Shabbat Sparks

shabbatsparks_A0011.jpg Shabbat Sparks is a new initiative from the BHDS Parent Association's Holiday Committee aiming to spark conversations and explorations in our community about the holiday of Shabbat.

Celebrate Shabbat with your BHDS Community!

Join us as we celebrate Shabbat together in the lobby every Friday morning, enjoy fresh baked challah and check out our weekly column in Hashavua (always available on this page - see news column at right).

Share Your Shabbat with Us! 

Does your family have a special Shabbat tradition or ritual? Do you have a meaningful Shabbat memory or experience you would like to share? We would love to hear from you! Please send your ideas, stories or feedback to the Shabbat committee at

Bake your own challah!

We hope you enjoyed receiving fresh challah dough from Oakland Grand Bakery.Tell us what you think at! We'd love to get your feedback on this pilot program as we consider offering it again in the future.

Shabbat Sparks Column

  • Shabbat Dinner at the Mostov /Silvermans'

    Emily Leah Silverman, BHDS Parent
    Posted May 9, 2012

    I come from a long tradition of Shabbos dinners going back many generations—all the way back to Bukovina, where my father Berl (Bernie Silverman z”l ) was born in a hut with a dirt floor and tin roof, in 1920. My Bubbe (Bernie’s mother) used to reluctantly explain, with her cheeks blushing red, that each week she would prepare the single-room house for Shabbos by cleaning the dirt floor with cow dung...

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