This weekend: Shavuot-lots of learning and ice cream

On Shavuot, a harvest festival, we celebrate the giving of the Torah. Shavuot customs include hearing the Ten Commandments, staying up all night learning and eating dairy foods (in Phoenix this time of year, that means lots of ice cream).

This year, the holiday starts on Saturday night. Learn more about it in these articles by Rabbi Barton Lee of Hillel at ASU and Rabbi Arthur Lavinsky of Beth El Congregation.

Shavuot celebrates giving of Torah” by Rabbi Barton Lee.

Torah: Desert, fire, water: Shavuot is available to all” by Rabbi Arthur Lavinsky

In Israel, Shavuot is celebrated on one day and outside of Israel, many celebrate it in two days. For those who celebrate it in one day, the Yizkor memorial service is said on Sunday and for those who celebrate it on two days, it’s said on Monday. (Coincidentally, on the same day as Memorial Day this year.)

To learn more about the Yizkor service, read this article by Rabbi Yossi Levertov of Chabad of Scottsdale.

For a full list of Shavuot programs, visit our Shavuot listings on

Candlelighting is after 8:12 p.m. on both nights.

Chag Sameach!


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