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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.

Click here to download a special Holiday Enhancement Packet: "From Our House to Yours: Celebrating Shavuot at Home."

Shavuot Services

Tikkun Leyl Shavuot: Signing Up for Torah
Thursday, May 28, 7:00 PM

Why did we, the Jewish people, “sign up” to follow the Torah? The Talmud describes the Jewish people’s initial acceptance of Torah as a tense moment which ultimately becomes one of celebration. For thousands of years we have survived thanks to our continuous engagement with Torah—sometimes fraught and sometimes joyful. Join us at 7:00 PM to learn with our clergy, who will draw upon traditional Jewish texts to explore the timeless relationship between the Jewish people and Torah. In the days before Shavuot, we will share a few pre-recorded teachings from members of our community. The Tikkun will conclude with small group discussions to reflect upon these teachings. Please click here to register for this event. The Zoom link will be sent to you in the confirmation email.

It has been the custom of our congregation to honor our 10th Grade Confirmation class on Shavuot. We will do that this year by sharing their presentations with the congregation in electronic formats. We look forward to honoring them and their commitment to continuing their Jewish education on that day.

Thursday, May 28
7:00 PM Festival Ma’ariv & Tikkun Leyl Shavuot

Friday, May 29
9:00 AM Festival Shaharit and Teaching for the First Day of Shavuot
6:15 PM Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, May 30
9:00 AM Shabbat and Festival Morning Services with Yizkor

Torah from Coast to Coast
A Tikkun Leil Shavuot from the Rabbinical Assembly

Thursday, May 28, 9:00 PM EDT – Friday, May 29, 9:00 AM
The Rabbinical Assembly is excited to announce the first ever livestreamed Tikkun Leil Shavuot, a Movement-wide event across North America, held in accordance with the guidelines of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards featuring keynotes, panels, discussions, and music from master teachers across the continent.
Click here for the schedule and view on YouTube at

SHAVUOT Prayer book downloads

Siddur Sim Shalom Shabbat & Festival Evening

Siddur Sim Shalom Shabbat & Festival Morning

Teaching for the First Day of Shavuot

Siddur Lev Shalem Akdamut & Ruth

Torah Reading for First Day of Shavuot

Torah Reading for Second Day of Shavuot


Fri, September 25 2020 7 Tishrei 5781