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TBE Shavuot Program Highlights Connection Between Judaism and the Environment

Cara Silverberg

SPRINGFIELD – Temple Beth El will present Sacred Ecology: Embodying a Jewish Environmental Ethic: A Shavuot Program with guest speaker Cara Silverberg on Saturday, May 19 at 7 p.m. This program is free and open to the public.

Jewish tradition provides a deep well of theological and practical guidelines for ecological living. In this program, Silverberg will explore some of these foundations and ways that contemporary Jewish communities are upholding them in practice.

Silverberg is an educator and speaker based in Western Massachusetts. She has been teaching and consulting in the field of Jewish environmental education for more than 12 years, at the Jewish Community of Amherst and other locations throughout the area. She has developed curriculum for and presented at numerous institutions and conferences, including Smith College, UMass, the Boston Jewish Food Conference, Hazon, and the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center.

Shavuot services will start at 8:30 p.m., followed by a dessert reception. For more information, contact Temple Beth El at (413) 733-4149.


PJ Library Shavuot Program

NORTHAMPTON – Shavuot is an ancient Jewish holiday celebrating the first fruits of the harvest, known as Bikkurim. PJ Library invites all families with young children to a joyful celebration on on Abundance Farm in Northampton on Sunday, May 20 at 10:30 a.m., where a special blessing will be extended to the most important Bikkurim of all – babies and children welcomed to families in the past 12 months.

Sponsored by Abundance Farm, Congregation B’nai Israel of Northampton, Gan Keshet Jewish Community Preschool of the Pioneer Valley, Beit Ahavah, The Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton and PJ Library of Western Mass (Upper Valley). PJ Library was founded by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and is made possible through the support of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts and generous local donors.

The event is open to everyone. RSVP to

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Special Shavuot Event at LYA

LONGMEADOW – Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA), 1148 Converse St., will celebrate when Jews reaffirm their commitment to the Torah on Shavuot, at a festive holiday event on Sunday, May 20.

Following services and the reading of the Ten Commandments, a deluxe dairy luncheon will be served at 1 p.m. Dessert will be a grand ice cream party – attendees can make their sundae or enjoy a cone.

For more information or to RSVP: call (413) 567-8665.

$10/luncheon for adults; $5/per child; $32/family price. Payment is requested before the start of the holiday and may be mailed to LYA. Please R.S.V.P. to (413) 567-8665 or


Yom Tov Dairy Luncheon at Sinai Temple

SPRINGFIELD – A Shavuot evening service and confirmation for three Sinai teens will be held Saturday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St. Following Shavuot/Yizkor morning service on Sunday, May 20, the Caring Community of Sinai Temple invites all Sinai members to a Yom Tov dairy luncheon at noon.

For more information, call (413) 736-3619. $10/donation for luncheon.


Beth Israel Potluck and Tikkun

WORCESTER – Congregation Beth Israel, 15 Jamesbury Drive, will hold its Annual Dairy Potluck and Community-led Tikkun on Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call the BI office: (508) 756-6204.


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