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North Shore Temple Emanuel

a Progressive Jewish Congregation


Shavuot is a 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.

Shavuot 2021

This I Believe - Tikkun Leil Shavout and Beyond

Sunday 16 May in the evening - 6.30 pm until late, including service, Tikkun Leil and refreshments and cheesecake

In the 1950s, American broadcaster Edward R. Murrow launched a radio series called This I Believe, featuring 3-4 minute essays crafted by “thoughtful men and women from all walks of life,” including Helen Keller, Pearl Buck, Albert Einstein, and "corporate leaders, cab drivers, scientists, and secretaries—anyone able to distill into a few minutes the guiding principles by which they lived. These essayists’ words brought comfort and inspiration to a country worried about the Cold War, McCarthyism, and racial division."  

In more recent times, others have run This I Believe projects on the radio, in the classroom, in book compilations, in faith communities, and online.  This Shavuot, NSTE will launch our own This I Believe series, as a way to collect our congregational thoughts after the life-changing events of the past year, and as a stepping stone to dialogue and deep relationship building with communities beyond our own.  

Shavout Morning Service

Monday 17 May at 10:00AM

Join the rabbis for the Shavuot morning service and Yizkor.

Livracha for Shavuot

Our Livracha program continues with Shavuot, watch this space for details.


Tue, 18 January 2022 16 Sh'vat 5782