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North Shore Temple Emanuel

a Progressive Jewish Congregation


Shavuot is a two-day holiday that coincides with the date that God gave the Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai more than 3,300 years ago. It comes after 49 days of eagerly counting the Omer.

The festival is celebrated by lighting candles, staying up all night to learn Torah, hearing the reading of the Ten Commandments in synagogue, feasting on dairy foods and more.


Erev Shavuot, Thursday 28 May: 6:00 - 6:45pm NSTE Yizkor service by Zoom

Join with a minyan and a few choristers to usher in the festival, pray, and recite kaddish, followed by iSinai #standingtogether - Tikkun Leil Shavuot with UPJ clergy from across the region. Study sessions will be led by the ARC (Assembly of Rabbis and Cantors of Australia, NZ, and Asia) from 6:45pm until after Midnight!

Both NSTE rabbis will be presenting shiurim, along with their colleagues. View the program HERE.

Please contact: for the Zoom link and password for the 6:00 - 6:45pm portion of the service. 

View the full program and register HERE for other sessions.

Shavuot Morning Siddur Ceremony, Friday 29 May - on our YouTube Channel

Just as this day commemorates the giving and receiving of Torah, we are celebrating the giving and receiving of new siddurim, from parents to their children, who are starting b’mitzvah studies at NSTE! Our Shavuot morning service will include this moving "siddur ceremony,” along with Hallel, festival Torah reading, and more.

Sunday 31 May - 9:15am on Zoom, Young Families Mini-Tikkun

NSTE’s Early Childhood Engagement Channel (ECEC) celebrates Shavuot and the shul’s 60th anniversary, with a 45 minute program for children under age 8 and their families! A “mini-tikkun,” this morning will feature a variety of 7-10 minute segments led by:

  • Apples & Honey Preschool
  • NSTE Playgroup
  • NSTE Young Families
  • Kids Circle
  • Meah

Join in from the comfort of your own home! RSVP by 12:00pm, Wednesday 27 May to:

Livracha for Shavuot

Our Livracha program continues with Shavuot, even though we can't leave donations in the foyer basket. Shavuot traditionally involved a contribution of the bikkurim (first “fruits") of the barley harvest, and it has become customary to consume dairy on the festival. Recalling these themes, we are collecting the following items for the Asylum Seekers Centre food bank, which urgently needs non-perishable food:

  • barley, dried lentils (red or green), chick peas, quinoa
  • dried fruit (dates, apricots, prunes) and canned fruit
  • long life milk (1 litre containers)

Order online from any supermarket and have your order delivered to the ASC at: 43 Bedford Street, Newtown between 10am and 4pm week days. Please then contact the ASC: Tel: 9078 1900 or - to let them know the delivery window. Alternatively, if you are out shopping, you can buy items and deliver them to Eve Reed’s home in Crows Nest. Email: for address details. 
While not directly linked to Shavuot, ASC is also in need of school stationary and lunch boxes to provide to families in need as their children return to school. You may consider adding these to your online order. Other food items needed can be found on:

With winter approaching, the ASC also urgently needs donations of blankets, which you can leave, along with food and back to school items, on the front patio of 23 Perth Ave, East Lindfield before 30 May.
Please share the spirit of Shavuot by donating between now and mid-June. For further information email:

Sat, 17 April 2021 5 Iyar 5781