Schoolwide Havdallah @ Brandeis

This past Saturday night, Brandeis hosted a school-wide Havdallah event for children and parents. Dozens of families participated in a beautiful evening filled with meaning and soulfulness. Each child had the opportunity to make his/her own Havdallah candle and Besamim Kit. Throughout the last week, students learned all about this special mitzvah and decorated cards with the prayers and blessings on them. At the event, they each put 3 glow in the dark stars on their Havdallah Blessing Cards as a way to remember that Shabbat is over when there are 3 stars in the sky. Next, all of the children and parents gathered together for a musical Havdallah ceremony – led by Rabbi Haimoff on his guitar. It was so moving to hear the children unite and sing the Havdallah song they have been practicing all week. After singing a few more songs by the candlelight, the children were given glow sticks and danced to Israeli music. It was truly an uplifting and unforgettable experience!