Shavuot Resources

Lesson Plans:

Shavuot: The Shnei Luchot HaBrit – The Torah teaches us that the Ten Commandments were on two tablets (LuchotHaBrit). The Midrash offers two opinions as to what was written on each tablet. In this lesson, we will examine and try to understand why the tablets may have been split up in this manner.

Shavuot Customs in Words and Pictures

Bikkurim Source Sheet

Ten Commandments – Old and New

Study of Historical Source: Shavuot Prayers, 1450

Water – Can’t Live Without It

Chag HaBikkurim (Festival of the First Fruits)

Primary Sources:


Shavuot Prayers, Rome Machzor, 1450

Shavuot Poster, 1976

Shavuot in Cyprus, 1940’s

Girls Dancing in Shavuot Ceremony, Tel Aviv, 1970

Children Participating in a Play at a Shavuot Celebration, Tel Aviv, 1970


Bringing Bikkurim to Jerusalem, 1730

Bikkurim Celebration, 20th Century

Bikkurim Ceremony, 1940

Bikkurim, JNF Poster

Bikkurim from the Children of the Diaspora, Olami HaKatan, 1936

Shavuot Celebration, Kibbutz Hazorea, 1953

Eating Dairy Foods

Tnuva Cheeses

Tnuva Cheese Advertisement

Osem Cheesecake and Menu for Shavuot

Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Tikkun for Shavuot Night, 1680

Tikkun Leil Shavuot, 1972

Why Do the Pious Stay Up All Night? 1963

Other Customs

Naomi and Ruth, Postcard, 1870

Das Wochen-oder Pfingst- Fest, Pentacost-Shavuot (Decorating with Greenery)

Postcard of Shavuot, Germany, Nineteenth Century (Decorating with Greenery)

Confirmations Highlight Shabuoth, 1977

Shavuoth – A Bountiful Harvest, B’nai Brith Messenger, May 24, 1974 (Foods, Book of Ruth)

Ladder Cake on Shavuot, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1980’s

Other Resources

The complete toolkit for Shavuot, By Jewish Interactive – Contains innovative and engaging resources for teaching this festival to children. The toolkit includes: *How to use tech resources to teach the festival *An overview of what this festival is and how we celebrate it *The best educational games to teach Shavuot *How to create your own material to make this magical festival come to life. Also available in French and Hebrew.

Shavuot, By the Israeli Ministry of Education – Activities for Shavuot. The activities include: videos, digital activities, games and more.

Shavuot Lesson & Programming Ideas, By the Jewish Agency for Israel

Educational Resources for Shavuot – Collection of Shavuot lesson plans and activities.

Shavuot Social Story, By JTeach.org – A social story is read to or with students to give them an idea of both the holiday and what to expect. Making events predictable helps students who are challenged in new situations. This social story introduces basic concepts regarding Shavuot.

Shavuot Activities for Kids, By myjewishlearning.com – Here are a number of ways that we can connect our children and students to the special holiday of Shavuot.