The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has announced that its annual community-wide Tikkun Leil Shavuot study event will take place virtually on Wednesday, May 27.
Federation leaders decided to move the all-night study sessions because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“If we could have Tikkun Leil Shavuot in person, we would have loved to,” explained Adam Hertzman, Federation’s director of marketing. “The reality is that seems unlikely at this point.”
Moving the event online will provide “continuity,” according to Hertzman. “We have this event every year and it’s something the community looks forward to. There are a lot of opportunities for people to do things online but not a ton of things with Jewish content.”
To ensure that content is available to as many people as possible, Federation will host the event online the day before Shavuot, so everyone in the Pittsburgh Jewish community, including Orthodox Jews unable to use technology on the actual holiday the following evening, will be able to participate.
“On the one hand we are going to miss the scene of 500 people coming together and studying at the JCC,” said Jewish Community Foundation Scholar Rabbi Danny Schiff. “That really is unique to Pittsburgh and unable to be replicated.”
The new online experience curated by Federation will allow for the creation of “an enormous online learning experience that will be every bit the equivalent of what we would have done at the JCC,” according to Schiff.
Federation has not yet announced participating rabbis or topics to be studied. PJC