Our Shabbat Service and celebration will revolve around the holiday of Shavuot, which commemorates the time when the first fruits were harvested and brought to the Temple, and is known as Hag ha-Bikkurim (the Festival of the First Fruits). Historically, it celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, and is also known as Hag Matan Torateinu (the Festival of the Giving of Our Torah). It is customary to read The Book of Ruth.
Friday June 10th, 6:30 pm. Shabbat service followed by a pot luck at a residence in Jackson Heights. (Call 718-565-1968 for the address.) We will start reading the Book of Ruth. Please bring any entrée, appetizer or dessert. It is customary at Shavuot to eat a dairy meal.
Saturday, June 11th at 12:15 PM. Shavuot celebration, right after the Jewish together program. Community United Methodist Church, 81-10 35th Avenue.
We will serve a light lunch. There will be activities for young children.
Rabbi Kathy Novick will lead us in a discussion about the Book of Ruth. We recommend “Reading Ruth: Contemporary Women Reclaim a Sacred Story,” edited by Gail Twersky Reimer and Judith A. Kates.