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May 28-29, 2020

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.

Read Rabbi Cohen's Message About Shavuot


Schedule


Ascent to Sinai: A Four-Part Series

Tuesdays: May 5, 12, 19, 26, 7:00 p.m.

 

As we prepare for Shavuot, the anniversary of the giving of the Law at Sinai, we will explore the role of Torah (written and oral) in our daily lives. Led by Rabbi Freedman. Learn more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community-Wide Study Opportunities 

 

Stepping Again Toward Sinai: Renewal of Body, Mind and Spirit

Thursday, May 28, 2020

All night! 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

 

Join Austin-area rabbis, clergy, and religious leaders in a community-wide, all-night learning tradition. Rabbi Cohen will be teaching Leadership during Crisis: Jewish Women from the Bible through Today who Found Strength and Joy in Challenging Times; Rabbi Freedman will be teaching Renewing the Covenant: Eugene Borowitz, the leading Reform theologian of the late 20th century. 

 

 

See the full schedule. Links to join by Zoom will be added to the page closer to the event date.

 

 

Reform Movement Tikkun Leil Shavuot - Evening of Learning

Thursday, May 28, 7:00 p.m. to midnight

 

Come together with the Reform Movement for Tikkun Leil Shavuot ­­– an evening of learning, music, prayer, and poetry. Together, we will delve into the beauty, complexity, and joy of Torah. Join us for one, two, three, or all four hours--see more information and how to register.

 

 

Shavuot with Temple Beth Shalom

 

Yizkor Study and Service & Shavuot Discussion

Join one (or all) the morning’s opportunities via Zoom. 

(RSVP required by Thursday, May 28, at 3:00 p.m.)

 

Friday, May 29

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Conversion from the Book of Ruth through Modernity

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Yizkor Service

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Virtual Breakfast--Bring your blintzes and a cup of coffee for a community and dairy-filled gathering.

 

RSVP for Yizkor and Shavuot

 

Confirmation of Our Youth &

Shabbat Service

 

Friday, May 29

7:00 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate confirmation during our live Shabbat service: BethShalomAustin.org/livestream.

What is confirmation? Learn about the Reform Jewish roots of confirmation.

 


More  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:

 

ABOUT 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.

Learn more about Shavuot.

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