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

    Erev Shavuot

    May 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 11:45 pm

    7:30 p.m. Shavuot/Confirmation Service

    9:45 p.m. Tikkun Leil Shavuot
    Join us for Torah Study on the Festival of Shavuot

    Shabbat: A Revolutionary Idea in Thought and Action

    9:45 pm Multiple Teachings Sessions by Congregants


    Quiet, Please! A mystical teaching about observing Shabbat – Jonathan Eisenthal

    See how the mystics of the Zohar improbably connect the proper quietness of Shabbat to the moment that the people were under attack by Pharaoh’s chariots at the edge of the sea. We will study how, in Jewish sacred literature and tradition, silence is seen as a powerful means to praise God, and how refraining from mundane speech on Shabbat unlocks the rewards of heaven.

    How and why I love Shabbat! – Sue Lund

    A tale of joy and intrigue going from a childhood of not observing Shabbat in any way to today when it is a highlight of my week. We will discuss tips and look at practical ideas in a “Shabbat deck of cards.”


    Why do we do that? Shabbat rituals and their backstories/meanings. – Amy Ariel
    (Please bring your copy of A Day Apart: Shabbat at Home if you have it; we’ll supply it if you don’t.)

    From setting the Shabbat mood to separating the holy moments of Shabbat from the ordinariness of the new week, we will explore some of the hows and whys of our palace in time.

    10:45 pm Ice Cream break!

    11:00 pm Rabbi Spilker teaches:
    One Word and One Rabbi’s Lifelong Wrestling on its Meaning.
    What does the Hebrew word “ach” mean in Exodus 31:13? It is often translated as “nevertheless” and it introduces the idea of Shabbat to the Israelites in the midst of building the mishkan/tabernacle. The 19th century rabbi known as the Sfat Emet wrote about the meaning of this word over his entire lifetime. His reflections show how much Shabbat became even more revolutionary for him as he got older.

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

    Shavuot Festival Service

    May 31, 2017 at 10:00 am

    B’ruchim Ha Ba’im
    Welcoming the First Fruit
    All children born or adopted since May 2016
    Part of Shavuot morning services

    Join us as we welcome the newest members of our Mount Zion community. Families with children born or adopted since last Shavuot (May 2016) will be ­honored with a special ceremony and gift during Shavuot services on Wednesday, May 31 at 10:00 a.m. Please RSVP to Julie Beckman at 651-698-3881 by ­Wednesday, May 24 with your child’s Hebrew name. If you need help choosing a Hebrew name, please ­contact any of the clergy. Help us ­celebrate these new ­guarantors of Torah!