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Holiday Times for Washington DC

​Shavuot Dates:

  • Shavuot will be celebrated from May 16 - May 18.

  • All night learning will take place on May 16, and the 10 commandments will be read on the morning of May 17.

Shavuot Times:

  • Sunday, May 16th, 2021:

    • Candle-Lighting: 7:57PM

    • Shavuot Program: 10:45PM

  • Monday, May 17th, 2021:

    • Morning Services: 10:00AM

    • Light Candles after 9:02PM (From a pre-existing flame)

  • Tuesday, May 18th, 2021:

    • Morning Services 10:00AM

    • Make Havdalah after 9:03PM​

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Shavuot Guide


What is Shavuot?

The word Shavuot (or Shavuos) means “weeks.” It celebrates the completion of the seven-week Omer counting period between Passover and Shavuot.

The Torah was given by G‑d to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai on Shavuot more than 3,300 years ago. Every year on the holiday of Shavuot we renew our acceptance of G‑d’s gift, and G‑d “re-gives” the Torah.

The giving of the Torah was a far-reaching spiritual event—one that touched the essence of the Jewish soul for all times. Our sages have compared it to a wedding between G‑d and the Jewish people. Shavuot also means “oaths,” for on this day G‑d swore eternal devotion to us, and we in turn pledged everlasting loyalty to Him. Learn more about the giving of the Torah and what it means to us today.

Shavuot Resources


"When was the Torah REALLY given?"

By Rabbi Menachem Shemtov

"The Kabbalah of Shavuot"

By Rabbi Yitzy Ceitlin

Jewish Jeopardy

Join us for the festival of Shavuot! Hear the 10 commandments, enjoy a delicious dairy buffet and compete in our famous Jewish Jeopardy!


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All-Night Learning

It is customary to stay up for the duration of the night of Shavuot. Join us for interesting classes, exciting games and of course coffee and snacks as we learn through the night. 

Hear the 10 commandments!

We are required to hear the 10 commandments as they are read from the Torah. The 10 commandments will be read Monday morning at approximately 11AM

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