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Shavuot & Confirmation 2023


Thursday, MAY 25


Paper Midrash | Scholar-in-Residence Program

Congregation B'nai Israel is excited to welcome husband-and-wife team Isaac & Rabbi Shawna Brynjegard-Bialik for these hands-on learning programs.

No experience or “artistic ability” is required, all materials are provided. You don’t have to know how to paint or draw. We bring the supplies, you bring your enthusiasm!

"Fingerprint Mosaic" Art Workshop – Part 1
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Social Hall

Isaac and Rabbi Shawna will guide the community to create a lectern cover for the synagogue. This is a large table-cloth style covering made of individual fingerprints. The end result is a beautiful and unique art piece which reflects Jewish tradition in a colorful, contemporary way.


"Torah Study with Knives" 
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Social Hall

Isaac and Rabbi Shawna will lead a three-hour papercutting workshop program on the theme of "Redemption and the Hero Code." In this workshop, we will study some midrash (stories about the stories in the Torah) and how each of us brings something different to the story. You will learn step-by-step how to create your own papercut using an X-Acto knife. We’re proud to offer you this special opportunity to make something meaningful, while interpreting the Torah in a new and imaginative way. All participants make artwork they can take home. Registration capped at 30 participants.



Shabbat, Festival of Shavuot, and Service of Confirmation

7:30 PM | Sanctuary & YouTube Livestream

Congregation B’nai Israel invites you to join us in celebration as our Confirmation Class leads the Shavuot service. Please click here to learn more about Confirmation at CBI.

Avery Simone Acosta, child of Abbie Blackman & Andrew Acosta 
Sophia Ava Freeman, child of Debra & Benjamin Freeman 
Lilah Rivka Grossman, child of Karun & Judah Grossman 
Misha Gregoravich Grunwald, child of Gregory Grunwald 
Mia Emma Kaufman, child of Talia & Daniel Kaufman 
Rowan Parker Kliman, child of Carla & Brad Kliman 
Jacob Kalman Makarczyk, child of Nora Makarczyk & of James Makarczyk 
Adielle Rina Nelson, child of Tamar & Louis Nelson 
Holden David Prunier, child of Jody & Stephen Prunier 
Gali Sierra Schwarz, child of Ronit & Andrew Schwarz 
Jack Sherman, child of Elyce Frydman Sherman
Alejandra Johanna Taylor, child of Sarah Soto-Taylor & Seren Taylor 
Vida Bea Wisham, child of Valerie Feldman & William Jay Wisham 
Osiris Miriam Treya Lawalia Zerbo, child of Rachel & Ousseny Zerbo 



Paper Midrash | Scholar-in-Residence Program

"Fingerprint Mosaic" Art Workshop – Part 2
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Social Hall

Isaac and Rabbi Shawna will guide the community to create a tablecloth for the synagogue, matching the lectern cover.



Shavuot Yizkor/Shabbat Morning Service 

10:30 AM | Chapel 

Join Blair Leatherwood and Judy Emick-Leatherwood for a Shabbat Morning and Yizkor service in remembrance and reflection. 


Learn more about Shavuot!

What are Shavuot's origins?
Why do we observe Shavuot by studying all night?
Why is it customary to eat dairy foods on Shavuot?

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