Lag BaOmer

May 23, 2019 (All day)

Thu | May 23
Lag BaOmer
is the 33rd day in Sefirat HaOmer, the count of 49 days from Pesah to Shavuot. The letters of the Hebrew alef-bet can be used to express numbers, just as Latin letters can be used to write Roman numerals. Lag is an acronym from the letters lamed (=30) and gimel (=3).



Yom Yerushalayim

June 2, 2019 (All day)

Sun | Jun 2
Mourning practices associated with the Omer period are suspended. 


Mystery and History: George Washington's Letter to the Jews

June 8, 2019 - 8:00 pm

Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Mystery and History: George Washington's Letter to the Jews
Sat | Jun 8 | 8:00 pm | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Rabbi Savenor
Washington's letter to the Jews of Newport, RI, created a precedent of equality unknown to Jews during centuries of exile. However, many questions exist about this 1790 document, including who actually wrote the letter and what our first president meant.

Festival Evening Service

June 8, 2019 - 9:00 pm

Sat | Jun 8 | 9:00 pm | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center

The Torah establishes Shavuot as Hag Ha-Bikkurim, the festival of the early summer harvest. Over time, the holiday also became recognized as Zman Matan Torateinu, the time when we celebrate the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai by reading the Ten Commandments.

Service will be followed by cheesecake.


Shavuot Day 1

June 9, 2019 (All day)

Your People Shall Be My People: An Inclusive Approach to Conversion

June 9, 2019 - 12:30 am

Sun | Jun 9 | 12:30 am | JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue
Rabbi Cosgrove

Shavuot is the festival marking Ruth’s joining the Jewish people. What does Jewish tradition say about converts and conversion, and what policy recommends itself for contemporary Jewry?

This lecture is part of the Paul Feig Tikkun Leil Shavuot at the JCC Manhattan.


Hashkamah Minyan

June 9, 2019 - 7:30 am

 Sun | Jun 9 | 7:30 am | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center

Festival Morning Service

June 9, 2019 - 9:45 am
Main Sanctuary

Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove, Rabbi Neil Zuckerman and Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky will conduct services together with Cantor Azi Schwartz, Cantor Rachel Brook, and the synagogue choir, with Colin Fowler at the organ.

Inclusion Service for Shavuot

June 9, 2019 - 11:00 am

Sun | Jun 9 | 11:00 am | Ramaz Upper School, 60 E 78th St
Join Rabbi Zuckerman, Cantor Brook, Rabbi Savenor, and Josh Rosenberg for a sensitive, interactive, and accessible Shavuot service based on the successful Shireinu model at Rodeph Shalom. The service is open to all, members and nonmembers of all ages. We will provide multiple accommodations during the service including an ASL interpreter and snacks.

Shavuot Day 2

June 10, 2019 (All day)