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9 June 2019
National Jewish Outreach Programme
Good for passing on to parents. Includes the
story of Ruth, recipes, Omer Counting and basic
details of the festival.
Union for Reform Judaism
Good information on Shavuot for educators.
Great site for young children, their teachers and
parents. Gives a good outline of Shavuot
traditions, blessings and craft ideas.
Different Names for the Festival, in English, Hebrew block and script.
In Mamas Kitchen
Very informative site, with a full description of each of the seven species and their significance, the agricultural and biblical significances of Shavuot, the connection to dairy foods, and masses of recipes.
Descriptions and illustrations of the seven species. Also description of the pilgrim aspect of Shavuot, the temple and the Counting of the Omer.
English Teachers Network (ETNI)
Vast collection of link to sites about Shavuot, including lesson plans and ideas.
“...you shall take some of the first fruit of the soil, which you harvest from the land that the Lord your God is giving you, put it in a basket and go to the place where the Lord your God will choose to establish His name...” (Deuteronomy 26:1-3)
It is noteworthy that the holiday is called the time of the giving of the Torah, rather than the time of the receiving of the Torah. The sages point out that we are constantly in the process of receiving the Torah, that we receive it every day, but it was first given at this time. Thus it is the giving, not the receiving, that makes this holiday significant.
IDEAS FOR SHAVUOT
cheescake bar, frozen yoghurt & toppings
hay bales & blankets to look like kibbutz
teenagers perform play of Ruth for younger kids
Indiana Jones-type of activity
singing and dancing
parents invited to coffee & cheesecake before service
kids do shavuot programme in cheder, then bikkurim parade in shul
family service with cheescake & ice cream kiddush
people bring fruit & flowers
Tikkun Leyl Shavuot and sleepover