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.
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Wednesday, May 27th
Host: Chabad of Vermont
Usher in the Holiday of Torah with an evening of study and discussion.
Thursday, May 28th
Host: Judy Alexander
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.
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.
Hosts: Ohavi Zedek and Temple Sinai
Pray and learn with these two Burlington communities for an evening of connection
Hosts: Ruach HaMaqom, Rutland Jewish Center, Israel Congregation of Manchester
Embodied learning with VT communities to honor the receiving of Torah
Host: Beth Jacob Synagogue
Embodied learning with Beth Jacob Synagogue to honor the receiving of Torah
Host: Rabbi Lee Moore
Rabbi Lee Moore will guide basic, gentle movement invitations designed to connect us with ourselves and with the Divine Mystery.
Friday, May 29th
Host: Ohavi Zedek
Celebrate Shavuot with morning prayer and intention
Host: Rosa Leff
Bring the supplies listed and create a paper cutting with artist Rosa Leff. For adults and teens.
Hosts: Jill Minkoff and students from Beth El, St. Johnsbury
“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)
Host: Sarit Katzew
Host: Beth Liberman
Get the art supplies set up and create a Shavuot related project with JCOGS educator Beth Lieberman
Host: Rabbi David Fainsilber
Engage in some community connection before we dive into an enriching and musical Shabbat gathering.
Hosts: Clergy from around Vermont
Vermont Rabbis and Cantors are coming together for an uplifting musical Kabbalat Shabbat like no other.
Saturday, May 30th
Host: Ohavi Zedek
Hosts: Cantor Scott Buckner
Learn about Jewish values and ethics and how to make them relevant in your life
Hosts: Jewish Rabbis, Cantors and Musicians from throughout Vermont
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.
Host: Havurah of Addison County
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.
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
Hosts: Cantor Scott Buckner & Rabbi Ellie Shemtov
Host: Susan Leff
Shavuot special and full takeout menu available at zenbarnvt.com
Opening Musician: Rabbi Micah Becker-Klein
Main Act: Nefesh Mountain
Host: Rabbi Micah Becker-Klein