Shavuot – 6/11

Tuesday, June 11th, 6:30 p.m.

This year we’re happy to have Congregation Dor Hadash and Ohr Shalom Synagogue join us.

Our ancestors stayed up throughout the night at Mt. Sinai in anticipation of receiving the Torah. It is traditional to consume dairy foods as part of the celebration. Why dairy? Learn more at the bottom of this page.

Our evening will include candle lighting, a Ma’ariv service, and three learning opportunities. Delicious dairy nosh, including cheesecake, will be enjoyed.

Rabbi Mathew Marko, Rabbi Scott Meltzer, and Rabbi Yael Ridberg will guide our learning.

Why dairy? Glad you asked!

People eat dairy on Shavuot, also known as Yom HaShvat, to commemorate the 40 days Moses spent on Mount Sinai receiving the Torah. The Hebrew word for milk is chalav, which has the numerical value of 40. Other reasons for eating dairy on Shavuot include:

  • Modesty: Dairy symbolizes modesty, as the Torah should be approached with humility.
  • Milk and honey: The Torah is compared to milk and honey in Biblical literature.
  • Milk also represents purity in Torah literature.

Shavuot Candle Lightings and Services

Tuesday, June 11th
  • Tikun Leil Shavuot at 6:30 p.m.
  • Candle lighting is at 7:38 p.m.
Wednesday, June 12th
  • Shavuot services begin at 9:30 a.m. Yizkor Memorial Prayers will be recited.
  • Candle lighting is at 8:47 p.m. for those observing a second day of chag.
Thursday, June 13th
  • Havdalah is at 8:47 p.m. for those who observe a second day of chag.

About Shavuot:

Shavuot, known as the Feast of Weeks, commemorates the day God gave the Torah to the nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai. It also marks the all-important wheat harvest in the Land of Israel.

One of the Shalosh Regalim, the three Biblical pilgrimage festivals, Shavuot (meaning “weeks”) marks the conclusion of the Counting of the Omer. The Torah commands the seven-week Counting of the Omer, beginning on the second day of Passover, to be immediately followed by Shavuot. This counting of days and weeks is understood to express anticipation for the giving of the Torah. On Passover, the people of Israel were freed from their enslavement in Egypt; on Shavuot they were given the Torah and became a nation committed to serving God.

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