Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD

Shavu’ot

5777:  6th of Sivan – 8th of Sivan 5776
2017:  Tuesday, May 30 – Thursday, June 1

Shavu’ot is the season of the giving of the Torah. Shavu’ot is one of three major festivals with both historical and agricultural significance, the other two being Pesach and Sukkot. Agriculturally, it commemorates the time when the first fruits were harvested and brought to the Temple, and it is therefore known as Chag ha-Bikkurim (“the Festival of the First Fruits”). And, of course, Shavu’ot is also referred to as Z’man Matan Toreteinu (“the time of the giving of our Torah”). Our tradition was deliberate in not calling it “the time of the receiving of the Torah,” for the Torah must be received every day.

In keeping with tradition, Tikvat Israel will observe the holiday with prayer, study, and celebration throughout. Join us for our annual Tikkun Leyl Shavu’ot—the Kabbalistic custom of studying Torah late into the night—on the first night of Shavu’ot. We will also have a congregational picnic on Sunday evening (RSVPs encouraged). Come, participate, learn and enjoy!

Tuesday, May 30

 7:30 pm   Minchah Service
7:45 pm   First Study Session

“Wrapping Yourself in Torah”
Congregants who have tallitot with verses or meaningful designs on the atarah will briefly share the Hebrew and English of their verse and the reason they chose that verse or design (Everyone is welcome to share and learn, even those without personalized tallitot). Three congregants will then offer more in-depth insights into the meaning and context of their verses.

8:30 pm   Ma’ariv Service [Dairy refreshments will be served.]
9:00 pm   Second Study Session

“Wrapping Yourself in Torah”
Rabbah Arlene Berger and Rabbi Shull will share their thoughts on tallit as a spiritual tool, utilizing verses from the Psalms

9:45 pm   Third Study Session

“Wrapping Yourself in Torah”
Rabbi Alana Suskin will share a text and lead a discussion on tallit and women

[Candle Lighting: 8:09 pm]

Wednesday, May 31

 9:30 am   Yom Tov Services. Bring fruits in baskets; your Bikkurim will be placed on the bimah during the service and fruit will later be donated to Manna. Kiddush following services.
6:30 pm   BYO Dairy Picnic (inside in case of rain). TI will provide drinks and dessert. RSVP to the synagogue office by Noon Thursday, May 25.
7:30 pm   Minchah, Yizkor and Ma’ariv Services
[Candle Lighting: 9:10 pm]

Thursday, June 1

 9:30 am   Yom Tov Services (including Megillat Ruth and Yizkor)
7:30 pm   Minchah Service
No Ma’ariv Service
[Chag ends 9:10 pm]