Saturday, May 19th at 8:00 p.m.
Our annual Shavuot event is in keeping with the tradition to stay up all night on the eve of Shavuot in celebration of our ancestors staying up all night at Mt. Sinai in anticipation of receiving the Torah. We invite you to share a night of exploration and study. Stay all night or for as long as you are able.
Our evening will incorporate Maariv and Havdalah followed by parallel learning opportunities allowing participants to choose between two options. We’ll enjoy a cheesecake break (along with other delicious treats) and conclude with a study session led by Rabbi Dorsch.
Let us Know You’ll Join Us
Your RSVP, by noon on May 16th, will help us to prepare. RSVP by email or call the office at 619 697-6001.
8:30 p.m. –
Curbing our Yetzer: Harnessing Our Potential with Rabbi Andrew Markowtiz
We are all born with the inclination to do good or bad. Come and explore this traditional binary and how all is not as it seems when looking at our yetzer — our “inclination”.
The Holiday of Yum (not for the lactose intolerant) with Michelle Barbour
Enjoy learning about some delicious dairy recipes (you’ll go home with some great ideas) and try your hand at preparing, and tasting, some too!
9:30 p.m. –
Cheesecake (and more) Break!
10:00 p.m. –
54 Parshas in 54 Minutes with Rabbi Joshua Dorsch
The whole Torah in 54 minutes? Together we’ll take a brief glimpse at all of the Torah’s parashot in our allotted time. We’ll have to appoint a time-keeper!
- Sunday, May 20 at 9:30 a.m. Candle lighting will be at 8:26 p.m.
- Monday, May 21 at 9:30 a.m. Yizkor (memorial prayers) will be recited during the service. Havdalah at 8:26 p.m.
Shavuot, known as the Feast of Weeks, commemorates the day God gave the Torah to the nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai. It also marks the all-important wheat harvest in the Land of Israel.
One of the Shalosh Regalim, the three Biblical pilgrimage festivals, Shavuot (meaning “weeks”) marks the conclusion of the Counting of the Omer. The Torah commands the seven-week Counting of the Omer, beginning on the second day of Passover, to be immediately followed by Shavuot. This counting of days and weeks is understood to express anticipation for the giving of the Torah. On Passover, the people of Israel were freed from their enslavement in Egypt; on Shavuot they were given the Torah and became a nation committed to serving God.