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Last Updated:
Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Beit Chavurah of Lake County
Shabbat Services: Lower Lake United Methodist Church, 16255-2nd St., Lower Lake
Mail: PO Box 4388, Clearlake, CA 95422 e-mail:
About Shavuot

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     The holiday of Shavuot (Sivan 6–7, 5784 * June 12–13, 2024) commemorates the anniversary of one of the most important events in Jewish history — the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai.  Despite this significance, it is one of the least-familiar holidays on the Jewish calendar, perhaps because there is little ritual or symbolism associated with it.  Holidays such as Passover, Purim, or Chanukah are more dramatic and colorful.

     Though Shavuot might be short on ritual, it is both unique and appropriate for Jews to celebrate.  We are, after all, the “People of the Book.”  Shavuot commemorates God's giving of the Torah to the Jewish people.  Many people stay up all night studying Torah. This is not a ritual, or a symbolic tribute to Jewish learning;  it is Jewish learning.

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     In these days and in this place (Lake County), most of us can't participate in all-night study groups, but we can still acknowledge and honor Shavuot.  There are songs to sing and midrashim (stories) to share.  While there’s nothing we must eat and nothing we must avoid eating, it is customary to serve cheesecake and dairy foods on Shavuot.

     At Beit Chavurah's Shabbat service on the 2nd Friday in June (Friday, June 14th), we will incorporate some of the Shavuot traditions into our service.  It is our way of acknowledging the incomparable gift of Torah and affirming our personal connection to it.


    Interested in learning more about Shavuot?
         Here are some websites to get you started:

    Multi-Guide to Shavuot -

    ABCs of Shavuot -

    The Holiday for the People of the Book -

    Overview of the Entire Torah -

    Shavuot - Customs and Rituals -

    The Shavuot Story for Families -

    About Shavuot -