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10:00 am

Wilderness Torah Shavuot

May 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$60

An in-person, six-hour nature experience to celebrate the harvest and the revelation of the Torah, led by ritual educator Becca Heisler, nature expert Rivkah Khanin and maggid Jonathan Furst. At an East Bay regional park. $60, with registration.

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VIRTUAL “Tikkun: A Day of Learning in Honor of Shavuot”

May 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free

JCC East Bay in partnership with numerous Bay Area synagogues, organizations, and teachers offers dozens of classes on myriad topics over six hours. 33rd annual. Free, with registration.

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VIRTUAL “Voices of Israel”

May 16 @ 10:00 am
Free

Series finale from Sonoma County Israel Committee, StandWithUs and others presents Tel Aviv U. professor Paul Liptz talking about a 1949 operation that rescued thousands of Yemenite Jews and their integration into Israeli society. Free, with registration.

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10:30 am

“Ice Cream Sunday”

May 16 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Free

An online Shavuot party for multifaith, unaffiliated, LGBTQ or any kind of Jewish family. With puppets, musical performances and more. Kids should wear flower crowns and have dairy treats nearby to munch on. Presented by Jewish Baby Network, Peninsula JCC and five local synagogues. Free, with registration.

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11:00 am

VIRTUAL “Boureka Pie with Chef Einat Admony”

May 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Learn to make savory Israeli chard and four-cheese pie in honor of Shavuot. Followed by conversation with connection expert Kyla Sokoll-Ward for people in their 20s and 30s. Presented by JCC of San Francisco and JIMENA. Free, with registration.

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VIRTUAL “Dobridens at the Dawn of Klezmer”

May 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:45 pm
Free

KlezCalifornia presents a workshop about “dobridens” (slow, stately klezmer melodies that used to be played at weddings) and how to play them, led by musician Mike Perlmutter. Non-musicians are welcome to listen in. Free, with suggested donation, with registration.

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VIRTUAL “You Be the Scribe”

May 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Free

For kids 5 and over, a scribe will teach them how to write their name in Torah calligraphy, plus an art project to turn their name into a keychain. Kits with quill, ink and parchment available for pickup at Chabad North Peninsula in San Mateo. Free, register by May 10 for a kit.

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1:00 pm

VIRTUAL Q&A with “Abrazos” director

May 16 @ 1:00 pm
Free

B’nai Israel Jewish Center of Petaluma presents a program moderated by Rabbi Ted Feldman. Luis Argueta’s 2014 documentary, available to stream May 9-16, is about U.S. kids traveling to Guatemala to meet their grandparents and extended families for the first time. Free, with registration.

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4:00 pm

VIRTUAL “Shavuot Puppet Storytime and Craft”

May 16 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Free

Educator Ilam Vitemberg and Up a Tree Puppetry use puppets to tell the story of Ruth and welcoming strangers into our midst. Presented by HaMaqom | The Place. Free, with registration.

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6:00 pm

VIRTUAL “Dawn: A Cosmic Reunion”

May 16 @ 6:00 pm
Free

Reboot, Jewish Emergent Network and LABA present an all-night Shavuot culture and arts festival, featuring 12 hours of musicians, comedians and others, with film, dance, food and teaching across multiple channels in a choose-your-own experiential format. 6 p.m-6 a.m. Free, with registration.

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6:45 pm

“Shavuot Night of Learning”

May 16 @ 6:45 pm - 11:50 pm
Free

Sha’ar Zahav presents an evening of classes and workshops on Zoom. Topics include what the Torah says about building families in nontraditional ways, fertility/mother goddesses, poetry, creative writing and yoga.

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