Public invited to celebrate Jewish holiday |

Public invited to celebrate Jewish holiday

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Everyone is invited to attend a Shabbat (Sabbath) and Shavuot service, followed by a cheesecake bake-off beginning at 7 p.m. June 2, at Temple Bat Yam, 3260 Pioneer Trail.

The Youth Group at Temple Bat Yam will help lead a special Shabbat service. TBY’s teens will incorporate some traditions to help celebrate Shavuot (literally, “weeks” Ð often referred to as “Pentacost”), the holiday marking the time when the Jewish people received the Torah, or the Five Books of Moses, at Mount Sinai.

Following the service, TBY will hold its 2nd annual cheesecake bake-off in the tradition of eating dairy foods on Shavuot. (The reception of Jewish wisdom is viewed as sweet, poetically expressed as “milk and honey,” so Jews eat dairy foods to embody this tradition). This year’s cheesecake competition will include professional and non-professional categories. South Lake Tahoe’s pastry chefs and caterers have been invited to join the fun. The cheesecakes will be judged that evening and be available for everyone to taste.

If anyone is interested in making a cheesecake and/or contacting friends who bake cheesecakes, call Rabbi Jonathan Freirich at (775) 588-4503 or e-mail him at

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