Join us to celebrate Shavuot!

ShavuotPoster5775On 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.
Join us for a service celebrating Shavuot*  ~  שבועות  ~ 

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.

It is traditional to eat dairy on Shavuot.  “Torah is likened to milk, as the verse says, “Like honey and milk (the Torah) lays under your tongue.” Just as milk has the ability to fully sustain the body of a human being (i.e. a nursing baby), so too the Torah provides all the “spiritual nourishment” necessary for the human soul.”  Rabbi Wax will be sharing a New York City cheesecake with us at kiddush, for the sake of sweetness and tradition.
There will also be a brief Yiskor service.  Yiskor means, “may (G-d) remember” from the root word zakhor – remember – זכור 
It is the memorial service recited four times a year in the synagogue.
Fern and Kenny Sann and Pattie Lipman are requesting a minyan to say kaddish for their loved ones. thank you.

*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.

~ pattie lipman

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