Welcome to the Omer Chevrutah Project - 2022, a collaborative adventure in building community! This year, two independent Jewish communities – Ratzon and Makom HaLev – are working together to create a Shavuot experience that combines two, Jewish spring-time practices: the seven weeks of counting the Omer and the culmination of Shavuot. Through individual chevrutahs (partnerships), we will explore these practices together and get to know one another.
Makom HaLev is an independent spiritual community in Pittsburgh that largely serves people over the age of 50. We are hoping to create meaningful intergenerational relationships centered on our shared spiritual explorations.
We begin counting the Omer the day after Passover and continue for 7 weeks until Shavuot. Each week of the Omer is associated with a sefira, or mystical element of G-d. As we engage weekly in the mystical framework of the Sefirot, we grow spiritually as we journey in the wilderness from Passover to Shavuot.
How is this Omer Chevrutah Project going to work? We are asking members of Ratzon and Makom HaLev to sign up to make a creative reflection on one of the weekly sefriot. Individuals from the two communities will form partnerships with those who have signed up for the same sefira. These partners will work together to create a shared reflection to offer to our two communities.
During the Omer, we will join together weekly at Ratzon’s Meditation and Parsha Study to share the Omer Chevrutah’s creative reflection and deepen our own spiritual growth during this special time of year.
Shavuot Celebration! Our Omer Chevrutah Project will culminate with a celebration known as Shavuot Limud, on Shavuot, Sunday morning June 5, from 10:00am to 12:30pm. All members of both Ratzon and Makom HaLev are invited to sign up to lead or co-lead a study session. We encourage those who have been working in an Omer Chevrutah to lead a session that shares the ideas and themes you have been exploring together.
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