Celebrate Shavuot in DC!

Graphic courtesy of Phillip Martin Bible Clip Art

Graphic courtesy of Phillip Martin Bible Clip Art

Happy Wednesday! Hope everyone had a relaxing Memorial Day weekend, and an easy transition into work yesterday. 😛

Holiday weeks are lots of fun, and this year, for Jews, we get double of that. Because not only was Monday Memorial Day, but Friday is Shavuot, the celebration of when Moses brought Gd’s laws down from Mount Sinai after 50 days of wandering through the dessert. You may recall that Passover celebrates our exodus from Egyptian slavery, and Counting the Omer is symbolic of the Israelites’ journey to the Mount.

Though traditionally celebrated with a night-long Torah study session in shul, Jews in DC have a variety of options open to them on how to kick back. Check some out!

Thursday, May 28-Saturday, May 30

Standing Again at Sinai: A Shavuot and Shabbat Retreat

Join Congregation Am Kolel at their Sanctuary and Retreat Center for three days of feminist-themed religious activities with Dr. Judith Plaskow of Manhattan College. Contact Gilah Rosner (information available through above link) to RSVP.

Thursday, May 28

The Ten: An Alternative Shavuot Experience

Sixth & I celebrates Shavuot with a variety of activities, including music, yoga, green initiatives and an appearance by Everything is Illuminated author Jonathan Safran Foer. Get in for free if you RSVP by the end of today!

Erev Shavuot Services/Tikkun Leil Shabbat

Jews United for Justice and Adas Israel’s egalitarian minyan are coming together Thursday evening for Torah study. Subject matter should focus on the text and social justice issues.

Crossposted in part to The Examiner.

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