On the evening of Saturday May 23, we’ll begin our Shavuot celebration at the Williams College Jewish Religious Center together with members of Congregation Beth El (Bennington) at our annual Tikkun Leyl Shavuot. We’ll start with a short-and-sweet festival evening service and then dive into celebratory Torah study! If you would like to teach something, please contact Rabbi Rachel.
On the morning of May 24th, beginning at 10 am, followed by an extended kiddush from hosts, Fern and Kenny Sann. Rabbi Pam Wax will be leading.
*Shavuot שבועות means “weeks” and refers to the Jewish festival marking the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, which occurs seven weeks after Passover. Shavuot, like many other Jewish holidays, began as an ancient agricultural festival that marked the end of the spring barley harvest and the beginning of the summer wheat harvest. In ancient times, Shavuot was a pilgrimage festival during which Israelites brought crop offerings to the Temple in Jerusalem. Today, it is a celebration of Torah, education, and actively choosing to participate in Jewish life. Shavuot marks the conclusion of counting the Omer.
With thanks to Aish, HebCal and the URJ.