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Shavuot 5781-2021 at FTJC

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When Mount Sinai was held upside down over our heads, we knew that our communal lives would change forever. This year at Shavuot, the second of the pandemic, we stand again at the cusp of change, uncertain where our journey will take us and how we will be changed. Yet we recommit to a life of learning Torah and building community.

Quick Links:

Two Community Gatherings

Resources for Personal Learning

Ten Classes for Ten Commandments

Yizkor (Zoom)

Prayer Services (In Person)


Two Community Gatherings

Pre-Shavuot Rimonim Youth & Family Book Swap and Ice Cream Party: Diversity, Racial Justice, and Anti-Racism
Sunday May 16, 3:00-4:30 PM -- Location sent upon registration

Get ready for Shavuot with a new book to read and some ice cream! Check out Rimonim's Diversity, Racial Justice, and Anti-Racism reading list and bring a book from the list to swap with another family! Stay for ice cream and some Shavuot songs. Books will be provided for those who don't have one to swap. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for registration info.

Day 2 Community Picnic!
Tuesday May 18, 12:00-2:00 PM -- Fort Tryon Park, Cafe Lawn

A beloved tradition is back! Bring your own picnic blanket and dairy food. Please plan to sit and share food only with those in your own household or pod. Balls, mitts, etc. also welcome.


Resources for Personal Learning

Collective Learning Project:

Let's strengthen the bonds that hold our community together through shared Torah. Our goal is to study the Five Megillot (Ruth, Eichah, Kohelet, Esther, and Shir Hashirim), and the Mishnah Tractate Megillah. We can do it! Click or tap here for full information, guidance, and a sign-up sheet.

FTJC Source Sheet for Torah Study (PDF)

We are delighted to offer again our Shavuot Learning Packet from last year, a downloadable PDF of source sheets and guiding questions, from Rabbi Guy Austrian, Rabbi Lisa Goldstein, and Laynie Soloman.


Ten Classes on Ten Commandments (In-Person):

Shavuot Night
Sunday May 16, 8:30-11:00 PM -- Hebrew Tabernacle Social Hall

We'll begin with Ma'ariv at 8:30 PM, then enjoy four half-hour classes on the first four commandments, offered by FTJC members Rabbi Sara Zacharia, Daniel Mackler, Jonathan Wasserman, and Vincent Calabrese.

Shavuot Day
Monday May 17, 3:00-6:00 PM -- Fort Tryon Park, Cafe Lawn

Six more half-hour classes on the latter six commandments, offered by FTJC members Igal Harmelin, Talia Kaplan, Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Yocheved Retig, Isaac Kurtz, and Rachel Chabin. Concluding with Minchah.


Yizkor (on Zoom)
Thursday May 13, 8:15 PM
Rabbi Guy will lead us in a traditional Yizkor Service with words of Torah and Yizkor liturgy. Participants will be able to remember those who have left our world, with a modified Mourner's Kaddish. Donations in honor of Yizkor may be made to FTJC by clicking here.


Prayer Services

Sunday May 16, 8:30 PM -- Hebrew Tabernacle Social Hall
Ma'ariv will precede the nighttime learning sessions (see above).

Monday May 17, 9:30 AM -- Outdoor Services Location
Morning service featuring “Akdamut” (“Introductory Words”) — a strange and beautiful Aramaic poem that introduces the Shavuot reading of the Ten Commandments with sweeping theology and a vision of redemption.

Monday May 17, 3:00-6:00 PM -- Fort Tryon Park, Cafe Lawn
Minchah will follow the daytime learning sessions (see above).

Tuesday May 18, 9:30 AM -- Outdoor Services Location
Morning service featuring Megillat Ruth, the original classic of love and loyalty — taking us from the harvest origins of Shavuot, through wrenching human relationships, to the footsteps of Messiah. We’ll also include the Yizkor service – with psalms, readings, and the liturgy of mourning, we call to mind those who have left our world. We wrestle with the blessings and burdens of memory. Donations in honor of Yizkor may be made to FTJC by clicking here.

Mon, September 27 2021 21 Tishrei 5782