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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (February 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061120650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061120657
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #911,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A former director of media relations, Meredith L. Jacobs has spent the last decade creating programs and events for local charity groups, schools, and synagogues. In 2004, she developed a series of workshops about Shabbat for women's groups that inspired this book. Jacobs's monthly column on family and parenting appears in Jewish newspapers in Baltimore, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Phoenix, and Detroit. She lives with her husband and their two children in Rockville, Maryland.


More About the Author

Meredith Jacobs is author of The Modern Jewish Mom's Guide to Shabbat: Connect and Celebrate--Bring Your Family Together with the Friday Night Meal (HarperCollins) and Just Between Us: a no-stress, no-rules journal for girls and their moms (Chronicle Books, Spring 2010) that she co-authored with her daughter, Sofie. She is co-founder and editor of www.ModernJewishMom.com.

Jacobs is the host of "Modern Jewish Mom" (The Jewish Channel) and "Connecting Family" on WYPR 88.1 fm (NPR in Baltimore, MD). She blogs "Living Jewish with Meredith Jacobs" for Jewish Woman magazine and "Friday is Family" for Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. She stars in Beliefnet.com's online series "Faith in the Family, was the host of "Modern Jewish Mom" for XM's Radio Hanukkah and helped host DC101's "Jew Rock Marathon".

Her monthly parenting columns appear in The Baltimore Jewish Times. She has written for many Jewish publications including JewishLiving, Jewcy.com, 614, The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, JTA and Jewish Woman and has been interviewed for her perspective as a Jewish mom for articles in such publications as Parents, Parenting and The Forward and was featured for her challah baking in the September 2009 issue of First for Women magazine. She is the Director of Family Programming for Sixth & I Historic Synagogue and facilitator for the Washington, D.C. Mother's Circle (for non-Jewish women raising Jewish children). Excerpts from her writings are used in the "Student Reader" textbook for Hebrew University's Florence Melton Mini-School Parenting Education Program (PEP). Jacobs speaks to various women's and Jewish groups across the country and has been seen cooking potato latkes and matzo balls on TV (including NBC's "In the Loop with iVillage") and is a frequent guest on WUSA-TV's 9NewsNow.

Jacobs remains involved with the Jewish community as a member of the Boards of Trustees of Jewish Women International (JWI) and the Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI).

Most significantly, Jacobs is wife to Jonathan and mother to Sofie and Jules.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dana Sacks on March 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am the sort of person who gets intimidated easily when faced with something I believe everyone else knows a lot about and I don't know anything. It wasn't until I had children that I started to think about the responsiblity of creating a weekly Shabbat in my house. We'd invite guests, go over to someone's house, or sometimes, hurriedly light candles and cut the challah while moving on to another event. Back then, it would have been nice to have this book handy.

Jacobs' book makes you think about slowing down and making time to really create a meaningful Shabbat. She gives you all the how-tos, without sounding pretentious or judgemental....she simply tells you how she morphed her routine in a way that makes you feel like you can too.

One of the most important parts of the book is the parsha section, with a quick overview of the Torah portion for the week and questions to ask at the dinner table. There are recipes as well, with a whole section about making your own challah and how baking it will enhance your meal.

But best of all is her tone. It is familiar, like you are talking with a new, best friend, in a way that makes you feel she has put her arms around you and said, "You can do it. I'll help."

A fun read, very imformative, and well worth buying. It's in a place of honor next to our table, within easy reach for our Friday night discussions.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CheKer on September 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
Absolutely a great read for any modern Jewish woman/mother looking to reconnect with Judaism and celebrate Shabbat with her own family. The book was written in a completely non-judgemental way and was very accessible, without causing immense waves of guilt and shame that I needed a book to help me out!

Perfect for a beginner looking to be more observant of Shabbat or for a mom trying to make Shabbat more enjoyable for her children. She presents ways to slowly incorporate a more observant way of life into your own modern, fast-paced life. The stories were funny, the suggestions were excellent and her go-to challah recipe is now mine as well!

Worth every cent! Much thanks to my husband for buying this as a gift when our children were born - I now have confidence that my children will have fond memories of Shabbat when they're older.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. B. Adler on February 7, 2009
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This is a great book for any woman who is married to a Jewish man, whether she is Jewish or not. If you are seeking to add more meaning to your familly's life, or just want to know more about Jewish traditions, read this book. It is written in a casual, breezy style that makes learning about ancient religious traditions easy and non-threatening. It is filled with practical ideas to bring your family closer together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Gust on October 25, 2008
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I wish I had this book two years ago when my husband and I first got married. It has great ideas, recipes, and explanations. The book is a wonderful resource being easy and interesting to read. Great for both conservative and reform Jews. While it is definitely Mom oriented, it is great for anyone who wants to bring their household (even if this is just you and your spouse) together on Shabbat.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shani on March 9, 2007
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I got this book yesterday in the mail from amazon and I love it! I felt like Meredith Jacobs was writing about my own life. As a modern Jewish mom of 2 (1 in preschool at the JCC & the other starting in September), I started having Shabbat about a year ago. I am still working up to my actually cooking the Shabbat meal (noone ate when I tried), but now it has become a tradition for my parents, brother and his family to come over for a Shabbat. I can't wait to try to incorporate some of the great ideas from this book. I'm planning to start tonight.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Toni Levin on March 8, 2007
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i just started and finished reading this book and wanted to tell everyone what i thought.....i LOVED it....it was funny without being naughty and totally informative and inspiring. it is well written without being stuffy and "Hebrew schooly"....points come across by imparting wisdom, not preaching or sounding holier than thou....i especially liked the anecdotes about Meredith's kids and how other people find meaning in Shabbat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Broadhurst on February 26, 2008
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Our Family is so thankful for this book! Not only is it funny, but is also easy to read. This book gave me the confidence to celebrate Shabbat. We are already talking about "taking it to the next level" by incorporating the weekly Torah portions - this will be a book I will refer to for years to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Matthews on June 7, 2012
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I grew up Reform, and married a non-Jewish man, who is very supportive of raising our children Jewish. I don't want to be "over the top", but I do want to have a little more "Jewishness" in our home, and having some traditions on Shabbat is special. It marks "family time" and brings our faith into it. This book is excellent, practical, and very helpful. I think for any Jewish modern mom, wanting to have a little "Jewishness" in the home, this book is a must-have. Love it!
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