Still on campus?  Shavuot celebrates receiving the Torah on Mount Sinai. It is customary to celebrate by eating dairy, though the reason behind this custom is debated. 


Is it because the Torah is likened to milk in the Songs of Solomon?  Is it because when the Israelites were first given the laws of kashrut there was no time to prepare kosher meat before dinner?  Or perhaps because the Book of Numbers mentions bringing a "new meat offering unto the Lord" on Shavuot, and that phrase abbreviated in Hebrew spells out the three-letter acronym "ch-l-b," Hebrew for milk?  Because Sinai is called "the mount of gavnunim," which sounds like the Hebrew word gevinah, meaning cheese?  Or were the Israelites at Sinai as innocent as newborns, whose only food is milk? 


Either way, blintzes and cheesecake abound.  What do you think?



Shavuot Begins

Candle Lighting: 8:54pm

Shavuot Evening Services: 9PM

Shavuot Holiday Dinner: 9:15PM

Thursday, May 28

Shavuot Continues

Torah Reading and Dairy Refreshments: 3:30PM 

Candle Lighting: after 8:55pm 

Shavuot Evening Services and Kabbalat: 9PM

Shavuot Holiday Dinner and Shabbat: 9:15PM 

Friday, May 29




Rohr Chabad House

21 Chetwynd Rd., Somerville, MA

Turn onto Chetwynd Rd. across from Fletcher Field. We're the 4th house down on the right side.


Shabbat-To-Go dinner packages available every Friday

Free and welcome to anyone!

You can find other events above and on our Facebook page.


Rohr Chabad House Serving Tufts University

21 Chetwynd Road • Somerville, MA 02144

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