Shavuot at Mount Zion

Shavuot is the Jewish festival marking the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai and occurs seven weeks after Passover. At Mount Zion, we celebrate Shavuot by honoring our confirmands (10th graders) at a service on Erev Shavuot. Following the confirmation service, we have a Tikkun Leil Shavuot service, which has a different Torah Study theme each year. On Shavuot morning, we have a Festival Service that includes Yizkor and a welcoming ceremony to all children born or adopted since the previous Shavuot. Learn more about Shavuot.

Shavuot Events


    June 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Shavuot is the Hebrew word for “weeks” and refers to the Jewish festival marking the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, which occurs seven weeks after Passover. Shavuot, like many other Jewish holidays, began as an ancient agricultural festival that marked the end of the spring barley harvest and the beginning of the summer wheat harvest. In ancient times, Shavuot was a pilgrimage festival during which Israelites brought crop offerings to the Temple in Jerusalem. Today, it is a celebration of Torah, education, and actively choosing to participate in Jewish life.

    Saturday, June 8 / 6 Sivan

    7:30 p.m. Shavuot/Confirmation Service

    9:30 p.m. Shavuot Oneg – Cheesecake

    9:45 p.m. Tikkun Leil Shavuot
    Join us for Torah Study on the Festival of Shavuot
    Place and Displacement: I Stand with Ruth
    We will study passages from the book of Ruth in the context of our own stories and current events. Facilitated by Rabbi Adler, Jacob Kraus, Vic Rosenthal, and Michael Kuhne

    11:45 p.m. Closing Ritual: Rabbi Adler brings us a Shavuot ritual standing together on the Mount Zion Bima

    Sunday, June 9 / 6 Sivan

    10:00 a.m. Shavuot Festival Service (including Yizkor)