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June 16, 2017  RSS feed

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Crafter-noon for young families set for June 25

Folks are invited to paint rocks with a message at a program dubbed “Equality Rocks,” on Sunday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Geared to families with children, it is sponsored by the PJ Library and the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties.

The Equality Rocks event will take place at Congregation B’nai Israel, 300 58th St. N. in St. Petersburg on the same day at the St. Pete PRIDE street festival is taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some members of the congregation will join the parade and invite others to join them.

At the Equality Rocks gathering, Young Adult Division members and the families with young children in the PJ Library program will decorate rocks based on the theme, “Equality: Made in G_ d’s Image.”

The event is capitalizing on a new trend in the area: Local artists have been painting rocks with positive sayings, beautiful designs or silly faces and hiding them in public places for the unsuspecting to stumble upon.

“Random acts of kindness is very important in Judaism, so naturally this trend lends itself to a great collaborative event we are calling, Equality Rocks,” explained one of the organizers, Aliza Norstein.

Those decorating rocks will be encouraged to take their works of art home and hide them in their own neighborhoods to spread a message of equality and acceptance.

This also will be a way to support the PRIDE festivities that weekend, which celebrates equality in the LGBTQ community. In addition, there will be interfaith services, the opportunity to walk in the PRIDE parade as part of the Jewish community and other events. For a menu of PRIDE opportunities, go to the Federation’s website,

A light brunch will be offered and a PJ Library book will be read while the rocks are drying before painters go home to hide their artwork throughout the community. Materials will be provided. Dress for a fun and paint-filled afternoon.

To RSVP, call Diana Morin at (727) 530- 3223 or email

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