Judaism 101

Want to feel confident walking into a synagogue, seder or shiva? Start with our Judaism 101 video collection.

Shabbat Dinner Blessings – Lyrics

Get familiar with Jewish blessings and Friday night traditions with our singalong lyrics video created through a partnership with Moishe House and Taglit-Israel Birthright.

If you want to host Shabbat dinner at your home and you are not super familiar with the tunes or blessings, this sing-along Shabbat guide should get you up to speed in no time.

Music and singing by Isaac Zones. Narration by Sarah Curtin. All music here is traditional except the “Al Netilat Yadayim” melody composed by Ari Kaplan.

Made possible by the Jewish New Media Innovation Fund. Special Thank you to The Jim Joseph Foundation, The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Righteous Persons Foundation and an Anonymous donor through The Jewish Funders Network.

Learn to Light Shabbat Candles

Parents and kids – use this karaoke video to learn the blessing together for lighting Shabbat candles from our friends at Temple Sinai Preschool in Oakland and the Shaboom! singers. Practice as much as you want…and Shabbat shalom to your family!

Click the preview below to download a handy dandy blessings cheat sheet to post on your fridge and use together!

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If this was helpful, be sure to check out all of our Shabbat Shaboom videos – you can learn about blessing the grape juice, lighting the candles and so much more. Shabbat shalom to your family!

Learn to bless the Grape Juice for Shabbat

Learn the blessing (bracha) over wine or grape juice that Jewish families say on Shabbat and holidays. This is also known as the simple “short” kiddush.

To learn the full Shabbat evening kiddush, check out this other Shabbat video we made with Moishe House that teaches the whole long version.

Click the preview below to download a handy dandy blessings cheat sheet to post on your fridge and use together!

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Learn to Bless the Challah for Shabbat

In this karaoke video, parents and kids learn the blessing, or bracha, over challah that Jewish families say on Shabbat…or anytime over regular bread.

Click the preview below to download a handy dandy blessings cheat sheet to post on your fridge and use together!

shabbat shalom

If this was helpful, be sure to check out all of our Shabbat Shaboom videos – you can learn about blessing the grape juice, lighting the candles and so much more. Shabbat shalom to your family!

Havdalah How to: Learn to sing the blessings

Havdalah is the ceremony that marks the end of Shabbat, the day of rest. Through blessings and rituals involving the senses – plus fire, wine and spice – we say goodbye to that special Sabbath feeling.

Sing along Karaoke style and practice until you feel confident on your own.

Thank you to our friends at Moishe House for helping create this animated “Birchot Havdalah” guide for their community, and to Debbie Friedman z”l for the music.

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Havdalah Blessings Source Sheet

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Bim Bam: Shabbat Shalom Hey! song

Bim Bam! In this lyrics video, you can learn the popular Shabbat Shalom HEY song and get the family in the mood for Friday night dinner.

It’s not just a song – it’s our company name! BIM BAM, the production company that brings you Shaboom!, is proud to present our favorite Jewish songleader Isaac Zones in this singalong…so raise your voice, clap your hands and Shabbat shalom to you!

Thank you to our volunteer fake Shabbat dinner participants…
Simon Z, Gideon Z, Yali S, Levi S, Jo Ellen Pozner Zeitlin, Khanh Ly Ho, Jeremy Shuback and Sarah Lefton

Learn the Shabbat Candle Blessing

Learn the Shabbat candle blessing with this karaoke video recorded and painted by kids in Kindergarten and Second Grade at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, California.

“ברוך אתה ה״ אלוהינו מלך העולם אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו להדליק נר של שבת”
Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu Melekh ha‑olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Shabbat.
“Blessed are You, Adonai, our God, Ruler of the universe, who has sanctified us with commandments and commanded us to light Shabbat candles.”

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The development of this project was made possible by the generosity of the 

The development of this project was made possible by the Generosity of The Jewish Federation and The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay (JFED).

Learn the Hamotzi Blessing

Learn the Hamotzi blessing that Jewish people say before eating bread made out of wheat, barley, rye, oats, or spelt flour. (And famously, challah, the special braided bread, on Shabbat!) The name of the Hamotzi blessing, by the way, comes from the Hebrew מוציא “he removes.”

This karaoke video was recorded and painted by kids in the third and fourth grades at Temple Sinai of Oakland.

The words they are singing are:

ברוך אתה ה’ א‑לוהינו, מלך העולם, המוציא לחם מן הארץ.‏
Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam, hamotzi lehem min ha’aretz.
Blessed are You, Adonai, Who brings forth bread from the earth.

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The development of this project was made possible by the generosity of the 

The development of this project was made possible by the Generosity of The Jewish Federation and The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay (JFED).

Eliyahu Hanavi: Havdalah Song Lyrics

Havdalah is the ceremony that closes Shabbat, and Eliyahu is the traditional song Jewish people sing as it closes before wishing each other a Shavua Tov – or a good week. The song is about Elijah the Prophet and the lyrics mean:

The lyrics mean:
Elijah the prophet, Elijah of Tishbi, Elijah of Gilead, may he soon come to us along with the Messiah, son of David.

Learn to sing Eliyahu and feel confident at your next Jewish gathering!

Let’s Bake Challah! the Jewish Baking App

What’s something Jewish that everyone loves? CHALLAH! With this Jewish baking app your kids can make challah without getting their hands sticky. Mix it, braid it, bake it, decorate it, bless it and eat it – it’s the whole challah experience for your mobile device.

Dozens of preschoolers in our challah test labs agree: it’s a fun way to play with your (Jewish) food! This iOS Jewish baking app helps kids learn and practice the Hebrew blessings for separating challah. Fun for kids 2 to 6.

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This project was made possible with generous support from The Koret Foundation, as part of its Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood.

These resources have been made possible through the generous support of the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah

Support for these resources was generously provided through a PJ Library Alliance Spark Engagement grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

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