Shavuot 2021 begins at sunset on May 16, and ends the evening of May 18.

Looking for ways to celebrate the holiday with young children?

Morah Mindy and Nursery School have some suggestions including signing up for PJ Library (you’ll receive a free Jewish book every month!), picking wildflowers, and bringing food to the local food bank so you can share your harvest like our ancestors in ancient Israel!

Kulanu Shavuot Treats “To Go!”

Sunday, May 16, 11:00 a.m. at Bet Torah 

Have a yummy Shavuot with ice cream (or non-dairy) treats distributed during Kulanu dismissal to enjoy in the car or at home.


Kadima Pre-Shavuot Cheesecake Making

Sunday, May 16, 11:30 a.m. on Zoom 

For tweens and teens in 5th, 6th, and 7th grade.

Festival Services

Tikkun (Night of Learning) – Sunday, May 16, 8:00 p.m. on

Festival Services Led by Adult B’nei Mitzvah Alumni – Monday, May 17, 9:30 a.m. on
Evening Festival Service – Monday, May 17, 7:30 p.m. on

Second Day Festival Services with Yizkor – Tuesday, May 18, 9:30 a.m. on
End of Festival Service – Tuesday, May 17, 7:30 p.m. on

Tikkun (Night of Learning) Featuring Paired Learner Presentations

Sunday, May 16, 8:00 p.m. on

Evening will start with Ma’ariv service.

Learn from our teachers:

  • Rabbi Aaron Brusso 
  • Jerry Fensterstock and Eli Abemayor: “The Prayerbook: New interpretive Methods” 
  • Dan Petigrow and Samara Petigrow: “Life Cycle Ceremonies” 
  • Alan Sock with Aron Smestad: “Purpose, Conflict, and Resolution: The Vision and Spirit of Leonard Cohen” 
  • Gina Fass and Rabbi Caren Levine: “Theology of Psalms: Praying Biblical Poetry” 
  • Mike Gordon:“Imagine There’s no Heaven: An (Imaginary) Encounter between Rav Joseph Soloveitchik and John Lennon” 
  • Alan Sock with Jordan Sock: “Shabbat Rituals: The Oldest New Way to Friday” 
  • Rabbi Lisa Sacks

About Bet Torah’s Paired Learning Study Program

For ten weeks, community members have been engaging in an exciting course of Jewish learning with study partners, as part of Hadar’s Project Zug. Join our tikkun to hear what they’ve been learning!

Learn more about the tradition of “Tikkun Leil Shavuot.”


Lifelong Learning and Adult B’nei Mitzvah Alumni Lead Services

Monday, May 17, 9:30 a.m. on

Featuring words of Torah from Sari Bourne, Marlene Frank, Carol Glassman, Lisa Horowitz, David Kellogg, and Jessica Rosh.

Hallel led by Cantor Ezring, Alice Paucker, Susan Cohen, Neil Klar, Robin Wald, Jeanette Cueva, and Sandy Kellogg

Torah and Haftorah chanted by Neil Klar, Ronni Metzger, Susan Cohen, Lauren Baker, Eileen Klar, David Charney, Nili Ionascu, Jen Saine, Sandy Kellogg, and Rabbi Sacks

Alumni of our adult b’nei mitzvah program (now called Matan) include Lauren Baker, David Charney, Susan Cohen Silberman, Jeanette Cueva, Eileen and Neil Klar, Patricia Lee, Alice Paucker, Jen Saine-Griff, Richard Stern, and George Wolff.


Evening Festival Service

Monday, May 17, 7:30 p.m. on


Second Day of Yontif Services with Yizkor

Tuesday, May 18, 9:30 a.m. on

Learn more about the Yizkor memorial service.


End of Festival Service

Tuesday, May 17, 7:30 p.m. on


Regular instructional learning time for Nursery School, Kulanu and TLC will not take place May 17 and 18. The office will be closed for the festival.


What is Shavuot?

Shavuot commemorates the spring harvest and the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. Key customs include learning Torah late into the night, reading the Book of Ruth, and eating dairy. Learn more!