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May 2015
Iyyar 5775
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May Books

AGES 6 MONTHS TO 2 YRS

 Shabbat Shalom, Hey!  

AGES 2 TO 3 YRS

A Grandma/Grandpa Like Yours

AGES 3 TO 4 YRS

The Little, Little House

 

AGES 4 TO 5 YRS

Sammy Spider's First Mitzvah

AGES 5 TO 6 YRS

AGES 6 TO 7 YRS

AGES 7 TO 8 YEARS

The Sabbath Lion

AGES 8 YEARS AND ABOVE

Someone for Mr. Sussman 

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Dear PJ Library Families,


May is Family Wellness Month -- an opportunity to re-center and think about some of the ways we can help our families be even better. Whether it's reading an extra book together or going on a family hike for Lag Ba'Omer or Shavuot, we hope your family finds something extra special and fun to do this month.

 

Be well,

 

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, 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 www.pjlibrary.org. The selection and quality of books are amazing.

FAMILY IN NEED OF:

A TODDLER CAR SEAT

GIRL’S CLOTHING AGES 9 MONTHS – 18 MONTHS


Please contact Judy at pjlibrary@lfjcc.com or 858-362-1352

Need any baby stuff? Have anything you no longer need? Post both on MyJList! This 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! 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


What are you doing for Shabbat?
Please join us for dinner!

Potluck Shabbat is a loose network of people interested in attending and/or hosting Shabbat dinners, potluck style. Low pressure: hosts generally provide candles, wine, challah and some sort of main dish; guests contribute in whatever way they can (wine, hummus, veggies, fruit, whatever!!). Potlucks have already taken place in Del Mar, La Jolla, Ocean Beach, Serra Mesa, Point Loma, and Carmel Valley. Sign up here to receive weekly updates/invites to Potluck Shabbats near you! All are welcome, but for now we are mostly a network of families with young-ish children (under 12). Check out the website for general info and/or email Eliza Slavet at elizaslavet@gmail.com if you want to know more.

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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.


Sunday, May 31, 2015
1:00-2:00pm

Lawrence Family JCC
4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Little Mensches will be holding an event to "give back" to our local police and fire departments. Representatives from both departments will come to speak to the children. The children then will decorate cookies to bring to the local police and fire departments, both of which are located within walking distance of the JCC, and will take a tour of each station.

We hope that you can join us for this event. 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 littlemensches@lfjcc.org 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
The Lag Ba'Omer Lowdown  
On the 33rd day of S'firat Ha'Omer ("The Counting of the Omer"), many Jews celebrate the holiday of Lag Ba'Omer. Here are a few ways to celebrate this fun, outdoorsy day.  

Shavuot Resources   
The Jewish holiday of Shavuot begins the evening of Saturday, May 23. Find useful links and children's books to read on PJLibrary.org.    

Parenting Matters
Family Wellness Month  
Commemorate Family Wellness Month by reading a few relevant Jewish children's books together as a family and participating in other group activities.  

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Shalom Baby Visits Seacrest Village — Brighten the resident’s day
Wednesday, May 20, 10:45am - Goldberg Residence 
Please call Cynthia for more information:
Home 760-730-0797 or Cell 619-200-6599
Friday, May 15, 29, 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
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Shalom Baby/PJ Library Clothing and Gear Swap
Item drop off: 9:30 – 10:30am
Swapping: 10:30 – 11:30am
Lawrence Family JCC
Contact Ilene Tatro at ShalomBabySwap@lfjccc.org

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 atmom4jjln@aol.com

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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 www.sp-ba.org
Shalom Baby E Newsletter - http://www.lfjcc.org/shalombaby/shalombaby.html
Family of the Month
The Fink Family on PJ Library

family of the month

PJ Library has been an invaluable part of our lives since our older son, Leo, was born almost 6 years ago. From the time that Leo was a very small baby, we loved the closeness and intimacy that could come from sharing stories with him. Even before he likely knew what the words on the page meant, we enjoyed much family time cuddling together and reading story books.

We learned about the PJ Library program when Jessica and Leo started attending their Shalom Baby playgroup together. We were thrilled to learn that, simply by virtue of being part of the Jewish community, our son could receive a beautiful new book or CD every month. As time has gone by, our excitement at receiving a new book every month has morphed into Leo's (and now his younger brother Sam's) excitement at receiving these wonderful treasures. Both boys get so excited when they see their blue and white envelopes in the mail, and beg to open them up right away. While Leo loves all of the books he has received, Sam - who loves music- thinks that it is an extra special treat when PJ Library sends him a CD. It does not matter how many times we clean out the bookshelves to purge those books that we don't read anymore; the PJ Library books can never be passed on, as they remain constant favorites in our library.

PJ Library also has become a special part of our life in another way as well. As Chair of the Little Mensches program at the JCC - a monthly program that sets up mitzvah opportunities for children in the community between the ages of 4 and 8 - Jessica (and her co-chairs Judy Nemzer and Vivien Dean) has been able to incorporate PJ Library books into virtually every event. The books add another special layer of meaning, driving home the lessons of giving back, respect for one's elders, helping friends, caring for the earth, and a wealth of other ideals.

The Fink Family

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