shavuot

This year our synagogues will be shut on Shavuot but there are still lots of events online. Once again we’ve pulled together a list of some of the biggest events to join. Many synagogues will be holding their own online activities so do check with your local community for details.

Shavuot begins on the evening of Thursday 28th May and is either observed for one or two days in the UK depending on your religious denomination.

Updates from Religious Bodies

Find links to the latest Covid-19 advice from the UK’s religious bodies

Synagogue Service Streams

Find a stream for a religious service including daily services and Kabbalat Shabbat

UJIA: The Great Shavuot Pyjama Party

UJIA has been hard at work curating amazing Shavuot programming to celebrate the holiday at home! They have videos about celebrating Shavuot in Israel, special Shavuot sessions for Ivrit BeKef, text study resources, Shavuot Around the World – a video journey through different Shavuot traditions, and much more! 

Whole in One: An evening with the Chief Rabbi in preparation for Shavuot (London School of Jewish Studies)

Tuesday 26th May: 20:00 – 21:00

How would you sum up the whole Torah? At this very special event, Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum, Dean of LSJS, will interview Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis about his thoughts on the central themes, characters and purpose of the Torah. As we look forward to the Festival of Receiving the Torah,  the Chief Rabbi will address what this means today for us under lockdown, and give advice about how we can personally maintain and renew our connection to the central text of Judaism. This promises to be an original and uplifting evening

Fee: £12

Limmud & JW3 Present: Revelation

Wednesday 27th May: 20:30 – 02:00

Gather round our virtual Mount Sinai for a late-night exploration of Jewish wisdom, performance and music after dark!

The long-established tradition of ‘Tikkun Leil Shavuot’, where communities forego their sleep to learn Jewish texts on Shavuot, is going virtual. We will hear from multiple voices of Jewish wisdom through the proverbial cloud(s) and explore what learning can emerge from times of darkness.

This experience can be enjoyed while tucked up in bed after work, with a glass of wine or two, and well after the kids have gone to bed!

We will bring together educators and performers from across the Jewish community that will make you want to switch off Netflix and stay up late on Zoom.