Shavuot

Shavuot begins Saturday evening, June 11. Some people will stay up all night, others will choose to so some study in the evening and get to bed by midnight. It’s entirely up to you. Take a look at the variety of Shavuot celebrations below and see if any one of them fits you.

EVENTS
Friday Night Lights-The Shavuot Torah (Palo Alto)
Tikkun Leil Shavuot (Berkeley)
Tikkun Leil Shavuot (Redwood City)
Reimagining Sinai: Opening to Revelation in Each Moment (Tiburon)
Shavuot Shul Crawl (San Francisco)
Shavuot 2016 (Foster City)
South Peninsula Tikkun Leil Shavuot (Palo Alto)
Pizza Shabbat (Walnut Creek)
Outdoor Sanctuary (Larkspur)
Shabbat Under the Stars (Pleasanton)
Tot Shabbat and Picnic in the Park (San Mateo)

Friday Night Lights-The Shavuot Torah
A free Shabbat experience for children six and under and their families (parents, grandparents & siblings all welcome).
Featuring our special FNL scavenger hunt, Shabbat blessings, singing, and dancing, child-friendly light dinner, and time for children to learn and play while the grownups relax and chat with Rabbi Chaim and the parents of other young children.

Date: Friday, June 10
Time: 5:45 pm
Place: Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma, Palo Alto
Register here
www.etzchayim.org

Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Join hundreds of curious folks for an exciting night of meaningful Jewish learning. Choose from over 50 teachers, from secular to Orthodox, on topics of all sorts.
No experience or RSVP necessary. All are welcome.
Stay for an hour … a few … or all night. Food will be served throughout.
Childcare available with preregistration.

Dates & time: Saturday, June 11, 6pm – Sunday, June 12, 7am
Place: Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley
More info here and here

Tikkun Leil Shavuot
We will celebrate Shavuot with a Tikkun Leil Shavuot, a night of learning led by some of our fellow members as well as the clergy. Of course there will be cheese cake and ice cream as well. Rabbi Ilana will lead a “Family Debate: Is Vegetarianism a Jewish Value” beginning at 6:30 p.m.

There will be a Havdallah and festival service at 7:30 p.m. followed by classes.

Date: June 11
Place: Congregation Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City
http://bethjacobrwc.org

Reimagining Sinai: Opening to Revelation in Each Moment
On Shavuot, we remember what it was like to be at Mount Sinai and to receive whatever divine inspiration we received there. Celebrate Shavuot this year with world-renowned artist-in-residence Rabbi Shefa Gold as she offers an evening of mystical music and learning. Rabbi Gold will be joined by Sylvia Boorstein and Rabbis Friedman, Lezak, Leider and Levy, who will each offer a unique Shavuot learning opportunity. Cheesecake and other delicious nosh will accompany this magical evening.

Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon
For more information call Kol Shofar at 415.388.1818

Shavuot Shul Crawl
This year’s Shavuot Shul Crawl has been dubbed Sensual Torah 5776. Each stop along the crawl’s route will feature a teaching that relates to our senses.

As in years prior, participants will start the evening at Sherith Israel, then move on to the San Francisco JCC, and Congregation Emanu-el, before settling in at Beth Sholom to participate in a Tikkun Leil Shavuot, an all-night Torah study session established by Jewish mystics. In addition to the traditional stops, Richmond District staple Toy Boat Dessert Cafe is also an important way station! Please join us for some or all of what promises to be an edifying and magical night!

Read the entire schedule here.

Date: Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12
Place: Jewish sites in San Francisco

Shavuot 2016
Come join us as we celebrate the holiday of Shavuot and once again renew our commitment to Torah and tradition! There will be family programming beginning at 6:15 pm and a late night study-a-thon starting at 8:45 pm.
Schedule:
6:15-7:00 pm: Free Dinner (Please RSVP to Marylou)
7:00-7:45 pm: Touring the Torah Unscrolled
7:45-8:15 pm: Story, singing with Rabbi Corey and Cantor Doron
8:15-8:45 pm: Ice cream sundaes, Cheesecake, and more dairy
9:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Our first every PSC Torah Slam
Join us for a creative look at a Torah of justice, compassion, kindness and mercy through poetry, creative writing, singing and more!
9:30 pm: The Learning Continues–Tikkun Leyl Shavuot
Join us for inspiring learning, discussion and more. Teachers include Rabbi Corey Helfand, Cantor Doron Shapira, Dr. Joel Gereboff, Dr. Yedida Kanfer, Rabbi Marv Goodman, Rabbi Jay Miller, Dr. Eric Livak Hale and more.

Date: Saturday, June 11
Place: Peninsula Sinai, 499 Boothbay Avenue, Foster City

South Peninsula Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Congregations Kol Emeth, Beth Am, Etz Chayim, and Keddem, together with the Oshman Family JCC, Jewish LearningWorks, and Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, invite you to an all-night experience of learning and prayer as we celebrate the gift of Torah. View the full schedule here

Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 8:00 pm
Place: Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela, Palo Alto
www.kolemeth.org

Pizza Shabbat
Join us for a gourmet pizza dinner from Jules Thin Crust before services! This will be a family friendly evening. Come get to know us.

Friday, June 17
Time: 6:30 pm dinner and services at 7:30
Place: B’nai Tikvah, 25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek
Cost is $18 for adults, $9 for children 13 and under, sign up here and bring a friend!
www.tikvah.org

Outdoor Sanctuary
The Outdoor Sanctuary is back!
Join us for the first of three outdoor Shabbat services this summer! Many of us feel spiritually rejuvenated when we’re drinking in the natural beauty that surrounds us in Marin County, and Outdoor Sanctuary offers a perfect opportunity to commune with God while connecting with nature. Bring a blanket or some lawn chairs, a picnic dinner, and a dessert to share. We’ll bring the challah. Feel free to invite your friends and neighbors – Outdoor Sanctuary services are extremely kid-friendly!

Date: Friday, June 17
Time: 6:00pm
Place: Piper Park in Larkspur
Info at www.rodefsholom.org

Shabbat Under the Stars
Mark your calendars for our annual Shabbat Under the Stars service, one of Beth Emek’s most popular events!
Our weekly Shabbat observance will move outside to the Beth Emek courtyard. We’ll revel in the summertime weather, relax and reconnect with friends, and make new ones. It’s all about community, and celebrating Shabbat together, under the stars!
Join us for a family-friendly and musical Shabbat service. Stick around after the service and Oneg Shabbat for a Kumzitz (song session), campfire, and s’mores! Your musical instruments are welcome. Invite your family, friends, neighbors, CBE buddies, and any other community members who would enjoy observing Shabbat outdoors on a warm summer evening.

Date: Friday, June 24
Time: 7pm
Place: Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton
Contact Liz Sufit, religious@bethemek.org, for more details
www.bethemek.org

Tot Shabbat and Picnic in the Park
Come celebrate Shabbat with the Jewish Baby Network and Congregation Peninsula Temple Beth El. Join JBN Director Carol Booth, Rabbi Sara Mason-Barkin, and Cantor Elana Jagoda in Casanova Park for a short musical service and story. Bring your own blanket and picnic and stay for dinner. Music and schmoozing starts at 5 pm, service and story at 5:30, picnic dinner at 6 pm.
Spend time with old friends and meet new ones! Everyone is welcome, and no RSVP is necessary. You do not need to be a member of PTBE or any congregation to attend, so please come and bring your friends! Get there when you can (we know Friday traffic is tough!) and enjoy some relaxing Shabbat fun.
This event is free, and we will provide challah, grape juice, beverages and dessert.

Date: Friday, June 24
Time: 5pm
Place: Casanova Park is located at 4012 Casanova Dr. San Mateo
Details here

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Fun and delicious – make them with friends or children!

One of the best ways Israelis enjoy celebrating Shavuot in Israel is to prepare tene bikkurim, a basket filled with greens, fruit and other treats, which symbolizes the first yield of the agricultural year. Children in Israel participate in parades wearing white clothing, each one carrying their own tene. Here’s an idea from Israel Deputy Consul General Gideon Lustig to prepare a tene hors d’oeuvres to enjoy at your holiday table.

First Fruits (Tene Bikkurim) Hors D’Oeuvres
Using a cupcake tray, bake kataifi dough (shredded filo dough) in the shape of small baskets (follow baking instructions on the package). It is recommended to lightly spray some oil on the dough before baking it. Leave out the pan to cool before gently removing the baskets.

Fill in the baskets with one of the following recommended fillings:

1)labaneh cheese decorated with zatar and a green olive

2)Using your hands, shape goat’s cheese into small balls. Roll each ball in one of the following spices to create a colorful variety of tastes; diced chives, black pepper, paprika, purple tzumak.

3) Using a piping bag, fill the pastry baskets with a mixture of guacamole and pesto. Decorate with parsley leaves and thinly sliced lemon.

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As with all Jewish holidays, Shavuot begins at sundown. It is one of the three pilgrimage festivals. It is commanded in the Torah and was observed as a pilgrimage in ancient times – all Jews were to travel to the Temple in Jerusalem to offer a sacrifice. It is described in the Torah as a natural and agricultural holiday.

MyJewishLearning.com says this:

A portion of the harvest is dedicated to God. Deut. 26:1-11 specifies that every Israelite must offer the first fruits of his crop to the priests of the Temple. Traditionally on the second day of Passover(Nisan 16) a sheaf of barley was given. Shavuot was also known as the festival of the first fruits (HAG HA-BIKKURIM); this pilgrim festival was a time for making the offering. Although this practice ended with the destruction of the Temple, first-fruit celebrations still take place in the State of Israel.

Later tradition linked the holiday to the giving of the Torah at Mt Sinai. This rabbinic teaching developed the tradition of an all night study in an expression of the longing for Torah.

Learn more from Myjewishlearning here.

I got the quote below from Arthur Waskow’s book, Seasons of our Joy. It’s a terrific resource for all the holidays.

In Exodus 23:16 the Torahs states: Israelites shall hold a festival for the Feast of the Harvest, of the first fruits of your work, of what you sow in the field.

You shall bring from your settlements two loaves of bread as a wave-offering…baked after leavening, as first fruits to Adonai…On that same day you shall hold a celebration; it shall be a sacred occasion for you; you shall not work at your occupations. Lev 23:17-23

You shall observe the Feast of Weeks for Adonai, offering your freewill contribution according as the Holy One has blessed you. You shall rejoice before God with your son and daughter, your male and female slave, the Levite in your communities, and the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow in your midst, at the place where Adonai, your God will choose to establish God’s name. Deut. 16:10-11

I often envision this as a HUGE communal picnic. Everyone brings some food to the Temple. It is prepared, some is sacrificed and the rest is fed to the priests and the crowd. I wish I could time travel and see it for myself.

You can make your holiday festive by cooking and baking with dairy and wheat. Blintzes are a great combination of those two ingredients and oh, so delicious! One year I make lots of bread dough and let my kids shape the dough into springtime images – flowers, trees, birds. After rising and baking they were less distinguishable but quite yummy.

Invite friends over. Have a potluck picnic on your deck or in your yard or at a park. Drizzle honey over something – bread, apples or cinnamon rolls. Make ice cream! I have a chocolate idea up my sleeve and I’ll share that soon.

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photo from MyJewishLearning.com

I love Shavuot. It is one of the three pilgrimage holidays when Jews in ancient times traveled to Jerusalem to offer a special sacrifice at the Temple. If you read Arthur Waskow’s Seasons of our Joy, you’ll learn about the activities that took place in the ancient Temple. It was magnificent and makes you want to step back in time. At the very least you should make delicious homemade bread and plates of blintzes for yourself and your family. Serve with spring fruits like strawberries. Yum!

The word, Shavuot, means Weeks and the Torah tells us to start counting seven weeks from the second night of Passover. At the end of the counting we arrive at 50 days since Passover and the holiday, Shavuot.

The holiday is originally an agricultural one. The period from Passover to Shavuot is the growing time of the first grain crops in Israel. Jews were to be bringing sheaves of grain for sacrifices during this time and at the end to bring loaves of bread made from this early harvest.

In modern times the holiday received new interpretations because after the Temple was destroyed there could be no more sacrifices. After much calculation, the rabbis determined that this date is the day that we received the Torah at Mt. Sinai from God. Today we observe the holiday by studying all night in commemoration of receiving the Torah.

The home bound observance of Shavuot is eating dairy foods. I find it so amusing that scholars will say, “it is unclear why eating dairy food has become a tradition.” Use your common sense; we are talking about an agricultural community. In the spring animals mate and give birth. All the sheep and goats were nursing their young. There was little food growing so early in the spring but lots and lots of milk.

Here’s a good place to explore this topic.

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What is it?

Tikkun Leil Shavuot
From Sunset to Dawn, Tuesday, June 7 through Wednesday, June 8
Shavuot is traditionally considered to be the anniversary of the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. Tikkun Leil Shavuot (“a fixed set of readings for the night of Shavuot”) is the custom of staying up all night and studying. Tikkun Leil Shavuot was developed by sixteenth century Kabbalists in Safed, Israel, who believed that by studying texts the evening of Shavuot, they were preparing to re-enter a sacred relationship with God.

San Francisco’s 3rd Annual California Street Corridor
Traveling Shavuot – Tuesday, June 7 | 5:30 pm – Midnight
A Progressive Torah Study From Schul to Schul — Walk from location to location in a Shavuot Torah procession, or join us anywhere along the way!
Details: http://bit.ly/ls0Y1z

Shavuot in Burlingame
Peninsula Temple Sholom
This evening, Tuesday, June 7 – Erev Shavuot
7 PM – Erev Shavuot Service, Chapel
7:30 PM – Tikkun Leil Shavuot, Chapel
www.sholom.org

Community All Night Learning on the Peninsula
Hosted by Kol Emeth in Palo Alto. Presented by Congregation Kol Emeth, Congregation Etz Chayim, Congregation Beth Am, Keddem Congregation, Oshman Family JCC, and others
http://bit.ly/ivzWup

Community All Night Shavuot in Berkeley
Tikkun Leyl Shavuot: A Community-Wide Celebration and Night of Study
Tuesday, June 7 – Wednesday, June 8
6:45pm til dawn, FREE
At the JCC of the East Bay, 1414 Walnut St. Berkeley
A unique community-wide celebration and night of Torah study, a spiritual journey bringing together Jews with varied perspectives and affiliations. Stay for an hour, or stay until dawn. We will be led in study by teachers from our diverse Jewish community. Celebrate Shavuot!
Details: http://prod.jcceastbay.org/jewish_life/holidays.html

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Blintzes for Shavuot

I love blintzes and like many holiday foods, you can make them year round.

Blintzes
Batter for the crepe:

1 c. milk (or water)
1 c. flour
4 eggs
½ t. vanilla
Dash of salt

Add the eggs one by one to the flour, beating constantly. Gradually add milk, beating. Stir in salt and vanilla. Heat a crepe pan or small frying pan and wipe it with a vegetable oil using a paper towel. To cook pour about a third of a cup of batter into the pan. Swirl the batter around to cover the bottom. Cook until the batter solidifies then turn the crepe over and cook briefly. Remove from the pan, stack crepes on a plate. Continue to cook, wiping the pan with oil between crepes.

Cheese Filling:
1 c. cottage cheese
1 c. ricotta cheese
1/4 t. cinnamon
½ t. vanilla

Combine all ingredients well.

Put a couple tablespoons of the batter in the center of a crepe. Fold the edges of the crepe over the batter then lift the bottom flap over the sides and fold the top flap of crepe down to form a closed blintz. Sent blintzes aside as you make them.

Then can be frozen or refrigerated at this point. When you are ready to cook them melt butter in your crepe pan and fry the blintzes on each side. Remove and serve with sour cream, jam, and/or fresh fruit.

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Blintzes for Shavuot

Shavuot is one of the three pilgrimage holidays described in the Torah (Bible). In ancient times Jews traveled to the Temple in Jerusalem for a massive holiday celebration. A terrific source of description for the holiday is in Arthur Waskow’s book, Seasons of Our Joy. Imagine a huge bar-b-que with your extended family, neighbors and everyone you know. In rabbinic times the holiday developed into a time of all night study.

Shavuot is in harmony with many cultures spring time celebrations and observances. Typically dairy foods are eaten – for Eastern European Jews that involves blintzes. Think about it, spring, new calves born, lots of milk. At the roots of most Jewish holidays is an agricultural connection. In a tradition as old as Judaism there is a history that reaches back to pre-industrial days. We Moderns may think we have found Shangri-La but chances are good that we are as short sighted as those who came before us and thought the world was flat. Yes, there are wonderful new inventions but there are sturdy truths in the past.

Think FRESH! Think SPRINGTIME! Now go out and grocery shop for spring fruits and vegetables, make a meal of seasonal foods, have a dairy dish. Teach your children about the blessings and delight that a new season brings. As long as we live on earth we will be shaped by our planet’s seasons. And that is a good thing.

EVENTS
Torah with Soul (San Rafael)
It’s Complicated: Muslims and Jews in America (Lafayette)
Summer Sha-B-B-Q (Lafayette)
Israel in the Gardens (San Francisco)
Annual California Street Corridor Traveling Shavuot (San Francisco)
Tikkun Leyl Shavuot (Berkeley)
Erev Shavuot Study Session and Service (Lafayette)
Bagels and Babies (San Francisco)
Brown Bag with Deborah Lipstadt, author of The Eichmann Trial (Berkeley)

Brown Bag with Deborah Lipstadt, author of The Eichmann Trial
in Conversation with Ron Feldman
Award-winning historian Deborah Lipstadt’s “penetrating and authoritative” (Publishers Weekly) THE EICHMANN TRIAL (3/15/2011) came out a month before the 50th anniversary of one of the most controversial courtroom trials in history. 50 years ago, the televised broadcast of Eichmann’s trial was a media phenomenon. Elie Wiesel has written, “Having covered the Eichmann trial myself, I can warmly recommend Deborah Lipstadt’s important analysis of its fascinating perspectives.”

DEBORAH E. LIPSTADT is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. She is the author of History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving (a National Jewish Book Award winner); Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory; and Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust, 1933-1945. She lives in Atlanta.

RON H. FELDMAN co-edited The Jewish Writings of Hannah Arendt, whose most famous book was Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil.

Date; May 27
Time: Noon
Place: JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley
FREE
Info: http://bit.ly/PC2Y8

Torah with Soul
Join us for soul-lifting Torah for learners of all ages and levels. Meet in the Inner Conference Room.

Date: Saturday, May 28
Time: 9:15 am
Place: Rodef Sholom, 170 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael
Info: 415.479.3441

It’s Complicated: Muslims and Jews in America
with Rabbi Mintz
A distinguished panel takes a new look at the innovative ways in which Judaism and Islam have absorbed, and been profoundly altered by, the so-called “American experience.” American Jews and American Muslims have consistently engaged each other in conversation – whether directly or indirectly, constructively or not – in ways that have usually eluded their co-religionists throughout the rest of the world. The members of these two groups often find themselves the focus of a disproportionate amount of media attention, particularly when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. American Jews and American Muslims struggle with similar inter-communal concerns when it comes to education, politics or even pop culture. Join in a fascinating discussion.

Speakers:
Reza Aslan, Co-author, Muslims and Jews in America: Commonalities, Contentions, and Complexities ; Contributing Editor, The Daily Beast Aaron Hahn Tapper, Co-author, Muslims and Jews in America: Commonalities, Contentions, and Complexities ; Swig Chair of Judaic Studies, USF Aysha Hidayatullah, Assistant Professor of Islamic studies, USF Sidney Mintz, Rabbi, Congregation Emanu-El

Date: June 1
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
Time: 6:15 pm check-in, 7:00 pm program
Cost: $22 standard, $12 members, students free (with valid ID)
Tickets here: http://bit.ly/kHVoQu

Summer Sha-B-B-Q
Join us for services in the Amphitheater, followed by a barbecue dinner. Please bring a non-dairy salad or side dish to share and $5 per person (pay at the door, exact change please) for a burger, hot dog or veggie burger. RSVP by the Thursday before Sha-B-B-Q. If you have not yet had the chance don’t miss the opportunity to participate in a Kesher Isaiah Community Conversation during dinner at Sha-Ba-B-Q! Make new connections and share your challenges, interests and hopes for the future.
If you are new to Isaiah, call Erica in the synagogue office and ask her to match you with a host member so you have someone with whom to sit.

Date: Friday, June 3
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Temple Isaiah, 3800 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
Info: call 925.283.8575

Israel in the Gardens
Come join with 20,000 others at Israel in the Gardens, to enjoy Israeli music, film, food, and to celebrate our Jewish community and Israel’s 63rd anniversary. This year’s music headliner, Knessiyat Hasekel, brings its unique Israeli Rock blend to new heights appearing with The Magik*Magik Orchestra, San Francisco’s 15-piece classical ensemble! There will be activities, displays and prizes, ethnic foods, culture, and plenty of fun for teens, families, young adults, and friends of all ages. The complete program guide is online at http://www.sfjcf.org/gardens/2011/pages/schedule.htm.

Date: Sunday, June 5
Time: 11am to 5pm
Place: Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco

Annual California Street Corridor Traveling Shavuot
A Progressive Torah Study From Schul to Schul — Walk from location to location in a Shavuot Torah procession, or join us anywhere along the way!

Date: June 7
Time: 5:30 pm – Midnight
San Francisco synagogues & streets
For more information, click here: http://bit.ly/ls0Y1z

Tikkun Leyl Shavuot
A Community-Wide Celebration and Night of Study
A unique community-wide celebration and night of Torah study, a spiritual journey bringing together Jews with varied perspectives and affiliations. Stay for an hour, or stay until dawn. We will be led in study by teachers from our diverse Jewish community.
*From 9:30 – 10:15 pm, join Rabbi Zellman and the Beth El Chorus for a participatory workshop on rare music of Shavuot!

Family Programming – We would love for you to join us for family programming, from 6:45 – 8:15 pm, featuring sessions for ages 2-12. Children must be accompanied by at least one parent. No pre-registration required.

Dates: Tuesday, June 7 – Wednesday, June 8
Time: 6:45 pm until dawn at the JCC East Bay
Place: JCC of the East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley

Childcare – From 8:00 pm onwards, we are offering FREE childcare/a sleeping room (for ages 2 and up) until the end of the Tikkun. Parents may not leave the JCC while their children are in childcare. Parents must provide bedding and pre-register their child(ren) here: http://bit.ly/lh6isT
Questions? Email Lauren at tikkun@jcceastbay.org or call her at 510-375-4263.

Erev Shavuot Study Session and Service
Come celebrate the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai! Join us for an Erev Shavuot reception, study session and service. The reception will take place in the Sanctuary foyer, with the study session in the Oneg Room, and the service, with a Torah Reading of the Ten Commandments and Yizkor, following in the sanctuary.

Date: Tuesday, June 7
7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Cheesecake Reception
7:30 – 8:45 p.m. Study Session with our Clergy
8:45 p.m. Erev Shavuot Service
Place: Temple Isaiah, 3800 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
Info: call 925.283.8575

Bagels and Babies
Bring your bundle of joy (under 18 months) and spend time with other new parents for a wonderful morning. This month we will celebrate Shavuot! Invite a friend!

Date: Jun. 17
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am
Place: The Chapel at Temple Emanu-el, 2 Lake St., San Francisco

RSVP to Leslie Ticktin with your child’s name and age: Lticktin@emanuelsf.org or (415) 751-2541 x167

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Tonight is Shavuot and study sessions will take place at synagogues everywhere. You can read about the holiday, its history and traditions at www.myjewishlearning.com.

Tikkun Leyl Shavuot – A Community-wide Celebration and Night of Study
Join in a community celebration and night of Torah study, a spiritual journey bringing together Jews with varied perspectives and affiliations. Stay for an hour–or until dawn. We will be led in study by teachers from our diverse Jewish community.

Family Programming will be offered in the early evening. Children must be accompanied by at least one parent. Sessions include ages 2-5, K-2, and grades 3-6. No pre-registration is required.

Childcare will be offered for FREE for children ages 2 and up, following the family programming. There will be a sleeping room, and parents will be able to participate in the study session without their children in tow. Parents must pre-register and provide bedding. Parents may not leave the JCC while their children are in childcare.

Morning Torah Service will be offered at dawn–we will read the Ten Commandments from the Torah; additionally there will be an opportunity to join with the Wilderness Torah Shavuot trip to hear the 10 Commandments on the mountain.

Date: Tuesday, May 18
Time: 6:30pm – Dawn
East Bay JCC, 1414 Walnut St. , Berkeley
Cost: FREE

Sponsored by: Aquarian Minyan, B’Chol Lashon, UC Berkeley Hillel, Berkeley Midrash, The Center for Jewish Mystical Studies, Chochmat HaLev, Beth El, Beth Israel, Netivot Shalom, the East Bay Minyan, EcoJews of the Bay, EBJCC, JCHS, Jewish Gateways, Jewish Mosaic, Jewish Music Festival, Kehilla, PJA, GTU, Shalom Bayit, Beth Hillel, Wilderness Torah, Yeashore Community

Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Shavuot is traditionally considered to be the anniversary of the Giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai . Tikkun Leil Shavuot (literally “a fixed set of readings for the night of Shavuot”) is the custom of staying up all night and studying (we will study until about midnight) in the Sanctuary.

Date: Tuesday, May 18
Time: 8pm until about midnight
Place: Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland
For info call Gabby at 510-451-3263.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot
All-Night Learning Marathon
Celebrate the holiday of receiving the Torah by learning late into the night. Study with Rabbis, Educators and Congregants from Kol Emeth, Beth Am, Etz Chayim, and Keddem. Everyone is welcome to this community event.

Date: Tuesday night, May 18
Time: Begins at 8pm and goes to dawn on May 19
Place: Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave. , Palo Alto

See their flier at:
http://etzchayim.org/Downloads/PDFs/EventFlyers/2010MayShavuot.pdf
For info call the Kol Emeth at (650) 948-7498
http://www.kolemeth.org

Second Annual Shavuot California Corridor Crawl
Take a creative approach to the tradition of studying all night on Shavuot to mark the giving of the Torah at Sinai. On Tuesday evening, joins forces with Sherith Israel, Emanu-El and Beth Sholom, JCCSF, and the USF Swig program to “travel from Egypt to Sinai, from bondage to freedom,” along the California Street corridor. You can walk from location to location or join anywhere along the way.

5:30–7 pm, Sherith Israel: Vegetarian family dinner and art project
7:30–8:30 pm, JCCSF ( 3200 California St. ): Study sessions
9–10 pm, Emanu-El (Arguello & Lake): Study with Rabbi Larry Raphael and others
10:30–11:30 pm, Beth Sholom (14th Ave. & Clement): Study with Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller and others
11:30 pm, Beth Sholom: Closing ceremony

Date: Tuesday May 18
Time: 5:30 pm to midnight
Free without dinner. With Dinner:
Adults $10 – Seniors/Students/Children – $7 (on or before 5/10)
Adults $15 – Seniors/Students/Children – $10 (at the door)
For reservations, call Sherith Israel at 415-346-1720.

Shavuot & Shabbat
Beth Chaim in Danville is combining their Shavuot celebration with Shabbat recognition of converts to Judaism. We asked Rabbi Dan Goldblatt if non-members can attend and he said: “Anyone can come to any our services. This is, of course, a Special Shabbat celebration since we are also celebrating Shavuot. Non-members are completely welcome. If you know anyone who might want to come, please extend the invitation. The only caveat is that it is a potluck and they should bring some food (vegetarian) to share. We would love to have them.”

Look at the Evite here:
http://www.evite.com/pages/invite/viewInvite.jsp?inviteId=TMJLPZHKDKIOFXRCGGWI&li=iq&src=email&trk=aei6

Their celebration is Friday, May 21 at 6:30pm in Danville.
If you have questions you can call the synagogue at 925-736-7146. Their website is www.bethchaim.com.

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Holidays just ahead: Lag B’Omer and Shavuot

Lag B’Omer
One-day suspension of the traditional mourning period during Sefirat HaOmer (“The Counting of the Omer”). On this day, a plague afflicting Rabbi Akiva’s students ceased. Also commemorates Bar Kochba’s recapture of Jerusalem from the Romans. Celebrated with picnics and nature outings. Sefirat HaOmer is a seven-week period that begins the second night of Pesach and ends at Shavuot. The 32 mourning days during this time commemorate the deaths of Rabbi Akiva’s students. Traditionally, weddings, festivities, and haircuts are prohibited during this time.
(from www.jholidays.com)

Shavuot
I love Shavuot. It is one of the three pilgrimage holidays when Jews in ancient times made pilgrimage to Jerusalem to offer a special sacrifice at the Temple. If you read Arthur Waskow’s Seasons of our Joy, you’ll learn about the activities that took place in the ancient Temple. It was magnificent and makes you want to step back in time. In modern times we observe the holiday by studying all night in commemoration of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. You can find additional information and links at www.jholidays.

 

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