Also known as “Feast of the Weeks,” you may know Shavuot as “The Holiday Where We Eat Cheesecake.”
Not only does the holiday, which begins the evening of May 30th and ends the evening of June 1st, have several names, it also celebrates more than one religious observance. Shavuot both celebrates the early summer’s grain harvest (in Israel) and also G-d giving the Torah on Mount Sinai to the Jewish people. It has become customary to eat dairy and study, debate and analyze Torah late into the night. This is called a Tikkun Leil Shavuot. In recent years, many Jews have started to reimagine Shavuot…engaging not only with traditional Torah texts, but also with more contemporary texts and art.
However you decide to mark the holiday, we’ve got your guide for doing it in DC!
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THE TEN – Jews and Muslims in America: Political Challenges and Moral Opportunities
Shavuot: It’s Complicated
What They Saw at Sinai at Sixth & I
Shavuot @ Adas Israel: Recreating the Space Between Heaven and Earth
Shavuot with Tikkun Leil Shabbat and Bet Mishpachah
Shavuot Part I: Dessert Oneg and All-Night Learning with Chabad
Shavuot Part II: 10 Commandments and Dairy Buffet at Chabad
The Unkosher Comedy Tour: Up All Night
Food for Shavuot
Our Picks for the Top 5 Places for Cheesecake in DC
Shavuot Recipes from Federation’s Jewish Food Experience
Shavuot, without Cheese (via Tablet)
Recipes for a Sans Dairy Shavuot (via Federation’s Jewish Food Experience)
New Addition to On Rye’s Menu for Shavuot – Dairy-Based Push Pops
More Shavuot Resources
My Jewish Learning – Shavuot Basics
The Best Cheese Puns Ever via Buzzfeed
Video: Why Do Jews Eat Cheesecake on Shavuot? –
Video: Sixth & I’s Rabbi Shira Stutman Talks Shavuot –
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