Reflections on our Shavuot


Thank you to everyone to came together to share a very special Shavuot last weekend, celebrating Torah and the giving of the Ten Commandments, one of the greatest known and most significant stories of our Jewish history.

NWSS hosted a fully packed weekend, not just with this great festival but also a special birthday for Ted Newton and the Bat Mitzvah of Mathilde Nusbacher, Mazel Tov Mathilde.

Tradition suggests that when Torah was given at Mount Sinai the whole mountain was covered in flowers. We had our own Sinai as the synagogue was filled with flowers and plants, thank you Jenny Leigh for sharing a bit of your garden with us and helping us set the scene.

The Erev Shavuot service included some lovely new tunes and was followed by a delicious Chavurah Supper. Thank you to everyone who contributed and for those scrummy cheesecakes and Blintzes, it was a lovely, social occasion.

As is the tradition, we studied late into the night, this year’s Tikun Leil Shavuot (study session) was “The Journey from Eden to Canaan – Nomads, farmers and urban planners. A story of domination, conflict and land”. We had a great time discussing what Torah and other Jewish biblical sources say about the tension between town and country, pastoralists and city dwellers.

Another action packed festival which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. We look forward to coming together to celebrate again next year!