Shvues 2013

Shvues celebrates the harvest and the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai. As a secular community we celebrated with learning, culture, social justice, and food.

Deborah led a wonderful program modelled on the tradition of staying up all night to study Jewish texts on Shvues, recently adapted into multi-faceted celebrations of Jewish culture.

With our special guest gardening teacher Esther Gottesman, kids dissected seeds and learned about how they grow.

Paula, Hannah, and Zach led a poetry-slam style writing workshop, complete with Yiddish words and Jewish holidays. With Judy and Deborah, kids learned about gleaning in the Bible.

Judy prepared a beautiful presentation on the the Shvues tradition of making paper cuts.

And the b’nei mitsve class introduced their fabulous social justice projects. Make sure to check out their website, http://mitzvahride.wordpress.com, and support their upcoming bikathon.

Thank you to Lauran and Lisa B for bringing “the best blintzes I ever had” (overheard quote) and to everyone for making this a beautiful celebration.