PJ Library: Jewish Bedtime Stories and Songs
PJ Library San Diego 
October 2014
Tishrei 5775
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October Books


Bim! Sings the Baby

bim sings the baby  


Fridays Are Special





The Mitzvah Magician  


Jodie's First Dig



Stork's Landing



Rivka's First Thanksgiving



Molly's Pilgrim


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Dear PJ Library Families,


October is a month ripe with Jewish celebration and stories. The harvest festival of Sukkot starts on the evening of Oct. 8 and culminates in the holiday of Simchat Torah.

As you and your family read PJ Library books together this month, we hope you feel a sense of accomplishment by the story's end. In addition, we hope you take pleasure in the telling (and retelling) your family's own personal tales.   


Shanah Tovah!


Judy Nemzer
PJ Library/Shalom Baby Coordinator

Vivien Dean
PJ Library/Shalom Baby North County Assistant



PJ Library San Diego: Thanks to the very generous funding of the Viterbi Family of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego and the Leichtag Foundation.

To receive a FREE high quality Jewish book or cd every month, register your child/children at pjlibrary.org.


Need any baby stuff? Have anything you no longer need? Post both on MyJList! This new website functions as our very own CraigsList, where only Shalom Baby and Nierman Preschool families can post their items. In addition, discussion boards are available for you to ask, share or discuss parenting issues with other parents just like you! It's secure, FREE...and just makes sense!

Reigster now! MyJList.com

Questions or comments? Email karen@deicas.com


Would you like to start a Chavurah in your area?
Contact Judy and Vivien at pjlibrary@lfjcc.com




Along with Jews in more than 200 cities in 35 countries across the globe, San Diego will celebrate International Shabbat. Shabbat San Diego, along with over 100 participating congregations, organizations, youth groups and schools, is coordinating a mega Challah Bake on October 23rd, followed on the 24th/25th with congregational Shabbat services followed by community and hosted private home Shabbat dinners and lunches, lectures and after Shabbat a huge Havdalah musical celebration. It's free and available to all. Read about it and sign up at www.shabbatsandiego.org


2Little Mensches aims to provide fun, engaging and enriching opportunities for children between the ages of 4 and 8 to give back to their community. The goal is to Make Kids Into Mensches by allowing "giving back" to become a regular part of these children's lives.

Little Mensches Sukkot Event
We will be gathering at the JCC on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5 at 1:00. Coordinating with Seacrest Village to have our "little mensches" share a sukkot celebration with the Seacrest residents. The children will be making sukkot cards and decorations for the residents, will enjoy a sing-a-long, arts and crafts, and PJ Library storytime. Please bring an old t-shirt that your child can make into his or her own mitzvah cape.

RSVP to littlemensches@lfjcc.org

Sunday, October 5, 2014
Lawrence Family JCC


Holiday Hints
Our Favorite Stories

Simchat Torah celebrates the conclusion of the annual cycle of reading the Torah. Like the Jewish people, families too have their favorite stories they like to tell and re-tell.


Parenting Matters
Celebrating Completion

Accomplishment brings about feelings of satisfaction and joy. However a family chooses to honor their various milestones, acknowledging and celebrating completion is an important part of the finishing process. 


Summer Camp Scholarships

If your family subscribed to PJ Library on or before September 1, 2014, you may be eligible for a PJ Goes to Camp incentive grant.


PJ Goes to Camp provides families with up to $1,000  toward the first-time enrollment for a child into a non-profit Jewish overnight camp.


NOTE: 2014 Incentive Grants for Day School Families will be distributed via lottery (apply by November 3) 




Local PJ Library Events
Shalom Baby Visits Seacrest Village
Brighten the residents' day! 
Sunday, October 5th,
10:00am - Katzin Residence
Wednesday, October 15th,
10:45am - Goldberg Residence
Please call Cynthia for more information: Home 760-730-0797 or Cell 619-200-6599
PJs and Slippers
PJ Library Storytime at B'nai Tikvah
Tuesday, October 14th
10:00 - 11:00am 
2510 Gateway Road
Carlsbad, CA 92009
For more information, please email Vivien Dean: pjlibraryncounty@lfjcc.com
PJ Library Storytime at Carmel Valley Library
Wednesday, October 15th
Carmel Valley Library
3919 Townsgate Drive
San Diego, CA 92130
For more info, email Vivien Dean: pjlibraryncounty@lfjcc.com
Baby Book Club - Group Storytelling, Flannel Board Stories and Art Project
Friday, October 24th
11:30am - 12:30pm
Lawrence Family JCC
For ages 9 months - 2 years
Details to follow
Sukkah Celebration at the JCC
Wednesday, October 15th
10:30 - 11:30am
Please bring brown bag lunch
Details to follow
Save-the-Date: Family Day - Bookapalooza
Sunday, November 16th
10:00am - 1:00pm
Hear children's authors Diane Rauchwerger and Caryn Yacowitz as well as Craig Parks in Concert
Fun for the entire family!
Lawrence Family JCC
Free. Details to follow.
Save-the-Date: Shalom Baby/PJ Library Clothing and Gear Swap
Sunday, November 23
Item drop off: 9:30 - 10:30am
Swapping: 10:30 - 11:30am
Details to follow.
Thanksgiving Cooking
Free Hebrew Children's Books!
Sifriyat Pijama B'America
Sifriyat Pijama B'America (SP-BA) offers Israeli-American families free, high quality, Hebrew books for children ages 3-6. Sign up at sp-ba.org.
PJs and Slippers
The Jewish Gift Closet
Please donate!
Please donate items such as furniture, toys, strollers, books, baby, children, maternity and adult clothing in good condition to "The Jewish Gift Closet," the Gmach in the San Diego Jewish Community. This is an amazing organization helping families who are in need.

For more information, please email Myrice at mom4jjln@aol.com

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Family of the Month
Joffe Family on PJ Library


I am writing to you today because we just received another fabulous book from the PJ Library. We have been receiving these books since our son, Landon,was a baby. The whole family looks forward to opening the envelope to reveal the latest book each month. As a family, we cherish our time reading to our son each evening and these books have become part of this shared family experience. When my mom was here a couple of weeks ago from North Carolina, she also enjoyed reading the books with her grandson, that have arrived since her last visit. Thank you so much for providing our family with these books each month.

Joy, Scott and Landon Yoffe


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