At 10 a.m. on the mornings of Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27, Temple Beth El of Rockaway Park will observe the holiday of Shavuot, the celebration of receiving the Torah. On Saturday, May 27, there will be an additional Service, “Yizkor,” in memory of loved ones but in keeping with Memorial Day, in memory of the American Military. The Yizkor portion will include a Cantata with readings and songs. In addition, there will also be a ceremony, “Adopt a Kaddish,” where the children lost in the Holocaust is recalled.
The holiday is bittersweet as it is a joyous celebration that includes some sorrowful memories. The occasion represents a time to recognize the gift of the Torah as the centerpiece in Jewish life as well as to salute the heroism and sacrifices of those in the Military. The catchphrase of the holiday is, “Am Yisrael Chai and God Bless America.” Temple Beth El is located on Beach 121st Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. All are welcome.