Hands make plaits of dough on a table.

Schabbat-Workshop; Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Foto: Diana Dressel

Sunday: A Jewish Invention?

Shabbat workshop for students ages 11 or older

Why do we organize our life in days, weeks and months? What do we consider work now­adays? Physical labor, office time, school or even reading? How do we relax or rest? 

By appointment

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The W. M. Blumenthal Academy is marked in green


W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Workshop
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
(Opposite the Museum)

These questions and the respective answers are closely tied to the Jewish holiday of Shabbat, which begins on Friday and varies in duration accor­ding to location and season. The first descriptions of Shabbat are found in the Torah, Judaism’s holy book. In this workshop, parti­cipants will learn how Jews celebrate Shabbat and which religious and secular rituals can play a role.

The work­shop on the weekly holiday of Shabbat includes an exploration of the core exhi­bition, as well as baking and com­munally enjoying Challot, the Jewish braided yeast bread tra­ditionally eaten on Friday evening. 

Spice boxes designed in the shape of silver flowers

Besamim cans are filled with fragrant spices on Saturday evening. The shape of the cans is not prescribed, and so an extraordinary wealth of forms developed. Paula J. Newman Pollachek: Hawdala-Besamim box set; Jewish Museum Berlin

Further information on this document can be found in our online collection (in German)

Where, when, what?

  • WhenDates by arrangement
  • Duration2,5 hours
  • Where W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Workshop
    Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin (Opposite the Museum)
    See location on map
  • Entry fee

    Price per group 55 € for school groups | 135 € for adults (90 € reduced price)

  • Information and registrationT +49 (0)30 259 93 305 (Mon-Fri, 10 am–4 pm) visit@jmberlin.de 
    We offer workshops for groups on the date of your choice. Please submit your request at least 4 to 6 weeks before the desired date.

    Number of participants15 individuals + accompanying persons Two groups can be grouped simultaneously.

    Please note We also offer this workshop in accordance with kashrut dietary rules. Please contact us for more information. We also offer this workshop for groups that include participants with integration or special educational needs. Please contact us for more information.

    The braided yeast bread Challot contains wheat flour and possibly poppy seeds, sesame and black cumin. In case of a  food intolerance or allergy please notify our workshop guides in advance.

    LanguagesThis workshop is offered in German and English.

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