Shavuot is the Hebrew word for “weeks” and refers to the Jewish festival marking the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, which occurs seven weeks after Passover. Shavuot, like many other Jewish holidays, began as an ancient agricultural festival that marked the end of the spring barley harvest and the beginning of the summer wheat harvest. In ancient times, Shavuot was a pilgrimage festival during which Israelites brought crop offerings to the Temple in Jerusalem. Today, it is a celebration of Torah, education, and actively choosing to participate in Jewish life.

At CBE, we get together for Shavuot Across Brooklyn – An all-night study celebration for the holiday of Shavuot commemorating the giving of the Ten Commandments. Classes range from cooking to talmud study, Jewish mysticism to Jewish dating advice. At our peak there are 10 classes going on at once.