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Shavuot at Adas Israel

Saturday, June 4 - Monday, June 6

Service Schedule | Livestream Media Player | Sefirat HaOmer

Ready yourself for an evening of powerhouse Torah, Connection, and Ascension under the stars at Adas Israel, or over the airwaves from wherever you are. Kick off the evening with our tikkun leil Shavuot keynote speaker Gadeer Kamal Mreeh, and continue into the late night hours with prayer, song, learning, lounging, and food trucks! Chag Sameach, and see you at the mountain. 

Tikkun Leil Shavuot Keynote Speaker:
Gadeer Kamal Mreeh

"The Incredible Potential of Israel’s Rich Mosaic and Complex Society"
Saturday, June 4 at 8pm

Gadeer Kamal Mreeh will discuss Israeli society from her own authentic point of view as an Israeli Druze woman, specifically the social resilience, uniqueness, potentials, and challenges. In April 2019, Gadeer Kamal Mreeh made history by being elected into the Knesset as a member of the Blue and White party, as the first Druze woman. In 2021, Kamal Mreeh became the Jewish Agency’s first Druze emissary to the U.S. Based in Washington D.C. Join us on Shavuot as we welcome Kamal-Mreeh to Adas as our keynote speaker.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot Learning

Torah Slam with Adas Clergy, Saturday, June 4 at 9:45pm

Our rabbis come to you, wherever you are in the building, or online, for some powerhouse Shavuot Torah.

They will each be riffing on Ruth 1:14 —  
(יד) וַתִּשֶּׂ֣נָה קוֹלָ֔ן וַתִּבְכֶּ֖ינָה ע֑וֹד וַתִּשַּׁ֤ק עָרְפָּה֙ לַחֲמוֹתָ֔הּ וְר֖וּת דָּ֥בְקָה בָּֽהּ׃ 
(14) They broke into weeping again, and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law farewell. But Ruth clung to her.

Breakout Learning Groups, Saturday, June 4 at 10:30pm

"Ruth and Naomi: A Lesson on (Messy) Friendships" with Rabbi Ilana Zietman
In this session, we'll explore the special relationship between Ruth and Naomi in Megillat Ruth, and ask how truly similar or different it is from that of other relationships between women in Tanakh. We'll then broaden the discussion to talk about the place of affection, support, and utilitarianism in our own relationships more generally.

"And the Most Important Principle of the Torah Is . . . " with Bill Liss-Levinson
Many have heard that Rabbi Akiva pronounced the sentence from Leviticus 19:18, "And you shall love your neighbor as yourself" as the great principle in the Torah.  Less well known in that same Midrash (Bereishit Rabbah 24:7) is the opinion of the scholar Ben Azzai, who suggested that the overarching, greater principle is derived from the sentence from Genesis 5:1, "This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day of God's creation Adam, in the image of God, God created him."  What is at the core of these two opinions?  Which of them resonates for you?   What are some alternatives YOU might think as being equally or even more important?

Anti-Racism Discussion Session: One of our groups will be meeting on Leil Shavuot for a learning session. For more information or to sign up, click here.

Late Night Lounge

Saturday, June 4, Beginning at 9pm

Join our clergy and community members for song, Torah, and good company in the Late Night Lounge in Kay Hall. Delight in ice cream and dessert trucks in the parking lot beginning at 9pm!

Little Miss Whoopie: Little Miss Whoopie is a comic themed Whoopie Pie Company. Focusing on unique flavors, local and seasonal ingredients, and a tribute to nostalgia, we're bringing back the whoopie pie!

Scoops2U: Our small batch premium ice cream is made with high quality ingredients and all around homemade goodness! With a wide assortment of amazing flavors, you may have a tough time picking your favorite but don’t take our word for it.

Full Shavuot Schedule:

(Please Note: Schedule is subject to change.)

Leil Shavuot, Saturday, June 4

• 8:00pm Keynote Speaker: Gadeer Kamal Mreeh
 In-Person & Livestreamed

• 9:00pm Ma'ariv and Havdalah
 In-Person & Livestreamed 
Siddur Lev Shalem Pages: Click Here

• Open at 9:00pm Late Night Lounging
 Kay Hall 

• 9:45pm Torah Slam with Adas Clergy
 In-Person & Livestreamed 

• 10:30pm Breakout Learning Groups
 Charles E. Smith, Gewirz Beit Am, or Biran Beit Midrash

Shavuot Day 1, Sunday, June 5

• 9:30am Combined Service in the Gewirz Beit Am
View Live:
Siddur Shabbat & Festival Morning Pages: Download Here
Akdamut and Megillat Ruth: Download
Torah and Haftarah Pages: Download Here

• 6:00pm Maariv
Livestreamed Only. Click Here to Join Live. 
Siddur Lev Shalem Mincha Pages: 
Siddur Lev Shalem Maariv Pages: 

Shavuot Day 2, Monday, June 6

• 9:15am Clergy-Led service and Yizkor (10:45am) in the Charles E. Smith Sanctuary. All are welcome.
View Live:
Siddur Shabbat & Festival Morning Pages: Download Here
Akdamut and Megillat Ruth: Download
Yizkor Service Pages: Download Here
Torah and Haftarah Pages: Download Here

Shavuot Media Player:

Join us here for Tikkun Leil Shavuot learning over the airwaves.

Sefirat HaOmer

Beginning on the second night of Passover we begin to count 49 days, 7 weeks until we reach the wheat harvest and Revelation at Mount Sinai on Shavuot. We call this time the Sefirat HaOmer or “Counting of the Omer.” The Omer is counted each night after the sun goes down- if one forgets, you can say the blessing all day until nightfall the next evening.


Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with 
His commandments, and commanded us concerning the counting of the Omer.

A Reflection on Sefirat HaOmer by Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt:

There is a different space of the journey of everyday, of marking time not through major accomplishments or milestones, but through the sun rising and setting of marking the passage of time, of hammering at something slowly, patiently over a contemplative period of time.  This is the Omer. 

We begin counting the Omer on the second night of Passover and we count every night until we get to 49 and arrive at the holiday of Shavuot- matan Torah (the giving of the Torah).  In ancient times the counting was a marking of the agricultural calendar- one would plant their wheat at Pesach and harvest it 7 weeks later.  Shavuot is one of the shelosh regalim, one of the 3 times of year people would make pilgrimage to the Temple (the others being Sukkot and Passover). On Shavuot first fruits were brought to the Temple as a way of giving thanks for the abundance that God had provided. 

We have become disconnected with the counting of the Omer because we are urban- we do not rely on the small plantings we make in our city gardens to eat, we do not watch an entire harvest spring from the ground and we do not have a Temple where we can offer our first fruits.

So the ritual of counting the Omer needs a reset.  A way of connection in the modern world to link the time between our liberation (Passover) to  our revelation and receiving of Torah (Shavuot).  The most remarkable days are those of the quiet rhythm of our lives.  Waking up without the rush- the steady movement forward- gentle and calm.  The time to dig our hands into our relationships, our work- the planting.  The time for reflection, noticing, and being- awaiting the harvest.  And finally the joy of our first fruits- which we can only gather after we have had the discipline of sowing, planting, and waiting.  Something will always emerge out of the ground. 

There is a reason we don’t recite shehecheyanueach night of the counting of the Omer. Rabbi Levi Yitzhak, the Kedushat Levi writes, “during the counting of the Omer, people are in anticipation of when the counting will be completed. They want the completion to arrive soon so they can experience closeness to the divine. Were they to have the capacity to complete the counting in an instant and be immediately able to enter into the closeness, how good and how pleasant it would be. This is why we do not recite shehecheyanu upon counting the Omer.”

The shehecheyanu would imply that we have arrived to a particular moment.  But this time is about the steady, continuous journey, not the arrival.  We’ll know when we have arrived and we’ll be ready then to offer our first fruits.  This year we will again mark the Omer at Adas with a display in the Quebec street entrance where we will add a jar and a wheat stalk every day.  With each jar we get closer.  Let’s use this time to linger, to notice, to plant, and to allow the Torah of our deepest selves to emerge.  I look forward to seeing you at Sinai. 

Sat, June 25 2022 26 Sivan 5782