Holiday and Special Services

Shavuot

Shavuot 5780 Resources

Beginning sundown on Thursday, May 28, until sundown on May 29, we celebrate Shavuot. Shavuot, the feast of weeks, is celebrated exactly seven weeks after the second Passover seder, and the name itself, shavuot, means weeks.  As with many Jewish holidays, Shavuot was originally an agricultural holiday celebrating the grain harvest, and after biblical times, it added the celebration of when the Israelites received the gift of the Torah at Mt. Sinai.  We traditionally celebrate through all-night studying and learning and eating delicious dairy foods.

Here are some ways you and your family can celebrate Shavuot this year.  Many of the activities below are for all ages to do as a family.  Others are Zoom sessions divided by age.

Virtual Torah Unwrapped – Wednesday, May 27, 4:30 pm
Join us for Virtual Torah Unwrapped, just in time for Shavuot! The Torah Workshop brings to life the process of making the Torah. This is the perfect opportunity to interact with all aspects of the Torah, from the making of the parchment through to the calligraphy and text details. This program is geared towards elementary school aged children but everyone is invited to join us.  Click here to register and receive the link for this program

Tikkun Leil Shavuot – Thursday, May 28, starts at 7:15 pm
It is traditional to engage in learning the evening of Shavuot, and many try to study all night long.  Join us for an evening of learning for all ages – click links below to register:

Beth El Bingo for Shavuot – Sunday, May 31, 5:00 pm
Join us for Beth El Bingo as we celebrate Shavuot with a special game for our congregation. There will be amazing prizes, surprises, and lots of fun! All ages can play. Use your computer, tablet, phone, or just print out your board. Click here to sign up!

Celebrating Shavuot at Home – a handy guide to home rituals for the holiday of Shavuot – includes information about the holiday, all blessings and rituals, and some Shavuot activities you can do with your children

Easy Shavuot Cheesecake Recipe – watch as Geryl Baer, Beth El’s Director of Community Engagement, and her daughter make an easy no-bake cheesecake!

Tissue Paper Flowers – in addition to celebrating the gift of the Torah, Shavuot also celebrates the first fruits of the harvest, including flowers!  This fun activity will beauty your holiday table.

Torah Cake Recipe – ready for a fun baking hunt?  The ingredients you will need for the adventure are hidden in a Torah scavenger hunt.  This fun activity will end up a delicious treat.

Listen to Yossi and the Monkey: A Shavuot Story read by Geryl Baer.  Perfect for preschool and early elementary school aged children.

Shake it up for Shavuot Ice Cream – it is traditional to eat food made from dairy products during Shavuot, so this activity is perfect! 

Flower Cut-Out Coloring Page – these coloring pages are perfect ways to decorate for the holiday 

Shavuot Picture Finder – You won’t find Waldo, but you can search this image to see if you can find all of the hidden items!

Mount Sinai Muffins – Celebrate the gift of the Torah by creating an edible Mount Sinai!