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  Shavuot 101

A basic introduction to refresh your Shavuot thought processes and get the creative juices flowing.


  An introduction to Tikkun Leil Shavuot

An introduction to the origins of ‘Tikkun Leil Shavuot’ ñ why do we try to learn through the night?


 No bake cheesecake

A no bake cheesecake, perfect for classrooms, and for fancy dinners!


  Sinai poetry

The experience of Sinai has been expressed differently through the ages, here is a collection of poetry reflecting that Sinai experience from Jewish and non-Jewish sources. They make a great study session on what it was like to be at Sinai, and on the multiple voices gathered around the foot of the mountain. They also work well in chevruta learning in pairs, or for personal reflection.


  Shavuot and Pentecost

In 2013 Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers and Reverend Pippa Turner reflected together on the similarities and differences of Shavuot and Pentecost, thinking about the role of revelation, language, and fire! These are the texts they used.


  Shavuot in the Torah

A quick reference with texts on Shavuot in the Torah.


  Shavuot quiz with answers

A fun Shavuot quiz with the answers provided in word so you can edit them out and recreate the questions if you would like to!


  Introduction to Shavuot

Adam Overlander-Kaye, Reform Judaism’s Fundraising Director, offers the UJS (and us!) a helpful introduction to Shavuot


  Texts on flowers for Shavuot

Why are flowers a central feature of Shavuot, and not just a lovely opportunity to craft and decorate our synagogues?


  EDRS dirt cake

Here is a fun flower themed activity from Edgware and District Reform, creating edible centrepieces for use at services or at home!


  Reb Starbucksky

Student Rabbi Daniel Lichman shares his story about Reb Starbuksy and the first Tikkun Leyl Shavuot.


  The 10 Commandments

Are the 10 commandments really 10? Is it possible that these 17 verses have been misrepresented? This handout allows students to figure out where they would put the breaks, and see if they match the traditional divisions as they now appear in chumashim ñ of course originally there were no numbers and no punctuation so it is all an interpretation!


  Shavuot Youth Service

Edgware and District Reform have produced an impressive Shavuot Youth Service, which is followed by an ever popular ice cream Kiddush! Edgwareís Director of Education, Marian Cohen, writes: ìI break the service up with four different activities such as this dirt cake which the kids love or we make a Tanach cake (participants to figure out the recipe for this cake with clues from Tanach). This year I am getting the participants to decorate a Mount Sinai cake in teams; also they are going to have an obstacle course to overcome in order to find the 7 species and a treasure hunt to find the 10 commandments and blind tasting of the 7 species. I run the service with our Director of Youth. We create a tent that we hold the service in and the feedback is usually very positive. We all have an ice cream and cheese cake Kiddush at the end of the main service which I prepare with the children from my service.


  EDRS Tanach cake

Edgware and District Reform have produced an impressive Shavuot Youth Service, which is followed by an ever popular ice cream Kiddush! Edgwareís Director of Education, Marian Cohen, writes: ìI break the service up with four different activities such as this dirt cake which the kids love or we make a Tanach cake (participants to figure out the recipe for this cake with clues from Tanach). This year I am getting the participants to decorate a Mount Sinai cake in teams; also they are going to have an obstacle course to overcome in order to find the 7 species and a treasure hunt to find the 10 commandments and blind tasting of the 7 species. I run the service with our Director of Youth. We create a tent that we hold the service in and the feedback is usually very positive. We all have an ice cream and cheese cake Kiddush at the end of the main service which I prepare with the children from my service.


  Mount Sinai Cake

And a third cake offering from Edgware and District Reform, using three handouts; a recipe to make a Mount Sinai Cake, and study texts looking at Mount Sinai.

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