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April 2015
Nissan 5775
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April Books


 Let's Visit Israel  


3 Falafels in My Pita



Hanna's Sabbath Dress



Everybody Says Shalom





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Goldie Takes a Stand 

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Dear PJ Library Families,

Many great things are coming your way this month -- Passover, spring sunshine, and quality children's books, to name a few. Every little bit of life is worth appreciating, and hopefully this month's offerings only add to the countless blessings you already enjoy.


May you find joy in all of your blessings,


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 The selection and quality of books are amazing.

Exploring Values for Everyday Family Living

Give yourself the gift of Jewish learning and share it with your entire family. We are launching a new course that brings parents, of all backgrounds, together for an hour of learning, socializing, and more.

These weekly sessions provides parents with the learning, language, and confidence to incorporate Jewish values at home (with the help of PJ Library books and Shalom Sesame videos). It offers meaningful and relevant experiences around Jewish Holidays and values.

Join use for a special taste session soon (Date TBA)! Contact or 858-362-1327 for details.

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 Menches - Support the Israeli and American Military & Children's Observance of Yom Hashoah
Sunday, April 19, 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 program, Little Mensches will be holding an event with members of the U.S. military and the Israeli Defense Force. Children will learn about what it is like to be a soldier and will participate in a military style bootcamp including an obstacle course. Light snacks will be served. 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
Crafty Ideas for a Fun Seder 
The Passover Seder is a family event for all ages. Parents can involve their young children by incorporating some of these creative, hands-on ideas

Passover Books and Resources 
Enjoy Passover together as a family. Explore our list of holiday-related Jewish children's books, and surf through our collection of links, resources, and activities.

Parenting Matters
Contentment & Dayenu  

As Jewish families sing "Dayenu" at the Passover Seder, they acknowledge the Jewish value of Same'ach B'Chelko -- being content with what you have.


Local PJ Library Events
Sunday, April 5, 15, 2015
Shalom Baby Visits Seacrest Village — Brighten the resident’s day
Sunday, April 5th -10:00am - Katzin Residence
Wednesday, April 15th 10:45am - Goldberg Residence 
Please call Cynthia for more information:
Home 760-730-0797 or Cell 619-200-6599
Friday, April 17, 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
Save the Date!
Sunday, May 3, 2015

Baby & Me Movie & Breakfast
For parents with children under one-year old, this is your chance to see a fan favorite from the Jewish Film Festival -  Advanced Style

Tickets on sale now - JCC Box Office 858-362-1348 or
For information contact Vivien Dean
See attached flyer!

Save the Date!
Sunday, May 31, 2015

Shalom Baby/PJ Library Clothing and Gear Swap
More information 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 Wheitz Family on PJ Library

family of the month

We are huge fans of PJ Library. We’ve been a PJ Library family for many years now. Like many of the other Shalom Baby Families, it all started when our first born son, Nathan was 6 months old. Nathan is now seven years old and has a five year old sister, Shira. It is so exciting to find everything from books to CDs to DVDs arriving in the mail just for them. Some of our early favorites included the Where is Baby’s Dreidel book to the Oy Baby and Shalom Sesame DVDs and Look at Me CD! Our favorite, most read book lately seems to be No Baths at Camp. We frequently read the newer books as well as books we received several years ago. Bedtime would not be the same without them. Our home happens to be a bilingual household. The kids are speaking English and Hebrew at home and are fortunate to receive the books in English from PJ Library as well as stories in Hebrew from Sifriyat Pijama.

Even though I grew up in San Diego and my husband grew up in Israel, the books are all very relevant to our family. There are books about how holidays and life are celebrated in Israel as well as in the U.S. We can all relate to the stories. We sometimes think they could have been written about us.

We are very grateful for all the stories and lessons we have received over the years from the PJ Library books. I made my first Challah after reading It’s Challah Time, Shira learned all about what her name means after reading A song for My Sister. Nathan was very interested to learn about what would happen if there were no rules in life after reading No Rules for Michael and Harel, my husband is very happy to receive books in Hebrew to read to the kids. They continue to remind us of our Jewish heritage and teach us many interesting facts about Jewish holidays and Jewish Life. My husband and I are inspired along with our children as we read the books together.

The Wheitz Family

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