Federation to hold Shavuot drive-in on May 16 by Reporter Staff

By Reporter staff

The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will hold a Shavuot drive-in on Sunday, May 16, from noon-1 pm. The event will take place in the Temple Israel parking lot. Those attending are asked to use the Clubhouse Road entrance to access the lot. The event will include free ice cream, music and a food drive. Registration is not required to attend, but the Federation would appreciate RSVPs to have enough ice cream on hand. To RSVP, visit https://www.jfgb.org/. Anyone who wishes to help should contact Shelley Hubal, executive director of the Federation, at director@jfgb.org. The Federation is also hoping for teens to be among the volunteers. The event will take place before the actual holiday, which begins that evening at sunset.

Rabbis Geoffrey Brown and Barbara Goldman-Wartell will offer a prayer or a reading focusing on the spirit of Shavuot. Among those performing music will be Josh Hubal, Rabbi Benny Kellman and Rabbi Moshe Shmaryahu. There will also be a food drive; those attending are asked to bring nonperishable food items, which will be taken to the Temple Concord CHOW pantry. Since the traditional food items for Shavuot include dairy products, ice cream will be passed out free to attendees.

“This event will be a wonderful way for the community to gather after a long, tough pandemic winter,” said Shelley Hubal, executive director of the Federation. “We’re holding it outside so that we can still follow the pandemic protocols still in place. Shavuot is a joyous, spring event in our part of the country and I look forward to seeing the community come together to celebrate.”