Shavuot is a key date in the Jewish calendar and one of the Shalosh Regalim, the three Biblical pilgrimage festivals in Jewish culture. In English it is known as the Feast of Weeks and has a double significance.
It celebrates the start of the wheat harvest and the end of the barley harvest and marks the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the people at Mount Sinai. The festival marks the end of the Counting of the Omer, which begins on the second day of Passover.
According to Jewish law, Shavuot is celebrated in Israel for just one day but outside of Israel, for two days.
In 2018 Shavuot starts on Saturday, May 19, and ends on Monday, 21 May. Timing varies but falls on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan, which means it can fall anywhere between May 14 and June 15.
Prayers are said on Shavuot, especially at dawn to thank God for the five books of Moses – the Torah. People often spend all of the first night of Shavuot studying the Torah. Synagogues are usually decorated in flowers and plants, which is meant to represent the flora of Mount Sinai.
Food-wise traditionally its dairy products, but the reason behind this are obscure. It is believed that once the rules about the preparation of meat were revealed in the Torah, the people of Sinai were reluctant to eat meat until they fully understood the rules.
So let’s have a look at a few events for Shavuot in Berlin…
On Saturday there will be multiple events in Berlin and there will be events for everybody.
@Sukkat Schalom Reform Synagoge – 19:30 (7.30pm) – “Erev Shavuot”
@Lavi House – 20:00 (8pm) – “Leil Shavuot” – there will be a shiur and a dairy dinner. Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/433058627137219/
@Zentrale Orthodoxe Synagoge Berlin – 22:15 (10.15pm) – “5778 Schawuot – zusammen traditionell Schwues feiern”.
@Fraenkelufer – 19:00 (7pm) – “Tikkun Leil Shavuot” – there will be lots of food but feel free to bring kosher cheese cake and drinks.
@Morasha – Torah MiTzion – 20.00 (8pm) – “Shavuot – Celebrate with us receiving the Torah”
On Sunday in Charlottenburg, the Chabad student center ‘K-space’ will host a milky Shavuot brunch and torah reading at 13:30 (1.30 pm). Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/448649185568246/
And in Prenzlauer Berg, Studentim and Morasha are inviting to the well-received Torah reading circle at 16:00 (4pm).
If we missed posting about your event, feel free to give us some feedback.
Otherwise: Enjoy! 🙂