18 Little Ways to Celebrate Shabbat at Home
- Invite friends.
- Ask guests to prepare a Shabbat blessing, song, or story
- Set a special table for Shabbat dinner.
- Use a special tablecloth.
- Arrange fresh flowers in your home.
- Polish the silver.
- Pour a nice wine.
- Bake or buy a challah.
- Give thanks for the blessings of the week.
- Light special candles.
- Read a Shabbat prayer…then read it again.
- Say blessings over the wine and challah.
- Sing some nice songs.
- Listen to the quiet peace of a dinner at home…without phone, TV, or radio.
- Take a Shabbat walk.
- Be open to moments of wonder, of soulful encounter.
- Pause for a moment as Shabbat ends on Saturday night. Sing havdalah!
- Look forward to the next week’s Shabbat celebration.
Books to Help Your Home Celebration
Written and illustrated by Camille Kress
This board book for toddlers encourages parents and children to share a rich spiritual and sensory Shabbat experience. Artist and author Camille Kress created this story on cardboard for her young son because heavy pages cannot be torn by little fingers. Her warm watercolors depict Shabbat symbols within the home–candlesticks, challah, and a Kiddush cup–and a family celebrating a peaceful Shabbat evening.
“Simple and engaging.”–Booklist
Written by Michelle Shapiro Abraham,Illustrated by Ann Koffsky
From the author of Good Morning, Boker Tov and Good Night, Lilah Tov, Michelle Abraham’s latest book introduces preschoolers to the joy of Shabbat.
In simple, rhyming language, Shabbat Shalom! tells the story of family celebrating Shabbat. . Filled with prayers and beautiful illustrations, Shabbat Shalom! is a wonderful way to teach toddlers about lighting Shabbat candles, reciting the Kiddush, saying the blessing over the challah and more. Abraham’s educational books for preschoolers are proven successes, making learning fun and exciting. Shabbat Shalom! is the perfect compliment to the Morning/Bedtime Rituals books, creating a strong start to leading a Jewish life.