Rabbi David Zaslow of the Havurah synagogue will lead an evening of study and prayer on Sunday, June 1, at 8 p.m. as the Jewish community celebrates the holiday of Shavuot, also known as Pentecost.




Historically, this festival commemorates the receiving of the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai more than 3,000 years ago.




Shavuot is also one of the three festivals, when in the times of the Temple, Jewish farmers would make pilgrimage to Jerusalem with offerings of the first fruits.




The evening will open with a traditional chanting of the Ten Commandments from the Torah, the Five Books of Moses, followed by a study of the Book of Ruth.




As is customary on this holiday, the studying will continue until midnight and will conclude with a reading of the first chapter of the Book of Ezekiel.




Rabbi David Zaslow says, "Shavuot is my favorite festival because it celebrates the Holy One's revelation of truth to humanity."




The Havurah is located at 185 N. Mountain Ave. in Ashland. For more information, call 488-7716 or visit .