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Shabbat (Hebrew for Sabbath or rest) refers to the seventh day of creation in the Torah, and the ubiquitous Jewish day of rest. It is also often known in Yiddish as Shabbos, and is among the most sacred recurring events in the Jewish calendar, celebrated every week from Friday at sundown to Saturday at sundown. Shabbat is a unifying event that brings Jews together all over the world in shared prayer, song and joy! On Shabbat mornings, we also read the weekly parashah (portion) from the Torah and derive meaning from it in the context of our contemporary life. The modern home celebration usually includes blessings of the Shabbat candles, wine/grape juice, challah, a special meal shared with family and friends, and extra time to relax and rest. We say goodbye to Shabbat each week with the ritual of Havdalah (Hebrew for separation) and wish one another a shavua tov, a good week ahead.

*Celebrate Shabbat with your Rockdale Temple community every Friday evening at 6:15pm! Adults may also join in Torah study of the weekly portion at 9:30am on Saturday mornings, followed by Shabbat morning services at 10:30am. Once per month, families with young children are invited to celebrate together at FoRT Shabbat, either Friday evening, Saturday morning, or Saturday evening. Check the calendar for our service schedule and read about our Shabbat offerings here. *

Scroll down for great Shabbat information, how-tos, activities, mitzvah opportunities, music videos, recipes, and more!


How to say the Shabbat Blessings

Blessing over the Candles

Blessing over the Children

Kiddush & Motzi

A Prayer for Healing: Mi Shebeirach

Liturgical Music for Shabbat: V'shamru & Yismechu

Havdalah Blessings & How To


Shabbat History

Shabbat Basics

Explore at

Shabbat for Families

What is Shabbat?

The Shabbat Project

A Shabbat Meditation


Shabbat 101

Havdalah Explained

Ten Minutes of Torah

On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah Podcast

The 48 Middot (values) of the Torah

How to Show the Torah Some Love


Shabbat Sesame: Shabbat Shalom, Grover!

Hine Mah Tov

There's a Dinosaur Knocking at My Door 

I've Got that Shabbat Feeling - Shirlala

Check out PJ Library!

Make Beeswax Candles!

Bim Bam - Shabbat Shalom!


Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Teach Your Children the Mitzvot of Shabbat: Giving Tzedakah

Making Tzedakah a Shabbat Tradition


Hinei Mah Tov – Dan Nichols

Barechu/Am I Awake – Noah Aronson

Lecha Dodi in the Style of All of Me

Oseh Shalom – Nurit Hirsch

Oseh Shalom – Nava Tehilla

Havdalah Blessings – Debbie Friedman


Challah Recipe

Kugel Recipe

Chicken Soup with Vegetables

Matzo Balls… with a Twist

Cholent: Cook your own Sabbath Stew

Cooking with Kids

Mon, February 18 2019 13 Adar I 5779