The holiday of Shavuot, a celebration of receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai, starts Tuesday night, May 30, and ends Thursday night, June 1. Aside from the Book of Ruth, Yizkor and dairy foods, Shavuot is traditionally a time for all-night study.
Here are some of the options (free unless otherwise noted) for marking the holiday around Atlanta (send any additions to firstname.lastname@example.org):
- Ahavath Achim Synagogue (www.aasynagogue.org), 600 Peachtree Battle Ave., Buckhead, emphasizes storytelling in study sessions running from 7 p.m. Tuesday to 5:15 a.m. Wednesday, followed by minyan and breakfast. The Atlanta Jewish Times and MACoM are co-sponsoring the study sessions, so you’ll have opportunities to hear from and respond to AJT staffers and contributors.
- Congregation B’nai Torah (www.bnaitorah.org/shavuot), 700 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, delves into superstitions and the supernatural from 8 p.m. until just before midnight Tuesday.
- Congregation Etz Chaim (etzchaim.net/tikkunleilshavuot), 1190 Indian Hills Parkway, East Cobb, celebrates the funny side of life with sessions on humor and open-mic stand-up comedy from 8:15 to 11 p.m. Tuesday.
- Congregation Beth Shalom (bethshalomatlanta.org/shavuot-5777), 5303 Winters Chapel Road, Dunwoody, starts its night of study at 7:30 Tuesday, spearheaded by Rabbi Lou Feldstein and focusing on “reaccepting, revitalizing and reimagining” the understanding of Torah.
- Limmud Atlanta+Southeast (www.limmudse.org/shavuot-2017.html), Congregation Shearith Israel, Congregation Bet Haverim, Moishe House and SOJOUNR gather with InterfaithFamily/Atlanta on the eighth floor of Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave., Midtown, for sessions on the theme of “Pursue Justice: Standing Together on Shavuot” from 7 to 11 p.m. Tuesday.
- Temples Beth Tikvah (www.bethtikvah.com), Kehillat Chaim and Emanu-El hold a joint Shavuot experience called “Come to the Mountain” at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Beth Tikvah, 9955 Coleman Road, Roswell.
- Chabad of Peachtree City (www.chabadsouthside.com), 632 Dogwood Trail, Tyrone, reads the Ten Commandments and dines on divine dairy treats at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Before the holiday, women can get some lessons on preparing burekas and no-bake cheesecake at 7 p.m. Monday, May 22, at the Tyrone location; participation is $15.
- Congregation Or VeShalom (www.orveshalom.org), 1681 North Druid Hills Road, Brookhaven, starts with services at 7 p.m. Tuesday, then discusses Torah with Rabbi Hayyim Kassorla over cheesecake, fish and Sephardic coffee until midnight.
- Chabad of North Fulton (www.chabadnf.org), 10180 Jones Bridge Road, Johns Creek, hosts its Middle School Club for a cheesecake bake-off and other games at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21, then holds a family celebration, including a scavenger hunt and ice cream party, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 31.
- Chabad Intown (www.chabadintown.org/shavuot), 928 Ponce de Leon Ave., Midtown, hosts TEDShavuot, a series of 10-minute power talks, from 10:30 p.m. to midnight Tuesday, then follows up with a family dinner and an ice cream party at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
- Chabad of Cobb (www.chabadofcobb.com/Shavuot2017), 4450 Lower Roswell Road, starts with Rabbi Ephraim Silverman discussing marijuana at 10:30 p.m., follows with Rabbi Tzvi Kilov on anti-Semitism, then goes all night with Torah talk.
- The Atlanta Scholars Kollel (www.atlantakollel.org) and Congregation Ariel, 2753 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, hold a dairy lunch for young parents and their children at 1 p.m. Thursday. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children, and free for those 3 and younger.
- Young Israel of Toco Hills (www.yith.org), 2056 LaVista Road, welcomes Rabbi Shlomo Zuckier as a guest scholar at 8:40 p.m., before a dairy dinner at 9:30, and at 11:30, before all-night Torah study. Dinner is $28 for members, $36 for nonmembers.