For the first time in the newish shul, Shavuot in Darlington was marked with a service. As has rapidly become customary in the DHC community there was an excellent turnout of at least a third of the membership. The synagogue had been decorated with plenty of greenery. Rabbi Borts before leading the service explained and discussed with the congregation the origins and meanings of the festival and some of the customs both Ashkenazi and Sephardi including making lots of noise before standing in silence to hear the parasha as is customary. A marvellous Kiddush/lunch prepared by the keen cooks and bakers of DHC followed which included 2 types of fabulous cheesecake and many dairy dishes, even the challah had gone dairy for the occasion!
During the meal we studied what we learned to now call the ‘ten utterances’ before singing grace. Rabbi Borts had mentioned that Shavuot is sometimes thought of as a somewhat neglected festival but this year in Darlington it was a most enriching and convivial way to spend a very wet Wednesday in June.