Sun, May 16|
Shavuot with Queer Jewish Farmers!
Are you queer & Jewish & farming? Join our community of Queer Jewish Farmers for learning and to celebrate our first fruits in honor of Shavuot/Shavues. We'll share some learnings with each other and a round of blessings as we head into the holiday.
Time & Location
May 16, 2021, 3:00 PM EDT
About the Event
Shavuot/Shavues is the holiday both of bringing the first fruits to the Temple of old and a commemoration of the day our people received the Torah. There is a kabbalistic/mystical tradition of staying up all night long on the first night of this holiday in response to a midrash (story) of how our ancestors fell asleep that fateful night before they were to receive the Torah from Moshe/Moses at Mount Sinai. While we won't be staying up all night together on Zoom, we're gonna to teach and share with each other the Torah (wisdom) we've received this year.
We'll share some learnings with each other and a round of blessings as we head into the holiday. If you'd like to teach, share, read anything – email us! Parameters are that it needs to be related two out of the following three themes: queerness, Judaism, or land/ag. Anything from a one-minute share to 15 minutes is welcome!!
Lastly, in honor of the holiday's agricultural origins of bringing one's first fruits to the Temple, please make sure to bring an offering of your first harvests. This can be interpreted literally or metaphorically: what has sprouted and come to fruition for you since Pesach/Passover? Bring it, and those who'd like to can share what they brought and why!
We'll be holding our Shavues/ot tikun aka preparatory learning time at 12 - 1:30pmPT/3 - 4:30pmET on Sunday, May 16 - erev Shavues/ot.
To join the event and/or contribute a teaching, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Who is this space for?
First and foremost, this space is designed for anyone who self-identifies with any identity on the brilliantly colorful LGBTQIA+ spectrum. It’s for anyone who self-identifies as Jewish, regardless of what form that takes in your life. And finally, it’s for anyone who self-identifies as a farmer or land-worker, regardless of whether you’re currently actively farming.
Identifying as queer, trans, intersex, or another identity in the rainbow is a requirement and how we maintain a safer space. If you have any questions about whether this space is for you- please reach out!