Nov 6, 2018

All Ages to Light up 3rd Night of Chanukah at Boca Center with PJ Library® on Dec. 4

Latkes, gelt, live music, stories, prizes and more are in store for all ages at a free community celebration on the 3rd night of Chanukah - Tuesday evening, December 4, 2018. Everyone is invited to get into the fun and bask in our community’s holiday warmth and the glow of a giant menorah in the amphitheater at The Shops at Boca Center, 5050 Town Center Circle in Boca Raton (enter from Military Trail).

The festivities will begin with crafts and story time at 5:30 pm before the candle lighting and musical entertainment at 6:00 pm. 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 through age eleven.

“We’ll be lighting a giant menorah representing our whole Jewish community at 6:00 pm,” said Rabbi Josh Broide, Director of the Deborah & Larry D. Silver Center for Jewish Engagement, a Division of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. “The radiance and unity of our diverse Jewish community will be unmistakable as leaders representing the full array of our local synagogues share in the candle lighting.”

After the lighting, special musical guest Lenny Solomon, from the band Shlock Rock will take the stage. Shlock Rock is best known for educating and entertaining through parodies that swap Jewish-themed lyrics into popular secular songs for all ages. They have performed around the world and recorded numerous albums.

“All families raising Jewish children from six months through eight years old in South Palm Beach County are invited to sign up for PJ Library® to receive a monthly gift of free high-quality Jewish children’s books and music sent right to their homes,” said Joanna Drowos, local PJ Library Co-Chair. “And through PJ Our WayTM, tweens ages nine to eleven can choose their own monthly books and engage in a safe, age-appropriate online literary community. It’s easy to sign up. For more information, just call 561.852.6080 or email pjlibrary@bocafed.org.

“But PJ Library and PJ Our Way not only bring Jewish books into local homes – they also bring the young Jewish community together,” added PJ Library Co-Chair Miriam Klein. “Families are always getting together with PJ Library and PJ Our Way at events large and small all over the community. Together they enjoy stories, crafts, concerts and fairs, and learn about holidays and mitzvot. They pack food for those in need, meet authors, make hamentashen, and visit a farm, bookstores, synagogues and so much more.”

“This is sure to be a night to remember for our Jewish community,” said Elana Ostroff, local PJ Library Director. “We’ll have latkes, gelt, live music and surprises as we all come together to experience the joy of Chanukah. We are so grateful to The Shops at Boca Center for their hosting and support, and to our other local sponsors, Joseph’s Classic Market, Aroma Market & Catering, Hoffman’s Chocolates, GoGoSqueez and our Media Sponsor, The Florida Jewish Home, for their generous in-kind contributions to this special night.”

Smiles by Dr. W and Dr. R is the generous 2018-19 PJ Library – South Palm Beach County Corporate Partner.

The PJ Library – South Palm Beach County Partnership is made possible by generous support from the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, Leon and Toby Cooperman Family Foundation, Jewish Women’s Foundation, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and The Florida Blue Foundation.

For more information about the Chanukah event at Boca Center, or to sign up for PJ Library, please call Elana Ostroff, PJ Library Director, at 561.852.6080 or email pjlibrary@bocafed.org.