Dear PSJC Community,
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 Thursday evening, May 28, 2020, and ends Saturday night, May 30th.
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.
Thursday, May 28
Tikkun Leil Shavuot—Shavuot Across Brooklyn
This year, Shavuot Across Brooklyn (our annual communal Tikkun) will be virtual, beginning at 4pm on Thursday, May 28 and continuing til late into the night. Details forthcoming about how to zoom into the many great learning sessions.
Friday, May 29
PSJC Shavuot Services and celebrations will continue with Shavuot morning services on at 10am.
Saturday, May 30th
We will celebrate together again on Shabbat Shavuot, 10am. Yizkor will be a part of this service, likely around 10:45/11 am.
Family Programming: Shavuot Tot Shabbat LIVE from 11-11:30am
Family Programming: Shavuot Kulanu & Family Torah from 11:30-12:30pm
Mincha Bar Mitzvah of Grisha London: At 4PM: we will celebrate Grisha London’s Bar Mitzvah with Shabbat Shavuot Mincha service.
Havdallah: Finally, at 9:05pm, we will allow Shavuot 5780 to draw to a close.
Rabbi Carie Carter