Shavuot Hub

Craft Ideas, Recipes, Music, Cooking Videos, and more to help your family celebrate together or apart.

Shavuot – the Jewish festival of “weeks” is celebrated seven weeks after Passover. This holiday combines two major religious observances. The first marks the grain harvest of the early summer that determined the ritual for this holiday, which was one of the three pilgrimage festivals of ancient Israel. The second is the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai seven weeks after the exodus from Egypt.

Today people celebrate the day by studying the Torah and other Jewish sources, sometimes staying up all night for special learning sessions. One delicious Shavuot tradition is enjoying dairy foods and recipes, like cheesecake and blintzes. Although the reasons for this custom are not completely clear, some people believe that we eat dairy foods on Shavuot because not eating meat makes everyone feel lighter, physically—a good reminder about the spiritual light that comes with receiving the Torah. The tie-in to the Torah and Ten Commandments also makes Shavuot a perfect opportunity to reinforce so many of the values that parents are already imparting to their children: telling the truth, honoring others, and sharing.

This year, Shavuot will begin the evening of Saturday, June 4th and end the evening on Monday, June 6th. We hope you enjoy these Shavuot activities, to help your family celebrate this special holiday.

Adapted from myJewishLearning.com and PJLibrary.org

MUSIC

Salenu Al Ktefenu - Our Baskets are on Our Shoulders - Yonina
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPYGewbyvX0

 

The 613 Commandments - Debbie Friedman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4dmAW5ud0g

 

At Har Sinai - New Kid's Song for Shavuot from Eliana Light
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLVdcze9MP4

CRAFTS 


Make your own Torah decoration from recycled materials
https://jewish.momsandcrafters.com/torah-craft/

 

5 Easy Shavuot Crafts from Jamie Geller
https://jamiegeller.com/holidays/5-easy-shavuot-crafts/

 

Creative Holiday Ideas
https://www.creativejewishmom.com/holiday-shavuot/

 

Shavuot Craft Ideas from PJ Library
https://pjlibrary.org/beyond-books/pjblog/may-2013/kid-friendly-mt-sinai-crafts-for-shavuot

RECIPES


Delicious dairy and veggie based recipes to celebrate this harvest holiday
https://mayihavethatrecipe.com/14-mouthwatering-recipes-to-make-on-shavuot/

 

Classic Cheesecake
https://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/classic-cheesecake/

 

Shavuot recipes for kids from PJ Library – cheese blintzes, frozen yogurt cups, French toast rollups, cheese toast and more!
https://pjlibrary.org/beyond-books/pjblog/april-2018/7-shavuot-recipes-that-kids-can-make-on-their-own