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Evening of Sunday, May 16 through Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Schedule of Observances and Events

Recipes & Reminiscing: Blintzes

Community Tikkum Leil Shavuot

Yizkor Service

Recipes & Reminiscing: Shavuot & Blintzes

Sunday, May 16, 2021
1:30 p.m., online

Register here

Together we will schmooze and share memories and recipes. Temple Beth Shalom congregants Ruth, Alla, and Carly will demonstrate how to make blintzes (yum!). Don't want to cook? Please still join us to schmooze and share recipes and stories! This class is open to all, so feel free to share with your family and friends.

Please submit a favorite kugel, blintz, or other family recipe to by Thursday, May 13. Recipes will be compiled and shared during class. Shavuot is a holiday when we typically eat dairy-laden fare, but you are welcome to submit anything that is delicious and that you'd like to share with the group!

Ingredient/material list to be emailed once your registration is completed. Shavuot starts the evening of May 16, so you make blintzes with us you'll have a treat ready for the night!


Congregation Agudas Achim, in partnership with Congregation Beth Israel, Temple Beth Shalom, and Shalom Austin presents our community-wide 5781 Tikkun Leil Shavuot. This year's theme is "Into the Unknown: How Do Our Jewish Values Help Us Manage Uncertainty?" 

The event will feature live, virtual talks across four different themes of learning. Two keynote panels kick off the night: "Navigating Uncertainty Through a Jewish Lens" moderated by Rabbi Neil Blumofe and featuring local clergy and medical experts, as well as "Ahavat Ger: Caring for People Experiencing Homelessness" moderated by Rabbi Amy Cohen and featuring community member Haggai Eshed and other honored guests.  

Our own Rabbi Alan Freedman and Rabbi Eleanor Steinman will present the following session:

Lessons from Bamidbar: Journeying Toward an Uncertain Future

Sunday, May 16, 2021
10:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.


A full list of classes is available here. 

No registration required; simply click on the class you are interested in to join by Zoom.


Yizkor Service

Monday, May 17
8:00 a.m., by Zoom

Members: Access the link on the
Zoom Links for Members webpage
Non-members: Register here

Please join our clergy online as we honor our deceased loved ones at the Yizkor service. 


Shavuot Ideas

Further Study:

Food (Dairy! Dairy! Dairy!)

Food is always a fun way to celebrate and create tradition.

Family Activities

There are plenty of ways to celebrate and learn about Shavuot with children of all ages:

Musical Resources

For Kids:


For All Ages:


What is Shavuot?

Shavuot is the Hebrew word for "weeks" and refers to the Jewish festival marking the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, which occurs seven weeks after Passover.

Shavuot, like many other Jewish holidays, began as an ancient agricultural festival that marked the end of the spring barley harvest and the beginning of the summer wheat harvest.

In ancient times, Shavuot was a pilgrimage festival during which Israelites brought crop offerings to the Temple in Jerusalem. Today, it is a celebration of Torah, education, and actively choosing to participate in Jewish life.

Fri, October 22 2021 16 Cheshvan 5782