Jewish Life & Resources

Welcoming Shabbat and Jewish Holidays

Shabbat and the Jewish holidays are beautiful, treasured times for family and community, and are traditionally marked by lighting candles at the beginning and end.

Our Shabbat and Holiday Calendar lists the times for both candle lighting and havdala. Shabbat and holidays officially begin 18 minutes after the time listed for candle lighting. It is common to light two candles, though some families light an additional candle for each child.

We conclude Shabbat symbolically with havdala — a ceremony that marks the end of Shabbat and ushers in the new week. Havdala involves lighting a special candle made up of several wicks, blessing a cup of wine or grape juice, and smelling sweet spices (such as cloves). These special traditions help us mark the difference between sacred and ordinary time.

We invite every family in the Perelman community to enhance their Jewish knowledge. If you'd like to learn more about observing Shabbat or the Jewish holidays at home, about our community celebrations, or about other matters of halakha, please contact Rabbi Chaim Galfand at 610-658-2518 x275.

Forman Center

Kindergarten - Grade 5  •  7601 Old York Road, Melrose Park, PA 19027  •  215-635-3130

Stern Center

PreK - Grade 5 and Administrative Offices  •  49 Haverford Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096  •  610-658-2518