The PJ Library | Jewish Bedtime Stories & Songs for Families
Your connection to Jewish reading and family fun
March 2015
Adar 5775
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March Books

AGES 6 MONTHS TO 2 YRS

Where is The Afikomen?   

AGES 2 TO 3 YRS

Is It Passover Yet?

AGES 3 TO 4 YRS

Sammy Spider's First Passover  

 

AGES 4 TO 5 YRS

And Then Another Sheep Turned Up

AGES 5 TO 6 YRS

AGES 6 TO 7 YRS

AGES 7 TO 8 YEARS

Let My People Go!

AGES 8 YEARS AND ABOVE

Scarlett and Sam: Escape from Egypt

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Moving Soon?

 

 

March is a busy month with the festival of Purim and the JFCS Healthy Youth-Healthy Communities Conference. I know for many of you, the pre-teen and teenage years seem a long time away, but if you have children a little older, you'll enjoy this afternoon devoted to exploring healthy families. 

 

For our youngest families, we're gearing up for our second community baby shower. Read below for more information about this fun event. 

 

With all that's going on in our community, we hope you'll find some quiet time to kick back and read your PJ Library book!

 

Enjoy, 

 

Debbie Wolfe

PJ Library Coordinator 

dwolfe@jfcsmpls.org

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HYHC
They're practically teenagers,
better start getting advice now.

 
Healthy Youth-Healthy Communities Conference 
Sunday, March 15, 12:30-5 p.m.
Mount Zion Temple
1300 Summit Ave., St. Paul   
 
If you want to learn more about pre-teens or teenagers, come to this interesting, free conference where we'll explore the physical and emotional well-being of youth, from grade school to high school and beyond.

Discuss the joys and challenges of supporting young people and explore their relationships with family, friends and dating partners. Learn how teens see themselves, including their sexual orientation. Plus, learn insights into being healthy mentally and physically and the challenges teens face with drugs, alcohol and sex.

 

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Facebook fun! 
 
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Read it and Reap  
Refer a Friend to PJ Library 

 


Thanks to our families who have already referred friends!

Please help us get more families connected to great Jewish reading. As a thank you, we'll give you a $5 Caribou gift card.

With your help, PJ Library in Minneapolis can serve almost 200 more families. Please encourage families you know to enroll. Have them put your name under Referral Information. Then, as a thank you, we'll send you a $5 Caribou gift card. 

 

Enroll here �
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Yom Haatzmaut  
Sunday, April 19, 3-4:30 p.m.
Sabes JCC, 4330 Cedar Lake Rd S


 

Come to a fun, joint program with the Amos & Celia Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School (HMJDS) celebrating Yom Haatzmaut, Israeli Independence day!

Families with children ages 3-8, come hear a story about Israel, do fun art projects and have an Israeli-themed snack!
RSVP to dwolfe@jfcsmpls.org
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Family Volunteering

Looking for a family volunteer opportunity? JFCS has a new partnership with the PRISM Marketplace Food Shelf, which allows low-income individuals and families to independently choose their own fresh and packaged food. JFCS needs volunteers to help in the food shelf and the PRISM thrift shop. When you volunteer, please let PRISM know you're from JFCS!

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BabyShower
Community Baby Shower
Sunday, May 3, 10 a.m.
West End Community Room, 1621 West End Blvd, St. Louis Park 
 
Fun stuff for baby. Fun time for families!

PJ Library will host a Community Baby Shower to welcome new babies with a celebration and a goodie bag filled with great stuff, including a PJ Library sign-up!

If you know of families who have welcomed new babies recently, please click below to register them, so we can send a personalized invitation!   

 

Sign up
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Holiday Hints

The Traditions of Purim 
From a single verse in the Book of Esther we learn the key aspects of Purim: reading the story of Esther, sharing gifts of food, helping the needy, and partaking in a festive meal. Here are ideas for celebrating these traditions as a family.

 

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Parenting Matters

Celebrating Firsts
The Shehechiyanu blessing helps us recognize new experiences and also reinforces a sense of wonder and appreciation.

 

Unplug for Shabbat   
Families are invited to participate in the National Day of Unplugging, a 24-hour period dedicated to avoiding technology and connecting with loved ones.

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Community News  
10-11 a.m. First Friday of each month  
Schmooze, nosh and connect with other parents of infants and toddlers while learning from development/early childhood experts. Feel free to drop in.
 
Adath Jeshuran Congregation
10500 Hillside Lane W, Minnetonka
Tumbling Tot Shabbat 
9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 21  
Newborns to age 4, celebrate Shabbat with Torah and music! Connect and play with other families of young children. Meet in the Gan gym. Free. RSVP appreciated! Email Dayna Shad at daynashad@gmail.com. 

Havaya Shabbat
10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 21
Kindergarten through 4th-grade kids, come enjoy fun Shabbat enrichment activities led by Jewish educators. Explore Torah and mitzvot - open to all families. Free. RSVP appreciated! Email Dayna Shadat at daynashad@gmail.com.

Pancakes and PJ's! 
9:30-11 a.m. Sunday, March 22
Come celebrate reading, in your jammies! Special guests, Debbie Wolfe, from PJ Library, will read along with Joanie Sussman, from Kar Ben Publishing, who will be selling books!

Gan Shelanu Preschool 
Create friendships to last a lifetime! Now enrolling children
ages 6 weeks to Pre-Kindergarten for school year and summer camp. Program options for 2, 3 or 5 days. Early morning and extended day childcare available. For more information email JaniceS@adath.net or call 952-545-8694. 
Perlstein Resort
Lake Delton, WI 
L'dor Va-Dor Grandparents/Grandchildren Weekend 
June 19-21, 2015   
Grandparents, bring your grandchildren, ages 4 - 12, and create special memories during a weekend away at camp. Choose activities including boating, swimming, horseback riding, fishing and more. Participate in workshops and celebrate Shabbat. Hotel style rooms and great meals. For more details, click here.

Family Camp
August 19-23, 2015 
Now your whole family can go to overnight camp! Enjoy the fun of camp activities as a family along with special, separate adult and child programming. Air-conditioned, hotel-style rooms and kosher meals. For more details, click here.  
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PJ Library
 
Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis
13100 Wayzata Blvd, Suite 400
Minnetonka, MN 55305

www.jfcsmpls.org