Faith in the Family

Faith in the Family

Meredith Jacobs is the co-founder of, and the author of "The Modern Jewish Mom's Guide to Shabbat." She currently serves as the host of "Connecting Family" on NPR in Baltimore, MD, and writes a monthly parenting column in The Baltimore Jewish Times. Most significantly, Jacobs is a wife and mother. She has been interviewed for her perspective as a Jewish mom for articles in Parenting magazine and The Forward.


How to Light Hanukkah Candles

Meredith teaches you how to load candles into your hanukkiah for each of the eight nights of the Festival of Light and explains how to recite the Hanukkah blessings in Hebrew.

How to Light Shabbat Candles

Lighting candles on Friday night is one of the most important commandments traditionally performed by women. Meredith demonstrates how to recite the Hebrew blessings and light the candles, ushering in Shabbat (the Sabbath).

How to Bake Challah

Meredith demonstrates how to bake delicious challah bread for your Friday night Shabbat meal. Watch the whole segment or review steps one, two, and three, on their own. Then try it out for yourself!

How to Bless Your Children

Do you tell your children often enough that you're proud of them? Meredith, with help from her kids, shows you how recite the traditional Jewish blessings for sons and daughters, with a personalized twist.

Tour of a Kosher Kitchen

What does it mean to have a kosher home? Meredith takes you on tour of her kitchen and explains the separation between meat and dairy, how to maintain kosher appliances, and how to buy kosher food.

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The Modern Jewish Mom's
Guide to Shabbat

By Meredith L. Jacobs