Around the World in One Shabbat: Jewish People Celebrate the Sabbath Together [NOOK Book]


Take your child on a colorful adventure to share the many ways Jewish people celebrate Shabbat around the world. Shabbat Shalom!

  • Beginning in an old Jerusalem market Friday morning, shopping for foods to make Shabbat meals special
  • Setting a beautiful Sabbath table in ...
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Around the World in One Shabbat: Jewish People Celebrate the Sabbath Together

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Take your child on a colorful adventure to share the many ways Jewish people celebrate Shabbat around the world. Shabbat Shalom!

  • Beginning in an old Jerusalem market Friday morning, shopping for foods to make Shabbat meals special
  • Setting a beautiful Sabbath table in Australia Friday afternoon
  • Lighting Shabbat candles with a family in Turkey
  • Singing zemirot with relatives in Russia
  • Making hamotzi as a congregation in the United States
  • Parading the Torah scrolls at Shabbat morning services in a synagogue in Germany
  • Relaxing in the peace of Shabbat day in Canada
  • Enjoying a special Sabbath afternoon meal in Morocco

From Israel to Thailand, from Ethiopia to Argentina, you and your children are invited to share the diverse Sabbath traditions that come alive in Jewish homes and synagogues around the world each week—and to celebrate life with Jewish people everywhere.

A 2012 Sydney Taylor Honor Book for Younger Readers

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bernhard uses a global, child-centric approach to explore traditions and rituals that accompany the Sabbath. Each spread tells the story of a different child; in Buenos Aires, Alicia awakens from a nap and helps her sister braid challah, while in Istanbul Leyla joins her brother and parents around the table ("The golden rays of sunset bring a feeling of peace as Shabbat begins"). As Bernhard moves from France and Canada to Ethiopia and Thailand, warm, genial paintings add to an overall sense of serenity and community. The lyricism of the vignettes belies just how much information Bernhard packs into the book—it's an excellent resource. Ages 3–6. (Apr.)
From the Publisher

"A beautiful introduction to the commonality and diversity of the Jewish people. The different stories add up to one very special Shabbat."
Emily Sper, author, The Kids' Fun Book of Jewish Time

"By the time we have circumnavigated the world with Bernhard, not only have we learned about the rich depth and variety of Sabbath observance, we understand also about the ubiquity of Jews and the love that continues to nurture and hold them together."
Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, author, Because Nothing Looks Like God; co-author, In God's Hands

“A delightful journey to Jewish homes around the world as they celebrate Shabbat with joy and meaning. Beautiful illustrations teach the diversity of the Jewish people as they gather for the holiday. You and your children will love this book! Highly recommended.”
Dr. Ron Wolfson, author, Shabbat: The Family Guide to Preparing for and Celebrating the Sabbath; co-president, Synagogue 3000

“In a world that is often in a hurry, Durga Yael Bernhard gives us a glimpse of a world that has learned to stop, to catch its breath and celebrate Shabbat. Beautiful illustrations invite the reader to travel around the globe, to sit with their brothers and sisters and taste the magic spice of Sabbath rest.”
Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, author, God’s Paintbrush and In God’s Name

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
Early on Friday morning, Avi, Rachel, and their grandmother begin preparations for the arrival of the Sabbath. They go to an open air market in Jerusalem where they buy food for the weekly meal. This is the first stop on a round-the-world trip to meet Jewish families in Argentina, Australia, Turkey, Russia, Germany, France, and the U.S. As an old camp song says, "Wherever you go, there's always someone Jewish," even in Thailand and Ethiopia. The lovely line through the book is that there is an easily traceable connection between the Sabbath preparations in each country as mothers light candles, fathers offer blessings, grandparents sing songs, and children anxiously await the Sabbath bride. Author Bernhard does an admirable job of capturing the feelings of peace and tranquility that should be associated with Sabbath. The text calls out for a hushed reading so as not to disturb the peace and solemnity of the occasion. Countries like Thailand seem unlikely sites for a Jewish Sabbath observance, so a little research will be called for to ascertain that, indeed, there is a Jewish community in every country mentioned, some more ancient than the reader might expect. The Russian entry talks about the family's hard-won freedom to practice their religion. The German community inaugurates a new synagogue to welcome the Sabbath. In America, the congregational rabbi is female. The book concludes in Israel with Havdalah, the beautiful and fragrant end of the Sabbath observance and the beginning of the work week. Families may want to make this book a regular part of their own weekly observance as it so perfectly captures the tranquil tone of Friday night dinner and a day of rest. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—On Friday morning, Avi and Rachel accompany their grandmother to the market in Jerusalem to purchase the ingredients for their Sabbath meal. In Buenos Aires, Alicia and her sister help to make challah. Leyla and David watch as their mother lights the Sabbath candles in Istanbul, and Isaac listens to his grandfather recite the blessing over the wine in St. Petersburg, Russia. Young girls in France and America, and a boy in Germany, celebrate Shabbat in the synagogue while children in Casablanca, Thailand, and India spend Saturday afternoon with their families. The book concludes with Avi and Rachel, saying good-bye to Shabbat through the havdalah ceremony. A full page of text in a small font narrates each family's experience and is accompanied by pleasant watercolors illustrating the rituals and the unique settings. The Shabbat blessings, in Hebrew and English, are integrated nicely into the text. While Tami Lehman-Wilzig's Passover Around the World (2007) and Hanukkah Around the World (2009, both Kar-Ben) are more comprehensive, Bernhard successfully provides an introduction to Shabbat rituals, prayers, and customs, and many vibrant Jewish communities.—Rachel Kamin, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland Park, IL
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000924457
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Durga Yael Bernhard has authored and illustrated many books for children, including multicultural books such as Around the World in One Shabbat: Jewish People Celebrate the Sabbath Together; A Ride on Mother's Back, an American Bookseller Pick of the List; Happy New Year; and While You Are Sleeping. Her lift-the-flap book In the Fiddle Is a Song was a Child Magazine Best Book of the Year, and won the Please Touch Children's Museum of Philadelphia Award.

Durga Yael Bernhard is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Sabbath
  • Illustration
  • Book-Making
  • Multicultural Children’s Literature
  • Jewish-Themed Art Activities for Children and Teens

Click here to contact the author.

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