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Winner of the “Honor Award" in the Children's Category for the Sydney Taylor Book Awards

For ages 3–6

Around the World in One Shabbat

Jewish People Celebrate the Sabbath Together

Durga Yael Bernhard

11 x 8.5, 32 pp, Hardcover, 978-1-58023-433-7

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Winner of the “Honor Award" in the Children's Category for the Sydney Taylor Book Awards


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.


Jewish Eye

“Child-centric.... 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 ... an excellent resource.”

Publishers Weekly

“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

“Successfully provides an introduction to Shabbat rituals, prayers, and customs, and many vibrant Jewish communities.”

School Library Journal

“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

“This is not only a book for the whole family—it’s a book for the whole planet ... [and] for anyone searching for spiritual solace in the midst [of] our crazy world.... Reminds us that families around the world face similar challenges—and many regulate their lives through religious traditions that provide the necessary Sabbath time for respite and happiness.”

Read the Spirit

“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


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