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August 14, 2015  RSS feed
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Families asked to ‘Make Time’ for new Lego play, story events

The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties is launching a new program featuring monthly hands-on activities for children that will address Jewish values and holidays through play, story time and food.

The program, called Make Time, is intended to promote Jewish continuity and create an inclusive and welcoming community for all.

One of the unique elements will be the use of Lego activities as a means to build stronger family and community bonds through self-expression.

Starting in October, each month families will be invited to learn about some aspect of Judaism through the family Lego builds, PJ Library story time, and traditional Jewish foods.

The events ill be held in both public and Jewish spaces throughout the area. They are free, although families will be encouraged to give a donation of at least $18 to the Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign.

The Lego activities will require participation by the children and an adult family member and “One of the greatest obstacles to creativity is bringing an idea to life in 3D form. Lego easily removes this hurdle and, by its nature, fosters an understanding of the basics of engineering. Lego gives children a way to quickly share a physical version of an idea that is in their head, even if it is one that is difficult to put into words,” explained Simon Boses, who will lead the monthly events and is writing a special curriculum for it. Boses has taught art and science for organizations including the Houston JCC and Country Day Montessori School.

“Make Time’s primary goal is to create compelling activities that will connect unaffiliated and affiliated Jewish and interfaith families to their own interpretation of what it means to be Jewish and how Jewish values and traditions can enrich their daily lives,” said Elana Gootson, the Federation’s director of development.

This program is made possible by a grant from the Herman Forbes Charitable Trust.

Besides the Make Time events, PJ Library mails free age-appropriate Jewish children’s books and music to families on a monthly basis. The program is open to children from six months to 8 years of age. PJ Library is a partnership of the Federation, local sponsors, and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

For more information, call PJ Library Coordinator, Diana Morin, at (727) 530- 3223 or go to the program’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ItsMakeTime.


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