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

    Anshei Mitzvah

    May 19, 2018 at 10:00 am

    During Shabbat morning Services

    Their bios don’t tell us that they like math class best and play soccer, but they are no less excited about becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah. On Shabbat morning, 10 adults will be called to the Torah to affirm their commitment to living a meaningful Jewish life. They will each chant from the Torah, lead parts of the service, and share some of their ­journeys with us. It is a wonderfully diverse group of people who have worked very hard to reach this Jewish milestone. Please join us to celebrate and support them. All are welcome for the service and ­Kiddush luncheon.

    Shavuot/Confirmation Service

    May 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm

     7:30 p.m. Shavuot/Confirmation Service
    17 Confirmands will lead us in prayer

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

    9:45 pm Multiple Teachings Sessions by Congregants (25 minute workshops, repeated twice. You can pick two of the three.)

    1. Michael Kuhne: Mussar and Justice – This interactive sessions draws from mussar teachings (Jewish ethics)  as a tool to connect Jewish values with social justice action.

    2. Siana Goodwin: Bodyspirit – bring your whole self to Mt Sinai

    3. Stephanie Fink: (Im)perfectly Human: Our Choices Define Us

    10:45 pm Ice Cream break!

    11:00 pm Rabbi Spilker teaches:
    A Close Reading of Teshuvah/Returning in Psalm 51

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

    Shavuot Festival Service (Yizkor)

    May 20, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Yom Acharon (Closing Religious School Service)
    Yizkor (following service in Chapel)

    B’ruchim Ha Ba’im – Welcoming the First Fruit
    Part of Shavuot morning services

    Calling all Babies!
    Join us as we welcome the youngest members of our Mount Zion community. Families with babies born or adopted since last Shavuot (May 2017) will be honored with a special ceremony and gift during Shavuot services. Help us ­celebrate these new ­guarantors of Torah!