Shavuot with TBI – 2024

Shavuot commemorates the giving of Torah and the commandments at Mt Sinai. We celebrate with Torah, with study, and with eating delicious dairy (or dairy-like) products.  Shavuot is celebrated seven weeks after Pesach/Passover (counted by the Omer), representing the transition from an enslaved people to a free people and the responsibilities that come with freedom.

Tuesday 11 June

Programming from 4.30pm-10pm
“Kids’ Menu”

4.30pm Childrens’ Activities

5.30pm Pizza and Ice cream – RSVP Required


6pm Maariv and Reading of the 10 Commandments

6.30pm Potluck Dinner – RSVP Required

7.15pm The Great Debate and Introduction: What really happened on Mt Sinai?

Session 1 “Mains”

7.30pm Panel Discussion: ACROSS THE SPECTRUM, UNDER ONE TENT: Diverse Perspectives on Israel and Gaza
Guest speakers will be sharing their views from the far left to the far right, including their love for Israel

8.30pm Cheesecake Competition and Desserts –
SIGNUP Required

Session 2 “Dessert”

9.15pm The Books of B’reishit & Ruth: SAME, SAME BUT DIFFERENT – Sexploitation, Rape Culture, Questions of Consent and Establishing Lineage


Counting the Omer

Blessed are you,
Adonai our God.
Sovereign of the world,
who sanctified us with mitzvot
and commanded us to count the Omer.

Baruch atah Adonai,

Eloheinu Melech ha’Olam

asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav

v’tizivanu al sefirat ha’omer.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה
יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ
מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם
אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָֽׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֺתָיו

After the blessing, one recites the appropriate day of the count. For example:

Hayom yom echad la’omer

Today is the first day of the omer.

After the first six days, one also includes the number of weeks that one has counted. For example:

Hayom sh’losha asar yom, she’hem shavuah echad v’shisha yamim la’omer