Shabbat Resources

Shabbat Videos:

Here are some links to Tot Shabbat Videos made by Jennifer Altman

For more fun videos go to:

Take a look at this great Shabbat songsheet.

More Shabbat Resources

Check out a whole array of wonderful resources for bringing the power and beauty of Shabbat into your family’s life.

(From 18 Doors, an organization supporting Jewish and multifaith families.)

Lighting the Candles

Shabbat candle lighting times by zip code. See

Blessing over lighting the Shabbat candles:

Barukh Ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh Ha’Olam, asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu lehadlik ner shel shabbat.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who makes us holy through the commandments and commands us to kindle the lights of Shabbat.

Audio file of the tune for the blessing over candles:


Blessing the Children: Traditional & Innovative.


Blessing your child each week is a powerful ritual. Parents continue to bless their child by phone once their child moves away. Traditionally, chidren are blessed during Friday night dinner.

A blessing for a person has two components. You notice and appreciate something special about that person, and then you bestow a hope for goodness upon them.

Blessings are also accompanied by touch, so if it is comfortable for your child, it is nice to have some kind of physical contact during the act of blessing. This can be holding hands, or a hand on the shoulder or head, or a hug or cuddle.

Share something special about your child that you noticed over the past week and then share a blessing for some kind of goodness you hope for them in the days and weeks to come. Conclude by reciting one of the blessings below.


For boys: May you be like Ephraim and Menashe.  

יְשִׂימְךָ אֱלֹהיִם כְּאֶפְרַיְם וְכִמְנַשֶּׁה 

Yisimkha Elohim k’Efraim v’chi-Menasheh.

For girls: May you be like Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah. 

יְשִׂימֵךְ אֱלֹהיִם כְּשָׂרָה רִבְקָה רָחֵל וְלֵאָה 

Yesimekh Elohim k’Sarah Rivka Rachel v’Leah 

For both boys and girls: 

May God bless you and watch over you. 

יְבָרֶכְךָ יהוה, וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ 

Yevarekh’kha Adonai v’yishmerekha. 

May God’s light and grace shine upon you. 

יָאֵר יהוה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וִיחֻנֶּךָּ 

Ya’er Adonai panav elekha v’yikhuneka. 

May God shower you with kindness and bring you peace. 

יִשָּׂא יהוה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם 

Yisa Adonai panav elekha v’yasem lekha shalom. 

Gender Inclusive English and Hebrew 

May the Source of All make you like our righteous ancestors.  

May the Source of All bless you and keep you.  

יְבָרְכֹל יְיָ’ וְיִשַׁמֶּרְכֹל  

Yevarkhol Adonai v’yishmerekhol.

May the Source of All shine light upon you and be gracious to you.

יָאֵר יְיָ’ פָּנָיו אֵלֵכֹל וִיְחֻנֶּכֹל  

Ya’er Adonai panav elekhol v’yikhunekhol. 

May the Source of All turn towards you and give you peace.

יִשָּׂא יְיָ’ פָּנָיו אֵלֵכֹל וַיָּשֶׂם לְכֹל שָׁלוֹם  

Yisa Adonai panav elekhol v’yasem lekhol shalom. 


May you grow to be a giver and receiver of goodness and wisdom.  

May you be blessed and protected.  

May you succeed in all your worthy endeavors.  

May you find kindness in yourself, kindness in others, and peace in the world. 

Audio file of reciting the Shabbat blessing for children (traditional):


Hamotzi: Prayer before eating bread said at the beginning of a meal.

Barukh Ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh Ha’Olam, hamotzi lechem min ha’aretz.

Blessed are you, Lord our God,  Sovereign of the Universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.

Audio recording of the tune for Hamotzi (traditional and camp tune with English):


Kiddush: Blessing before drinking wine.

Barukh Ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh Ha’Olam, borei p’ri hagafen.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.


Audio recording of tune for long kiddush for Shabbat Friday evening: Coming soon.

Audio recording of the first paragraph of Birkhat Hamazon, the Grace after Meals: Coming soon.