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Celebrate Shavuot - Something for Everyone: A Holiday Tonight!

Shavuot marks the giving of the Ten Commandments. We typically observe it by studying all night (Tikkun Leil Shavuot) and eating dairy foods. This year, we will come together via zoom for some fun learning and celebration about both the Ten Commandments and dairy. And if you order ahead, you can watch while eating Abbott’s frozen custard!

Frozen! [Custard]

Please place your order in advance. Orders will be delivered the following day.

For a dairy dessert to accompany our celebration, we’re proud to partner with Abbott's Frozen Custard this Shavuot. Order online at  add Coupon Code "TempleIsaiah" when ordering to receive 10% off of your order!

Thursday, May 28
Zooming from Sinai

For Families and Children
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A half hour of song and story about the holiday and the Ten Commandments.

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For Adults
7:00 pm

We’ll read the Ten Commandments and hear a fresh perspective from our clergy.

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Live, from New York: It's Shavuot
Author Talk with Ben Kachor

Immediately following “Zooming from Sinai” (approximately 7:30 pm)

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The reasons for eating dairy on Shavuot may be clouded in the mists of Sinai, but the custom is long-standing. New York’s famed dairy restaurants were another cultural fixture. Writer and cartoonist Ben Kachor has lovingly captured their history in a fascinating new book, The Dairy Restaurant, and will tell us all about them. Author talk via zoom, followed by Q&A.

The Dairy Restaurant

Ben Katchor retells the history of where we choose to eat—a history that starts with the first man who was allowed to enter a walled garden and encouraged by the garden's owner to enjoy its fruits. He examines the biblical milk-and-meat taboo, the first vegetarian practices, and the invention of the restaurant. Through text and drawings, Katchor illuminates the historical confluence of events and ideas that led to the development of a “milekhdike (dairy) personality” and the proliferation of dairy restaurants in America, and he recollects his own experiences in many of these iconic restaurants just before they disappeared.

Ben Kachor is the author of, among other “picture-story” books, Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer; The Cardboard Valise; and The Jew of New York. He was the first cartoonist to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. He teaches at Parsons School of Design, The New School in New York City.

To buy a copy of the book: Place book order for The Dairy Restaurant with an autographed book plate. Porter Square Books—a local independent bookstore—has offered us free shipping.


Friday, May 29, 9:00 am

Shavuot Morning Service - Yizkor

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Wed, June 3 2020 11 Sivan 5780