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16 Delicious & Family-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Shavuot in New York

Girl and boy eating ice cream

Shavuot, one of the most delicious Jewish holidays, is a day in which we celebrate the Jews’ receiving the 10 commandments on Mt. Sinai. Why is it so yummy? Well, one of the customs is to eat dairy foods. A holiday where we get to eat cheesecake, ice cream, and pizza, is a holiday we can totally get behind!

There are tasty holiday events happening all over the New York area including cooking, story times, and lots of outdoor fun.


Shavuot 2017 begins on Tuesday evening, May 30 and ends on Thursday night, June 1.

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 PJ Library in New York


Brooklyn

Shavuot Family Party
Enjoy swim, gym time, and holiday-themed crafts followed by pizza, ice cream, and other dairy treats. All ages, RSVP requested.
East Midwood Jewish Center, 1625 Ocean Avenue
Tuesday, May 30, 4:30 –
7:30 p.m.

Long Island

Shababa Cooks – Shavuot Edition
Sing songs, tell stories and celebrate with holiday-themed treats including blintzes and cheesecake. For children ages 5 and under and their families, advance registration requested.
Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Dr, East Hills
Thursday, May 18, 3 – 5 p.m.

Planting Day @ Camp Jacobson
Celebrate Shavuot with a day at camp, make holiday treats, help get the garden ready for summer, and take a tour of camp. Advance registration requested.
Bernice Jacobson Day School & Camp, 340 Wheatley Rd, Old Westbury
Sunday, May 21, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Books and Blintzes: A PJ Library Shavuot Celebration 
Celebrate Shavuot with a PJ Library story time, edible craft, movement, and songs. For families with children ages 8 and under, RSVP requested.
Central Synagogue – Beth Emeth, 430 DeMott Ave, Rockville Centre
Tuesday, May 23, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Shavuot Divine Dairy Celebration
Celebrate Shavuot by hearing the Ten Commandments and eating a dairy feast.
Chabad of East Hampton, 13 Woods Lane, East Hampton
Wednesday, May 31, 10 a.m.

PJ Library Celebrates Shavuot
Crafts, storytelling, and singing to celebrate the holiday of Shavuot.
Temple Tikvah, 3315 Hillside Ave, New Hyde Park
Saturday, June 3, 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

Manhattan

Downtown

Ice Cream on the Pier: JCP’s Rockin’ Shavuot Afternoon
Enjoy live music and sweet treats while celebrating Shavuot. RSVP requested, all ages, sponsored by the Jewish Community Project Downtown.
End of Pier 25, Enter at the corner of North Moore
Wednesday, May 31, 3 – 5 p.m.

Midtown

Shavuot Family Party & Dinner
Go on a ‘tour’ of the Torah, have a light supper, and make your own sundae for dessert. RSVP requested.
Sutton Place Synagogue, 225 East 51st St
Wednesday, May 31, 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.

Upper East Side

Shavuot Ice Cream Party
Have a sundae on a Tuesday and join other families with young children and celebrate the holiday of Shavuot and the beginning of summer. RSVP requested.
Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 West 83rd St
Tuesday, May 30, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

10 Commandments Ice Cream Party
Celebrate Shavuot by hearing the 10 Commandments and enjoying an ice cream party and juggling performance.
Kehilath Jeshurun, 125 East 85th St
Wednesday, May 31, 5 – 6 p.m.

Tot Tefilah & Ice Cream
Join Rabbi Ethan Wilovsky and Cantor Rachel Brook and celebrate receiving the Torah with singing, dancing, and ice cream. RSVP requested.
Park Avenue Synagogue, 50 E 87th St
Wednesday, June 1, 10 – 11 a.m.

Upper West Side

Shabbat Shabbang Jr: Shavuot Celebration & Shabbat Dinner for Russian-Speaking Families
Welcome Shabbat with a sit-down gourmet dinner and Shabbat rituals, and learn how to make milk and honey treats for Shavuot in an interactive and participatory cooking class. All ages, advance registration required.
JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave
Friday, May 19, 6 – 8 p.m.

Kids’ Shavuot Tikkun
A drop-off program for kids ages 5 – 10 with dinner, holiday-themed activities, sing-along, and an interactive performance. Advance registration required.
JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave
Tuesday, May 30, 6 – 9 p.m.

Washington Heights

Free Shavuot Paint Party at the Y
A paint party featuring the styles and colors of Israel taught by Chana T. Zaks of PAINTpartyNYC and Shavuot-themed dairy refreshments. Limited space available, RSVP required.
YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood, 54 Nagle Ave
Sunday, June 4, 4:45 – 6:15 p.m.

Staten Island

Mountain of Blintzes
Learn about the holiday of Shavuot through stories, crafts, and making blintzes. Best for ages 4 and under, RSVP to 718-475-5230. Free
Staten Island JCC, 1466 Manor Rd
Tuesday, May 30, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Westchester

Shavuot Hang Out
Outdoor fun with pick-up sports games, playground times, and GaGa and a dairy dinner, wine, and cheesecake. RSVP required.
Beth El Synagogue Center, 1324 North Ave, New Rochelle
Wednesday, May 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

 

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