This is a lesson plan provided by the National Library of Israel.

Shabbat candles, kiddush, and challah are typically the experiences we associate with celebrating Shabbat. Interestingly, some Israelis have very different Shabbat traditions. How did some less traditionally observant Israelis commemorate Shabbat in the 1960s? How do they celebrate today? In this resource, learners will analyze an advertisement for an Oneg Shabbat from the 1960s, and discover an alternative way Israelis chose to experience Shabbat. Students will brainstorm ideas for planning their own Oneg Shabbat and create an advertisement promoting the event.

-The learner will:

  1. understand why Jews celebrate Shabbat in different ways
  2. know about the Oneg Shabbat initiative in Tel Aviv in the 1960s
  3. be able to plan their own oneg Shabbat and create a poster advertising their event


About the National Library and its educational materials:

The mission of the National Library of Israel is to provide a home for items of national, historic or cultural significance. Each of these primary sources serve as unique entry points into the collective memory of the people of Israel as well as the Jewish people worldwide.

The education department at the library curates the collection of primary sources and uses them as windows into the past; to foster a deeper understanding of Jewish history, and to enable learners to personalize and connect to earlier events.


When you click on the National Library of Israel resource link featured above, you will find the following educational building blocks for the creation of a lesson plan:


  1. A group activity to open the lesson and engage the learners.
  2. Discussion ideas and/or questions that are designed to get the learners thinking more deeply about the content.
  3. A creative activity that gives students the opportunity to go beyond learning and analyzing, to crafting something new, that personalizes how they relate to the  primary sources featured in the resource.
  4. The primary sources in this resource have individual links (listed in Expand your horizons below) that provide expanded information. In addition there are nuanced discussion questions that will enable students in small groups to engage independently and effectively in the process of  observing, interpreting, and connecting to the primary sources.

    Link to the lesson plan:
    Oneg Shabbat – A Shabbat Celebration


Student handouts, computer, projector

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