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 prayers which are said four times a year – at each season – in memory of loved ones. For more information, go to or

Shavuot Events

    Alone Together at Sinai: A Community-Wide Tikkun Leil Shavuot

    Thu May 28, 2020

    May 28, 2020 / 6 Sivan 5780 – 7:30 pm until dawn

    On Shavuot, we not only celebrate the giving of Torah at Sinai, but we also participate in ongoing revelation through learning, prayer, and community. Our tradition invites us to stay awake all night, but please consider your own health in making choices.

    This year, participating is easier than ever. From 7:30 pm to dawn, simply click-in to the offerings that speak to you. Participating congregations include Adath Jeshurun, Bet Shalom, Beth El, Beth Jacob, Mayim Rabim, Mount Zion, Shir Tikvah, and Temple Israel.

    Zoom links for all study sessions and events will be emailed to the congregation on May 26. Except for the Mount Zion service, they will not be listed on the website. If you have questions, email the office. On Shavuot evening itself, if you need a link, email Rabbi Spilker.

    7:30    Mount Zion’s Evening Service (or check out other synagogues’ services) – Zoom link (also available on our website and Facebook)

    9:00    Niggun Leil Shavuot and Opening Ritual and Study: Rabbi Arielle Lekach-Rosenberg and Rabbi Debra Rappaport

    9:45    Workshops Aleph – Five options

      • Jayce Koester and Jordyn Whitman: Reading & Writing the Psalms
      • Abby Kirshbaum: Body & Soul Workout–a solo and communal self-reflective dance party
      • Rabbi Jeffrey & Dr Deborah Schein: “This is exactly how it happened when they received the Torah”
      • Dr. Noam Sienna: History of the Tikkun Leil-Shavuot
      • Demetrios Vital: Jews & the History of Race Science

    10:30 Workshops Bet – Five options

      • Daniel Baxter: Does mistreating the stranger make structures fall down? Leviticus 19:34-19:36 (taught by a structural engineer)
      • Rabbi Sim Glaser: What Really Happened at Sinai? (A Kabbalistic Perspective)
      • Dae Selcer: Ruth, Rated R
      • Eli Kramer: Storytelling as Healing: Processing Pain to Heal Self (and Maybe Others)
      • Sara Lynn Newberger: What Can Happen When we Teach Torah?: A Text Study

    11:15  Integration (Transitional moments) – Three options

      • Margaret Kienitz: Torah Cheese Pairing
      • Dr Deborah Schein: Chi Qong

    11:30 Revelation with our Rabbanim – Moderated by Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker with

    Rabbi Michael Latz (Shir Tikvah), Rabbi Lynn Liberman (Community Chaplain, JFS), Rabbi David Locketz (Bet Shalom), Rabbi Tamar Magill-Grimm (Beth Jacob), Rabbi Avi Olitzky (Beth El), Rabbi Sharon Stiefel (Mayim Rabim), Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman (Temple Israel)

    Rabbis of our community share their teachings of “standing at Sinai”. What does revelation look like today?
    How do we know what God requires of us? What does God ask of us at this moment?

    12:15  Standing at Sinai: A Ritual for Shavuot – Rabbi Esther Adler

    12:30  So many options!

    Reform Movement Tikkun: (earlier in evening)
    Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative Movement): Schedule & YouTube Live
    Reconstructionist Movement: Register or watch on Facebook

    4:30    Hashkama Minyan (Sunrise Shacharit)

    Shavuot Festival Service (with Yizkor prayers)

    Fri May 29, 2020 at 10:00 am

    via Zoom
    Meeting ID: 96407088709

    (also available on our website and Facebook)