Shavuot is a Jewish festival celebrating the receipt of the Torah. It is traditionally celebrated by staying up all night to learn as well as by eating cheesecake (see the end of this article for more on that!).
This year in Jerusalem the festival falls on Saturday night (19 May) and Sunday (20 May).
With that in mind, check out these links and we hope that you have an awesome holiday - Chag Sameach!!
(We will update this post as we become aware of more programs)
- updated 8 May to add the OU center's program
- updated 15 May to add Shir Hadash and Hartman learning programs to the list
29 Pierre Koenig, Talpiot
Pardes has a great annual program on the night of Shavuot. Located in Talpiot in their Institute of Jewish Studies, the program runs from 11:30pm on Saturday 19th May to 5am on Sunday 20th May. The lectures are in English and entrance is free.
Shir Hadash (Emek Branch)
45 Emek Refaim, German Colony
The branch on Emek Refaim has a learning program scheduled from 11pm to 5am. The first talk (11pm-11:45pm) is in hebrew, with the rest being given in English.
4 Amatzia Street, Greek Colony
Ramban - a popular synagogue in the Greek Colony has a learning program with talks scheduled from 11pm to 3:00am. For more details, check out their facebook event
22 Keren Hayesod, City Center
The OU is having a seudah shlishit by advance reservation only (25 nis per head) on the afternoon of the 19th May. There is also a 'festive dinner' later in the evening, again by advanced reservation at a cost of 135 nis per head. After dinner, they are having speakers every hour on the half hour from 11:30pm until the last talk that starts at 3:30pm.
54 HaPalmach, Old Katamon
Shir Hadash are having an evening of learning at the home of Rabbi Pear in English on the 19th May from 11pm until the last talk which is scheduled to start at 3:30am.
For more details see this link from Janglo - https://www.janglo.net/component/option,com_adsmanager/page,display/tid,444433/catid,92/Itemid,361/
11 Gedalyahu Alon Street
The Hartman Institute are having an evening of study at their campus on the 19th May. Most of the talks are in Hebrew but there is an English speech scheduled for 11:45pm by Prof. Menachem Lorberbaum, titled "What Happened at Sinai?"
Beit Avi Chai
44 King George, City Center
Beit Avi Chai on King George in the city centre of Jerusalem is hosting an evening in Hebrew - “What’s Your Story” (there is a mention of a ‘special English program’ but they haven't posted details just yet)
This New York Cheesecake recipe has an average rating of 4.5/5 stars on AllRecipes from ~5,800 reviews! That’s a huge vote of approval and the recipe isn’t complicated at all.
This recipe for a no-bake cheesecake from the BBC also has very high ratings - if no-bake’s your thing, then give this recipe a try!