Havdalah, literally separation, is the ceremony that separates Shabbat, the day of rest, from the rest of the week. Although traditionally, Havdalah takes place on Saturday night when three stars are present in the night sky, normally about 45 minutes to an hour after sundown, it can be performed as late as Tuesday. The blessings recited during Havdalah are intended to require the use of all five senses -- tasting the wine, smelling the spices, seeing the flame of the candle and feeling its warmth, and hearing the blessings.

At the first Sunday session of every month, the entire school community will meet in the Richardson/Olmsted cafeteria to recite the Havdalah blessings, sing songs, and celebrate the birthdays of the month. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend with their children for this special community gathering.