Today marks the holiday of Shavuot, the day the Jewish people received the Ten Commandments (Torah) and the revelation on Mount Sinai.
"This is the key to the survival of our people," said Rabbi Shalom Adler, director of Young Israel-Chabad in Palm Harbor. "Shavuot is the best opportunity to instill within children a pride in being Jewish, a connection to the previous generations as well as creating a sense of purpose and contribution to the world."
Two North Pinellas Jewish communities have scheduled activities today to observe Shavuot:
• An ice cream party for children led by Rabbi Levi Hodakov will take place following the reading of the Ten Commandments at 10:30 a.m. at Chabad of Pinellas County, 3696 Fisher Road, Palm Harbor. There also will be a door prize for every child in attendance and a raffle for a $50 Toys R Us gift card for all children age 7 and older. For more information or to learn more about the holiday, call (727) 789-0408 or visit YICHABAD.com/shavuot.
• The public is invited to attend a special Shavuot observance at 8 p.m. at Congregation Ohr Chadash, a Messianic synagogue, 3190 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater. The celebration will be a festival holiday service commemorating the giving of the Torah, while stressing the Messianic significance of the holiday and its relationship to Jesus of Nazareth. For details, call (727) 726-1472 or (727) 842-1772.