Augusta’s Jewish Community observes Shavuot beginning May 25

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Shavuot starts on May 25 and is a significant Jewish holiday that holds deep meaning within the faith.

Observed seven weeks after Passover, it commemorates the giving of the Torah, the sacred Jewish scripture, on Mount Sinai. Shavuot, meaning “Weeks” in Hebrew, symbolizes the completion of the grain harvest and marks the spiritual connection between God and the Jewish people, according to a news release from the Augusta Jewish Museum.

It is a time for gratitude and reflection, emphasizing the importance of education and the pursuit of knowledge. Dairy foods, such as cheesecakes and blintzes, are often consumed during this holiday, signifying the “land flowing with milk and honey” promised in the Torah. Shavuot encompasses the essence of Jewish heritage, fostering unity and celebrating the gift of divine guidance, the release continued.

Shavuot Activities Include:

Adas Yeshurun Conservative (935 Johns Rd)

Shavuot Services 9:30 a.m. Friday and Shabbat/Yizkor 9:30 a.m. Saturday

Chabad Jewish Center (3924 Fury’s Ferry Rd):

Shavuot Services Friday, beginning 10 a.m. with, a special reading of the Ten Commandments, and children are invited to attend a very special program and enjoy kosher ice cream.

Luncheon after services around noon.

Saturday, Shabbat/Yom Tov services at 9:30 a.m. including Yizkor. 

Congregation Children of Israel Reform (3005 Walton Way)

Shabbat/Yizkor services at 7 p.m. Friday

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