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January 2015
Tevet 5775
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Thank You, Trees! 


I Can Help


Just Enough and Not Too Much



Netta and Her Plant





Pearl Moscowitz's Last Stand


Just a Dream

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Dear PJ Libary Families,

Do you want to nurture a sense of social justice in your young ones? A month that includes five Friday nights as well as
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day provides many opportunities for you to do so. It's never too early to start conversations around the (Shabbat) table or to walk for a cause in your community. Your family can take action to help make the world a better place.

We hope the tzedakah box and Kindness Cards sent to you by PJ Library founder Harold Grinspoon provide a special opportunity for your family to take meaningful action. Use the hashtag #KidsGive to share your family's photos, videos and stories. Show us how you and your children have been inspired.

With warmth and enthusiasm,


Judy Nemzer
PJ Library/Shalom Baby Coordinator 

Vivien Dean
PJ Library/Shalom Baby North County Assistant


Thanks to the very generous funding of the Viterbi Family Foundation of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego, the Leichtag Foundation, and Jewish Federation of San Diego County. ____________________________________________________

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

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 it just makes sense!

Register now!

Questions or comments? Email


Would you like to start a Chavurah in your area?
Contact Judy and Vivien at



Little 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.

We are excited to announce our next event! We will be partnering with Friendship Circle of San Diego, an organization that enriches the lives of children, teens and adults with special needs through social and recreational experiences.

A representative of Friendship Circle first will do a brief, hands-on training with our Little Mensches to help the children understand - in an age-appropriate way - the limitations that some other children face. (For example, the children may be asked to put socks on their hands and then try to tie their shoelaces, or may be given a marshmallow to hold in their mouths and then try to answer questions.)  Then, we are going to have a big "field day" together, during which our Little Mensches can participate in games and other fun activities with children from Friendship Circle.

Light refreshments will be provided. And, as always, we encourage the participation of older children who may want to act as "helpers" in running the games and activities. Please RSVP to littlemensches@lfjcc.orgto let us know if you plan to attend. We hope to see all of you there - and please feel free to spread the word to anyone else who might be interested. (See attached flyer!)

Local PJ Library Events

  • Shalom Baby Visits Seacrest Village — >Brighten the resident’s day.
  • Sunday, January 4th -10:00am - Katzin Residence
    Wednesday, January 21st 0:45am - Goldberg Residence
    Please call Cynthia for more information:
    Home 760-730-0797 or Cell 619-200-6599

  • Baby Book Club – Group storytelling, flannel board stories and art project.

    Friday, January 9th and 23rd 2014
    11:30am – 12:30pm
    Lawrence Family JCC
    For ages 9 months – 2 years
    For more information and to RSVP, please email Judy Nemzer at

  • PJ Library Storytime - B'nai Tikvah

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015
    10-11 am
    2510 Gateway Road, Carlsbad, CA 92009
    For ages 1-5
    For more information, please email Vivien Dean at

  • Save-the-Date

    Shalom Baby/ PJ Library and Soille Hebrew Day School
    Tu B'Shevat Celebration
    Sunday, February 1, 2015
    San Diego Botanic Garden - Hamilton Children's Garden
    More details to follow

  • Save-the-Date

    Shalom Baby/PJ Library Clothing and Gear Swap
    Sunday, February 22, 2015
    More information to follow.

    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

    Like "The Jewish Gift Closet" on Facebook:

  • Free Hebrew Children’s Books! Sifriyat Pijama B’America (SP-BA) offers Israeli-American families free, high quality, Hebrew books for children ages 3-6. Sign up at

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Holiday Hints
Encouraging Conversations with Children on Shabbat

Studies show children who engage in spontaneous back-and-forth dialogue with adults develop fuller conversational skillsets. Shabbat provides an ideal opportunity for such an interaction.


Parenting Matters
Learning About Tzedakah
and Social Justice

Pursuing justice is a long-honored Jewish tenant. This Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, initiate a conversation with your children about social justice and take action to achieve it.


#KidsGive: Share Your Tzedakah Story

Join the tzedakah box social media campaign by sharing personal photos, videos, and stories of how your children have been inspired by the PJ Library tzedakah box and the Kindness Cards. Use the hashtag #KidsGive on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter to help spread the spirit of giving. 


Family of the Month
Yellen Family on PJ Library

family of the month

This month our family has been busy reading books and learning about Chanukah. When we think about the celebration of the holiday four things come to mind Food-Family- Friends- and of course presents. As a family we are always looking for ways to give back to the community of North San Diego. In our family we collect soda cans from family and friends, and take them to the recycling center. We use the money to buy food or items for others. This year we donated food and gift cards to JFS Food Pantry, Interfaith Shelter at Temple Solel , and the snowflake tree at Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary. We are very lucky to be recipients of the PJ Library books from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. For our family it is important to sit together and read books that teach Jewish values and ethics. As a family we try to do various Jewish activities in our community. Please join our family in the spirit of giving to others this holiday season. Do a mitzvah with your own family and use the Tzedakah boxes that were sent out by PJ Library. Happy Chanukah and Happy New Year!

-The Yellen Family

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