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JEWISH HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES

MAY 2021- IYAR – SIVAN 5781

SHAVUOT - CELEBRATION OF THE GIVING OF THE TORAH

Celebrate Shavuot with Cheesecake

Special Services for May (Zoom)

Rabbi's message to the congregation and Shavuot Celebrations 2021:

Sivan is the third month of the Jewish calendar which comes at the same time as the secular months May/June. The mazal (constellation) for Sivan is Gemini, the te-omim (twins). We can think of the twins as symbolizing the two identical tablets of the covenant given to Moses during the month of Sivan. The Torah teaches that it was on the new moon of Sivan that the Israelites camped at the foot of Sinai in preparation to receive the Torah (Exodus 19:2). The verb used for "camped" in Exodus 19:6 is in the singular. It is taught that when the Israelites decided to accept the Torah, they were united in heart and mind like a single person. Sivan's symbol of the twins – two distinct human beings sharing one womb – can represent the harmony that comes when people celebrate their differences while comingtogether to work for a common, higher goal, such as receiving and following the Torah. Our congregation will also be celebrating Shane and Iris as they will be called up to the Bima to read from the Torah this month on May 8th and May 15th. Read more about these students here...

This year Congregation Bnai Shalom will join with other synagogues in North East Pennsylvania to observe Shavout with a shared evening of learning on Erev Shavuot and we will also have a traditional service including Yizkor on Monday, May 17th.

Shavuot is one of our easiest, loveliest holidays to celebrate! We festoon our homes with flowers and indulge in dairy delights and learn torah! Happy icecream, kugel and cheesecake!


SHAVUOT SCHEDULE

Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 6:30 P.M. TikkunLeil Shavuot Study & Song

Featuring: Rabbi Marjorie Berman, Rabbi Melody Davis, Rabbi Peg Kershenbaum, Jeffrey Spitzer, Rabbi Miriam Spitzer, and Rabbi Daniel Swartz

Monday, May 17, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. Shavuot Morning Service with Yizkor

Please register in advance for these Zoom services.