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Celebrate Shavuot at Adat Shalom


May 28, 2020 – 5 Sivan, 5780


Please join us for one, or all of our many opportunities to celebrate Shavuot with our community!

From Famine to Plenty, From Loneliness to Love, From Sorrow to Joy: The Book of Ruth w/ Rabbi Hazzan Rachel
Sunday,May 24, 10:30 AM -12:00 PM

Join Rabbi Rachel to learn Megilat Rut — The Scroll of Ruth, the grand finale of our Jewish Studies “Great Jewish Books” project this year. Ruth is traditionally read at the festival of Shavuot. This beautiful story is one whose meaning grows wider and deeper as we mature ourselves. We feel Naomi’s pain and loss, Ruth’s courage and strength, Boaz’s longing and love, each of them awakened as they meet each other in a narrative for the ages.

Blintz Making with Kayla Niles
Sunday, May 24, 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Congregant Kayla Niles, is a blintz-maker extraordinaire. Join her all the way from Florida as she shares her special recipe and blintz filling and folding tricks. Blintzes are traditional food eaten on Shavuot. Learn why blintzes are a traditional Shavuot food. Cook along with Kayla or simply enjoy watching.


One Community, Many voices: A Pre-Shavuot Celebration of Torah
Monday, May 25, 2020 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

If you want to flex your Pre-Shavuot muscles and get read to receive the commandments with outstretched arms, you are cordially invited to join Rabbi Hazzan Rachel, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, The Washington Board of Rabbis, The Jewish Community Relations Council, and Hadar for an extended evening of Torah study (Tikkun Leil) in honor of the upcoming holiday of Shavuot. This diverse and cross-denominational group of 16 local rabbis inspired to come together to lead our community in learning in preparation for Shavuot, the holiday that commemorates the gift of our shared Torah. We look forward to gathering virtually to honor our Jewish collective history and explore how Torah addresses our human condition while providing inspiration for a healthy future. We will also have the opportunity to observe Memorial Day together, by honoring those who have fallen in military service for our country. Registration is Required.


Tikun Shavuot – TED Shlichim style
Wednesday, May 27 at 8:00 PM

In celebration of Shavuot, the Shlichim of LIFE: online are excited to invite you to an Israeli Tikkun!
Join us for a (short) night of learning with Shlichim- the topics will be varied – and each Shaliach/Shlicha will only get 5 minutes.

Israeli Shavuot – TED style.

Wear white, weave a crown of flowers or have a cheese cake at the ready – join us for some holiday spirit!‏


Erev Shavuot Festival Service with Yizkor
Thursday, May 28 at 7:15 PM

Join Rabbi Rachel and Rabbi Fred and the Adat Shalom Community to welcome Shavuot with a Maariv service, candle lighting, and the reciting of Yizkor. This will be the ONLY time for reciting Yizkor with Adat Shalom during the festival. Then at 8:30, we join our movement-wide Tikkun Leil Shavuot (see below).


Tikkun Leyl Shavuot
Thursday, May 28 at 8:30 PM through Friday morning, May 29 at 10:30 AM

Amazing Torah, as is traditional on the Festival of Revelation, this time across the continent. Reconstructing Judaism’s All-Night Tikkun starts at 8:30 with all-star teachers (Sandy Sasso, Deborah Waxman, Marcia Falk, Leila Gal Berner, et al); it continues into the wee-hours with learning, movement, and musical offerings; and Friday morning has more Torah (including from Rabbis Sid and Fred). Register in advance for this stellar stay-at-home opportunity.


Bringing Ruth to Life
Friday, May 29 at 6pm

Come here the beloved story of Ruth in an ancient new way – traditional chanting, but read as a play. We’re thrilled to welcome special guest Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton, also a classical singer with a beautiful voice, to join us for this reading. Rabbi Liz’s community, Reconstructionist congregation Or Haneshamah, of Ottawa, will be with us as well.

We ask you all to join us on Zoom for this reading, in which Rabbi Liz will give voice to Naomi, the story’s tragic and ultimately redeemed matriarch.  Liz will join Rabbi Rachel as Ruth, David Sieradzki as Boaz, Kevin Teichman and Hanna Weissberger as narrators and several Adat Shalom members, each with their own part in the ‘cast’, to bring the text alive for this uncommon season.  If ever there was a time we needed to hear the messages of powerful love, resilience, repair and hope, this must surely be that time.

We’ll follow the reading of Ruth with our own Shabbat and festival mini-maariv – we warmly welcome you to remain with us for those prayers.

We think it’s a capital idea, to unite Ottawa and Washington DC!  We’re delighted to connect our two Reconstructionist communities, and hope to see you in the Zoom room, next Friday.


Yom Shabbat Shavuot
Saturday, May 30 at 10:00 AM

Morning prayers, special reading of the 10 Commandments, Hallel, celebrate with Rachel Dick as she completes a year of b-mitzvah learning and John Niles, our elder honoree. Stay for an interview with John Niles and our own Marc Gunther.


Havdalah and end of Shavuot
Saturday, May 30 at 8:00 PM

Shavuot will have ended in Israel before Shabbat but given its proximity to Shabbat we can celebrate the end of Shavuot and the start of a new week together with our friends here in the diaspora.