You will understand that...
Jews build community through holiday observance and ritual celebrations.
Jewish life is best lived in community.
The Jewish holidays teach us to appreciate the many cycles of renewal and rebirth.
What do you think?
What are some of the important lessons from these Jewish holidays?
How does the idea that Jews everywhere celebrate these same holidays connect me to the Jewish community?
I know the symbols and ritual items used on Shabbat
Click on each holiday symbol below to find out what it is. Do you know when we use each of these symbols? Do you know what they symbolize?
Create a Shabbat holiday symbol book with pictures and/or drawings of each symbol and the name of each symbol.
I can put the parts of the story of Creation and Shabbat in the correct order
Shabbat is the seventh day of the Creation of the world. After making light and darkness; waters below and heavens above; land and oceans; sun, moon and stars; birds and fish; animals and people - God saw all that God had created and said that it was "good." Then God rested from all of God's work and gave us the gift of Shabbat so we could rest from our work as well.
Click to download and print our Creation Cards. Just cut them out, mix them up, and see if you can put the days of Creation in the right order.
Click here to take our Creation Quiz!
I can use the Hebrew names of the holiday
Shabbat in Hebrew is called, well..."Shabbat!" Some people call it "Shabbos," which is really the same thing as "Shabbat." The word "Shabbat" in Hebrew is spelled שבת. and it means "rest."
Create Shabbat-o-grams using the Hebrew name of Shabbat.
I can match Shabbat with its appropriate season
Shabbat is the only holiday that is celebrated every single week of the year. Shabbat is the 7th day of the week and no matter if its warm or chilly, rainy or sunny - Shabbat always comes! Shabbat begins on Friday evening and ends on Saturday night. That's because, when God was creating each day, God said, "There was EVENING and there was MORNING..." Did you notice how God said "evening" before "morning"? That teaches us that a Jewish day actually begins in the evening, not in the morning.
I can recite the Shabbat b’rachot (blessings)
Shabbat begins on Friday evenings. We light two candles, drink wine or grape juice and share challah. Practice the blessings so you can help make Shabbat beautiful with your whole family.
Can you sing the blessing for lighting candles?
Learn the kiddush, the blessing over wine.
Here's the blessing over challah.
Create your own audio recordings of the blessings to use at home.
I can identify the rituals that we do on Shabbat
Shabbat is the most special day of the week. There are lots of things we do differently on Shabbat. There are also many things that we try not to do.
Watch the video below to learn about Shabbat rituals.
Let's play a game. Click on the "Play Now" button and play our Remembering and Observing Shabbat game.
Make your own video tutorial about how to welcome Shabbat with the appropriate symbols and rituals.
I can hypothesize about the values associated with Shabbat based on the holiday story
Middot are Jewish values. A value is a belief or behavior that we all believe is important. Some Jewish values are kindness, bravery and love. You can find a list of many more middot below. Think about all that you've learned about Shabbat. What values do you think are important for these holidays? What values to these holidays inspire us to act on? You can print out our list of middot (plural of middah), cut each middah out and create a poster for each holiday celebrating its values.