Congregation Ohav Shalom

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113 New Krumkill Road, Albany, NY 12208 / (518) 489-4706 / Email Us /

Celebrate Shavuot at Ohav Shalom with First Fruits Festival and Shavuot Services

Posted on May 14, 2014

Congregation Ohav Shalom, located at 113 New Krumkill Road, Albany, presents several events to mark Shavuot, the time when the first fruits of the harvest were brought to Jerusalem amid joyous celebration and thanksgiving.

The Shavuot First Fruits Celebration – featuring fun, learning and food– takes place on Sunday, June 1 from 10 am to 1 pm and includes the following activities:  

10 am – 11:30 pm   Indoor and outdoor activities for adults and children of all ages!

  • Learn to bake challah with Helen Ernst
  • Turn wheat into flour
  • Family stories and text study with Rabbi Dan and Rabbi Rena
  • Scrumptious Seven Species creations with Caryn Halle
  • Meet the llamas!
  • Veggie Hunt and Walk in Ohav’s woods with Miles Garfinkle
  • Basket decorating
  • Dressing Up as Animals
  • Live Music

11:30 – 1 pm    First Fruits Procession and lunch offering a Shavuot kugel and Seven Species Salad bar.

Admission is free, but reservations are required by 5/28 by calling Nancy at 489-4796 X10. 

Please bring a flowering plant to adorn the bimah for Shavuot or a basket for decorating. Monetary donations are also appreciated.

Special Participants:  TEVA Learning Alliance, The Hunger Project, Bet Shraga Hebrew Academy  and  Capital District Community Gardens.

Shabbat, May 31:

Join us for Shabbat, May 31 with Special Guest Teacher, Daniel Kieval, who will share the joyous Shavuot traditions of the First Fruits with us.

Shavuot Services at Ohav Shalom:

  • Tuesday, June 3, 9 pm:  Late evening service followed by Tikkun Leil Shavuot (Late Night Torah Study )
  • Wednesday, June 4, 9 am:  Shavuot, Day 1 morning services, with reading of the Ten Commandments. 
  • Thursday, June 5, 9 am:  Shavuot, Day 2 morning services with Yizkor (approximately 10:30 am) and reading of the Book of Ruth.

Ice cream will be served at kiddush on both days in honor of the custom of eating dairy on Shavuot.  We welcome everyone to join us!

For more information on Shavuot happenings, please call the Ohav Shalom office at 518-489-4706.

Congregation Ohav Shalom, led by Rabbi Dan Ornstein and Rabbi Rena Kieval, is a Conservative/Egalitarian Synagogue affiliated with The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.