Greetings PJ Library Families,

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From now until March 21, every time a qualifying family signs up for PJ Library and mentions your name, you are entered into a drawing for an Amazon Fire Kids Edition. The more people you refer, the more chances you have to win one of 50 grand prizes! Click here to read the details.

May it be you who wins an Amazon Fire,
Judy Nemzer
PJ Library/Shalom Baby Coordinator

Vivien Dean
PJ Library/Shalom Baby North County Assistant
Generously funded by the Viterbi Family Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego, Leichtag Foundation, Jewish Federation of San Diego County, and the Claire and David Ellman matching gift. 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.
Foundations of Family Living
Foundations of Jewish Family Living is a new curriculum for parents that provides a thought-provoking encounter with the core values of Judaism. This rich learning experience for adults will provide an opportunity for you to bring the Jewish conversation home to share with your young child. At a time in your family's life when your child is experiencing his or her own Jewish education, Foundations of Jewish Family Living provides you with the learning, the language, and the confidence to be a teacher to your own children.
EIGHT SESSIONS: February 7, 21, 28; March 6, 13, 20; April 17May 1, 2016
9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Breakfast Nosh & Schmoozing : 9:00-9:15 a.m.
Class: 9:15-10:15 a.m.
Temple Solel
3575 Manchester Avenue * Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007
Price Per Person: $90 | JCC or Temple Solel Member: $70 * Materials Included
Special Offer: 1/2 OFF 2nd family member (spouse/partner/grandparent/etc)
Scholarships Available
FIRST SESSION FREE: Sunday, February 7, 2016

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Little Mensches provides 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.

Please join us at our next event!

Benefitting Rady's Children's Hospital Patients
Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 1:00 P.M.
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

Our next event will take place on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 1pm. Our little mensches will be making activity kits and a video card for children at Rady's Children's Hospital as well as additional activities. 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.

As always, light refreshments will be served.  We hope that you can join us at this event.

Please RSVP to
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 
such as wine, hummus, veggies, or fruit.

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  if you want to know more.

Shalom Baby Visits Seacrest Village
Brighten the Residents' Day  
Toddlers with Seniors

Sunday, February 7 - 10:00am - Katzin Residence
Wednesday, February 17 - 10:45am - Goldberg Residence 
Viterbi Family Baby Book Club
Group Storytelling, Flannel Board Stories & Art Projects

Friday, February 5 and 19

11:30 am - 12:30 pm  at the JCC

Led by Jennifer Meltzer and Judy Nemzer

For more information and to sign up, please email Judy Nemzer at .

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Baby Book Club North County
Group Storytelling, Flannel Board Stories & Art Projects

Friday, February 18
10:00 - 11:00 am

This class will be offered once a month at the amazing San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas.


For more information and to sign up, please email Vivien Dean at

Shalom Baby/PJ Library Clothing and Gear Swap

Sunday, February 21, 2016 
Item drop off:   9:30 - 10:30am
Swapping:  10:30 -  11:30am
Lawrence Family JCC

For more information and to sign up, please email Vivien Dean at

Jewish Gift Closet

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 

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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  Free Hebrew Books

Teaching Children to Respect Differences

RESPECTING DIFFERENCES is a fundamental Jewish value to be honored any time of year. February offers two good reasons, however, for giving it a special look: Black History Month and Jewish Disability Awareness Month.

PJ Library Participates in JDAM Reads 2015

THIS YEAR MARKS the seventh Jewish Disability Awareness Month (JDAM), an initiative that is supported by Jewish special educators and others across the Jewish community, including the Jewish Federations of North America.

Learning about Tzedakah and Social Justice
THE WORD TZEDAKAH comes from the Hebrew word for justice and righteousness, "Tzedek."Tzedakah, while commonly associated with monetary giving, can involve all sorts of generous and just acts. Social justice in particular is an essential component of tzedakah and Judaism in general.

PHOTO FRIDAY: Organized Reading

"Guess what I finally did?" asked PJ mom Karen in a recent Facebook post. "I organized our PJ Library books on the shelf by holiday and then theme (tzedakah mitzvot , Israel, etc.)," she explains. "Then, I wrote the theme on index cards and placed them at the start of each section so the kids and I can find the right book for every occasion."


 When it's Purim



One, Two, Three Purim!


The Better-Than-Best Purim




Barnyard Purim


Raisel's Riddle


The Story of Queen Esther

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PJ Family of the Month

Thank you from the Elbaz Family! My husband Guy and I moved to San Diego 3 years ago from Israel. Moving to a new place, we had a lot of concerns. One of them was finding a community; a community that would understand where we came from and what we believe.

A couple of days after our sweet Maya was born, one year ago; we had a personal visit from Judy from "Shalom Baby." She came all the way to our house to hand us a beautiful basket full of wonderful things that gave us the feeling of home. Judy told us about the "Shalom Baby" group meetings. A great idea for moms to get together whose little ones were born in the same month.

I will always remember my first "Shalom Baby" meeting! A room full of mothers just like me. Moms who hadn't slept the night before. Who were confused just like me, and were looking for someone to share it with. Just like me. Having this in our Jewish community is priceless. In this group we found life time friends, and we started to build a strong and happy community for Maya.

We then started getting our PJ library books that filled our house with books and knowledge. Maya loves her PJ library! We have a special place for all her PJ books on the shelf as well as in our hearts. This will grow and grow with Maya every year.

Thank you for having us in the PJ library family!  Lillian, Guy & Maya
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