Vermont Jewish Community Shavuot Summit Schedule

May 27 – 30th, 2020

Vermont Jewish Communities around the state are offering a collective retreat during Shavuot that brings hope, resilience, and state-wide connection. Online and nature activities offered throughout the holiday are open to all—come for all or part, but don’t miss the special featured concert with Nefesh Mountain Saturday night.

Offerings by communities throughout Vermont including: Living Tree Alliance, Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, (JCOGS), Ruach HaMaqom, Ohavi Zedek, Rutland Jewish Center, Israel Congregation of Manchester, Beth Jacob, Havurah of Addison County, and Congregation Beth El of Bennington and St. Johnsbury, Brattleboro Area Jewish Community, Roots and Trails, PJ Library in Vermont, Woodstock Area Jewish Community, and Temple Sinai.

Scroll down to see the events for each day. Click on an event to learn more, add to your calendar, or to share!

Wednesday, May 27th

7:00 p.m.

The Sinai Experience

Host: Chabad of Vermont

Usher in the Holiday of Torah with an evening of study and discussion.

Thursday, May 28th

5:00 p.m.

Baking Blintzes

Host: Judy Alexander

Click to Join with Zoom at 5 PM

Have you always wanted to learn how to make Blintzes? Be sure to get your ingredients ahead of time, make the dough and filling and be ready to put them together with Jewish educator Judy Alexander from Temple Sinai. Recipe on the event page.

6:00 p.m.

Welcome, Blessings, and Dinner

Hosts: Kohenet Sephirah Oshkello, Rabbi Tobie Weisman, and Susan Leff

We begin our program together with song and intention setting. Bring your dinner to zoom and be ready to join in community with meaningful conversation.

Join with ZOOM at 6PM

7:00 p.m.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot Learning 1

Hosts: Ohavi Zedek and Temple Sinai

Join with ZOOM at 7 PM

Pray and learn with these two Burlington communities for an evening of connection

Tikkun Leil Shavuot Learning 2

Hosts: Ruach HaMaqom, Rutland Jewish Center, Israel Congregation of Manchester

Join with ZOOM at 7 PM

Embodied learning with VT communities to honor the receiving of Torah

Tikkun Leil Shavuot Learning 3

Host: Beth Jacob Synagogue

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Embodied learning with Beth Jacob Synagogue to honor the receiving of Torah

9:00 p.m.

Revelation: Dancing Ourselves Open

Host: Rabbi Lee Moore

Join Us on Zoom at 9 PM 

Rabbi Lee Moore will guide basic, gentle movement invitations designed to connect us with ourselves and with the Divine Mystery. 

Friday, May 29th

9:15 a.m.

Yom Tov Morning Service Celebration

Host: Ohavi Zedek

Join with ZOOM at 9:15

Celebrate Shavuot with morning prayer and intention

4:00 p.m.

Paper cutting with Shavuot Themes

Host: Rosa Leff

Join with ZOOM at 4:00 p.m.

Bring the supplies listed and create a paper cutting with artist Rosa Leff. For adults and teens.

Pirkei Avot – A Journey through Ethics of Our Ancestors

Hosts: Jill Minkoff and students from Beth El, St. Johnsbury

Join with Zoom at 4PM 

Turn it, and turn it, for everything is in it. Reflect on it and grow old and gray with it. Don’t turn from it, for nothing is better than it.” Ben Bag Bag (Pirkei Avot)

5:00 p.m.

Kid’s Shavuot Activities

Host: Sarit Katzew

Click here for Shavuot activities to do with your child

Children’s Art Project

Host: Beth Liberman

Join with ZOOM at 5 PM

Get the art supplies set up and create a Shavuot related project with JCOGS educator Beth Lieberman

5:30 p.m.

Multi-generational Storytelling

Host: Rabbi David Fainsilber

Join with ZOOM at 5:30PM

Engage in some community connection before we dive into an enriching and musical Shabbat gathering.

6:00 p.m.

Kabbalat Shabbat

Hosts: Clergy from around Vermont

Join with ZOOM at 6 PM

Click here for the service Siddur

Vermont Rabbis and Cantors are coming together for an uplifting musical Kabbalat Shabbat like no other.

Saturday, May 30th

9:00 a.m.

Shabbat, Yom Tov, Hallel, Yizkor Morning Service

Host: Ohavi Zedek

Join with ZOOM at 9:15a.m.

Torah Mussar Learning

Hosts: Cantor Scott Buckner

Join with ZOOM at 9:00 AM

Learn about Jewish values and ethics and how to make them relevant in your life

10:00 a.m.


Hosts: Jewish Rabbis, Cantors and Musicians from throughout Vermont

Join with ZOOMat 10 AM

Halllel, meaning “Praise,” is a beautiful, uplifting part of many holidays, and it includes some of the most popular and most varied melodies in Jewish prayer.

Shabbat morning service and Torah study

Host: Havurah of Addison County

Join with ZOOM at 10:00 a.m.

Please join the Havurah Community on-line on Saturday, May 30, at 10 a.m. for a brief Shabbat morning service and Torah study on the Book of Ruth.

Nature Pilgrimage
(RSVP Required)

Host: Living Tree Alliance

Sign up here (for Moretown)

A self guided journey that integrates the beauty of Spring with personal reflection, revelation, and gratitude. Being offered in multiple locations. Sign up required

10:45 a.m.


Hosts: Cantor Scott Buckner & Rabbi Ellie Shemtov

Join with ZOOM at 10:45 AM

7:00 p.m.

Dinner & Conversations

Host: Susan Leff

Join with ZOOM at 7:00 p.m.

Shavuot special and full takeout menu available at

8:00 p.m.

Jewish Bluegrass and Americana

Opening Musician: Rabbi Micah Becker-Klein

Join with ZOOM at 8:00 p.m.

8:30 p.m.

Nefesh Mountain

Join with ZOOM at 8:30 p.m.

Main Act: Nefesh Mountain

9:40 p.m.


Host: Rabbi Micah Becker-Klein

Join with ZOOM at 9:30 p.m.

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