How to host SHABBAT DINNER with Young Children (A Typical Friday Night in Our House)

How to host SHABBAT DINNER with Young Children (A Typical Friday Night in Our House)

For the corresponding blog post:

If you liked this Shabbat video, check out the two that inspired me:
From My Jewish Mommy Life:
From Everyday Jewish Mom:

After watching a few videos about how other people do Shabbat Dinner, I thought I’d share how we typically celebrate Shabbat on Friday nights with our young children (18 months and 4 years old).

Compared with other families, I would say we keep things very simple, typically just dining as a family, and try to make the evening as low stress and relaxing as possible.

Shabbat is a Jewish holiday that comes around 52 times a year. I hope you like this sneak peek into our typical Friday night, and I’d love to hear how your family observes or celebrates. Or if you are new to this topic, I hope the information was helpful to you!

Here’s the Kid Kraft wooden toy Shabbat set that appears in my video:*
They also make amazing Hanukkah ones: *
And Passover ones: *
(And yes, we have all three, and they are great and super sturdy quality!)

Whether you speak Hebrew and know all the blessings or not, I think having a few kid-friendly Shabbat or Jewish Music CDs is a great thing for families. Here are two we love:
Shabbat Shalom with Ditza (contains shabbat songs and the blessing over the candles – not the wine and challah, sorry!),
Debbie Friedman Anthology, *
Many synagogues also offer resources for free or reasonably priced music CDs for learning the blessings and Jewish holiday songs.

PJ Library is an amazing Jewish literacy nonprofit for families with young children. To receive free Jewish-themed age-appropriate books for your child (and sometimes CDs and other gifts), sign up here:

Resources for purchasing Judaica objects:

At the top end, you can look to famous silver makers like Buccellatti for heirloom quality sterling silver candlesticks, kiddish cups and chanukiyot:

For other high end Judaica pieces, you can shop the major Judaica auctions, which typically are held in New York. For example:

For more reasonable prices, the Judaica stores in the Pico/Robertson area or Fairfax Boulevard in Los Angeles, or along Chandler Boulevard in the valley offer many functional and lovely Judaica pieces.

Temples also often have small gift shops which raise money for the congregation and conveniently offer items you might need for an upcoming holiday. You can call your local temple to check the hours they are open.

Even the higher end thrift stores, like the Council Thrift Shops in LA often feature Judaica at exceptional prices. For their store locations, you can check here:

I also love the museum shops for buying Judaica gifts, which you can visit in person or online:

Audrey’s, at the Skirball Cultural Center (they also are a lovely resource for a ketubah or mezuzah as well as children’s toys),

The Jewish Museum in NYC,

Thanks for viewing and please keep in touch!

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