response. Join us for a panel discussion exploring the resulting collection that will illuminate this unprecedented time for the future.


Wrestling Our Way Into Shavuot
With Evelyn Tauben & Maxine Lee Ewaschuk
Presented in partnership with Fentster Gallery

Discuss, dance and dive into art, art history and textual interpretation! Dancer Maxine Lee Ewaschuk and Curator Evelyn Tauben host an interactive exploration inspired by the moment in Genesis when Jacob wrestles through the night with an angel and is transformed by morning. On Shavuot we wrestle through the night with Jewish texts and teachings – what will the morning bring? Together we’ll grapple with this key narrative and how various sages and artists throughout history have responded to it including Nathan Rapoport (best known for his memorial to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in Warsaw and at Yad Vashem) whose monumental sculpture of Jacob wrestling the angel can be found on Toronto’s Sherman Campus. Through discussion and movement, we’ll explore the layers of wrestling introduced in Breishit that are deeply resonant at this time.

Presented by:

A Kultura Collective Member

In Partnership with:

Ontario Jewish Archives, Fentster, Committee for Yiddish

Start Date May 16, 2021

6pm – midnight






If accessibility options not listed, please contact the venue to confirm

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