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February 2014
In this Issue
BulletHoliday Hints
BulletParenting Matters
BulletCommunity Calendar
A Gift from...

Harold Grinspoon Foundation   


The Viterbi Family Foundation


Leichtag Foundation

Local Links
Bullet Jewish Federation
Bullet Lawrence Family JCC
Bullet Local Schools
Bullet Local Preschool
Bullet Community Calendar
From the Blog
BulletAbout Special Needs
BulletIntroducing JDAM
BulletFamilies Read
BulletMaking Challah
Bullet'Photo Friday' Series
Feb. Books


When It's Purim



It's Party Time: A Purim Story



 The Better-than-Best Purim



The Mystery Bear

The Mystery Bear


The Magic Pomegranate


Barnyard Purim


Brave Girl

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February is a good month to celebrate differences, as it brings us both Black History and Jewish Disability Awareness.

Adam Yehidi Nivrah, literally meaning "every person is a unique creation," is a fundamental Jewish value. We can celebrate the uniqueness in each living being by taking joy in the qualities that make each of us extraordinary (and by reading PJ books that celebrate such differences).


PJ Library welcomes the enrollment of any child, at any one of our age groups a parent feels is appropriate. If you have child who is older than the ages covered by PJ Library, but who would nonetheless benefit from PJ Library books, please contact us.


May we all take joy in the gifts of difference.


Treasure this day, 

Judy Nemzer
PJ Library/Shalom Baby Coordinator

Vivien Dean
PJ Library/Shalom Baby North County Assistant

San Diego — Thanks to the very generous funding of the Viterbi Family Foundation of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego and the Leichtag Foundation

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.

Holiday Hints

PJ & JDAM Reads       

PJ Library joins the broad support of Jewish Disability Awareness Month this year with the children's book selection of Cakes and Miracles for use in the JDAM Reads initiative.


Read for Disability Awareness  

Parenting Matters

Respecting Differences

February's Black History Month and Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month present the chance for children to learn about diversity and the Jewish value of adam yehidi nivra.


Celebrate Uniqueness  

Summer Camp Scholarships

PJ Goes to Camp incentive awards (scholarships) for the summer of 2014 are still available for students at public and non-Jewish private schools. Interested families should contact PJGTC@HGF.org.


Incentive grants for students who attend a Jewish day school are fully subscribed. PJ Goes to Camp is no longer accepting names for the waiting list for day school students.


PJ Goes to Camp Info & Application  

Community Calendar
StandWithUs San Diego Annual Fundraiser
Guest Speaker, Executive Film Producer Ralph Avi Goldwasser  

Sunday, February 23, 2014
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Hyatt Mission Bay: 1441 Quivira Road, San Diego, CA 92109

2 feature film documentaries explore the growing undertones of anti-semitism on college campuses as a key component of the anti-Israel movement.

For payment questions or reservations by phone or email, please contact us 310.836.6140 ext 130 or sandiego@standwithus.com

Click here to see the flyer for more details


Shalom Baby Visits Seacrest Village
Brighten the resident’s day  

Sunday, February 2nd -10:00am - Katzin Residence
Wednesday, February 19th  – 10:45am - Goldberg Residence 

Please call Cynthia for more information:
Home 760-730-0797 or Cell 619-200-6599
PJs and Slippers
PJ Library Storytime
Congregation B'nai Tikvah  

Every 2nd Tuesday - February 11, 2014
10:00 - 11:00 am
Congregation B'nai Tikvah 2510 Gateway Rd, Carlsbad, CA 92009

For more information, please email Vivien Dean at pjlibraryncounty@lfjcc.com
Jewish Family Cooking
PJ Library Storytime
Oceanside Public Library 

Friday, February 14th, 2014 -10:30 am
330 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

For more information, please email Vivien Dean at pjlibraryncounty@lfjcc.com
Jewish Family Cooking
PJ Library Storytime
Carmel Valley Library 

Wednesday, February 19th
3:00 PM
Carmel Valley Library - 3919 Townsgate Drive, San Diego, CA 92130

For more information, please email Judy Nemzer at pjlibrary@lfjcc.com
Viterbi Family Baby Book Club
North County

Group storytelling, flannel board stories and art project.
Every other Friday – 11:00am – 12:00pm at Seacrest Village in Encinitas
February 14th and 28th
Led by Vivien Dean

For more information and to sign up, please e mail Vivien Dean at pjlibraryncounty@lfjcc.com
Viterbi Family Baby Book Club
San Diego
Group storytelling, flannel board stories and art project. 

Friday – 11:30am – 12:30pm at the JCC
February 21st
Led by Jennifer Meltzer and Judy Nemzer

For more information and to sign up, please e mail Judy Nemzer at shalombaby@lfjcc.com
Save the Date
24th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival

February 6 -16, 2014

The Film Festival showcases over 60 of the best contemporary Jewish themed films from around the world celebrating
life, human rights, and freedom of expression.
The San Diego Jewish Film Festival would like to offer Shalom Baby families 20% off of Film Festival tickets.  
To receive the discount, families can use the code:  BABY14 at the box office.  The 20% off is for any film.

For tickets and information please visit www.sdjff.org, or contact the JCC Box Office at (858) 362.1348.

PJs and Slippers
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

Like "The Jewish Gift Closet" on Facebook
: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Jewish-Gift-Closet-San-Diego-Community-Gmach/101228189934556
Jewish Family Cooking
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
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Family of the Month -The Sanchez Family


The Sanchez FamilyThe Sanchez Family

One of my friends first told me about Shalom Baby when I was pregnant with Ava (now 4 ½). When Ava was born, we immediately signed up with Shalom Baby, received a beautiful gift basket for our then newborn and subsequently enrolled in the PJ Library. We were very excited about the opportunity to build a library of Jewish books for Ava and never imagined the high caliber of books we would receive from the PJ Library. During my pregnancy, I bought many of the popular children’s books to read to Ava but struggled to find Jewish books to add to the collection. It was (and still is) a real challenge to find children’s Jewish books at bookstores and to know which Jewish titles to search for, let alone age-appropriate ones. Needless to say, at this point we may have had only a couple of Jewish books in our sizable collection of books.
The PJ Library is a great resource for us and very important in supplementing Jewish learning in our household. We see numerous advantages in being a member of the PJ Library:

  • Books, CD’s, and DVD’s are preselected – removing the struggle of researching and finding materials
  • Materials are age-appropriate – delivering messages/lessons that a child of the intended age group will understand
  • The themes tend to coincide with Jewish holidays – helping  parents teach the significance of the holiday in story form
  • Books, CD’s and DVD’s are fun – making it a treat to receive
  • Convenient – mailed straight to your door
  • The variety is fantastic!

We feel very fortunate to be able to participate in this great benefit offered by the PJ Library.

We have been very happy with all the selections we have received from the PJ Library. Here are just a few books that have been Ava’s favorites:

  • No Rules for Michael - read every night for a whole month
  • Ella’s Trip to Israel – read over and over
  • I Love Camp, Todd Parr – love this author; read this book numerous times right before Ava attended her first summer camp
  • Sadie’s Sukkah Breakfast, Sammy Spider’s First Purim, A Watermelon in the Sukkah – read throughout the year
  • Monsters in the Sukkah (DVD from Shalom Sesame) – received over a year ago and still a favorite; we ended up buying 4 other DVD’s in the collection
  • Boker Tov! Good Morning – Ava loved the song that came with the book and listened to the song every single morning on her way to school
  • Look at Me (Rick and Sheldon CD) – received this CD about 6 months ago and it’s still in our car today

Ava looks forward to receiving mail every month; she recognizes the PJ Library packaging and loves that her name is on the envelope.

As members for the last 4 years, we feel very fortunate to be receiving amazing Jewish books from the PJ Library. Thank you to all that make the PJ Library accessible to Jewish families.

With much gratitude and appreciation,

- Julie, Gloria, and Ava

PJ Library