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Shavuot and Confirmation 2024



Tikkun Leil Shavuot 

Tuesday, June 11 

7:00 – 10:00 PM | CBI Social Hall and Sanctuary; also on CBI's YouTube Livestream

Journey to the Promised Land – Immigration Stories

Led by Rabbi Mona Alfi and Cantor Julie Steinberg, featuring a presentation by special guest Yuliya Patsay, storyteller and author of Until the Last Pickle: A Memoir in 18 Recipes, and food prepared by CBI members Jason Lindo and Galyna Shpilman who will also share her recent immigration story from Ukraine.


(Left to right) Yuliya Patsay, Jason Lindo, and Galyna Shpilman


Join us for a delicious evening of Ukrainian food:

  • Appetizer: Pickles! Dill pickles, pickled green tomatoes
  • Main Course: Red Borscht and Green Borscht, with sour cream on the side
  • Dessert Course: Vareniky (filled with sweet farmer’s cheese)

Registration is now closed.  The program will also be Livestreamed.  


About Yuliya Patsay: "Born to a Jewish mother and Ukrainian father during the final years of the Soviet Union, Yuliya Patsay grew up believing bread lines were a fun way to spend an afternoon,  drafts caused pneumonia, and that Lenin was  everyone's benevolent grandpa.  

After trading pickled herring and Soviet winters for San Francisco fog and year-round produce (the real American dream!) she found herself occupying two parallel universes: the first grounded in her Soviet roots and the second in her burgeoning  'Amerikanskiye' beliefs."

Until the Last Pickle: A Memoir in 18 Recipes by Yuliya Patsay 


Festival of Shavuot & Service of Confirmation 

Wednesday, June 12

6:00 PM | CBI Sanctuary & YouTube Livestream

Congregation B’nai Israel invites you to join us in celebration as our 2023–2024 Confirmation Class leads the Shavuot Festival service. 

Photo by Kimberly S. Olker, Olker Photography

Visit to see the list of Confirmands and the Shavuot service program (ShulCloud login required).


Shavuot Yizkor Service

Thursday, June 13

10:00 – 11:00 AM | CBI Chapel

Join Rabbi Alfi and Cantor Steinberg for a Yizkor service in remembrance and reflection. Click here to view Yahrzeit information and the CBI Yizkor Book of Remembrance.



Learn more about Shavuot!

The festival of Shavuot celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.

What are Shavuot's origins?
Why do we observe Shavuot by studying all night?
Why is it customary to eat dairy foods on Shavuot?

For more information, plus activities and recipes, visit:

PJ Library

Learn more about Confirmation at B'nai Israel!

Confirmation is an important step toward lifelong Jewish learning. This program seeks to answer students’ questions and help them experience how Jewish values help shape their own lives. The class is based on topics important to students, and is led by Rabbi Mona Alfi.

Mon, June 17 2024 11 Sivan 5784