Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD

Shavu’ot

5778:  6th of Sivan – 8th of Sivan 5778
2018:  Saturday, May 19- Monday, May 21

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!

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Saturday, May 19
7:00 pm       Shabbat Mincha Service
7:45 pm       Seudah and 1st Study Session
9:00 pm       Candlelighting
9:00 pm       Ma’ariv Service
9:15 pm       2nd Study Session
10:15 pm     Over
[Candle Lighting: 9:00 pm]

Sunday, May 20
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. RSVPs are encouraged.
7:30 pm       Mincha, Yizkor and Ma’ariv Services
[Candle Lighting: 9:01 pm]

Monday, May 21
9:30 am        Yom Tov Services (including Megillat Rut and Yizkor)
7:30 pm       Mincha Service / No Ma’ariv Service
(Chag ends 9:02 pm)