Shabbat and Havdalah

Challah is a special Jewish braided bread eaten on Sabbath and holidays.
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 BookletShabbat Made Easy: A booklet explaining the customs and rituals of Friday night, Shabbat Made Easy is an introductory resource for families.

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



Shabbat candles being litOur 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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Further reading and Additional Resources

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Shabbat and some of the less well-known holidays—Sukkot, Shavuot, Tu Bishvat—can be great ways to introduce people to the beauty of Judaism. Learn how to make these other holidays part of your life as an interfaith couple or with your extended interfaith family in’s archive of articles, resources and external links.