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October 23, 2015  RSS feed
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Families get together to explore Judaism through crafty creations and stories


Rabbi Danielle Upbin reads the PJ Library book, “A Watermelon in the Sukkah” to children attending the first Make Time event, hosted by Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater. The book explores various engineering solutions to hang a watermelon in the sukkah. Rabbi Danielle Upbin reads the PJ Library book, “A Watermelon in the Sukkah” to children attending the first Make Time event, hosted by Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater. The book explores various engineering solutions to hang a watermelon in the sukkah. Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater was buzzing with excitement on Sunday, Oct. 4 for the first PJ Library “Make Time” multi-generational programs.

Presented by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, this was the first in a series of monthly family-focused programs designed to encourage parents to “make time” to explore Jewish values and traditions in a way that will reach Jewish and interfaith families alike.

More than 50 people – parents, children ages 3 to 12 and the Make Time Team – participated in the inaugural program.

To start off, families listened to Rabbi Danielle Upbin of Beth Shalom read a PJ Library book, A Watermelon in the Sukkah.


Sammy Nudell and other youth choosing the Legos they will use to build their sukkahs. Sammy Nudell and other youth choosing the Legos they will use to build their sukkahs. They then got their creative juices flowing. Inside the social hall, one side of the room was laid out in a buffet-style of vast LEGO resources that the kids to gather up what they might need to build and decorate their very own sukkah. The children were challenged to work with their family to build the structure to commemorate the holiday and then hang a “watermelon” in it.

With the help of their parents, kids too young for the Lego activity, made wind chines out of paper cups and beads to hang in the sukkah.

November theme: Shabbat

The next PJ Library Make Time program will be on Sunday, Nov. 8 from 1-3 p.m. at Temple B’nai Israel, 1685 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater. The theme will be Shabbat and will include a Lego building challenge, crafts, snack and PJ Library storytime.


Younger children with the help of parents making wind chimes to hang in a sukkah. Younger children with the help of parents making wind chimes to hang in a sukkah. The event is free and open to parents and children up to age 12. RSVP to Diana at dmorin@jewishpinellas.org or (727) 530- 3223.



Nadav Weizman with his finished creation. Nadav Weizman with his finished creation.

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