Shabbat Resources

Browse and download free Shabbat resources for kids, prepared by Gateways' experienced special education teachers.  We would love to hear your feedback!

The Gateways Shabbat Family Companion

The Gateways Shabbat Family Companion

The Gateways Shabbat Family Companion is an excellent addition to any Shabbat celebration. This beautiful book, rich with Mayer-Johnson picture symbols, explanations and photos offers a deeper look into Shabbat blessings and rituals to help participants understand what they're doing and saying and why. Use the Shabbat Family Companion at your dinner table or in a synagogue or school setting.Learn more »


Kiddush with Picture Communication Symbols®

The blessing over the wine is illustrated with Tobii Dynavox Picture Communication Symbols®. Illustrating each word of the blessing with a symbol helps to make this blessing more accessible and understandable for pre-readers and students with disabilities. Students can use this printout to follow along with the blessing on Friday nights, learn how to recite the blessing, and learn the blessing's meaning. Additional Shabbat blessings illustrated with Picture Communication Symbols® can be found in The Gateways Shabbat Family Companion.Learn more »

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Kiddush File Folder Activity

File folder activities are puzzles contained in file folders that are quick and easy to make, and fun for students to do over and over again!  This file folder activity helps students become more familiar with the blessing over the wine as they match or sequence the symbols.Learn more »

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Shabbat Color Match File Folder Activity

File folder activities are puzzles contained in file folders that are quick and easy to make, and fun for students to do over and over again!  In this activity, students sort sets of Shabbat candles, kiddush cups, and challah covers by color.  This activity will help students become more familiar with the objects that families use on Friday nights. Learn more »

Make a Friday Night Schedule

Schedules help keep kids on track by letting them know what to expect and reducing anxiety about the unknown.  In this activity, students select the correct symbols and put them in order to create an easy-to-read Friday night schedule.  Once it's finished, decorate it and laminate it so it can be used week after week.Learn more »

Shabbat Memory Game Picture Cards

Have fun while becoming familiar with objects associated with Friday night Shabbat celebrations!  Print out the cards double-sided to create a Shabbat-themed game of memory.  These cards can also be used as flash cards for students who are learning to identify Shabbat objects. Learn more »

Shabbat is a Day of Rest Worksheet

Shabbat is special because it is a day of rest.  This worksheet explains why we rest on Shabbat, and asks students to sort out pictures of restful activities from pictures of stressful activities. Learn more »

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Going to Temple on Shabbat Social Story

People with disabilities can feel anxious about things that are unfamiliar. Social stories can set them up for success by explaining different situations and expectations.  This story illustrates what goes on in a temple on Shabbat, and explains how people usually dress and behave when they go to temple. Learn more »

Shabbat Candles and Birthday Candles are Different Social Story

People with disabilities can feel anxious about things that are unfamiliar. Social stories can set them up for success by explaining different situations and expectations.  This social story explains the differences between Shabbat candles and birthday candles, and illustrates how people act around Shabbat candles. Learn more »