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Shabbat and Other Holidays

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 intermarried couple or with your extended interfaith family in's archive of articles, resources and external links. Visit the Resource Page for Shabbat and Other Holidays, or chose a holiday below!

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 Booklet

Shabbat Made Easy

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

Going to Shabbat Services at Synagogue?

  In Your Community
 Quick Tips

Our 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.

 Havdalah Booklet

Havdalah Made Easy

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

 Keep Talking

Looking to share Shabbat and Havdalah ideas and stories with others?

 Additional Resources


Hebrew for "15th of [the month of] Shevat," both a date and the name of a holiday celebrated on that date. A holiday that falls in January or February, it's the New Year for trees. Derived from the Greek word for "assembly," a Jewish house of prayer. Synagogue refers to both the room where prayer services are held and the building where it occurs. In Yiddish, "shul." Reform synagogues are often called "temple." Hebrew for "separation" or "distinction," the ceremony marking the end of the Sabbath on Saturday evenings. The Jewish Sabbath, from sunset on Friday to nightfall on Saturday. A Summer holiday commemorating the receiving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, it is also known as the Feast of Weeks, as it comes seven weeks after Passover begins. Hebrew for "Booths," it's a fall holiday marking the harvest, like a Jewish Thanksgiving, complete with opportunities for dining and sleeping under the stars.
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