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Shavuot (literally “Weeks”) marks the conclusion of the seven week period of counting that begins on the second night of Passover. The two-day holiday is also called Z'man Matan Torateinu, the Season When Our Torah Was Given, as it marks the time when Moses received the commandments at Sinai. Shavuot is also an agricultural holiday, marking the beginning of the summer season. It is traditional on the first night of Shavuot to stay up all night studying Torah, almost as a reenactment of the preparations at Sinai. Liturgical additions include the reading of the Book of Ruth on the recitation of Yizkor memorial prayers on the second day of the festival.

At B’nai Israel, our annual Tikkun Leyl Shavuot (Evening of Study) is often accompanied by a festival dinner with traditional dairy foods. Members of the congregation lead study sessions on various topics and the evening is dedicated to the memories of Rabbi Henry and Yetta Segal. On Shavuot, our congregation also celebrates Confirmation, which recognizes the commitment of our tenth-graders to ongoing Jewish study in the Talmud Torah Upper School.

Shavuot services & programs

Congregational Shavuot Dinner & Confirmation Celebration
Saturday, June 4
6:30 PM
Honor the achievements of this year’s 10th Grade Confirmation class by joining us for a celebratory dinner. Students will also share their final presentations with the congregation. Reservations are due by Tuesday, May 31.  Click here to register.

Tikkun Leyl Shavuot and Ma'ariv
Saturday, June 4
8:00–10:00 PM
8:00 PM – Opening Session: What is Shavuot all about anyway?
8:15 PM Round 1 Learning Session – Choosing Judaism: A Panel with Individuals Who Joined the Jewish People
9:00 PM – Ma’ariv & Cheesecake Dessert Reception
9:15 PM Round 2 Learning Session- It’s Never Too Late! with Rabbi Mitchell Berkowitz
Tikkun Leyl Shavuot Learning Sessions will continue at approximately 10:00 PM.
Click here for more information and to register.

Shavuot Festival Morning Service and the 10th Grade Confirmation Ceremony
Sunday, June 5
9:00 AM

Shavuot Family Minyan (Designed for K–2 families; all are welcome)
Sunday, June 5
10:30 AM 
This service includes a special Disney Hallel and activity for the holiday.

Sundaes on Sunday Shavuot Party
Sunday, June 5
During the Congregational Kiddush
We invite all our B’nai children and their families to continue the traditional dairy “feast-itivies” on the first day of Shavuot, at this make-your-own-sundae party.

Shavuot Festival Morning Service & Yizkor Prayers
Monday, June 6
9:00 AM with Yizkor prayers at approximately 10:40 AM

Tot Shavuot Celebration (For children ages 5 and under with a parent)
Monday, June 6
10:30 AM
On Shavuot we eat dairy and celebrate the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai! Join us for a Milk & Cereal Brunch at 10:30 AM, followed by a Tot Shavuot experience complete with singing songs about the Torah, unrolling a real Torah scroll to see how it is written, and a great story about the Torah. The celebration will be led by Rachel Siegel and Rabbi Berkowitz. 

SHAVUOT Prayer book downloads

Siddur Sim Shalom Shabbat & Festival Evening

Siddur Sim Shalom Shabbat & Festival Morning

Torah Reading for First Day of Shavuot

Torah Reading for Second Day of Shavuot


Sun, June 26 2022 27 Sivan 5782