Shavuot is the Hebrew word for “weeks” and refers to the Jewish festival marking the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, which occurs seven weeks after Passover. Shavuot, like many other Jewish holidays, began as an ancient agricultural festival that marked the end of the spring barley harvest and the beginning of the summer wheat harvest.

Below are a variety of ways you can enjoy and celebrate Shavuot with us!

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Virtual Master Class: Creating Plant-Based Beauty Products at Home
Thursday, May 28 | 4pm
Tickets: $28* (space is limited)

*Includes your own facial scrub making kit and copy of Plant Powered Beauty mailed to your home

As we celebrate the holiday of Shavuot when we thank the earth for its bounty and bring the outdoors indoors, join us for a Master Class with natural beauty expert Amy Galper. Join Amy as she teaches us how to use ingredients derived from nature to create beauty products at home.

Amy Galper, B.A., M.A., Co-Founder of the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies, has been a Certified Aromatherapist since 2001, as well as a passionate advocate, entrepreneur, formulator and consultant in organic beauty and wellness.

She has also co-authored, Plant-Powered Beauty, published by BenBella Books and endorsed by beauty industry visionary Bobbi Brown, Credo Beauty’s Annie Jackson and Sophie Uliano, author of Gorgeously Green.

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Cheesecake Bake Off

Bake your favorite cheesecake or follow Deb Perlman (Smitten Kitchen’s) recipe attached for NY Style Cheesecake.

CONTEST ALERT: Post a photo of your cheesecake to the MBJCC Instagram page and on Sunday, May 31 the MBJCC staff will select a winner. The best looking cheesecake photo will receive a $50 Gift Card to Aspaclaria Judaica!

Smitten Kitchen’s New York Cheesecake Recipe

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Read the Book of Ruth

It is traditional on Shavuot to read the Book of Ruth. There are many reasons given by different scholars about why to read this particular story on this particular holiday. The major themes in the Book of Ruth about giving, kindness, selflessness, coincide with the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people on Shavuot. Read more from PJ Library.

Read the Book of Ruth in English and Hebrew

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Decorate Your Home

There is a legend that teaches that the Israelites found Mount Sinai blooming and lush with greenery and flowers. As a result, many people decorate their homes with garlands and baskets of flowers for Shavuot. Try your hand at making some Shavuot decorations like the

Here are a few simple decorations you can make at home.

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Holiday Catering

Food Art has curated an exciting new gourmet menu for the upcoming Shavuot holiday.

Email  info@facatering.com or call Susan Lewis at (954)-404-6417 /1(201)-952-4466 to place your orders.

Click here for diary menu.

Click here for meat menu.

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Many observe Shavuot by eating dairy – so here’s a delicious dairy treat!

Visit any of the following Rita’s locations to receive 50% off! Every day between the hours of 2pm and 5pm at the following Rita’s locations: Miami Beach, Surfside & Hialeah.