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October 19, 2018  RSS feed
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Synagogue, PJ Library partner for ‘Lulav Shake Down’


Children make crafts under the sukkah at Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater during the PJ Library Sukkot event. At right with guitar is Sarah Michaels, a music teacher at the synagogue who sang the children a song about the festival. Children make crafts under the sukkah at Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater during the PJ Library Sukkot event. At right with guitar is Sarah Michaels, a music teacher at the synagogue who sang the children a song about the festival. There was a whole lotta shakin’ going on when PJ Library of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties had its first ever “PJ Library Shake Your Lulav Shake Down.”

In collaboration with Congregation Beth Shalom, the event drew more than 45 parents, grandparents, and children as families sat under the sukkah at the synagogue, enjoying live music and a PJ Library story that educated them about Sukkot and its importance on the Jewish calendar.

Beth Shalom Rabbi Danielle Upbin spoke about what the sukkah means and led the shaking of the lulav and etrog. “The PJ Library event in the CBS Sukkah was a perfect culmination to the holiday. We loved having all those families with us to celebrate, shake the lulav and make fun edible crafts,” Rabbi Upbin said.

Following storytime, children created their own edible and healthy sukkah out of carrots, tomatoes, peanut butter and crackers.

Alex Sembler, the young family engagement specialist for PJ Library, said, “It’s really inspirational to see young children engaged in these stories and relatable crafts. The values shown throughout these books continue to help shape and educate young people in their understanding of being Jewish.”

Pinellas and Pasco Counties is one of 200 communities to participate in The PJ Library program. This free Jewish children’s book program helps to uphold Jewish culture one chapter at a time. Sukkot, a Hebrew word meaning “huts,” refers to the Jewish festival that gives thanks for fall harvest.

“It was really amazing to see the turnout for the event. I think having these events will benefit families and their children by teaching Jewish values in a different setting. I also believe it brings our Jewish community closer by celebrating such a joyous holiday together,” said Sarah Michaels, a music teacher at the synagogue.

Upcoming events include a program in conjunction with the Global Jewish Day of Learning on Nov. 11 at Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg and Hanukkah parties on Dec. 2 and 5.

Contact Sembler at asembler@jewishpinellas.org for more information on upcoming PJ Library events.


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