Shavuot & Community Events for June 2016


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.

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

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

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.
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

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!

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

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,, for more details

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