Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Torah, the content and meaning of Judaism for each of us and our world. It also marks the brighter and pleasant days of spring turning into summer, of a world turning fresh and green with life and beauty. At Chizuk Amuno, Shavuot is a joyous festival of Torah study, creative expression, and happy celebration.
TUESDAY, May 30 – EREV SHAVUOT
7:30 p.m. – Kol Rinah Acapella Group Performs
8:00 p.m. – Erev Shavuot Service
…followed by our Tikkun Leil Shavuot – Shavuot Study Evening
“King David: From Murderer to Messiah” honoring King David’s Yahrzeit
Dr. Barry Gittlen will introduce us to the life and times of King David at the end of our Erev Shavuot Service.
Following we’ll choose to study texts and stories associated with King David:
King David: King of Israel with Rabbi Ron Shulman
King David: Forerunner of the Messiah with Rabbi Debi Wechsler
King David & Psalms: Hallelujah and Amen – where text and music become one
Featuring Hazzan Emanuel Perlman and Dr. Moshe Shualy accompanied by a vocal quartet.
:30 p.m. – Cheesecake and Dairy Desserts in honor of Shavuot
10:00 p.m. Rabbi Shulman will teach our late night session:
“King David: Lessons for Our Lives.”
King David’s era figures in Jewish imagination as a golden age of ancient Jewish history. Tradition teaches the Messiah will be his direct descendant. King David is himself a descendent of Ruth the Moabite. Jewish tradition also imagines King David died on Shavuot as a devoted student of Torah. Join us this Shavuot to learn more about King David and his legacy.
WEDNESDAY, May 31 – SHAVUOT
Festival Morning Service:
9:15 a.m. – Shaharit: Morning Service
10:00 a.m. – Torah Study Sessions
We’ll leave the sanctuary and sit together around Torah study tables in the Krieger Auditorium. Over coffee and nosh, our rabbis will guide us as we dialogue with study partners and explore Torah texts.
Children’s Holiday Program
10:30 a.m. – Torah Service
Our children will join us when we read the Ten Commandments from the Torah Scroll celebrating their growth and freshness by bringing bikkurim, greens and fruits, to decorate the bimah.
10:30 a.m. – Family Service with Rabbi Seltzer for K-5th graders
Young Families preschool age interactive story time and Bikkurim prep with Melissa Berman
Both culminate in the Sanctuary where children will take part in the tradition of Bikkurim for Shavuot, followed by a Shavuot dairy lunch.
…followed by Musaf: Holiday Prayers
6:15 p.m. – Minhah/Ma’ariv
June 1 – SHAVUOT
9:15 a.m. – Festival Morning Service
10:45 a.m. – Yizkor Memorial Prayers
Chizuk Amuno Choir joins Hazzan Perlman
In the course of our Festival Morning Service we recite Yizkor Memorial Prayers and, in loving memory, dedicate new plaques on our Memorial Wall.
8:30 p.m. – Minhah/Ma’ariv