Holidays

Motzaei Shabbat Activities

July 16, 2014

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Included below are some options to conclude the Shabbat in an uplifting and enlightening way. Enclosed you will find craft activities, event templates, and ideas that can be used to close out the weekend in a fun and meaningful way.

 

havdallah

Here are some ideas for your community-iStock_000014975769Large

  • Host a local band for a havdallah service
  • Host a melavah malka at the synagogue or community center immediately following havdallah
  • Have a craft or other activities available for children.

Goals-

  • Educate the community on how critical Shabbat is for Jewish continuity as well as fostering family closeness. It is the ideal framework for developing many of the qualities that researchers have found to characterize strong and healthy families.
  • Represent the importance of Shabbat rituals, traditions and learning which enhances ‘spiritual wellness’ and religious identity.

 

beeswax

This project can be done by children of any age with adult supervision. Experiment with different colors of beeswax!
If you twist or braid three candles together it makes an excellent Havdallah Candle!

What You Need:

  • Colored sheets of beeswax (available at craft stores, art stores, and teacher supply stores)
  • Wicking, in cut lengths or in a roll.
  • Wax paper or brown paper
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors or Utility Knife (use with adult present or with adult participation)
  • A clean, flat work surface

1. Lay wax paper or brown paper on your work surface and tape down with masking tape. This will keep the wax from getting all over your table.

2. Decide how tall you want your candles to be. Cut a rectangle from beeswax sheet to that height and wide enough to roll at least three or four times.

3. Lay a piece of wick down at the end of the rectangle, parallel to the edge. Make sure it sticks out on one side–this will be the top, the part you light. Starting from the wick end, roll up the beeswax, keeping even pressure on the whole thing. Roll it about three or four times, until it becomes the thickness you like.

4. When it is the desired thickness, cut off the extra and use your fingers to gently press on the cut edge so that it is even.

5. Prepare  two more candles and tie them together with a beeswax ‘ribbon’–squeezing the top so the flames will touch when lit. Or, braid the three candles together.

 

sachet

 Cloves and cinnamon sticks are two traditional Ashkenazic spices that are long-lasting, easy to find, easy to store, and blend with another beautifully. Perfect for Havdallah!

What You Need:

  • Tulle circles, available in the wedding aisle of a party/craft store. Or, buy tulle by the yard and have big kids cut it into 8 in. squares
  • Whole cloves and cinnamon sticks
  • Rubber bands
  • Colorful ribbons
  • Scissors
  • Hammer (optional)

1. Break cinnamon sticks with a hammer.

2. Place a teaspoon or two of the spices in the middle of the tulle circle.

3. Raise edges of tulle with fingers and twist shut.

4. Wrap a rubber band around the twist.

5. Cut a length of ribbon and tie it over the rubber band.

 

Is your synagogue/ community hosting a Motzaei Shabbat Activity? Tell us more! Email community@ou.org with the Subject Line ‘ Shabbat 2014′! You could be featured here!