Shavuot, marking the revelation of the Torah at Mount Sinai, starts Saturday night, May 19, as Shabbat ends about 9:17 and continues until about 9:18 Monday night, May 21. Observing the holiday traditionally includes all-night study and dairy foods. Yizkor is recited Monday morning at many congregations.
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TUESDAY, MAY 15
Women’s study. Miriam Feldman leads a Bena learning session on Shavuot at 8:15 p.m. in the conference room at Congregation Beth Jacob, 1855 LaVista Road, Toco Hills. Free; www.atlantakollel.org/event_detail.php?event=354 or 404-321-4085.
FRIDAY, MAY 18
Ice cream socials. The Marcus JCC hold two events to help families start Shabbat and get in the Shavuot spirit. Bring a picnic meal and splash into Shabbat at the Old Fourth Ward Splash Pad, 800 Dallas St., from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., or participate in crafts while eating dairy treats at Menchie’s, 4475 Roswell Road, No. 205, East Cobb, from 5 to 6 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Ice cream pops are provided at the splash park; you have to buy your own frozen yogurt at Menchie’s. More details at www.atlantajcc.org.
SATURDAY, MAY 19
Dessert and learning. Working with Congregation Dor Tamid and Temple Beth Tikvah, Temple Emanu-El, 1580 Spalding Drive, Sandy Springs, hosts two rounds of study sessions after desserts and schmoozing at 6 p.m. Free; templeemanuelatlanta.shulcloud.com/event/shavuot-dessert-and-learning-with-temple-beth-tikvah-and-congregation-dor-tamid.html.
All-night learning. Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Ave., Buckhead, in partnership with The Temple and Limmud Atlanta + Southeast, hosts a night of study with educators from across the community in areas including Jewish music, mysticism and storytelling, with an all-night intensive on community in the age of radical individualism. It starts with Mincha at 7 p.m. and seudah shlishit (third meal with learning) at 7:30, and the study sessions begin on the half-hour at 9:30 p.m. after Havdalah at 9:15, leading to an outdoor prayer service at 6 a.m. Free; RSVP at www.facebook.com/events/182283889088604, or email Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal at email@example.com.
Food study. Congregation B’nai Torah, 700 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, studies issues of food, hunger and Judaism with caterers Clive and Sandra Bank, Shelley Buxbaum, Rabbi Joshua Heller and Weber Head of School Rabbi Ed Harwitz, starting with Mincha at 7:30 p.m. Free; www.bnaitorah.org/shavuot or 404-257-0537.
Torah study. Rabbi Ari Kaiman and rabbinical student Ariel Root Wolpe lead a night of experiencing Torah through sound, sight, taste and feel at Congregation Shearith Israel, 1180 University Drive, Morningside, starting with seudah shlishit at 7:45 p.m. Free; shearithisrael.com.
Study time. Rabbi Lou Feldstein leads a fast-paced night of Torah learning at the home of Congregation Beth Shalom Rabbi Mark Zimmerman and his wife, Linda, starting at 8 p.m. Snacks include sundaes. Call Beth Shalom at 770-399-5300 for details.
Israel@70. Congregation Etz Chaim, 1190 Indian Hills Parkway, East Cobb, focuses on Israel for its Shavuot observance, including an Israeli-themed dairy dinner and a study of the story of Israel through Israeli texts, starting at 8 p.m. Free; etzchaim.net/tikkun.
Dinner and study. Anshi Rabbi Mayer Freedman and his wife, Shani, will hold a Shavuot dinner at their home, 1113 University Drive, Morningside, followed by study sessions. Free; visit www.anshisfard.org or call 404-969-6763 for details.
Under the stars. Congregation Gesher L’Torah celebrates the holiday and Israel@70 with Torah study, stargazing, s’mores, blintzes and a bonfire from 8:30 p.m. to midnight at the home of Rabbi Michael and Tracie Bernstein, 10630 Tuxford Drive, Alpharetta. Free; firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-777-4009.
Dinner and learning. The Kehilla, 5075 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, studies from about 9:17 p.m. until 5 a.m., with a dairy dinner at 10:15 p.m. Dinner is $24 for adult members, $29 for adult nonmembers and $18 for children ages 3 to 10; RSVP by May 11 at www.thekehilla.org/shavuot.
Scholars in residence. Young Israel of Toco Hills, 2056 LaVista Road, starts Shavuot at 9:30 p.m. with a dairy dinner honoring Rabbi Jeremy Wieder and Dr. Chaviva Levin, who then will lead the shul’s all-night learning program. Dinner is $25 for members, $30 for others (study is free); www.yith.org or 404-315-1417.
TED and more. Chabad Intown‘s Intown Jewish Academy, 928 Ponce de Leon Ave., Pouncey-Highland, starts its night of learning with a series of 10-minute TED-style talks at 10:30 p.m., followed by Chavruta Detective at midnight and the Sinai Files from 1 a.m. on. Free; register at intownjewishacademy.org/product/tedshavuot/.
All-night learning. New Toco Shul, 2003 LaVista Road, Toco Hills, holds study sessions all night with Congregation Netzach Israel and Chabad of Toco Hills, starting at 11:30 p.m. Free; see the schedule here, or call 770-765-7485 for details.
Late-night study. Rabbi Yossi Lew leads learning until you drop, starting at 11:15 p.m., at Chabad of Peachtree City, 632 Dogwood Trail, Tyrone. Free; visit www.chabadsouthside.com for details, and RSVP to email@example.com.
SUNDAY, MAY 20
All-night study. Chabad of North Fulton, 10180 Jones Bridge Road, Alpharetta, studies from 12:01 to 5 a.m., with refreshments sponsored by the Loubser family. Free; www.chabadnf.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/2216500
Sundae breakfast. Chaya Mushka Children’s House preschool, 5065 High Point Road, Sandy Springs, offers all kids an ice cream breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Free; www.bethtefillah.org/justforkids.
Ice cream. Congregation Bet Haverim holds adult learning from 10 a.m. to noon on interfaith families, Mount Sinai, music and immigrant detention, then builds an ice cream mountain at 12:30 p.m. at the Friends School, 862 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur. Free; www.congregationbethaverim.org or 404-315-6446.
Ice cream. Chabad of Peachtree City, 632 Dogwood Trail, Tyrone, holds a children’s parade and reading of the Ten Commandments at 10:30 a.m. and a dairy brunch with an ice cream party at 11:30. Free; visit www.chabadsouthside.com for details, and RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONDAY, MAY 21
Broyde luncheon. New Toco Shul, 2003 LaVista Road, Toco Hills, honors Deborah Broyde for four years of child care. Visit newtocoshul.com or call 770-765-7485 for details.
Siyum and awards. Young Israel of Toco Hills, 2056 LaVista Road, honors members Hallie Chasen, Rachel Anisfeld and Darren Joel and celebrates the communitywide completion of the Torah with a dairy reception at 5 p.m. Free; www.yith.org/event/shavuotsiyumandcelebration5778# or 404-315-1417.
Closing shiur. A light dinner at 6:30 p.m. is followed by Rabbi Michael Broyde speaking about the religious growth of Orthodox Judaism the past 25 years at 7 at Congregation Netzach Israel, 1985 LaVista Road, Toco Hills. Free; newtocoshul.com or 770-765-7485.