The webinar
The webinarCER

The Conference of European Rabbis today held a shiurim webinar series via Zoom for over 250 Rabbis from across the globe ahead of Shavuot tomorrow evening.

The 90-minute program was divided into five separate shiurim sessions during which world and community leaders discussed the spiritual significance of this week’s festival, marking the reception of Torah when the Israelites had experienced Revelation.

Sessions were moderated by an impressive variety of high-prolife religious leaders, including Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, President of the Conference of European Rabbis, Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, the Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, Rabbi Osher Weiss, the current Rosh Kollel of Machon Minchas Osher L’Torah V’Horaah and Rabbi David Yosef, Chief Rabbi of the Har Nof neighborhood in Jerusalem, Head of the Yechaveh Da'at Kollel and a member of the Moetzet Chachmei HaTorah of the Shas party in Israel.

Commenting on the day’s event, CER President Chief Rabbi Goldschmidt said: “Once again, the power of technology has allowed us to reach people across the world and share words of inspiration before the festival of Shavout. We are reaching a time in the pandemic where webinars and online meetings are no longer innovative; the novelty has worn off. The Rabbis of Europe still need to connect to their congregants and to live inspired themselves. We hope that today’s programme has provided that spark that they can carry into the festival and pass on to their congregants.”

The Conference of European Rabbis recently held its Spring Standing Committee meeting via Zoom where the organisation discussed the practical issues that many Jewish communities across Europe are facing amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and how they can continue to engage new congregants who have participated for the first time during the lockdown.