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KC Community Shavuot program to feature Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman

Kansas City's annual all-night community Shavuot program will take place on Tuesday, May 18 at Kehilath Israel Synagogue, 10501 Conser. 

The evening begins at 8:20 p.m. with a traditional and contemporary service and will be followed by a catered dairy buffet dinner. 
 
At 10:30, noted scholar, author and internationally acclaimed speaker, Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, Professor of Liturgy, Worship and Ritual at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, New York will deliver the keynote, “The Many Paths to Jewish Spirituality.” 

A panel discussion featuring local rabbis will follow the keynote.  Informal study sessions with Rabbi Hoffman and the KC Kollel will be offered throughout the night. 

A sunrise service and breakfast will conclude this holiday celebration.

Shavuot comes fifty days after the first day of Passover and celebrates God’s giving of the Torah to the Jewish people at Mt. Sinai. Learning is an integral part of Judaism and therefore, it is befitting for the community to come together at this time to study. Shavuot also celebrates the harvest season. It is a custom to read the Book of Ruth as well as to stay up all night on the first night of Shavuot to study Torah and say the morning prayers at sunrise.  Kansas City congregations have celebrated this Shavuot tradition as a community for over 30 years.

Advance reservations are required for dinner by May 14 and should be sent (make checks payable to Rabbinical Association) to Rabbinical Association, 5801 W. 115, Suite 113, Overland Park, KS 66211. The cost for dinner is $14.00 per adult and $10 per student (age 21 and under). Reservations received after May 14 are $18.00 per adult. 

This program is-sponsored by The Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City and area congregations.
 
For additional information or if planning to attend the study program only, contact Administrator/Program Director for the Rabbinical Association at afprogram@aol.com..

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