with Chabad of Humboldt
Shavuot: May 30th - June 1st, 2017
Message from the Rabbi


Over 3,328 years ago, we stood together as one nation at the foot of the Mount Sinai and received a special gift from G‑d, He gave us His Torah. Each year on the holiday of Shavuot, this historic event is re-lived as the Ten Commandments are read from the Torah scroll. It's more than just a reenactment of the original event but a new chance to receive this priceless present in a deeper and more meaningful way than ever before. Come and receive this special gift Hashem has for you!

Wishing you a happy Shavuot,

Rabbi Cowen

Ice Cream Party!

Join us for our annual reading of the 10 Commandments and a grand ice cream party with a full dairy buffet!

When: May 31st at 6pm

Where: Chabad of Humboldt 413 Bayside Ct

A family event - all are welcome! Hope to see you there.

Service Schedule
Tuesday – May 30th

Candle lighting time: 8:23pm
Evening Service: 9:15pm
Holiday dinner (must RSVP) 9:30pm followed by all night learning

Wednesday – May 31st

Morning Service: 10am
10 Commandments reading and dairy buffet: 6pm
Candle lighting time: after 9:31pm

Thursday - June 1st
Morning Services: 10am

Festival ends 9:32pm

Join us for services at 413 Bayside Court, Arcata, CA

10 Commandments

Wednesday May 31st at 6pm

Come with your entire family to hear the 10 Commandments read from the Torah, as it was read on Mount Sinai!

Our Sages explain that before G‑d gave the Torah to the Jewish People, He demanded guarantors. The people suggested our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; but these were not sufficient. They cited many other great leaders and people but G‑d did not accept them either! Finally, they declared, "Our children will be our guarantors!" G‑d immediately accepted and agreed to give them the Torah.

The Jewish Children were — and still are — the guarantors and transmitters of the Torah. Our commitment to their education has always been the best assurance to the continuity of Torah and Mitzvoth . When G‑d gave the Torah on Mt. Sinai, every Jewish child was present. Let us ensure that our children will be there this year too!

All Night Learning

On the first night of Shavuot (this year, Tuesday night, May 31st), Jews throughout the world observe the centuries-old custom of conducting an all-night vigil dedicated to Torah learning and preparation for receiving the Torah anew the next morning. One explanation for this tradition is that the Jewish people did not rise early on the day G‑d gave the Torah, and it was necessary for G‑d Himself to awaken them. To compensate for their behavior, Jews have accepted upon themselves the custom of remaining awake all night.

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