Holiday Observances

Festivals and Holy Days: 

From dancing with and unrolling the Torah, to stories and pizza in the hut, an interactive seder, and always a surprise or two at Purim, Congregation Beth Jacob makes the Jewish festivals festive and fun days.  Watch our calendar and the Weekly Update email for information on upcoming special events.  

Tikkun Leil Shavuot Studies

Congregation Beth Jacob is participating with a coalition of URJ small congregations in a special Tikkun L’eil Shavuot program to celebrate Shavuot. The program will take place on Saturday June 4th at 8 pm to Sunday June 5th at 11 am with 28 free study sessions – in one-hour blocks –  offered.

We are taught that Moses received the Torah at Mount Sinai on Shavuot. And the mystics encouraged us to make use of this opportunity by studying with one another. That is the essence of Tikkun Leil Shavuot. You are invited to register for free and choose from the variety of courses offered that evening and early the next morning.

Engaging in text study, connecting with Israel, modern politics, and discussing Jewish themes in films are just a few of the many topics that will be offered. Throughout the evening, there are numerous classes to select from.

Simply click the link below to peruse the classes, register your name, and you will receive a document with all of the links necessary to participate in the free Zoom classes that evening.

Rabbi Mills’ study will be at 8 pm on Saturday, June 4th.

Origins of Tikkun Leil Shavuot
The custom of learning Torah through the night of Shavuot is a young one, by Jewish standards. Before the 1500s, it’s possible that it was never practiced at all, or perhaps only by a few. Although there are some ideas that prefigure the custom in the Midrash and early commentators on the Torah, the idea of Tikkun Leil Shavuot really has its main root in the Zohar.  ( from )



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Counting the Omer Study:

The weeks between Passover and Shavuot are called the period of the Counting of the Omer and are traditionally observed with, among other things, a topic of study.  For this year’s Omer study, we will be meeting weekly on Wednesdays from noon to one pm to learn about Jewish Rituals.  The classes will be taught by teams of Rabbis from small congregations around the county.  The schedule and topics are below:

 Week 1: candle lighting    4/20
Week 2: Tzitzit 4/27
Week 3: Mikveh 5/4
Week 4: reading of Torah with Aliyah 5/11
Week 5: Brit Milah (and welcoming rituals) 5/18
Week 6: observance of Yahrzeit 5/25
Week 7: Havdalah 6/1

You can find details of the next lesson and the Zoom link in the Weekly Update, and you can get help at

Past classes will be found on YouTube at



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