Kehila's often irreverant approach to Jewish holidays and customs is nowhere more apparent than at Shavuot, the holiday that commemorates the giving of the law at Mt. Sinai. For many years our outdoors-oriented community went to Mt. Sugarloaf in Maryland in search of the 10 Commandments - but alas, Sugarloaf was no Sinai, and the law was nowhere to be found.
- Thou shalt rejoice and have food and fun.
- Thou shalt honor all Kehila members equally.
- Thou shat have celebrations on the weekends even if the holiday falls during the week.
- Thou shalt volunteer graciously to host Onegs.
- Thou shalt abide by the schedule, once announced.
- Thou shalt stay until the activity is cleaned up.
- Thou shalt speak for yourself and no one else in the Kehila.
- Thou shalt be eclectic in thy Judaism.
- Thou shalt feel free of the encumbrances of a building.
- Thou shalt see value in not defining Kehila philosophy.
As the community has grown and the original hikers have aged, we no longer visit Mt. Sugarloaf/Sinai in search of the law. Most years we celebrate Shavuot as a community during Sunday morning activities. If the calendar schedules the holiday too late in the spring, as in 2016, we gather at a recreation center for holiday fun and food - in keeping with the First Commandment: have fun and food!