Shavuot Two-Day Festival: The Jewish Hajj
Shavuot (meaning: Weeks), one of our three major pilgrimage festivals, celebrates the giving of the Torah at Sinai. The traditional greeting is Ḥagg Sameaḥ. The word hagg, pilgrimage festival, is known widely by its Arabic cognate, hajj, meaning the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.
Services on Monday, May 17 and Tuesday, May 18 will begin at 9:30 am in the parking lot or main sanctuary. (The decision about location will be made on Sunday, May 16th before yom tov and will be based upon the weather forecast and public health considerations).
Yizkor Tuesday, May 18
Yizkor prayers will be included in second day Shavuot services on Tuesday, May 18. The Festival service includes the Shaharit morning service, Hallel, Torah reading and Haftarah. Following the Haftarah, the Yizkor Memorial Service is held to honor the memories of our loved ones. Following Yizkor, the Book of Ruth is read, then Musaf.