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PJ Library is a Jewish Family Engagement program implemented on a local level throughout North America.  We mail free, high-quality Jewish children’s literature and music to families across the continent on a monthly basis.

PJ Library is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, made possible through partnerships with philanthropists and local Jewish organizations.  Since its inception in 2005,  Library is so much more than free books arriving in the mailbox each month. In each of our 175 communities in the United States and Canada, PJ Library connects young Jewish families to each other and to the broader Jewish community. From PJ Tot Shabbat and Havdalah programs in synagogues to Purim parties at the JCC and holiday concerts at a local day school, PJ Library reaches out to young families, welcoming and showing them the richness, beauty and diversity of all that is happening in their local Jewish communities. It was inspired by Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library which sends books to underprivileged areas of the US.  PJ stands for pajamas.  PJ Library turns snuggly bedtime moments into snuggly Jewish moments.

Like the free sample in the candy store, the gift of PJ Library books ignites the appetite for increased Jewish involvement and PJ Library programs in each community provide the direct connection for further engagement that increases value.
Every month a child will receive a book or music CD in the mail.  The books are beautifully illustrated and are about Jewish holidays, values and folk tales.  The books come with reading guides to help parents discuss and do activities with their children around the themes found in the books.  You don’t have to be a member of a synagogue or any Jewish organization to get PJ Library books.  The majority of the Jews in the Tallahassee are not affiliated with any congregation or the Federation.  This project is a great way to reach out to them; offering resources for making Jewish choices and establishing Jewish connections.  Local programming, such as a Barnes and Noble Book fair is being planned for this fall.

The Harold Grinspoon Foundation pays about 60 percent of the cost of this amazing project.  NCJW-Tallahassee will pay the rest because they think it’s important to get young families off to a good start.

All families raising Jewish children from age six months of age through eight years (depending on the community) are welcome to enroll.

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What’s going on in Tally?

Purim with Grandfriends
When: Friday, March 9 @ 4-5pm

Where:  Westminster Oaks Retirement Community, 4449 Meandering Way, Parry Center-Oaks Room
Details:  Join us for our 2nd year visiting our “grandfriends”. We had so much fun last year, we had to do it again! Everyone is encouraged to come in costume to celebrate the holiday of Purim. Come and share stories, eat hamentaschen & make some noise with the residents of Westminster Oaks.
More info: Check out the FB event

Violin Concert with Yevgeny Kutik

When: Sunday, March 25 12-2pm
Where: Congregation Shomrei Torah, 4858 Kerry Forest Pkwy
Details: Hailed for his dazzling command of the violin and its repertoire, Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik has become a highly sought-after artist  A wonderful opportunity here in Tallahassee.  Don’t miss it!
More info: Check out the FB event
Kindly RSVP to Ellie Simon atelliemsimon@yahoo.com

Holocaust Remembrance Day

When: Thursday, April 12 7pm
Where: Congregation Shomrei Torah, 4858 Kerry Forest Pkwy
See flyer for more details 
Guest Speaker: Dr. Kurt Piehler, Associate Professor of History Director, Institute on World War II and the Human Experience
More info: Emailbarbara@holocaustresources.org

Summer Day Camp

Location: Temple Israel, 2215 Mahan Drive
Dates:  Week 1: June 4 – June 8, 2018
Week 2: June 11 – 15, 2018
Times:  9am – 3pm daily
More info: Email Patti Brownstein or visit thewebsite

Ongoing Activities

Shalom Baby (Ages 0-2)

When: Every Sunday from 10:30 – 11:30 am
Where: Temple Israel, 2215 Mahan Drive
Details: A play group for Mommies, Daddies, Bubbies, Zadies & babies. Join us for Jewish songs, story time, games & something new every week. Ages 0-2 & their grown up!
More info: educator@templeisraeltlh.org

Monthly Shabbat Dinners
Join other PJ families for Shabbat in their homes.  We have started up a monthly Shabbat dinner rotation for casual, potluck dinners, where kids can play and parents can catch up. If you would like to host or attend in the future, please email Alla for more information on how to participate.  They are a lot of fun and a great way to get to know other families too.
Kid Friendly Shabbat Service @ Temple Israel

When: First Friday of every month at 6pm
Where: Temple Israel, 2215 Mahan Drive
Details: A kid friendly service will be hosted on the first Friday of every month.  5:30pm is the oneg and services start at 6pm. 
More info: educator@templeisraeltlh.org

Are you a PJ Parent in Tallahassee?  
Join our FB group to stay in touch and learn about all our upcoming events
@PJ Tallahassee Parents.  Here you will see photos, information about our shabbat dinners and much more.

PJ Books This Month

Parent Reads

Passover Meals Made Easy
Check out the PJ Library Passover hub for everything you need this year, including tips for weeknight dinners and packing lunches.

Matzah Mania is Almost Here
Check your local grocery store to see if they carry Yehuda Matzos with special PJ Library branding. If you spot the matzah, you could win! Follow our FB page for details on our third annual Matzah Mania giveaway starting March 14.

Celebrate Women’s History Month
Check out these true stories of remarkable Jewish women – inspirational for everyone in the family.

PJ Library Music on Demand
Tune in every night with your family for soft lullabies and sweet dreams with PJ Library Radio. Download the app and be on your way to dreamland.

PJ Our Way

Tasty Meals to Make with Matzah
Need ideas for how to get your tween to eat matzah? Watch this video for recommendations from 2017’s National Design Team members.

How can we raise our tweens to be attuned to the accomplishments and strong voices of Jewish women? Try inspiring your kids with these five PJ Our Way selections.

Kid’s Advisory Committee
Do you know a child that wants to do a little more for PJOW?
Check out the PJOW Kid’s Advisory Committee! 

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