Shavu’ot begins on May 16, 2021
Shavu’ot is a Jewish agricultural holiday that takes place seven weeks after Passover. Shavua means week in Hebrew; shavu’ot means weeks. There is a Jewish tradition of daily counting – called the Omer – between Passover and Shavu’ot. On Shavu’ot we celebrate receiving the Torah, specifically the Ten Commandments. We study Torah, read the book of Ruth, and eat dairy foods.
Check out these creative ways to make Shavu’ot count at home…
Shavu’ot Recipes plus:
- Chocolate and Sprinkles Covered Ice Cream Cones
- Ice Cream Recipes from ReformJudaism.org
- Mock blintzes–great fun for kids!
Shavu’ot Resources for Families with young children:
- bimbam.com for cartoon videos about the meaning of the holiday, paper cutting art project, and a beautiful animated music video on Book of Ruth
- Count Up to Shavu’ot with these ideas for families from The Jewish Education Project
- Kveller.com–a Jewish twist on parenting–Shavu’ot basics, Family Activities
- Matching game of significant Jewish numbers–print and cut out the 20 cards, mix them up, and then find the matches, or play memory with them.
- myjewishlearning.com Shavu’ot activities for kids
- PJ Library Shavu’ot activites, books, videos, crafts, recipes, and more
- Shalom Sesame–Jewish Sesame Street
- Talking to Children about Ten Commandments
- Ten Commandments Family Activity
- Ten Commandments list for kids
- The Ten Commandments Parody to The Sound of Music Do Re Mi
Shavu’ot Resources for Adults and Teens:
- American Jewish World Service text studies on Shavu’ot and social justice themes
- Book of Ruth text on sefaria.org
- Counting the Omer in new and old ways from kveller.com and ritualwell.org
- myjewishlearning.com has many different resources, including on The Ten Commandments
- Reconstructing Judaism resources
- ritualwell.org an initiative of Reconstructing Judaism
- Where Are You Going song by Dave Matthews–click here to hear the song. What connections do you see with the story of Ruth?