Shavuot is one of the major festivals of the Jewish year. Because it falls at the start of summer, it often does not get all the press of its counterparts, Passover and Sukkot. But this year is a wonderful time to bring our attention to Shavuot—The Time of the Giving of the Torah. It begins Sunday, May 16, 2021 and ends Tuesday, May 18th.
Tradition holds that because our ancestors were not prepared to receive the Torah at Sinai (remember the Golden Calf?), we stay up all night, learning and preparing ourselves for this moment of connection—a moment we re-experience with the Torah reading the first morning, the story of the giving of the Torah and the recitation of the Ten Commandments.
Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Shavuot Across Brooklyn
This year, we are excited to share with you a number of Tikkunim (evenings of study) leading into Shavuot.
First and foremost: Shavuot Across Brooklyn (our annual communal Tikkun), will begin on Sunday night, May 16th. Learn with teachers across Brooklyn, primarily on Zoom with some sessions outdoors on Garfield Place at 7th Avenue in Park Slope. Details about how to participate in the many great learning sessions of Shavuot Across Brooklyn are available on CBE's Shavuot web page.
The Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative Movement
The Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative Movement has also gathered a remarkable collection of courses as part of a virtual Tikkun Leil Shavuot that will be held from May 16th at 12PM through May 17th at 12PM EDT. Access to the experience is FREE for all, regardless of synagogue affiliation or organizational participation. We are excited to announce that we have just released our full schedule of the learning, available here! The link to the live event is: https://tinyurl.com/CMTikkun.
We encourage you (if you haven't already) to register here for Tikkun Leil Shavuot scheduling updates, and to share this registration page with your communities.
PSJC Shavuot Services
In-Person and Zoom
PSJC Shavuot celebrations will continue with Shavuot morning services on Monday, May 17th at 10am Zoom Here
We will celebrate together again on Tuesday, May 18th at 10am. Zoom Here. Yizkor will be a part of this service, likely around 11:30 am.
PSJC’s Annual Shavuot Picnic
Tuesday, May 18th, following services (in Prospect Park near the Picnic House). BYOC (Bring Your Own Cheesecake)
Challah Back to PSJC!
Challah challah everywhere!
Get ready for Shavuot, the festival of the wheat harvest, with a celebration of Challah and the PSJC Community! Share your favorite recipes and pandemic bread baking tips and join us to braid challah together and be inspired by new braids and shapes.
Website Recipe Share
Challah back to PSJC and share your favorite challah recipe on Facebook @parkslopejewishcenter as we prepare to celebrate the tradition of making challah with new twists.
Dough How-To with Delilah
Tuesday, May 11th @ 5:30PM
Join the Tuesday Hebrew School students as madricha, Delilah, leads them in the step-by-step of making basic challah dough! You can even freeze the dough to prepare for the community braiding!
Community Challah Braid
Thursday, May 13th @ 6:15PM
Bring your own dough and join the zoom as Lena Katsnelson and Delilah Shapiro will lead us in a community challah braiding. Four strands braids? Parsha themed shaping? Fancy rolls? Learn some new tricks and share our own stories of baking and bread.
Shavuot Scoops on the Stoop!
Sunday, May 16 11:30AM - 12:30PM or until supplies run out!
Stop by the PSJC stoop for a Shavuot scoop from the ice cream truck! Plus a storywalk and recipes to make your own Sinai Sundaes at home.