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 – 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 – Here are a number of ways that we can connect our children and students to the special holiday of Shavuot.

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