Tikvat Israel Congregation Rockville MD

A Friendly, Participatory and Egalitarian Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, Maryland


5781 / 2021
5th of Sivan – 7th of Sivan 
Sunday, evening, May 16 – Tuesday, May 18

Shavuot is the season of the giving of the Torah. Shavuot 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, Shavuot 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 Shavuot—the Kabbalistic custom of studying Torah late into the night—on the first night of Shavuot. Come, participate, learn and enjoy!

Sunday, May 16
8:00 am – Weekday Shacharit (Zoom)
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Noon – Conservative Movement Tikkun Leil Shavuot (through noon on Monday)*
7:30 pm – Weekday Mincha (Zoom)
7:58 pm – Candle lighting (at home)
8:40 pm – Yomtov Ma’ariv (Zoom)
9:00 pm – Tikvat Israel’s Tikkun Leil Shavuot (In-person, outdoors on the Back Patio, All attendees must RSVP to Rabbi Alana Suskin)

Monday, May 17
10:00 am – Yomtov Services (in-person in the Sanctuary (must register), in-person outdoors on the Back Patio, Livestream)
7:30 pm – Yomtov Mincha/Ma’ariv (Zoom)
9:03 pm – Candle lighting

Tuesday, May 18
10:00 am – Yomtov Services (in-person in the Sanctuary (must register), in-person outdoors on the Back Patio, Livestream)
11:15 am – Yizkor (approximate time) (part of Yomtov Services)
9:05 pm – Ma’ariv/Havdalah (Zoom)

*Tikvat Israel is proud to help sponsor the Conservative/Masorti Tikkun Leil Shavuot, which will begin on May 16th at 12:00 PM and continue until May 17th at 12:00 PM. This year’s program includes 48 sessions of learning, beginning on the hour and half-hour, with a fantastic roster of teachers. Check out the full schedule of the learning! Access to the experience is FREE for all, regardless of synagogue affiliation or organizational participation, so encourage your friends and family from around the world to participate. Individual registration is not required, but if you would like to sign up to receive updates and reminders, please fill out this optional registration.

Please note for the in-person outdoor and indoor services – masks are required and social distancing will be followed