Shavuot in Israel is a period with loads of amazing events. Music festivals, events for the kids, exhibitions, and much, much more, are part of what happens each year for Shavuot in Israel. Celebrated in Israel for one day, usually in May or early June, Shavuot’s timing, when the weather is great but not too hot, has made it a favored time for outdoor events, and across the country. In 2019, Shavuot will fall from sundown on June 8 to sundown on June 9.
Shavuot in Israel: Customs
Shavuot is the festival of the harvest by Beny Shlevich, on Flickr
Shavuot is more limited in its customs than most other Jewish festivals, however, as time has passed, a number of noticeable traditions have been established. The most visible of these is the eating of dairy foods, and you’ll notice that at the time of Shavuot, bakeries in Israel will be selling a lot of cheesecake. Other customs for Shavuot are less visible, but in some agricultural settlements in Israel (kibbutzim and moshavim) parades and special ceremonies to show off the fruits produced in their fields, in accordance with the nature of Shavuot as a harvest festival.
Shavuot Events 2019 in Israel
Family-Friendly Shavuot Events
Preparation of Tene in Ashkelon on June 4, 2019
A special event in preparation for Shavuot, a fun activity will take place in Ashkelon for the whole family. There will be a magnetized photography stand in the holiday atmosphere, where each child can take a personal souvenir, as well as a creative workshop in which the children will prepare a decorated tene basket. This will be held at Hutzot Ashkelon Mall: Ben Gurion Blvd., 1 Nachal Street, Ashkelon from 16:00 – 19:00. Event is free.
Northern Cheesecake Championship on June 7, 2019
The “Cheesecake of the North” competition will be held for the third year in a row, highlighting the best cheesecake in the north. The main judge of the competition is Tomer Suissa, the confectioner and owner in partnership with Shachaf Avraham of Tosha Bakery, boutique, and he will distribute prizes to the first place winners. Visitors can participate in the competition and offer a cake to taste in a free competition, by registering with the management of the Nahariya Mall. Event will take place at 11:00 am in Nahariya Mall, 2 Irish Street, Nahariya. Event is free.
Shavuot “Happening” event for families in Jerusalem on June 10, 2019
Shavuot Happening will be available to those in Jerusalem and the surrounding area a selection of fun activities and attractions, all of which are free! This is a family-friendly event, with events especially designed for children. Some activities include a dairy milking station, a special experiential area where children can learn the theory of milking and baking. Each child will receive the butter that is made in the station. Children will also be able to make artificial flower bouquets for the head or bracelet next to the artificial flowers. There will also be a magnets stand where the children and parents can pose for photos and take a souvenir from Shavuot. The event will be from 16: 00-18: 30 at Lev HaPisga Mall, Moshe Dayan Boulevard 106, Pisgat Zeev, Jerusalem. Event is free
Riding the “angry bull” in Yavneh on June 5, 2019
Residents of Yavneh and the surrounding area can participate in a special Shavuot riding the “angry bull” in a bull simulator. There will also be stations for preparing a decorated Tene for the holiday, a workshop for preparing fruit skewers with a variety of fresh fruits, and a spectacular magnets stand to take home a personal souvenir. The event will be held at Rogovin Yavne, 16 Dungit Street, The Green Neighborhood, Yavne, from 16:00-19:00. Event is free.
Shavuot Concerts and Events
Jane Bordeaux Live with Iogi – Shavuot Special Concert in Tel Aviv, June 9, 2019
A special Shavuot concert will take place at the Barby, in Tel Aviv on June 9, 2019. Tickets are available online.
Rubi’s 7th Anniversary at Hangar 23, in Tel Aviv, June 9, 2019
A special anniversary and Shavuot celebration, with DJ Lior Brosh, DJ Chen Socolovsky
And DJ Yinon starting at 15:00 in Hangar 23 in the Tel Aviv Port. Tickets available online
E-Boded -Shavuot Open Air, June 8, 2019
Starting Saturday afternoon into the night, E-Boded will continue with DJ performances at Haoman in Tel Aviv. Including: Amichay Matyas & YOGO (Bauhaus Records), Oron K & Moshe Abutbul, Amir Egozy & Hectik, Goffer Brothers (Ofri Goffer & Tor Goffer), Olsvangèr & Dan Orbach, and Yaeli. Tickets are 50 NIS, available online.