Shabbat Checklist and Basic Laws

Posted on April 23rd, 2018
by Mrs. Lori Palatnik for

Your handy guide to prepare and organize for a spectacular Shabbat.

Preparing for Shabbat is a matter of learning and experience, which, in time, become as natural as breathing. Hang in there, and find the rhythm that's best for you.

As you go through this list, click on the links for more detailed "how-to" articles.

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Shabbat Zemirot - Songs Sung Around the Table

Posted on April 16th, 2018


Friday night, Shabbat begins. A time when work ceases and family can spend a relaxing evening together around the dinner table.  Here are several traditional zemirot, Shabbat songs, and some newer ones, that you and your family can learn from YouTube and when Shabbat comes, sing around the dinner table. So turn off your electronic devices, and experience the wonder of Shabbat; of eating together, singing together, being together.

Click on each song to get to the YouTube video.

Shalom Aleichem 

Tzur Mishelo 

Yom Zeh L'Yisrael 

Ya Ribon Olam 

Shabbat Shalom 

There's A Dinosaur Knocking on My Door 

Want more information on Shabbat? Check out Jvillage Network's Shabbat Guide. 

What is Shabbat? Intro to the Jewish Sabbath Through Videos

Posted on April 9th, 2018
From BimBam

Every week, many Jews around the world take a 25-hour break to recharge and reflect. Learn more about why and how Jews observes the Sabbath in this new video.

Parents and kids – use this karaoke video to learn the blessing together for lighting Shabbat candles from our friends at Temple Sinai Preschool in Oakland and the Shaboom! singers. Practice as much as you want…and Shabbat shalom to your family!

Continue to the BimBam website to download a handy-dandy blessings cheat sheet to post on your fridge and use together!


Want more information on Shabbat? Check out Jvillage Network's Shabbat Guide. 

Last Day of Passover in the United States

Posted on April 2nd, 2018


This coming Saturday, April 7, is the last day of Passover in the Diaspora except for more liberal strains of Jewish practice, whose last day is April 6.

What Do People Do?

Passover lasts for up to eight days (or seven days among Reform Jewish groups). There are many Jewish people who adhere to most of the Sabbath observances during the last day of Passover. Some may take a holiday around this time of the year. It is also a time for Jewish people to recite special blessings or prayers, as well as visit a synagogue or listen to readings from the Torah and eat a ceremonial meal.

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Are you looking for meal ideas until the holiday ends? Check out Jvillage Network's Passover Guide's section: Great Eats for the Entire Week.

Do we do anything special because Seder falls on a Friday night this year?

Posted on March 26th, 2018

When the seder falls on Friday evening, we acknowledge both Shabbat and the holiday of Passover. We recite a slightly different candle blessing that includes the words “yom tov” (festival). The Kiddush too, is different, and is sung to a special melody. The Kiddush sung when the seder falls on Saturday night includes a special addition for Havdalah.

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Want more information on Passover? Check out Jvillage Network's Passover Guide.


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