Shavuot FAQ

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.

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.

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.

When should I get there?
We will be kicking off the event with a group program (details coming soon!) from 7:00-8:00 pm. Shavuot candle lighting will be available starting at 8:05, followed by evening services, and dinner will begin at 8:45 pm. You will be able to jump into the festivities if you arrive late, but we really encourage you to be there on time!

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.

What’s going to happen?
There will be a variety of learning sessions accessible to a wide range of backgrounds, interests, and learning styles. There will also be religious services representing the diversity of the attendees. If you don’t want to participate in the structured activities, you can hang out, play games, and schmooze at any point during the night.

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.

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. Form coming soon so you can sign up to help with set up, clean up, and more.

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