Explanation of Sabbath Mode Feature

The observance of the Sabbath and religious holidays in Judaism requires a restriction on certain activities during holy times. Jewish religious laws can apply to the use of appliances during the Sabbath (ex. the oven cannot be turned on or off). GE Appliances has worked with third party kosher certification agencies, like Star-K, to develop Sabbath Mode features for many GE Appliances.

Models that have Sabbath Mode features will have instructions in the Owner's Manual on how to activate and use this feature. Check the individual model's Owner's Manual for specific usage information. Download a copy of the Owner's Manual.

Cooking Products:

When the Sabbath Mode feature is activated, the oven will no longer turn off automatically while cooking after 12 hours and the control display will not show time, temperature, or selected oven function until the Sabbath Mode feature is manually deactivated.

For additional information:

Range and Wall Oven Sabbath Mode
Double Wall Ovens - Sabbath Mode
Range Warming Drawer - Automatic Shut-Off/Sabbath Mode

Refrigeration Products:

Refrigerators with a Sabbath Mode will put the refrigerator in a timed defrost mode, and turn off the icemaker, dispenser, and control touch screens. The interior lights are not affected by opening or closing the door. For enhanced features to make your refrigerator even more Shabbos compliant, consider the Shabbos Keeper. 

The Shabbos Keeper is an easy-to-install device that automatically sets your compatible french-door, bottom-freezer, or side-by-side refrigerator to Shabbos (Sabbath) Mode each week and sets it back to the weekday mode after Shabbos and Yom Tov.  View Compatible Models

  • When using the Shabbos Keeper,  the compressor, defrost cycle, interior lights, sensors, etc. are automated by the device rather than operating based on input from the refrigerator owner.  
  • For more information about the benefits to using the Shabbos Keeper, as well as a comparison to the standard refrigerator Sabbath Mode, visit: The Shabbos Keeper. You'll also find product specifications and instructions. 
  • Order the Shabbos Keeper Online

For additional Sabbath Mode information:

Monogram Bar Refrigerator/Wine Reserve/Beverage Center Sabbath Mode
Monogram 30” Integrated Bottom Freezer Refrigerator Sabbath Mode
Bottom Freezer Refrigerator - Setting Sabbath Mode


Some dishwashers do have a Sabbath Mode feature. Models with electronic controls may have a Door Wake Up Mode that can be turned off so that the control display, control sounds, and interior lights (on some models) will not respond to the door opening/closing; this is Sabbath Mode for these models. 

Check the individual model's Owner's Manual for this feature. Download a copy of the Owner's Manual.