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How to Say the Jewish Blessing over Children

Recommended for older teens and adults

It’s a sweet and special custom in Jewish communities to say the Jewish Blessing over children on before Shabbat dinner. This animated short explains how to incorporate a special moment with your kids on Friday night. Whether you bless your child in a traditional way, or add your own twist, it will be a highlight of the week for both of you.

The videos in the Lifecycles Series were made possible with generous support from The Koret Foundation, as part of their Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood. Based in San Francisco, the Koret Foundation supports groups like G‑dcast that contribute to a thriving community enhancing the quality of life for all.
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Written by Sarah Lefton, Matthue Roth and Jeremy Shuback

Storyboards and Character Illustrations by Jeanne Stern

Background Illustrations by Tammy Chang

Music by Ben Bromfield

Narrated by Mary Jane Wells

Animation by Nick Crimmen

Produced, Directed, and Sound Edited by Jeremy Shuback

Audience Development and Partnership Coordination by Lisa Finkelstein

Executive Producer was Sarah Lefton



Thanks to the rest of the G‑dcast Team, Koret Foundation leaders, and Distribution Partner organizations for their pluralistic guidance and general expertise:

  • Barbara Barza
  • Danielle Foreman
  • Deborah Kolben
  • 70 Faces Media including and Kveller
  • Lindsey Silken
  • InterfaithFamily
  • Oren Stevens
  • Rabbi Roni Handler  
  • RitualWell a project of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

  • Rabbi Aaron Alexander
  • Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University
  • Rabbi Rebecca Joseph
  • Rabbi Sari R. Laufer
  • Congregation Rodeph Sholom, affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism
  • Rabbi Kerry Olitzky  
  • Big Tent Judaism (formerly Jewish Outreach Institute)
  • Judith Rosenbaum
  • Jewish Women’s Archive

There are a myriad of Jewish subcultures and people, and the conversations in this video explores the array of choices people make in interpreting different types of Jewish rituals today.

© G‑dcast 2015

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