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February 2015
Shevat 5775
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BulletCelebrate Tu B'Shevat »
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BulletTeach Kids to Be Green »
BulletTu B'Shevat Recipes »
BulletNurturing Healthy Roots »
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February Books





It's Party Time!
A Purim Story



The Better-Than-Best Purim 



Be Happy, It's Purim! (DVD)






Raisel's Riddle 

Raisel's Riddle  


The Story of Queen Esther  

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Dear PJ Library Families,

Tu B'Shevat, which falls on Wednesday, Feb. 4th this year, is all about nurturing growth. In honor of the trees' New Year, you can use this month as an opportunity to nurture trees through green thumb training, nurture your children with fun nature crafts, and nurture a love of books with a few Tu B'Shevat reads.

Sending you green and growth-filled thoughts,


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 monthly FREE high quality Jewish book or cd, please register your child/ren at The selection and quality of books are amazing.
Tzedaka Box Opening!
Share the Spirit of Giving! Record your child opening their PJ Library tzedakah box! Join the conversation online by sharing photos and comments of your children with their Tzedakah boxes on our Facebook page

Shalom Baby/PJ Library Facebook and PJ Library Facebook page

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.

Little Mensches - Benefitting Rady's Children's Hospital Patients
Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 1:00 P.M.
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

We are excited to announce our next event, Little Mensches making activity kits and a video card for children at Rady's Children's Hospital. Light refreshments will be provided. And, as always, we encourage the participation of older children who may want to act as "helpers". Please RSVP to to 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.


Holiday Hints
Nature Crafts for Tu B'Shevat
Show appreciation for nature and trees as a family with a few of these hands-on craft activities.


Parenting Matters
Like Tree, Like Child:
Tu B'Shevat & Nurturing
The Jewish New Year for trees serves as a reminder that, like trees, people benefit from deep roots, a strong base, and consistent nurturing.


PJ & JDAM Reads 2015  
PJ Library joins the broad support of Jewish Disability Awareness Month this year with the children's book selection of Stork's Landing for use in the JDAM Reads initiative.


Local PJ Library Events
Sunday, February 1, 2015
Shalom Baby/ PJ Library and Soille Hebrew Day School Tu B'Shvat Celebration at San Diego Botanic Garden
9:30-10:45 am
San Diego Botanic Garden
Hamilton Children's Garden
300 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024
Sunday, February 1, 2015
Shalom Baby Visits Seacrest Village — Brighten the resident’s day
Sunday, February 1st -10:00am - Katzin Residence
Wednesday, February 18th 10:45am - Goldberg Residence 
Please call Cynthia for more information:
Home 760-730-0797 or Cell 619-200-6599
Friday, February 6, 20, 2015
Baby Book Club – Group storytelling, flannel board stories and art project
11:30am – 12:30pm
Lawrence Family JCC
For ages 9 months – 2 years
For more information and to RSVP, please email Judy Nemzer at
Sunday, February 8, 2015
San Diego 25th Annual Jewish Film Festival - Family Day
Join Shalom Baby and PJ Library for a FREE family screening of The Prince of Egypt

10 am
Edwards San Marcos Statium 18
Sunday, February 15, 2015
9:45 am
Reading Cinemas Town Square 14
Joy F. Knapp Presentations

See attached flyer!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
PJ Library Storytime - B'nai Tikvah
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
10-11 am
2510 Gateway Road, Carlsbad, CA 92009
For ages 1-5
For more information, please email Vivien Dean at
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Shalom Baby/PJ Library Clothing and Gear Swap
More information to follow.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Mom's Night Out
More details to follow.

Sunday, March 22, 2015,
Billy Jonas Workshop & Concert
More details to follow.
Sunday, March 17, 2015,
Walls You Can Never Build
More details 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

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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
Family of the Month
The Schneider Family on PJ Library

family of the month

Our son Eli is 6 years old, and for the past 72 months, he has been receiving PJ Library books! You can imagine how full his bookshelf is! Every night, at bed time, we cuddle up on his bed and read two books of his choosing. His PJ books are so well loved and read over and over again. All three of us enjoy the stories and love to talk about the holidays and life lessons. When holidays roll around, we gather up the relevant books (6 year's worth) to read and discuss. How very lucky we feel to have been a recipient of these books and a part of this phenomenal program!!
Until the next blue and white envelope arrives! Shalom,
Betsy, David, and Eli Schneider

The Schneider Family

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