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Shavuot Schedule 2021

Rabbi’s Message

While there are no inherent practical mitzvot for Shavuot, there is a message from its offering. When the temple stood, an offering called the Shtay HaLechem, or the double loaf, was brought. It was unusual because it was only one of 2 offerings the entire year that was made of chametz. Now if Passover is the holiday that rids us of chametz as symbolic of our spiritual “Cleaning of the House'', why are we seemingly going backwards to chametz as the ritual of Shavuot? If we are supposed to be growing spiritually it would seem the order should be reversed!
But if we imagine that Passover is the proverbial swinging of the spiritual pendulum to the extreme, which was necessary to cleanse a nation that was steeped in debased culture (and ourselves from the sediment of the past 6 months). We recognize that eventually we are to reenter life to its fullest, which means the ability to partake of all that life has to offer and still maintain spiritual balance. So whether it was the nation that left Egypt, or our generation, these 7 weeks of effort should bring us to a point where we no longer have to remain on the restrictions of matzah and can enjoy the “chametz” represented by the Shtay HaLechem. 

We have all lived lives of restriction in one way or another for the past year and hopefully we have done our best to grow from this unfortunate experience. But now is the time to reenter life, albeit safely, with all its opportunities, one of which is participating in our special synagogue activities. We are bringing back the classic Shavuot experience to delight the senses and enrich the mind, so if at all possible, please join us!

Sunday May 16th
With great excitement we announce a performance of our renowned composer Joel Diamond collaborating with our renowned Cantor Moshe Berkowitz. At 6pm, in the sanctuary, the 2 will perform a concert to begin the festivities. The performance will also be broadcast on zoom and be recorded for those who cannot attend. 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88093479268?pwd=ZFk5MWxDSkZGOEZ3VHNQcFpBbThLdz09Meeting ID: 880 9347 9268
Passcode: 047913

After  services at 6:30pm, we will welcome Rabbi Tzvi Romm of the Bialystok Synagogue to make the first presentation. His topic will be the Lower East Side Mikvah, it’s history and the connection of mikvah to conversion, which is one of the major themes of the holiday. We will then offer a catered dairy dinner at 7:30pm with Torah study with the Rabbi to follow. Please reserve for the dinner ASAP right here.

Weather permitting, all post concert activities will be held on the plaza.

Monday May 17th
Morning services will be held at 9:30am including the reading of the Ten Commandments. A light kiddush lunch will be served. 
Evening services will be held at 8pm. Emissaries from World Lubavitch Headquarters will make a presentation between mincha and maariv.

Tuesday May 18th
Morning services will be held at 9:30am. We expect to reach Yizkor at approximately 11am. The service will be highlighted by Cantor Berkowitz’s rendition of the Kale Maley memorial prayer. A light kiddush lunch will be served
A second Yizkor will be recited at noon.

Seeking sponsorship for Kiddush, security and Cantor Berkowitz HERE 

Shavuot at a Glance

Sunday May 16th
Concert......................................6pm
Services.....................................6:30pm
Rabbi Romm..............................7:00pm
Dinner........................................7:30pm
Torah Study...............................8:30pm

Monday  May 17th
Morning services......................9:30pm
Evening services......................8:00pm
Candle lighting..........................8:56 pm

​​​​​​​Tuesday May 18th
Morning services......................9:30am
1st Yizkor.................................11:00am
2nd Yizkor................................Noon
Yom Tov ends..........................8:57pm

Sat, June 19 2021 9 Tammuz 5781