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November 16, 2018  RSS feed

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PJ Library plans Hanukkah events at local libraries

PJ Library and the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties are partnering with public libraries around Pinellas County to expose Jewish heritage and the love of learning through books, especially during Hanukkah

There will be events at two libraries and both will be filled with food, games, music, and tradition.

Bringing the PJ Library program to public libraries will help reach families with children while creating lifelong relationships, Federation officials are hoping.

“As a community, PJ Library helps bring interfaith families together to learn about the Jewish holidays, values, and traditions in a meaningful way,” said Alex Sembler, young family program specialist. “It is wonderful that families with young children can expose their children to innovative and fun Jewish learning.”

Each event will have story time, spinning of the dreidel, and a snack.

On Monday, Dec. 3 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Palm Harbor Library, there will be a presentation of “The Story of Hanukkah.”

On Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Safety Harbor Library, the program is titled “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel.”

“For many of our local families PJ Library books may be their first Jewish experience, so our job is to show them even more possibilities – whether in their home or out in the community,” said Maxine Kaufman, director of Arts, Culture & Education.

“This will be the third year that PJ Library/Jewish Federation has partnered with the public libraries for a Hanukkah event. We look forward to engaging families in public spaces and hopefully creating memories and points of entry into the Jewish community,” she said.

In addition to the December events, the libraries are adding PJ Library content to their circulation, so readers can learn about Hanukkah, Shabbat, Purim, Passover and more, year-round.

The PJ Library (for ages 6 months through 8 years) and PJ Our Way (ages 9-11) are programs of the Federation, made possible by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, offering free Jewish books to kids across the region. Signing up children, whether your own or someone else’s, can be done at

For more information, contact Alex Sembler, PJ Library coordinator, at (727) 530-3223.

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