Shabbat (the Sabbath) is a day of rest and celebration for Jewish people. It begins on Friday at sunset and ends on Saturday evening. On Shabbath, girls and women light candles and the whole family gathers around the table for the Shabbath meal.
In Or Avner-Green Kindergarten and School, we start every Friday by baking Challah- the special bread for Shabbat. The kids shape the dough and hear the special blessing of “Hfrashat Challa” (dough offering)
In the afternoon, we have Kabalat Shabbat. Two children, a boy and a girl are chosen to be the “father” and “mother” of Shabbat, they have special seats and special tasks: the “mother” lights two candles and says the special blessing while the “father” blesses the wine and bread and gives a small glass of grape juice and piece of the Challa to each child. The children sing Shabbat songs and prayers such as “Shalom Ali’chem”. Athe end of the day, the “father” and “mother” get to take home a special bag with objects related to the role they played (candlesticks, silver cup).