Chabad of Greenwich Holds Shavuot at Teen Center to Accommodate a Crowd!

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 8.27.29 AMApproximately 200 people attended Shavuot services with Chabad of Greenwich this weekend. Services were held at the Arch Teen Center to accommodate the crowd.

Mini plaques of the 10 commandments were given out along with kosher chocolate chips. Rabbi Yossi Deren, Co-Director of Chabad of Greenwich read out each commandment and children placed one chocolate chip on each one. The Torah scroll was present and children were invited to come up to the bima for the reading.

Services were followed by serving of ice cream, with toppings, served from an ice-cream stand. A diary luncheon of bagels and lox and cream cheese, blintzes and cheesecakes, all imported from Brooklyn, NY were served.

Children took turns reading the commandments from their triptych that held each commandment.

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 8.27.18 AMFollowing dessert, participants were treated to a lecture by the editor of, Sarah Esther Crispe entitled: “Smart Homes and Spiritual Dwelling: The Inner Meaning of Interior Design.”

Greenwich’s blossoming Jewish community has resulted in a surge of attendance in the festival holidays of Sukkot, Simchat Torah and Shavout.

These family friendly holidays offer Jews the opportunity to attend services and then celebrate after words with traditional thematic meals in keeping with the holidays’ meaning. On Shavuot, Jews relish and enjoy diary treats, like ice-cream, blintzes and cheesecakes as this represents drinking milk from one’s mother and the giving of the Torah is life sustaining for Jews.

Children enjoyed reading the 10 commandments out loud to their parents and smiling over the fifth commandment, “Honor Your Father and Mother.”

  • Arlene Cuda

    It is a great testament to our community that we have a Chabad center here that is popular and bursting at the seams.

    The Ten Commandments being read was so cool to listen to.

    Greenwich’s Jewish community is becoming the best Jewish community on the East Coast.

    • Jessica

      Greenwich Chabad is so warm and friendly.

  • Bill Shapiro

    We plan to move to Greenwich for Chabad. They have the ideal preschool and the synagogue is full of good people who care.

  • Phyllis S.

    Watching the children and listening to the 10 commandments I thought of my grandparents.

    Chabad of Greenwich is a treasure in this town.

  • Lisa B.

    I never wanted to attend shul until I went to Chabad of Greenwich. Their honesty and regard for one another turned by life around.

    • Max. R

      Rabbi Deren’s lectures are the best!!

  • Roberta

    I heard Rabbi Dr. Laibl Wolf is coming to Chabad of Greenwich.

    I saw him years ago. He is extraordinary.

    • Terry Margolis

      He is a big name.

    • S. Ginsburg

      Rabbi Wolf, I heard him years ago. Sensational.

  • H. Snyder

    Everyone in Manhattan talks about how great Chabad of Greenwich is.

    We hope to move here, too. If anyone is looking to sell a house near Chabad of Greenwich please email us!

    • Gillian Levy

      I have a condo for sale not far from Chabad. 100 Strickland Rd #1. It is also near the water and train. Take a look!

  • S. Ginsburg

    We also have Carmel Academy, Temple Sholom, Greenwich Reform Synagogue, Hebrew Wizards, the JCC Greenwich, UJA Greenwich, the Jewish Network of Young Couples, JBabies, PJ Storytime, Jewish Relief Agency, Selma Maisel Preschool, Camp Gan Israel, Tot Shabbat and an expanding kosher food section at Stop and Shop and Whole Foods.

  • Jeff Korn

    I went there today. It was a big crowd for the Bar Mitzvah.