Shavuot 5778 in Atlanta
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Shavuot 5778 in Atlanta

Here are some of your options for observing the holiday celebrating revelation at Mount Sinai.

Expect plenty of dairy treats during Shavuot.
Expect plenty of dairy treats during Shavuot.

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.

The following are among the options in metro Atlanta. To have your event added to this listing, please email Look for more options during Shavuot and all year at the Atlanta Jewish Connector.


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; or 404-321-4085.


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



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;

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, or email Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal at

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; 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;

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;

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 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; 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

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); 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

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 for details, and RSVP to

All-night study. Congregation Beth Jacob, 1855 LaVista Road, Toco Hills, spends the night in Torah learning, starting at midnight. Free; visit for the schedule.

All-night study. Congregation Ner Hamizrach, 1858 LaVista Road, Toco Hills, gets the learning started at midnight. Free; or 404-315-9020.



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;

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;

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; 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 for details, and RSVP to

Ice cream. Chabad of North Fulton, 10180 Jones Bridge Road, Alpharetta, provides an ice cream party with 31 toppings and a waffle bar at 11 a.m. Free; or 770-410-9000.


Broyde luncheon. New Toco Shul, 2003 LaVista Road, Toco Hills, honors Deborah Broyde for four years of child care. Visit 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; 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; or 770-765-7485.

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