NIGHT/LIGHT: A Tikkun Leil Shavout!

Join Chochmat HaLev, Wilderness Torah, and LABA: A Laboratory of Jewish Culture in celebratation of Shavuot, the Jewish holiday of revelation, with the mystical tradition of Tikun Leil Shavuot, an ancient ritual in which we stay up late into the night to seek out the Divine voice. 

Our evening starts with a provocative immersive experience of ritual theater designed and led by Rabbi Jericho Vincent, spiritual leader of Temple of the Stranger in New York. You can then choose your own adventure — mystical study sessions led by Rabbi Vincent, Chochmat HaLev’s Spiritual Leader Zvika Krieger, Jewish mysticism scholars Professors Deena Aranoff  and Sam Shonkoff as well as music, dance, art, and embodiment experiences led by artists from LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture. See below for bios of all of the contributors. 

  • MOVEMENT with Olallie Lackler
  • ART from Naomie Kremer and Bonny Nahmias
  • MUSIC from Forest Reid
  • HEALING with Hagit Cohen
  • CIRCUS with Jeff Raz
The Zohar recounts that the masculine and feminine faces of the Divine unite on Shavuot — and so we must stay up late into the night to “array the jewels of the Bride, so tomorrow she will appear before the King suitably adorned and bedazzled.” The Jewish mystics teach that we adorn the Bride by weaving creative interpretations of traditional sacred texts, stringing them into beautiful new garlands of modern meaning. 

We have THREE invitations for you for this journey:

1) Your prompt arrival is requested for the opening ritual. Please arrive by 7:30pm to experience the full immersive ritual with Rabbi Jericho Vincent. If you arrive after it’s begun, we may need to ask you to wait until a less-disruptive moment.

2) As participants in what the Kabbalists refer to as “the Divine wedding,” we invite you to join us in the mystical tradition of dressing in all white clothing.

3) If you plan to stay late, and/or want to be cozy, you are welcome to bring blankets, sleeping bags, and anything else that would make you more comfortable!

Also, we could use a couple more volunteers to ensure the evening runs smoothly — if you’re able to volunteer, email



Rav Jericho Vincent was raised in an ultra-Orthodox rabbinic family with a lineage studded with a chasidic master and many rabbinic luminaries. They learned from Buddhist, Sufi, and atheist communities before returning to Judaism to excavate wisdom from their family’s ancient traditions. Rav Jericho is the founder and spiritual leader of Temple of the Stranger, the Executive Director of Shuva, and teacher of Torah to tens of thousands on Instagram

Deena Aranoff is the Faculty Director of the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. She teaches rabbinic literature, medieval patterns of Jewish thought, and the broader question of continuity and change in Jewish history. Her recent publications engage with the subject of childcare, maternity, and the making of Jewish culture.

Sam Shonkoff is the Taube Family Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union. His scholarship focuses on themes of embodiment, revelation, and interpretation in modern Jewish spirituality.

He is the author of a bunch of journal articles and book chapters, as well as co-editor (with Ariel Mayse) of Hasidism: Writings on Devotion, Community, and Life in the Modern World and editor of Martin Buber: His Intellectual and Scholarly Legacy. He is currently completing a book on Buber’s interpretations of Hasidic sources. Sam taught formerly at Oberlin College and holds a PhD from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Olallie Lackler is a queer, non-binary experimental dancer, creator, and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their work explores the universes between contact improvisation and contemporary/experimental dance. Frequent themes of exploration include relationships, queerness, the realms of the inner cosmos, and power.

Naomie Kremer is a painter, video artist, and stage designer. She has exhibited widely in the US and abroad. Her work is in many private and public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Berkeley Art Museum, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the US Embassy, Beijing, China.

Kremer’s imagery, though largely abstract, is based in the real world–incorporating nature, architecture, language, letterforms, and the human figure. Her work draws from a wide range of sources and inspirations, including art history, music, poetry and literature. Her video based set design led her to begin combining painting and video.

Bonny Nahmias is an interdisciplinary artist, who comes from a matrilineality of Sephardic Jewish Brushas (“witches” in Ladino). Her work is an expression of the spell they casted on her. She was born and raised in Israel and moved to the United States in 2006. Nahmias first lived in Brooklyn, NY, where she explored performance art, and later moved to San Francisco, where she received a BFA from California College of the Arts. She now lives among the owls in the woods with her husband and daughter.

Her work can be found at

Forest Reid is a Bay Area based sound designer, composer, and installation artist. His audio-visual work engages with Jewish mysticism, Yiddish culture, and repurposed archives. He has diverse experience with sound, including archival preservation, data sonification, and studio engineering. He has created installation work for the La Jolla Playhouse and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and has had his work featured in the Without Walls (WOW) festival in San Diego and Sukkahwood in New York.

Israeli-born artist Hagit Cohen works primarily with digital images, constructing visual scenes with photographic images and objects of ritual.

Hagit holds a BFA in Photography and Art History from Israel, and an MFA in Imaging Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she also taught fine art photography for several years. Upon completion of studies at Rochester, she developed her career in interactive multimedia as an illustrator, art director and producer. 

Jeff Raz has performed in circuses, such as Cirque du Soleil and the Pickle Family Circus, and in theaters from Berkeley Rep to Broadway. He has directed dozens of circus, dance, puppet and theater productions and written 18 plays and three books.

PROJECT: Circus/ Borders

Free for members
Suggested donation $18-$54 for non-members; no one turned away for lack of funds.


Jun 11 - 12 2024


7:30 pm - 5:30 am
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