Shavuot Ice Cream Party

Shavuot is the anniversary of the day we received the 10 Commandments from G-D at Mt. Sinai. We commemorate - and relive - this historic event by attending Synagogue and listening to the commandments exactly as they were given 3,325 years ago.

This Wednesday, May 15, at 9:30 am, join us at Chabad as we hear the 10 commandments as they were said at Sinai.

Followed by a cheesecake and ice cream party.

It's a family event - all are welcome!

Hope to see you there.

Shavuot Yizkor Recitation on
Thursday, May 16

Yizkor, the Memorial Service for those who have passed away will be said during the 2nd day of the Shavuot Holiday, Thursday, May 16 at 11:00 AM (approximately) at Chabad Lubavitch of Utah, 1760 South 1100 East in Salt Lake City.

The ancient custom of recalling the souls of the departed and contributing to charity in their memory is rooted in the fundamental Jewish belief in the eternity of the soul. When physical life ends, only the body dies, but the soul ascends to the realm of the spirit where it regularly attains higher levels of purity and holiness.

When this life is over, the soul can no longer perform good deeds; that method of attaining merit is the sole province of mortal man. It is he who must struggle with the baseness and selfishness of his animal nature. But there is a way that the disembodied soul can derive new sources of merit. History is a continuum. If we, the living, give charity or do good deeds due to the lasting influence or in memory of a departed parent of other loved one, the merit is truly that of the soul in its spiritual realm. Moreover, G‑d, in His mercy, credits our deed to the departed one because he or she too would have done the same were it possible. But mere intentions do not suffice; only accomplishment can achieve this purpose. The intention to give and the fulfillment of that intention are both necessary.

YIZKOR is observed in three ways:

1) Light a Yahrtzeit (24 hour) candle Wednesday, May 15 after 9:25 pm in memory of your relatives who have passed away.

2) Give charity in memory of the person(s). How much should you give? As a general rule, think of an amount that you are comfortable giving, and then add $18. (In Jewish tradition, the # 18 symbolizes life.) When you write the check, you should write "in memory of . . . " at the bottom. You can send it to Chabad Lubavitch of Utah, 1760 South 1100 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84105. For your convenience, you can also securely donate online by clicking here.

3) Mention the name(s) at the YIZKOR service on Thursday. If for some reason you cannot attend services, then you should pay someone to mention the name(s) on your behalf at Services (This is accomplished by sending in your donation or using our online form.) You should also say the prayer by your self.

The best way to always ensure that the name of your loved one, will be remembered is by a having a memorial plaque inscribed and affixed in the Shul. That can be done with a $360 donation To arrange a plaque please call us at (801) 467-7777 or email [email protected]

WHERE: 1760 South 1100 East in Salt Lake City, UT
WHEN: May 15, 2013, 9:30 AM
What is Shavuot?

Shavuot, celebrated this year May 14-16, 2013, marks the anniversary of the day when we received the Torah at Mount Sinai. It is the second of the three major festivals (Passover being the first, and Sukkot the third), occurring exactly fifty days after the second day of Passover. The word "Shavuot" means "weeks"; it marks the completion of the seven-week counting period between Passover and Shavuot. During these seven weeks, the Jewish people cleansed themselves of the scars of Egyptian slavery and became a holy nation, ready to enter into an eternal covenant with G‑d with the giving of the Torah.