Apr 5, 2018

Grandparents & Special Friends Invited to Explore and Celebrate “From Generation to Generation” with PJ Library®

Whether they live down the street or across the country from their grandchildren, it’s clear that 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® in South Palm Beach County 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, 2018. All Grandparents and Special Friends are invited to delve into and celebrate their important Jewish grandparenting role over breakfast (dietary laws observed) at 10:00 am at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s west Boca campus at 9901 Donna Klein Boulevard.

Special guest speaker, Dr. Leon Weissberg, will discuss “The Etymology of L’Dor V’Dor - from Generation to Generation.” Not only is Weissberg a Professor of Jewish History and longtime Jewish educator to all ages, he’s also a PJ Library grandparent himself.

“We know that grandparents have a real impact in transmitting yiddishkeit within their families,” said Elana Ostroff, local PJ Library Director. “Research has also shown how PJ Library’s books and activities succeed in engaging families with young children in Jewish life. So it makes great sense for all of us to develop this perfect partnership. Everyone is invited to explore creative ways to strengthen our multigenerational families while passing on Jewish values and traditions, l’dor v’dor.”

Donna Brovender, Chair of the Grandparents & Special Friends Breakfast, is a grandmother from Delray Beach who discovered PJ Library when looking for ways to connect with her three young granddaughters who live in Columbus, Ohio. “Grandparenting at a distance, I knew I had to be very creative,” she said. “Whenever the girls visit, there’s always a PJ Library activity we can share. We’ve had Popsicles in the Park, celebrated Tu B’Shevat and had a Pajama Party Under the Stars. To keep up our Jewish connection between visits, I get the same books they are receiving from their local PJ Library program, and read them over FaceTime. PJ also has several books about Jewish grandparents!”

The breakfast coincides with the fifth birthday of PJ Library in South Palm Beach County. More than 1,900 local families raising Jewish children in South Palm Beach County are now receiving free, high quality Jewish books, bringing Jewish life right into their homes. An additional 375+ South Palm Beach County children ages 9-11 receive books from PJ Our Way™, the next chapter of PJ Library.

“We invite grandparents to learn how to enjoy and utilize our books to inspire their grandchildren’s connection to Judaism and love of reading,” said Ostroff. “Of course they are also welcome to join the thousands of children, parents and grandparents who attend local PJ Library activities. 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.”

The couvert for the Grandparents & Special Friends Breakfast is $36 per person. RSVP is available online at jewishboca.org/pjgrand or through Elana Ostroff, PJ Library Director, at 561.852.6080 or email pjlibrary@bocafed.org.

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, as well as generous local donors. The PJ Our Way program is a gift from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and PJ Alliance Partners, with support from the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.