Shavuot FAQ

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Where and when is the event?
The event will be held at the Gershman Y at Broad and Pine. We’ll begin at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 30 and end with sunrise services and breakfast on Wednesday, May 31 at 7:00 am.

Do I have to stay all night?
We’d love to have you there all night, but there will be plenty to experience no matter how long you stick around, and you are welcome to come and go as you please. Check out the schedule overview to the right so you know when things will be happening.

What should I bring?
Yourself, an open mind, and an empty stomach! Also, it would be helpful to bring a water bottle, and, if you think you might want to take a nap during the night, we’ll have a quiet room available, so feel free to bring a pillow. There is no need to bring your ticket with you.

Why doesn’t the sign-up form ask me how many people are included in my registration?
The first part of the registration form asks you for a dollar amount for your donation. We are asking for $18-36 per adult, but you get to choose the exact amount. When you click on “donate,” you’ll be taken to a second page where you’ll be asked for the number of registrants and for their names.

I didn’t RSVP. Can I still attend?
Yes! We’re happy to have you. If you plan to arrive at the event before 8:00 pm, you’ll be able to register and pay at the door. If you arrive after 8:00 pm, we’ll ask you to please come back to this website to register after the holiday.

Is there a way to pay by check?
Our online ticketing system is the best way for us to keep everyone’s registration information in one place. If you need to pay a different way, you can make checks payable to Congregation Rodeph Shalom (our fiscal sponsor) and send to Center City Kehillah, c/o Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19123. If possible, please indicate “Center City Kehillah – Shavuot” on the check. Please also send us a message so we can add your name to the registration list.

When should I get there?
Whenever works for you! Registration will open at 6:45 pm. We will be kicking off the event with a panel discussion entitled, “Voices from the Community: A Conversation with Center City Rabbis,” from 7:00-8:00 pm. Shavuot candle lighting will be available starting at 8:00, followed by evening services, and dinner will begin at 8:40 pm. You will be able to jump into the festivities at any point, but we really encourage you to take advantage of our entire night of programming by getting there early and staying as long as possible!

What should I do when I arrive?
Go straight into the entrance of the Gershman Y on Broad Street, check in at the registration table, and pick up a program booklet. You’ll either head upstairs to the auditorium, or you’ll pick which session you want to attend and go directly there. Our volunteers stationed around the building can answer any questions and point you in the right direction.

Who will be there?
This event is sponsored by the Center City Kehillah and these co-presenting organizations:
Camp Ramah in the Poconos, Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir ~ Heart of the City, Congregation Mikveh Israel, Congregation Rodeph Shalom, Congregation Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras Israel – the Little Shul, Gershman Y, Heymish Minyan, Hillel’s Jewish Graduate Student Network, Kol Tzedek, Makom Community, Mekor Habracha/Center City Synagogue, Minyan Tikvah, Moishe House Philadelphia, National Museum of American Jewish History, Repair the World: Philadelphia, Society Hill Synagogue , Spruce Street Minyan, Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, Tribe 12

What’s going to happen?
We’re starting off with a panel discussion with several local rabbis from 7:00-8:00 pm. Then there will be services, and dinner. Starting at 10:00 pm, there will be a variety of learning sessions accessible to a wide range of backgrounds, interests, and learning styles. If you don’t want to participate in the structured activities, you can hang out, play games, and schmooze (or sleep!) at any point during the night. View the full schedule of sessions and teachers here.

Will there be food?
So much food! Shavuot dinner is being catered by The Dairy (under the supervision of Community Kashrus of Greater Philadelphia). There will also be plenty of cheesecake and other goodies for dessert, snacks and caffeine throughout the night, and breakfast following morning services.

How can I find out what sessions will be offered?
The full schedule of teachers and sessions is available here. When you arrive at the event, you’ll get a program book with details about the whole schedule, including room locations.

Can my friends come if they haven’t registered?
Yes! Everyone is welcome. However, it would help us immensely to have your registration in advance so we know how many people to expect, and your financial contributions are crucial to help us pay for the event.

This event is great! Can I help?
Yes! We need a large and dedicated crew of volunteers throughout the night. Click here to volunteer for set up, clean up, and more.

Let us know if you have any questions! We look forward to celebrating together!