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Shavuot Service & Reading of Ten Commandments



For our first 'gradual reopening' synagogue service, in honor of the holiday of Shavuot!

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 1st Day of Shavuot

  • 10 am - Service start
  • 11 am  - Torah reading of Ten Commandments 

Shabbat, May 30, 2020 - 2nd Day of Shavuot

  • 10 am to 11:30 am - Shavuot & Shabbat Morning Service

Recommended safety measures will be followed, including: spread out seating, mandatory face-masks and hand sanitize on entry. Please only attend if you feel safe to do so and you are feeling completely well. 

Helpful Resources: How to Celebrate Shavuot at Home


How to celebrate Shavuot at home.  

It's a custom to stay up on the first night of Shavuot, to study Torah. See here for 'Tikkun Leil Shavuot' a traditional Shavuot night study text compilation that includes portions of the entire Torah, that you can print out before the holiday for at home study. 

If you cannot make it to synagogue on the first day of Shavuot to hear the Ten Commandments Torah reading, follow this link to print it out before the holiday for at home reading. 

About the Holiday of Shavuot

Shavuot is a two-day holiday, which this year falls out on Thursday, May 28 at sunset and ends on Saturday, May 30 after nightfall (See candle-lighting times in the column on the right). 

It marks the date that Gā€‘d gave the Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai more than 3,300 years ago, which came after 49 days of counting, as we prepared ourselves for this special day.

It is celebrated by lighting candlesstaying up all night to learn Torahhearing the reading of the Ten Commandments in synagoguefeasting on dairy foods and more. 

Learn more about Shavuot.

Cheesecake Bake w/ Malky! (Via Zoom)

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Get into the Shavuot spirit with a hands-on cheesecake bake with Malky and crew!

This Sunday, May 24th at 11:00 am

Via Zoom

RSVP: Reply to this email to receive the Zoom login & ingredient [email protected] 

Watch - Video of our class: Inside Story of Shavuot

Watch it here -
Shavuot: The Inside Story

Explore mystical teachings to uncover Shavuot's fascinating inner meaning, from the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai to its impact on our lives today! 

Class by Rabbi Yitzchok Schmukler, given on Thursday, May 21, 2020 

Shabbat - Service at Shul!

Torah Portion: Bamidbar - "In the Desert"

In this week's Torah portion, we learn about the census of the Children of Israel and the order of their encampment in the Sinai Desert. 

Shabbat Mevorchim - "The Shabbat of Blessing" - When we bless the upcoming new month of Sivan.

Rosh Chodesh (the start of the month of) Sivan will be this Sunday, May 24th. In our prayers on Rosh Chodesh we include Hallel and the other inserts of Rosh Chodesh. 

Sunday: Pause 4 Prayer


Inspiring speakers - world-class cantors - joining in prayer 

Watch and join in, this Sunday, 11:00 am Central Time at:

Pre-Shavuot Class - Thursday, May 21

Next week's class via zoom will be on the topic of the Holiday of Shavuot! Learn about the inner meaning and message of this very special holiday, celebrating the giving of the Torah!

Join us Thursday at 7:00 pm!

Please reply to this email (or to [email protected]) for Zoom login link.

Sunday: JTeens Virtual Get-together!

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Calling all teens!

Your mom's been holding the fort! How will you honor her? Get together with other Jewish TEENS for a surprise mother's day activity and lots more! (Shhh... don't tell mom!!)

Get in on this fun virtual event w Bay Area JTEENS!

RSVP: Email Tonya at [email protected] for the login info!

Tuesday is Lag B'Omer - Learn More

Lag BaOmer, the 33rd day of the Omer count—this year, May 12, 2020—is a festive day on the Jewish calendar. It is celebrated with outings (on which children traditionally play with bows and arrows), bonfires, parades and other joyous events. Many visit the resting place (in Israel) of the great sage and mystic Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, the anniversary of whose passing is on this day.


Virtual LAG B'OMER Events Around the World!

Online Benefit Concert for Hatzalah (A volunteer EMT service in many Jewish communities)


2 broadcasts: Monday Evening starting at 7:30 pm Central and Tuesday Morning at 10:30 am Central. 



Tuesday, May 12 at 11:00 am Central Time: 


CKids Virtual Lag B'Omer Parade 

Tuesday, May 12 at 4:30 pm Central Time: 


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