Congregation B'nai Israel

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Join Us For Shavuot 5777

May 30, 2017 - 5:15 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us at the Temple on Tuesday, May 30, starting at 5:15 p.m., as we celebrate Shavuot. Here is our schedule of events:

5:15-6:00 p.m. – Shavuot marks the grain harvest, so come learn about the most fun kind of grain – popcorn! Join special guest, Patti Popp, owner of Sport Hill Farm in Easton, who will teach us about grains and then do a live “Poppcorn” cooking demo. She will have bags of popcorn for purchase. This program is great for all ages.

6:00-6:30 p.m. – Stay for our potluck dairy dinner. Families with last names beginning with A to M are asked to bring a salad or side dish, while those with last names beginning with N to Z are asked to bring a main dish to share. No meat or nuts, please. Please RSVP for dinner to Chris in the office by May 25 at crocha@cbibpt.org or (203) 336-1858.

6:30-7:00 p.m. – A short Shavuot service will follow dinner, and then all are invited to make “Mt. Sinai Sundaes,” provided by 16 Handles.

7:15 p.m. – Inspired by the biblical story of Ruth, join us for the stories of B’nai Israel members who have become Jews by Choice. In “Your God Will Be My God, Your People Will Be My People,” congregants will share their stories and discuss their journeys to the Jewish faith. It has long been a Jewish tradition to study through the night on the eve of the festival of Shavuot. We won’t go anywhere near that long, but we will serve cheesecake – another tradition!

On Wednesday morning, May 31 at 10:00 a.m. we will mark the Shavuot Festival, including a Yizkor Memorial Service.  Shavuot commemorates God giving the Jews the gift of Torah at Mt. Sinai.  It falls 49 days after the start of Passover, as the Jews continued their Exodus toward Israel.  The holiday also is known as the Festival of the First Fruits, as it marks the time of year we traditionally harvest the first fruits of the season.  Brunch to follow service.  RSVP to Chris.

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