Vermont Jewish Shavuot Summit Celebration

May 27 – 30th, 2020

Vermont Jewish Communities around the state are coming together to offer a collective retreat during Shavuot that brings hope, resilience, and state-wide connection. FREE 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.

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How It Works:

Online, In Nature, & In your Home

The Vermont Jewish Community Virtual Shavuot Summit is an online gathering of Jewish communities throughout the state. We are coming together to celebrate our resiliency and vibrancy as spring arrives here in the Green Mountains.

Music, Services, Learning, And More!

Our schedule is jam-packed full of amazing opportunities to learn and grow together. Whether you want to finally learn to bake blintzes, discover a new craft, or dive into meaningful conversations, there is something for everyone at the summit.

Attend As Many Events As You Want

All events are FREE! The summit’s events span 3 days of engaging activities, learning opportunities, and musical experiences. Registration is only required for some events. You can attend as many (or as few) events as you’d like throughout the summit. Go at your own pace or stay for the whole festival!

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Main Summit Highlights

Tikkun Leil Shavuot Learning Sessions

Thursday May 28th, 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for the tradition of beginning Shavuot with a study session. Engage in prayer, Torah study and learning from our clergy and members. Pray and learn with Jewish communities from around Vermont for an evening of connection and education. There will be three simultaneous sessions to choose from.

Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday May 29th, 6:00 p.m.

Vermont Rabbis and Cantors are coming together for an uplifting musical Kabbalat Shabbat like no other. Clergy from around the state are hosting an unforgettable Shabbat service filled with music, prayer, and community.

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Online Live Concert with Nefesh Mountain

Saturday May 30th, 8:30 p.m.

Nefesh Mountain is the place where Bluegrass, Old-Time, and American Roots music meet with Jewish heritage and tradition. They are pioneering a new world of American culture which seamlessly blends their deep love for American and Western musical forms with their own cultural backgrounds as Jewish Americans. Join us Saturday Night for a live concert to close out our Shavuot retreat with joy.

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Other Summit Highlights

Nature Pilgrimage

Saturday May 30th, 10:00 a.m.

Join Living Tree Alliance for a self guided journey that integrates the beauty of Spring with personal reflection, revelation, and gratitude. With inspirational guidance this pilgrimage invites exploration and allows for deep connection to self, earth, and ancestral wisdom. On this harvest festival of First Fruits, we welcome you to witness all that is fruiting inside of you!

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Paper Cutting with Rosa Leff

Friday May 29th, 4:00 p.m.

“Rosa Leff’s papercuts push the boundaries of the two-dimensional world. …It’s upon close inspection that the separation of the cut image from it’s backing creates a landscape of shadows that makes the work reside in neither the two nor three-dimensional realm.” 
  -Evan Paul Laudenslager, ArtBlog

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Connecting with your Community

In this time of separation, we can still find togetherness. Our Jewish communities from throughout Vermont are showing that we are stronger together and that our communities are still thriving. Join us to rekindle meaningful relationships and share moments of discovery together during this 3-day celebration. Wherever you are this Shavuot, you belong here.

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