PJ Library: Jewish Bedtime Stories and Songs
PJ Library San Diego 
November 2014
Cheshvan 5775
In this Issue
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Harold Grinspoon Foundation   

BulletYour Local
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BulletYour Local
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BulletYour Jewish Federation
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BulletYour Local Day School
BulletYour Local Preschool
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From the Blog
BulletLeaves of Autumn »
BulletFall Family Fun »
BulletIs Thanksgiving Jewish? »
BulletNurturing Gratitude »
BulletShowing Thanks »
BulletBe a "Thank You" Model »
BulletElections & Tikkun Olam »
Bullet'Photo Friday' Series
November Books


 Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah!

Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah  


Honeyky Hanukah


  The Runaway Latkes  




The Eighth Menorah


The Magic Dreidels


Gracie's Night


The Peddler's Gift

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Dear PJ Library Families,

For most people, two things come to mind when thinking about Thanksgiving: food and family.

Thanksgiving is a time to savor delicious dishes and delicacies, but it is also a time appreciate people. After all,  Thanksgiving isn't just about what, when, or where we eat, but also with whom.

Take this opportunity to appreciate your unique family and all its quirks and qualities. Enjoy!  


Judy Nemzer
PJ Library/Shalom Baby Coordinator

Vivien Dean
PJ Library/Shalom Baby North County Assistant

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


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 - Beach-and-Park Cleanup
Sunday, November 2 at 1:00
La Jolla Shores (specific details to follow)
We are very excited for our next Little Mensches event, which will be a fantastic beach- and park- cleanup. We will be working with San Diego Coastkeeper on this project, and they will provide all of the equipment and gear that we will need to make this a safe, fun and rewarding clean-up.
Because it will be particularly important for us to have a headcount for this event, please RSVP at your earliest convenience to littlemensches@lfjcc.org


Holiday Hints
Shalom Bayit
for Thanksgiving

Some amount of family conflict is inevitable during the holidays. Just remember that Shalom Bayit (peace in the home) is a Jewish value that is honored when families respectfully and affectionately resolve conflicts together.


Parenting Matters
Beyond Age 8 ... Now What?

For readers beyond PJ Library's Hamantaschen (8+ years) age group, consider these book recommendations and learn about a new pilot program. 


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 on November 8th.  



Local PJ Library Events
Shalom Baby Visits Seacrest Village
Brighten the residents' day! 
Sunday, November 2nd,
10:00am - Katzin Residence
Wednesday, November 19th,
10:45am - Goldberg Residence
Please call Cynthia for more information: Home 760-730-0797 or Cell 619-200-6599
PJ Library Storytime at Carmel Valley Library
Wednesday, November 19th
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, November 7th & 21st
11:30am - 12:30pm
Lawrence Family JCC
For ages 9 months – 2 years
Details to follow
20th Annual Jewish Book Fair in North County -- Bal Yoga for Kids with Glenda Kacev and Sylvia Roth

Sunday, November 9
10:30 - 11:15am

Bal Yoga incorporates, poses, and illustrations to the corresponding letters of the alphabet.  "Bal" means "Child" in Hindi.
For more information and to RSVP email pjlibraryncounty@lfjcc.org

Temple Solel - 3575 Manchester Ave.
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007

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.
Shalom Baby/PJ Library Clothing and Gear Swap
Sunday, November 23
Item drop off: 9:30 - 10:30am
Swapping: 10:30 - 11:30am
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. Like "The Jewish Gift Closet" on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Jewish-Gift-Closet-San-Diego-Community-Gmach/101228189934556
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
Efthimos Family on PJ Library


Our family is so grateful for PJ Library! We have an inter-faith marriage. Our daughter, Calli is being brought up in the Jewish faith. Calli exclaims with joy when she goes to the mailbox and sees the white envelope with blue print signifying a new book has arrived. She quickly opens the envelope and looks for someone to read her the book right away usually it is Nana or Papa. We have been receiving PJ library books for the past four years. These books teach our family the traditions of Judaism not only to my daughter but my husband as well. One of Calli’s favorite books is “This is the Challah” it teaches her about the Sabbath and learning how to make a challah. We made the Challah recipe included in the book. It was so delicious since we made it as a family for our Shabbat. The books portrays the importance of family. We include these experiences of these books into our day to day lives. These books are fabulous!

-The Efthimos Family