Tag Archive for Shavuot

Israel’s President tells Christians: You will always prosper & multiply in Israel

Israel President Reuven Rivlin noted that “these are difficult and painful times for the Christians in this region, and I am proud that Israel is the only country in the Middle East where the Christian community is not diminishing, but is actually growing.”

By Yossi Aloni


Israel President Reuven Rivlin last week visited the Franciscan Monastery of Saint Salvador in the Old City of Jerusalem to mark Pentecost, as well as the 800th anniversary of the Franciscan Order in Israel.

The gathering was attended by the local heads of the Franciscan Order, as well as the heads of various other traditional churches in Israel. Continue Reading »

WATCH: Israel celebrates Shavuot


The festivities of Shavuot began Tuesday evening, with the kibbutzim and agricultural settlements throughout Israel displaying their first harvest.

By Ahiya Raved


The celebrations of the holiday of Shavuot began Tuesday evening. Among the main celebrations are many kibbutzim and moshavim, as Shavuot marks the harvest of the first fruits of the land and the receiving of the Torah.

Girls in Balfuria raise their arms skyward as the sun sets upon Moshav Balfuria – Photo: Jezreel Valley Regional Council’s Spokesperson’s Office

A large Shavuot ceremony was held Tuesday evening at Kibbutz Gan Shmuel, which was celebrating its 95th anniversary. Continue Reading »

Photo Album: 100,000 flock to Kibbutzim for Shavuot Festivities


Kibbutzim in Upper Galilee welcome some 25,000 guests.

Kibbutz Na’an marks birth of over 50 new babies.

By Ahiya Raved


Close to 100,000 Israelis spent the Shavuot holiday at celebrations in Kibbutzim across the country Wednesday, including in the Upper Galilee region where some 25,000 guests spent the day on 29 different Kibbutzim. The high holiday turnout comes despite high temperatures Wednesday throughout the country.

Photo: Avihu Shapira

Photo: Avihu Shapira

Since the founding of the first Kibbutz, Shavuot was one of the major holidays celebrated in the farming communes due to their agricultural character.

Wednesday’s Kibbutz celebrations included large parades which displayed the best products from various industries and homes as well as children and of course babies born over the last year. Continue Reading »