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Dear Families,

Happy New Year! We hope you had a great New Year and are now ready for back to school! We have another exciting month full of PJ Library programs happening.

First, starting this Sunday, we are kicking off our newest PJ Library story hour! Every Sunday morning from 9:15-10:00 at Congregation Neveh Shalom, join Morah Sarah or Morah Leah for crafts, music, and PJ Library stories!

Second, join us for our annual MLK Day of Service for Preschoolers and their families on Monday, January 21 st ! We will be decorating placemats for Meals on Wheels, learning about Tu B’Shevat, making seed balls to plant for either Pesach or Shavuot and experiencing a popup playground with Portland Free Play! Finally we will end the day by learning about Martin Luther King Jr with a puppet show and story from talented story teller, Devorah Spillman! Register at www.jewishportland.org/mlk .

All the best,
Rachel Nelson, Director of Educational Initiatives
THURSDAY
3
JANUARY
BB CAMP PORTLAND: S'MORES AND STRIKES
BB Camp Portland
9400 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy Suite #200
Portland, OR
1:30-5:00 PM
Join BB Camp Portland for bowling at Superplay. But wait, there’s s’more! In true camp fashion, we will also build edible s’mores structures. If you like fun, this event is right up your alley! 
SUNDAY
6
JANUARY
New PJ Library Story Hour
Congregation Neveh Shalom
2900 SW Peaceful Lane 
Portland, OR
9:15-10:00 AM
Join us for a weekly PJ Library Story Hour led by Morah Sarah and Morah Leah
MONDAY
21
JANUARY
MLK DAY OF SERVICE FOR PRESCHOOLERS
MJCC
6651 Capitol Hwy 
Portland, OR
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Join PJ Library for the 2019 MLK Day of Service for Preschoolers and their families!

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