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Introducing High Holidays at Home: a PJ Library Family Guide
As we approach the High Holidays, just about the only thing we know for certain is that this year will not be like other years. Around the world, we are all asking the same questions: How will we celebrate separate from family and community? How can we make the holidays meaningful without the big family get-togethers? Without the in-person services?

To help you feel a little bit less alone during this unprecedented time, PJ Library has created a guide to help you celebrate the High Holidays at home. We've also got all kinds of interactive resources, craft ideas and other fun stuff to share with your kids. We can't change the current reality of COVID-19 but we can still have meaningful celebrations and make sweet family memories. Find it all at High Holidays at Home.
Virtual Baby Shower, Sunday, September 13, 10-11 am
Do you have a little one less than two years old? Join us for a morning and night time ritual that we can do with our little ones taught by local Rabbis, music/dance, baby/toddler yoga, baby/toddler sign language and more! Think of it as a welcome gift from the
PJ Library family to your newest family member. RSVP by September 11 to receive the zoom link and password.
Twin Cities Guide to the
High Holidays
This year, Rosh Hashanah begins at nightfall on Friday, Sept. 18, and Yom Kippur begins at nightfall on Sunday, Sept. 27. Our friends at TC Jewfolk have compiled a list of services and events across the Twin Cities. For all the details visit TC Jewfolk's 2020/5781 High Holiday Guide.
Back to School
Whether your kids will be heading back to school this month or learning from home, we're all going to be students of a new way of life this year. Here are some helpful resources for families navigating through this confusing time:

And don't let being at home stop you from going out (virtually that is):

Talmud Torah of St. Paul

There is still room to become a part of this amazing community! Small class sizes and in person learning.

Apply at ttsp.org or email info@ttsp.org.

Monday, Sept. 14, 5 pm

Please join the St. Paul Jewish Federation and communities across the country for this live virtual cooking demonstration in preparation for
Rosh HaShanah. Chef Michael Solomonov is a five-time James Beard Foundation Award-winning Chef and
co-owner of Zahav, named as the
2019 James Beard Award winner for Outstanding Restaurant.
This will be a 1-hour cooking demonstration based on the
following menu:
Kale, Apple, Walnut and
Sumac-Onion Tabbouleh
Honey Glazed Chicken
Apple Cake
The recipes are sent in advance so that you can follow along. Register now!
This virtual event is in real time.
The Letters Project: Conversing Across Narratives is a letter-writing contest based on Yossi Klein Halevi’s book, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor: With an Extensive Epilogue of Palestinian Responses.
Enter our high school contest (ages 14-18), our post-high school contest (ages 18-22), or our young adult contest (ages 22-42). There will be three prize winners in each age group!
To be eligible for the contest, writers must do the following:
  1. Read the book.
  2. Write a letter to the author responding to the book.
  3. Submit your letter.
  4. Participate in one of our moderated conversations in December.

PJ Library has created a free, everything-you-need family guide to help celebrate what may be your family’s first High Holidays spent entirely at home. It includes holiday info, answers to common questions, and fun activities that will help create lasting memories.
Are you staying close to home for the High Holidays this year? Follow these steps to enjoy a virtual family dinner experience to start your new year.
Yom Kippur is a great time to think about ways to show kindness to the people we care about. Here’s a craft to help encourage the process!
Has your family tried mindfulness? Here are some simple tips and techniques to get started.
Enter Here For Powered by OneTable, a new community-wide, collaborative platform supporting home-hosted ritual and virtual gatherings from Rosh Hashanah through Simchat Torah.
PJ Our Way is offering four awesome picks for September! The Who Is/Who Was series features Ruth Bader Ginsburg, while Noah Green solves a wild mystery at Camp Challah. Julian tackles the seventh grade in Twerp’s sequel, and Abby survives summer school with a little creativity. Biography, camp, contemporary, friendship … The choice is yours. Be sure to select a book by the 10th!
Join the PJ Our Way National Design Team
Know a creative kid who loves reading books, making videos, and writing blog posts? Applications for the National Design Team open September 15th! Team members get early access to PJ Our Way books, create original projects, build skills, and meet other kids from all different regions. All PJ Our Way kids from the US and Canada are invited to apply! Contact designteam@pjourway.org for more information.
Got questions? New to the community or looking to make connections with other families? I can help!

Anna Burnstein, Engagement Specialist
(651) 695-3195 or aburnstein@stpaulfed.org

St. Paul Jewish Federation, Hymanson Family Foundation,
Dr. Rick and Diane Smookler Family Foundation,
and William Lipschultz Endowment Fund.