Shavuot Night Live

May 28th, 8:00-10:00 PM

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  • 1:00 – 2:30 Pick up dinner
  • 7:30 - 8:00 Minyan
  • 8:00 - 8:00 Welcome from Rabbi Friedman and Cantor Roth
  • 8:00 - 8:50 Session One
  • 8:55 - 9:05 Israeli Dancing (Yes, really! So fun, even via Zoom!)
  • 9:10 - 9:50 Session Two
  • 9:50 - 10:00 Closing Remarks from Rabbi Friedman and Cantor Roth


We know our community members are some of the most interesting, thoughtful, and impressive experts in all kinds of diverse fields, and we can’t think of a better way to enrich our community than to learn from each other and grow!

Please join us virtually on Thursday, May 28 at 8:00 pm to plot your own Shavuot
adventure! Pick one class per session from terrific choices led by our members (and friends) in the area of their expertise. And though we can’t yet be in the same room, we are taking every opportunity to flex our wonderful sense of community - so of course, we are having a community dinner – although this year for pick up in advance.

Welcome to Shavuot Night Live

Our Classes

Session One

Our life over the past 3 months has deviated significantly from the life we were used to. The academic demands on children, the usual social stressors, and fast-paced schedules have been minimized or absent. Free and “play” time has been maximized and parents tended to relax their usual rules and limits on everything from diet to sleep to screen time. Michael will discuss the potential issues of reintegrating socially and academically and will provide strategies to help make a smooth transition for both kids and parents.

As a practicing psychologist with over 40 years’ experience, Dr. Michael Osit provides consultation, assessment, and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, families, couples and adults. In addition to his clinical work, Michael is the author of the award-winning book “Generation Text: Raising Well-Adjusted Kids In An Age Of Instant Everything.” He is often interviewed on television and by national magazines such as Parent, Parade, and others.

Getting Ready to Re-enter the World and Normalcy

Using the Bari Weiss book How to Fight Anti-Semitism as our guide, we will discuss the Biblical, historical and modern roots of antisemitism. We will address the recent resurgence and understand how these ideas contribute to Jewish identity. Perhaps our discussion will lead to action.

Stacey David has pioneered new programs and innovative projects as Education Director at COS-SJCC since 1998. Stacey studied in the U.S. and Israel and has degrees in Hebraic Studies and Early and Elementary Education. She graduated in the first cohort of the Leadership Institute for Congregation Principals and the first cohort of the Center for Israel Education at Emory University. She holds a certificate from the Congregational Learning Leadership Initiative at the Jewish Education Project.

What is Anti-Semitism? Where does it Impact Who I am Today?

Our session will explore the impact of Covid-19 on poverty and homelessness, both locally and nationally. Looking through the lens of Ohr Shalom’s longtime partner, Family Promise, the session will include interactive and experiential elements, and address the current, near-term, and longstanding impact of the pandemic on low-income families. We will also discuss the action and opportunities to reshape our country’s approach to homelessness.

Claas Ehlers is the CEO of Family Promise, the leading national organization addressing family homelessness and the parent organization for Family Promise Union County. He speaks widely on issues of homelessness, poverty, volunteerism, and community development. He is a graduate of NYU film school and took a winding road to his current role. He serves on advisory boards for Overlook Hospital and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York but is proudest of serving on one for Sesame Street in Communities.

Homelessness in a Stay-at-home World:

The Implications of Covid-19 on Poverty

BimCholot: Prayer through Movement

In the Torah, the Jewish people celebrate their freedom from Egypt and the beginning of their journey to the Land of Israel bimcholot--with dance!  And as we yearn for and move towards for our usual daily freedoms, we too can dance - all in our homes- but together
through technology and in spirit!

Janet Ilene Roth has been the Cantor of COS-SJCC since 1991. Janet enjoys singing and dancing with children of all ages. Last year she won the Dancing with the Stars Shavuot Dance-A-Thon!

Session Two 

Tips, Tricks, and Techniques to Take Better Photographs, from iPhones to SLR cameras

Calling all shutterbugs! This session is for aspiring photographers of all skill levels. Learn tips and techniques for taking great pictures while you are out on your quaren-times walks (and beyond…). Whether you are using an actual camera or want to be a master on your
phone, Ed will show you how to use light and composition to transform a snapshot into a work of art.

Ed Rosen is a part-time professional photographer and owner of Ed Rosen Photography. Ed has been involved in photography for 40 years, from the early days of a home darkroom into the latest in digital photography and post-processing. Ed can be found on Instagram @edrosenphoto and online at and Ed is a member of the Professional Photographers of America and the North American Nature Photographers Association.

[Be]Getting It On In The Bible

Want to know about "knowing" in the Bible? Believe it or not, the Bible is filled with stories of people being "fruitful and multiplying."; Please join Rabbi Friedman for an examination of Biblical passages which describe complicated sexual relationships and a comparison of those passages to modern examples.

Avi Friedman has been our Rabbi at COS-SJCC for the past 15 years and would have been a contender for the Dancing with the Stars Shavuot Dance-A-Thon had he not been too busy memorizing 80’s TV show lyrics and baseball stats.

Coping with the New Normal and Finding Security in a Time of Uncertainty

We are living in a time of great uncertainty, doing our best to cope with unparalleled apprehension, insecurity and disconnection.  It is a time when even the most mundane of concerns can fill us with dread.  In this session, we will be exploring a range of coping strategies that you can employ to reduce feelings of distress, increase feelings of gratitude, and find some comfort in the present moment. Examples of individuals who have dealt with significant stress and trauma will be shared to illustrate the effectiveness of these tools​

Adrienne Abramowitz, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who works with patients coping with the vicissitudes of life, providing a range of strategies to reduce distress and opportunities for exploration and personal growth. In addition, she has expertise in helping patients –
many of whom have had profoundly life-altering experiences – recover and ultimately rediscover a sense of meaning and purpose in their lives as well as hope for the future

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