Downtown Shavuot Luncheon 

Celebrate the Holiday of Shavuot commemorating the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai 3,322 years ago.

Be there when the Torah is given for the 3,322th time. You don’t have to travel to the desert – it’s happening right here! Hear the reading of the Ten Commandments in Downtown!

Enjoy a scrumptious a Dairy Lunch buffet with delicious blintzes, cheesecake and more...
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Morning Service: 11:00am
Reading of the Ten Commandments: 12:00pm
Dairy Kiddush following services
At the Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore
20 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
To RSVP or for more information please call 410-605-0505; email click here; or online click here  RSVP requested; walk-ins are welcome.
For more about the holiday of Shavuot please visit 
Special thanks to our event sponsors Ms. Noelle Stills, and Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Hirsh and family. Thank you to Mrs. Karen Goldberg-Liston of the Radisson Lord Baltimore for all your help with this event. We could not do it without you!

What is Shavuot? 

Why Dairy? 

Shavuot, celebrated this year May 18-20, 2010, marks the anniversary of the day when we received the Torah at Mount Sinai. It is the second of the three major festivals (Passover being the first, and Sukkot the third), occurring exactly fifty days after the second day of Passover.

This is a biblical holiday complete with special prayers, holiday candle lighting and kiddush. During the course of the holiday we don't go to work, drive, write or switch on or off electric devices. We are permitted to cook and to carry outdoors.

The word "Shavuot" means "weeks"; it marks the completion of the seven-week counting period between Passover and Shavuot. During these seven weeks, the Jewish people cleansed themselves of the scars of Egyptian slavery and became a holy nation, ready to enter into an eternal covenant with G‑d with the giving of the Torah.

1. With the giving of the Torah the Jews now became obligated to observe the laws of Kosher. As the Torah was given on Shabbat no cattle could be slaughtered nor could utensils be koshered, and thus on that day they ate dairy. The Torah is likened to nourishing milk.

2. On the holiday of Shavuot, a two-loaf bread offering was brought in the Temple. To commemorate this, we eat two meals on Shavuot — first a dairy meal, and then, after a short interruption, we eat the traditional holiday meat-meal.

3. Also, the Hebrew word for milk is "chalav." When the numerical value of each of the letters in the word chalav are added together - 8, 30, 2 - the total is forty. Forty is the number of days Moses spent on Mount Sinai when receiving the Torah.