Shabbat and Other Holidays

Shabbat candles with Challah bread and wine cup

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 the stars in the sky on Saturday night.

Cheat Sheets

Child with Shabbat candlesShabbat (with Kids) Cheat Sheet: An easy reference about how to do Shabbat with young kids, including the blessings

Couple making challahShabbat Cheat Sheet: An easy reference for how to do Shabbat, including some background and blessings.

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

Liz and her family doing shabbatHow to do…Shabbat 101—Explains how to do Shabbat with answers to the questions you’ve asked. Plus what to say when you do Shabbat. And How to Celebrate Shabbat…When You Miss Friday Night has 5 minute, 10 minute and 1 hour ideas for ways to incorporate Shabbat into your Saturday as a family.


SynagogueGoing to Shabbat Services at Synagogue?


Quick Tips


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.