Celebrate SHAVUOT Four Ways!

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Sign up on the website calendar to join us for Shavuot observances:

1. An Outdoor Bimah

Sunday, May 16, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Transform our Court Street parking lot and outdoor bimah into a prayerful garden-like space with greenery, flowers, and plants that you bring from home.


New Hampshire Statewide Tikkun Leil Shavuot

2. Tikkun Leil Shavuot: A Statewide Night of Learning

Sunday, May 16, 8:00 – 10:30 p.m.

Statewide Tikkun Leil Shavuot: Learning, Music and Storytelling over Zoom with rabbinic and cantorial leadership from across New Hampshire.

Maariv service from 8 – 8:30 p.m. Learning begins at 8:30 p.m.

Please register to receive Zoom information

Program details:

Participating Communities: Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation, Congregation Ahavas Achim, Temple Adath Yeshurun, Temple Beth Abraham, Temple Beth Jacob, Temple B’nai Israel, Temple Israel- Portsmouth

7:30-7:55  Pre-Tikkun Meditation: Laura Hegfield will gently guide us through poetry, chant and moments of quiet as we make space in our hearts to receive words of Torah anew this Shavuot

8:00-8:30: Collaborative Erev Shavuot Service, Prayerbook PDF

8:30-8:55: Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman: Standing at Sinai

8:55- 9:00: Cantor Shira Nafshi: Song(s)

9:00- 9:25: Rabbi Donna Kirshbaum: Ruth 

9:25- 9:45: Rabbi Beth Davidson: Why Dairy?, Cate Tanzer- Blintz making

9:45- 9:55: Rabbi Dan Danson: Story

9:55 – 10:20: Rabbis Robin Nafshi, Jon Spira -Savett and Dan Aronson
A Rabbi, A Rabbi and a Rabbi Walk up a Mountain: What do they hear? 

Kaya Stern-Kaufman: musical closing 

End Time 10:30

3. Outdoor Shavuot Service

Monday, May 17, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Enjoy a short outdoor service in our temporary garden sanctuary, featuring:

    • Songs of praise (Hallel)
    • Reading of the Ten Commandments from the Torah
    • Yizkor

This service will be live-streamed on Facebook Live. Prayerbook PDFs for those following at home: Holiday Morning Service , Hallel and Yizkor , Torah Service Readings .

4. Community Cheesecake and Kugel Picnic

Monday, May 17, 12:30 p.m.

Community Picnic with Cheesecake and Noodle Kugel Buffet following services. You are invited to bring your own dairy/veggie picnic lunch, along with a favorite cheesecake or noodle kugel to share. We will have outdoor coolers on hand to keep the food chilled during the service.


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