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Join us for a Shavuot of learning and community, featuring Kesher's Rachel Cohen!

Shavuot Programming

Erev Shavuot Communal Dinner 
Tuesday, June 11,  2024, 9:30 PM - 11:30 PM at Kesher Israel.   
Join us for a dairy dinner before learning begins!    

Tuesday Night Live
Tuesday, June 11,  2024, starting at 11:30 PM at Kesher Israel
NEW! See the schedule here

Shavuot Second Day Mix and Match Lunch 
Thursday, June 13, 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
 Meet new people, eat food, and savor the last meal of yontif together! 

Kesher Kids and Families Shavuot Ice Cream Party at the Shafner Backyard  
Thursday, June 12, 4:00 PM at the Rabbinic Residence 

Kesher Post-Shavuot Shabbat Dinner 
Friday, June 14, 8:45 PM - 11:00 PM  at Char Bar
Join Kesher for a post-Shavuot shabbat dinner! Ending Shavuot just to turn around and cook for Shabbat? No thank you. Come to Kesher's shabbat dinner and enjoy food, wine and friends after the Chag:) 

Shavuot Full Schedule

Tuesday, June 11 (Erev Shavuot)  
Candle Lighting 8:15PM
Mincha  8:15 PM
Maariv 9:15 PM
Erev Shavuot Communal Dinner   9:30 PM
Tikkun Leil Shavuot, headlined by Rachel Cohen 11:30PM
Wednesday, June 12 (Shavuot I)  
Neitz Shacharit (Sunrise is 5:43 AM) 5:18 AM
Shacharit (Main Minyan) 9:00 AM
Rachel Cohen: "Ruth, Mother of Royalty" at the Rabbinic Residence 4:00 PM
Mincha 8:15 PM
Maariv (approx) 8:35 PM
Candle Lighting, Preparation for 2nd Day                                                 not before 9:23 PM
Thursday, June 13 (Shavuot II)  
Shacharit (Hashkama) with Megillat Rut and Yizkor 7:30 AM
Main Minyan with Megillat Rut and Yizkor 9:00 AM
Shavuot Second Day Mix and Match Lunch 12:30 PM
Kesher Kids and Families Shavuot Ice Cream Party at the Shafner Backyard 4:00 PM
Mincha, followed by Rachel Cohen: "Seeing the Sounds: Transcendence at Sinai 8:15 PM
Maariv/Havdalah 9:24 PM

About Rachel Cohen

Rachel Cohen joined Kesher as Community Scholar & Yoetzet Halacha in 2024. 

Rachel was born in New York, but grew up in Israel. She started her career as a software engineer before transitioning to Jewish engagement and education full-time. Over the past fifteen years, Rachel has worked as a program director and Jewish educator in Israel, Canada and Australia, delivering engaging educational experiences with the versatility needed to connect with people from diverse backgrounds.

Through Nishmat's Yoetzet Halacha program, Rachel has developed both the knowledge and experience to help women navigate Taharat HaMishpachah and related areas in a practical and meaningful way. From teaching brides, to giving refresher courses to married women, to training mikvah shomrot, Rachel has built lasting relationships through the enrichment of women’s halachic observance.

Rachel lives in Chicago, with her husband, Rabbi Barak Cohen, and their three children, Eliana, Shai, and Odeyah. 

Rachel is available for questions  and can be reached at

Tue, June 18 2024 12 Sivan 5784