Virtual Tisch Press Release

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Press Contact: Online Director Robert J. Saferstein:

Editor in Chief Susan Berrin:

Kick-start Shavuot with Sh’ma’s Second ‘Virtual Tisch’

Thursday, May 24th, 2012 at 8PM EDT/5PM PDT

Kick-starting the holiday of Shavuot, Sh’ma, a journal of Jewish ideas, is hosting its second “virtual tisch” – a unique online, interactive learning table that will foster Jewish connection and global conversation. Once again, Rabbi David Ingber of Romemu, a New York City-based spiritual community, will lead the learning session.

“The May issue of Sh’ma, ‘Claiming Torah,’ coincides with Shavuot, when, tradition tells us, the Torah was revealed,” said Editor-in-Chief Susan Berrin.  “Jews throughout the world have long marked the eve of the festival with a tikkun leil Shavuot, an all night text study session that includes conversation, reenactments, and explorations of how Torah and learning shape our lives. Our tisch, we hope, will spur connection and introspection in the days leading to the holiday.

“After the success of our first virtual tisch in March, which had more than 100 participants from all over the world singing and learning together,” added Online Director Robert J. Saferstein, “we thought a pre-Shavuot, virtual tikkun leil was the perfect way to further Sh’ma’s commitment to Jewish learning and creating community.”

Please join us online Thursday, May 24th at 8 PM EDT/5 PM PDT for this community pre-Shavuot “tisch” (Yiddish for “table”), which will feature Rabbi David Ingber of Romemu, Rabbi Elie Kaunfer of Mechon Hadar, educator Rabbi Lee Moore, author and scholar Tzemah Yoreh, rabbinical student Aaron Potek, and many others on a live webcast.

Participants will enter the tisch through our website,, and can ask questions or make comments in a real-time live feed.

During our first virtual tisch, Rabbi Ingber urged participants to lean into the difficult things in their lives, instead of shying away from or fearing them. It’s by leaning into what’s challenging in life, he suggested, that we often generate the spark of creativity that leads to dynamic personal growth.

Sh’ma ( is a pluralistic theme-based journal, on-line and in print, founded in 1970. Sh’ma’s “S Blog,” launched this year, takes its monthly themes and pushes them farther through interactive online conversations.

We hope you will join us on Thursday, May 24th for our pre-Shavuot virtual tisch.

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