Shabbat in the Playroom

Shabbat in the Playroom Written by Galia Sabbag
Illustrated by Erin Taylor


Join Shira for Shabbat in the Playroom as she celebrates her own Shabbat!

Shira’s stories are sprinkled with Hebrew words, songs, greetings and blessings. These stories will appeal to children in Jewish preschools, Sunday school or Jewish day schools and of course, in every Jewish home.


ISBN: 978-161979638-6
Format: Ebook
Ages: 6-8
File Size: 2 MB

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DCIM100MEDIAGalia Sabbag was born in Israel and grew up in Tel Aviv. After her service in the IDF, she settled in Atlanta, Georgia and became a Hebrew teacher at The Davis Academy.

During her many years of teaching, she came across countless examples of children growing…Read More

Shira’s Illustrator

Erin photoErin Taylor creates books for children out of a love of adventure and imagination. Her work is inspired by the fantasy worlds that exist in every child’s mind. She has been published several times internationally, with books in the USA, Korea, Greece and elsewhere. She enjoys working with her husband Adam Taylor, who is also an illustrator. Find more about Erin at!


“The first of Ms. Sabbag’s “Shira” series lays the foundation for a truly delightful new heroine in the longstanding tradition of Jewish storytelling. Young Shira is creative, diligent, spiritual, curious, and imaginative. Her family, like so many families I know, is struggling to find balance in their lives and make room for the richness of Judaism. “Shabbat in the Playroom” inspires parents to listen closely to their children, to be open to new ways of bringing meaning into our lives, and also helps children learn Hebrew and the proper order of the Shabbat Blessings. Illustrated by Erin Taylor, Shira’s world is full of color and sweet details such as her LEGO Shabbat candles. “Shabbat in the Playroom” is worth reading now though eventually it might arrive at your doorstep courtesy of PJ Library once the right people get their hands on it.”

~ Rabbi Micah Lapidus, Davis Academy

“Written by a teacher to help educate her own students and others, Shabbat in the Playroom is the charming story of a young girl whose imagination and sense of fun help her Shabbat dream come true. Shira loves the Kabbalat Shabbat celebration at school and wants her parents to adopt the same
rituals into their family life, but Shira’s parents are too busy to even consider it. Each week, they put her off with vague excuses. One Friday, Shira decides to stage her own Shabbat celebration right in her playroom. She invites her dolls and stuffed animals and they are perfect guests. She prepares her favorite pretend foods in her play kitchen and finds a white pillowcase to serve as a tablecloth. A brown stuffed sock looks like a challah and a pretty scarf makes an ideal challah cover. Legos topped with yellow blocks look to Shira’s excited eyes just like glowing candles. Paper napkins cut into circles work
as kippot, her Hebrew book looks like a siddur, and a plastic drinking cup is just right as a Kiddush cup.”

:When her preparations are done, Shira recites the Brachot (blessings) she learned in school (included in Hebrew within the text) and revels in her Shabbat celebration. What she doesn’t see is that her parents are peeking into the playroom and watching her deep, sincere enjoyment. They are touched by her dedication and joy and promise to share Kabbalat Shabbat with her from that day forward. Although flimsily bound, this colorfully illustrated book tells a delightful story with a spot-on, child-centered approach and conveys gentle emotion in a simple, straightforward manner. ”

(reprinted from AJL Reviews with permission)