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Shabbat and Havdalah

The Sabbath is a weekly holiday that is many things to many people. A day of rest, a day to catch up with friends, a day to share a meal with family...

Shabbat and Havdalah

Did you know there is one Jewish holiday whose importance exceeds all the rest?

If you are thinking that it is Passover, Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur, guess again.

Here's a hint... The most important Jewish holiday comes every week! Yep, it is Shabbat. One day a week, in imitation of God who rested on the seventh day of creation, we rest from our work from sunset on Friday night until we see three stars in the sky on Saturday night.


Shabbat Made Easy

A booklet explaining the customs and rituals of Friday night, Shabbat Made Easy is an introductory resource for families.

Going to Shabbat Services at Synagogue?


Havdalah Made Easy

An introduction to Havdalah, its rituals and blessings, Havdalah Made Easy is great for families.
 Quick Tips

Our Guide to Shabbat and Havdalah for Interfaith Families is a comprehensive introduction to the 25 hours. From background information to blessings to suggestions to help you prepare, this guide has it all.

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Derived from the Greek word for "assembly," a Jewish house of prayer. Synagogue refers to both the room where prayer services are held and the building where it occurs. In Yiddish, "shul." Reform synagogues are often called "temple." Hebrew for "separation" or "distinction," the ceremony marking the end of the Sabbath on Saturday evenings.
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