All Ages to Light up 8th Night of Chanukah at Boca Center with PJ Library®

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, 2017. 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, 5050 Town Center Circle in Boca Raton.

Rabbi Greg Weisman conducted story time at a previous PJ Library Chanukah Celebration

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.

“We’re creating one giant menorah of our whole community at 6:00 p.m.,” 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 of our Jewish community will be unmistakable as leaders representing the full array of our local synagogues share in the candle lighting.”

Rabbi David Baum was among the diverse local rabbis to light candles at a previous PJ Library community Chanukah celebration

After the lighting, the young, Atlanta-based Jewish musician Sammy Rosenbaum and band members will offer a sing-a-long for all ages followed by a Chanukah concert. Also a Jewish music educator, the multi-instrumentalist Rosenbaum blends styles ranging from Jazz, Funk, and Folk to World Beat and Hip Hop to connect people through Jewish music.

“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 Elana Ostroff, local PJ Library Director. “And through PJ Our Way, 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”

“But PJ Library and PJ Our Way not only bring Jewish books into local homes – they also bring the young Jewish community together,” added Joanna Drowos, local PJ Library Co-Chair. “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.”

Rabbis from throughout South Palm Beach County lit up the night

“We are so grateful to The Shops at Boca Center and to our other local sponsors, Joseph’s Classic Market and Hoffman’s Chocolates for generously supporting what is sure to be a night to remember for our Jewish community,” said Ostroff. “We’ll have latkes, gelt, great raffle prizes and surprises as our community comes together for the last night of Chanukah. We’re also grateful to our local PJ Library and PJ Our Way sponsors: Florida Blue, Smiles by Dr. W & Dr. R Quality Orthodontics, and the Jewish Women’s Foundation.”

The PJ Library – South Palm Beach County Partnership is made possible by generous support from the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Union for Reform Judaism, Leon and Toby Cooperman Family Foundation, and the Harold Grinspoon 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