TUESDAY, MAY 30
The two-day holiday of Shavuot begins at sundown of the 5th of Sivan and lasting until nightfall of the 7th of Sivan. This year the holiday falls on May 30-June 1. The word Shavuot means “weeks.” It marks the completion of the seven-week counting period between Passover and Shavuot. The Torah was given by God to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai on Shavuot more than 3,300 years ago.
Following the meal on the first evening of the two-day holiday of Shavuot, many synagogues host all-night (or late into the night), many synagogues host all-night (or into-the-night) Torah study sessions – a custom that is referred to as Tikun Layl Shavuot. Rooted in Kabbalistic practice, Tikun Layl Shavuot signifies that we remain awake to show that we are ready to receive Torah. The tikkun refers both to the study session and to the text used for it. Often, several synagogues will join together to host Tikkun Layl Shavuot study sessions.
Here are three such sessions that will be held in Connecticut.
Bloomfield – Tikun Layl Shavuot Sup and Learn: “Yovel: 50 Years Since the Six-Day War,” with guest speaker Professor Jeremy Pressman; 6 p.m.; B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Rd., (860) 243-3576, firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVP for dinner. FREE
Manchester – Pre-Holiday Shavuot Dinner and Study Session; dairy dinner at 6 p.m., followed by service and two classes on Torah and the Book of Ruth; followed by dessert; Beth Sholom B’nai Israel; (860) 659-4029, myshul.org/events/tikun-lel-shavuot2017. $10/dinner (service & study are free.)
West Hartford – Tikun Layl Shavuot – Jewish Night of Learning; late night study sessions (“Music of Shavuot,” The Ten Commandments,” and “Spiritual Wanderings”, dairy foods and treat, ice cream social; co-hosted by Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation of Simsbury, Temple Sinai of Newington, and Congregation Beth Israel; 7 p.m. learning, 8 p.m. service, 8:45 p.m. ice cream; at Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., cbict.org.