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Elana Ostroff, Director, PJ Library®
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Apr 5, 2018
Whether they live down the street or across the country from their grandchildren, Jewish South Palm Beach County is full of active grandparents. Knowing that many cherish their role of l’dor v’dor (from generation to generation), PJ Library® offers opportunities to pass the values and traditions so dear to them on to the younger generation. Now, in addition to offering PJ activities all around town throughout the year, the program is reaching out in a new way. To kick off their initiative, PJ is hosting their Grandparents & Special Friends Celebration on Wednesday, May 2. All Grandparents and Special Friends are invited to delve into and celebrate their important Jewish grandparenting role over breakfast at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s west Boca campus. Dr. Leon Weissberg will discuss “The Etymology of L’Dor V’Dor - from Generation to Generation.”
Dec 8, 2017
PJ Library not only brings Jewish books into local homes – it also brings the young Jewish community together and helps them engage in Jewish life. Now, South Palm Beach County’s young Jewish families are getting even more opportunities to get involved and meet new friends. Through a recent grant, PJ has engaged three PJ moms as part-time Community Connectors are reaching out to parents around the community for playdates, programs and more.
Nov 21, 2017
Latkes, gelt, live music, stories, prizes and more are in store for all ages at a free community celebration on the 8th night of Chanukah - Tuesday evening, December 19. Everyone is invited to get into the fun and bask in the holiday warmth and glow of a giant menorah in the amphitheater at The Shops at Boca Center. The festivities will begin with crafts and story time at 5:30 p.m. before the candle lighting and musical entertainment at 6:00 p.m. Local synagogues, day schools and Jewish organizations will display the vibrant diversity of the South Palm Beach County Jewish community. This special community event is presented by PJ Library® – South Palm Beach County and PJ Our WayTM, free family engagement programs that inspire a love of Judaism and reading from the very start for families and children from infancy to age eleven.
Jul 11, 2017
Children and families are invited by PJ Library® in South Palm Beach County to drop in between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. at frozen yogurt shops around town for sweet treats on hot summer nights - and enjoy story time with local rabbis as well as arts & crafts. For a third year, Conservative, Orthodox and Reform synagogues are partnering with PJ Library for a “Sweet Summer Series.” Each Wednesday night through August 9, a rabbi from one of seven partner synagogues will read PJ Library stories.
Mar 9, 2017
School was out, but PJ Library® in South Palm Beach County was in for 450 guests at Bedner’s Farm on President’s Day, February 20. From babies to grandparents, they spent the morning enjoying PJ Storytime with Miss Amy and craft activities before heading into the fields for strawberry picking and festive hayrides. Now ages 8-11 are invited to a PJ Our WayTM “Meet the Author” event on March 26 and the next PJ parents activity is also coming up.
Sep 15, 2016
A free, high quality children’s book mailed to your home every month may sound too good to be true. But families raising Jewish children ages six months through eleven years in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach have gotten quite used it – and there’s room for more to sign up for PJ Library® and PJ Our Way™. Families are also invited to join a lively, free Family Sukkot Celebration on Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. at the giant sukkah in the Cypress Preserve on the Federation campus. They’ll enjoy PJ Library Story Time, Singin’ with Miss Susan, arts and crafts, games and sports, and kosher snacks – and, of course, shaking the lulav.
Jul 25, 2016
Children and families are invited by PJ Library® in South Palm Beach County to drop in between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. at frozen yogurt shops around town for sweet treats on hot summer Thursday nights - and enjoy storytime with local rabbis as well as arts & crafts. For a second year, Conservative, Orthodox and Reform synagogues are partnering with PJ Library for the Sweet Summer Series. Each Thursday night through August 11, a rabbi from one of seven partner synagogues will read PJ Library stories.
Jun 27, 2016
A late afternoon of great family fun in the cool indoors is in store when nationally acclaimed Jewish music rock star Rick Recht headlines the interactive, action-packed PJ Library Summer Community Concert in Boca Raton on Thursday, July 28 in Zinman Hall at the Federation from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Once again, Jewish families from across the community with kids of all ages will enjoy singing, dancing and a great time together with PJ Library. They’ll also have a chance to learn about our Jewish community’s wealth of resources for families by browsing the PJ partners’ displays. Tickets are $5 online in advance per child or $8 per child at the door, and accompanying adults are free of charge.
Mar 21, 2016
With so many reasons to celebrate, PJ Library® in South Palm Beach County is ordering a gigantic birthday cake for their third birthday party. Everyone is invited for tons of free family fun, and more than 1,000 guests are expected on April 17, between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. at the Sunset Pavilion in South County Regional Park, Boca Raton. Children of all ages will be treated to a whirlwind of free activities including Petting Zoo, Singing with Miss Susan, a photo booth, sports, crafts, face painting, PJ Library stories and much more. Guest story readers from local synagogues will include Rabbi Marci Bloch of Congregation B’nai Israel, Rabbi Dan Levin of Temple Beth El and Karen Deerwester from Family Time at B’nai Torah. Each PJ Library Partner organization will have its own interactive booth with engaging hands-on activities as well. Kosher snacks will be available for purchase.
Dec 9, 2015
There’s a brand new extension of PJ Library for children ages 9-11! PJ Our Way participants can select one of four books each month, all reviewed by a panel of PJ educators, parents and kids. Each book is accompanied by a synopsis and author bio, in addition to ratings, reviews and video trailers. Kids can take polls and quizzes, participate in monthly interviews and challenges, and comment on blog posts written by their peers. They can also write reviews and share ideas about the books on a safe website moderated by PJ Our Way educators.
Oct 7, 2015
Nationally acclaimed, award-winning singer and songwriter Mama Doni and her husband, Eric, will headline this year’s PJ Library® Kick-off family concert in Boca Raton on Sunday, October 25, 2015. Once again, hundreds of Jewish families from across the community will enjoy singing, dancing and fun for kids of all ages. The event will take place in Boca Raton from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Spanish River Community High School’s Countess De Hoernle Theater. Pre-concert festivities will begin at 3:00, with face painting, balloon sculpting, ice cream, music with Miss Susan and more before Mama Doni takes the stage at 4:00. Advance sale tickets are discounted at jewishboca.org/pjconcert.
Apr 23, 2015
More than 100 girls with their mothers, grandmothers and American Girl dolls overflowed an attractively partitioned area of the dress section at Lord & Taylor in Mizner Park in east Boca Raton on Sunday, April 19. Many girls and dolls were quite dressed up for the sold out event – a special Afternoon tea with PJ Library® of South Palm Beach County and Jacqueline Dembar Greene, author of the “Rebecca Books” in American Girl’s historical series.
Dec 2, 2014
Latkes, gelt, live music, stories, prizes and more are in store for all ages at a free community celebration on the 8th night of Chanukah, December 23, 2014. Everyone is invited get into the fun and bask in the holiday warmth and glow of a giant menorah in the amphitheater at The Shops at Boca Center in Boca Raton. The festivities will begin with crafts, games and storytime at 5:30 p.m. before the candlelighting, sing-a-long and Chanukah concert at 6:00 p.m. This special community event is presented by PJ Library - South Palm Beach County.
Aug 13, 2014
Boston-based band Josh & the Jamtones will headline this year’s PJ Library® Kick-off family concert in Boca Raton on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 4 p.m. Scheduled at Spanish River Community High School in Boca Raton, the lively event promises singing, dancing, clapping and fun for kids of all ages. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children; children younger than one are admitted free of charge but must be registered with an adult. To purchase tickets, please visit jewishboca.org/pjconcert. At the forefront of the “Kindie” music scene, this energetic, engaging, nationally renowned group of accomplished Berklee College of Music alums delights children, parents and grandparents - and gets them moving with their interactive family-friendly roots/reggae/pop sing-a-longs, onstage banter and vaudevillian flair.
Jun 2, 2014
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Mar 21, 2014
Please pass the birthday cake, as PJ Library in South Palm Beach County® has reason to celebrate its successful first year. And celebrate it will – with a fun-filled day of excitement and activity geared for families. PJ families and supporters are encouraged to drop by Sunset Pavilion at South County Regional Park, Boca Raton on Sunday, April 6th between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Children of all ages will be treated to a Petting Zoo, Singing with Miss Susan, sports, crafts and activities, balloon artist, face painting and PJ Library stories. Each PJ Library Partner Agency will have its own interactive booth with engaging activities as well, and kosher food will be available for purchase.