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Shavuot begins at sundown on May 28 and ends at nightfall on May 30 (5th of Sivan – 7th of Sivan). This holiday commemorates the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai as well as the spring harvest. Shavuot is celebrated seven weeks after Passover and is the perhaps the most delicious of all the holidays at it is customary to eat dairy. Cheesecake, ice cream and cheese blintzes are the meal of choice for this sweet holiday!

On Shavuot…

  • On the first day, we go to synagogue to hear the reading of the Ten Commandments. (Can you name them all?)
  • We eat special meals and no work can be done. (During “normal” times, the SJCC and all Jewish institutions, would be closed for Shavuot).
  • It is customary to eat dairy foods on Shavuot including cheese blintzes, quiches, casseroles and more.  With the giving of the Torah, the Jews became obligated to observe the kosher laws. Since this took place on Shabbat, and no cattle could be slaughtered nor could utensils be koshered on that day, dairy was the meal of choice.
  •  On the first night of Shavuot it is customary to stay up all night learning Torah and on the second day of Shavuot, Yizkor is recited (a special memorial prayer for the departed).
  •  Some families decorate their homes with flowers and sweet-smelling plants for Shavuot.

Shavuot Crafts, Activities and Yummy Recipes

Prepare a delicious traditional Shavuot meal. Find some great recipes here:


Arts & Crafts

Flower Paper Crown

What you need:

  • Colored construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Scotch Tape
  • Glue
  1. Cut out a long strip of construction paper, 2 inches (about 5 centimeters), wide enough to wrap around your head.
  2. Cut flowers in different shapes, sizes and colors and green leaves.
  3. Staple a small flower on medium flower and then on a large flower and surround with leaves.
  4. Staple each flower on to the crown
  5. Cover the staples on the inside of the crown with Scotch tape so they won’t scratch.


Paper Flowers / Science Experiment

What you need:

  • Large & small round coffee filters
  • Scissors
  • Plastic plate
  • Water-based markers including black
  • Cup of water
  • Green Pipe Cleaners
  1. Draw a design around the middle of the coffee filters but at least half an inch (about 1.25 centimeters) from the middle and an inch (about 2.5 centimeters) from the edge or top. Draw different designs and colors on each one. At least one should be drawn with a black marker.
  2. Poke a hole in the middle of the coffee filters.
  3. Use one of the coffee filters as a wick. Roll it tightly and insert in the middle of the coffee filter.
  4.  Put the coffee filter, with the wick, on top of the cup so the bottom is sitting in the water. The water will seep up the colored coffee filter. (Don’t put too much water, just enough to soak part of the wick).
  5. The water will change the colors of the markers and spread them around. It will take longer for the water to seep up a large coffee filter. The coffee filter with the black markers should soak the water and show different colors. The different colors that you see on the filter paper demonstrates that black is really a combination of colors.
  6. Set your paper some place safe to dry. Be careful…its very thin and easy to tear.
  7. When dry, pinch the middle of the coffee filter and tie a pipe cleaner to the middle to make a flower.
  8. Add another green pipe cleaner at the side to make a leaf.
  9. Add a small colored coffee filter inside a larger one, and pinch both in the middle with a pipe cleaner to make a layered flower.

Put the flowers in a vase to make a lovely Shavuot bouquet.