Above: Sunmoon Pie, which was part of the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival in March, is participating in the AJMF’s Shavuot program with American Jewish Committee, ACCESS and Ahavath Achim Synagogue at AA.
Shavuot, the holiday celebrating the giving of the Torah, is traditionally celebrated by studying all night (to make up for our oversleeping at Mount Sinai) and eating dairy products (for at least seven possible reasons). Here are some of the study options open to the community this Shavuot, which starts Saturday night, June 11, and ends Monday night, June 13. Check with your own synagogue for plans that might be limited to that community.
- Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Ave., Buckhead — AA is working with the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival, American Jewish Committee and ACCESS for all-night education and cheesecake from 6:30 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday. With such presenters as Steve Chervin, Paul Root Wolpe and Sunmoon Pie, topics include Jewish spiritual music, Catholic-Jewish relations, black-Jewish relations, and the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel. Free; aasynagogue.org/worship/holidays.html.
- The Kehilla, 5075 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs — The Ten Commandments are the focus throughout the night as the keys to unlocking your greatest inner self. After the Ma’ariv service at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, the first class is at 10 p.m., followed by dinner at 10:45 and classes from 11:30 until 5 a.m. The cost is $15 for members, $18 for nonmembers and $5 for children ages 2 to 12; www.thekehilla.org/shavuot.
- Congregation Beth Shalom, 5303 Winters Chapel Road, Dunwoody — Beth Shalom is employing a rapid-fire approach to all-night study with a series of 30-minute sessions. The first class is at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by Havdalah, then more learning. A Kiddush lunch will follow services at 9:30 a.m. Sunday and Monday (including Yizkor). Free; bethshalomatlanta.org/shakin-up-shavuot.
- Congregation Bet Haverim, 2074 LaVista Road, Toco Hills — Bet Haverim holds a Spiritual Summit on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The day begins with a silent breakfast before a service involving sacred text, prayer, meditation, chant and other spiritual practices. Free; bit.ly/1XZrc0y or 404-315-6446.
- Congregation Shearith Israel, 1180 University Drive, Morningside — Shearith Israel and Limmud Atlanta + Southeast combine to provide a variety of text-based and hands-on learning options Saturday night, including environmental sustainability, beekeeping, yoga, cheese making and food justice, with such presenters as Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder, Ross Mansbach, Mindy Binderman, Ghila Sanders, and Howie and Ari Slomka. The schedule starts with Mincha at 7:30, then a dairy meal, Ma’ariv at 9, study at 9:30, dessert at 10:30 and more study at 11. Free; bit.ly/1sGMZxE.
- Congregation Etz Chaim, 1190 Indian Hills Parkway, East Cobb — All-night Shavuot study begins at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, with services at 9:30 a.m. Sunday and Monday (including Yizkor). Free; etzchaim.net.
- Congregation B’nai Torah, 700 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs — Rabbis Joshua Heller and Eytan Kenter talk with legal experts such as Esther Panitch about the intersection of Jewish and American law Saturday night. Mincha is at 7:30, and, after light refreshments, a session on the rights of the accused starts at 8:15. After Ma’ariv at 9:15, breakout sessions are at 9:30, followed by ice cream at 10:30 and the closing session at 10:45. Free; www.bnaitorah.org/shavuot-events-june-11-13.
- Chabad of Cobb, 4450 Lower Roswell Road, East Cobb — “Late Show With Rabbi Silverman” on Saturday night starts with two political hot topics: Rabbi Ephraim Silverman with a Jewish perspective on firearms at 10:30 and Rabbi Tzvi Kilov on the chassidus of the populist political movements led by Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Then study until you drop from 12:30 a.m. on. Free; www.chabadofcobb.com/Shavuot2016.
- Congregation Beth Jacob, 1855 LaVista Road, Toco Hills — Saturday night learning sessions include lessons from Rabbis Ilan Feldman, Yechezkel Freundlich and Binyomin Sloviter. For details, www.bethjacobatlanta.org/shavuos.
- Young Israel of Toco Hills, 2056 LaVista Road — Two Yeshiva University scholars, Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, the rosh yeshiva, and Chaviva Levin, an expert on medieval Jewry, lead the all-night learning at Young Israel, which starts with a dairy dinner. For details, www.yith.org.
- New Toco Shul, 2003 LaVista Road, Toco Hills — The all-night learning starts at midnight Saturday with sessions led by Rabbi Michael Broyde, Rabbi Jake Czuper, Nachi Friedman, Rabbi Eric Levy, Rabbi Shlomo Pill and Rabbi Don Seeman. For details, newtocoshul.com.