Shavuot

Join us as we celebrate Shavuot and the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Tradition has it that all of us stood together at Sinai and prepared ourselves for the gift of the Torah. Shavuot is a joyous holiday in which we reaffirm our love of Judaism and to the spiritual journey of Jewish learning. 

Learn more about Shavuot - recipes, family activities, study guides, and more to enhance your celebration of the giving of the Torah.


Saturday, May 19

Yizkor Service, 6:30 pm

We begin our holiday of Shavuot with a Yizkor service honoring the memories of those family members we have lost.

Yizkor means "remembrance" in Hebrew and most commonly refers to memorial prayer services held four times a year during Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Passover and Shavuot. It is common belief that by saying Yizkor, remembering a loved one and giving charity in a loved one's name helps his or her soul gain merit from our good deeds. Reciting Yizkor may also serve as a very important and reflective time for individuals honoring and commemorating loved ones.

 

Shavuot Festival Evening Service, 7:00 pm

In celebration of the holiday, join us for a Festival Evening Service.

 

Screening of Footnote, following service

Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are both eccentric professors, who have dedicated their lives to their work in Talmudic Studies. The father, Eliezer, is a stubborn purist who fears the establishment and has never been recognized for his work. While his son, Uriel, is an up-and-coming star in the field, who appears to feed on accolades, endlessly seeking recognition. Then one day, the tables turn. When Eliezer learns that he is to be awarded the Israel Prize, the most valuable honor for scholarship in the country, his vanity and desperate need for validation are exposed. His son Uriel, meanwhile, is thrilled to see his father's achievements finally recognized but, in a darkly funny twist, is forced to choose between the advancement of his own career and his father's. 

A community discussion, led by Rabbi Sherman, follows the film.