BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Please pass the birthday cake, as PJ Library in South Palm Beach County® has reason to celebrate its successful first year. And celebrate it will – with a fun-filled day of excitement and activity geared for families to enjoy. PJ Library families and supporters are encouraged to drop by the community-wide birthday party at the Sunset Pavilion at South County Regional Park, Boca Raton onSunday, April 6th between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Children of all ages will be treated to a Petting Zoo, Singing with Miss Susan, sports, crafts and activities, balloon artist, face painting and PJ Library stories. Each PJ Library Partner Agency will have its own interactive booth with engaging activities as well. Kosher food will be available for purchase.
“I am so excited to join in celebrating the magnificent accomplishments of PJ Library’s first year in South Palm Beach County. With 1,100 families subscribed in under one year, this extraordinary program is enriching the lives of Jewish children and their families, and brings our Jewish community together in such a meaningful way,” said local PJ Library Chair Ilene Wohlgemuth
PJ Library in South Palm Beach County is an initiative focused on building Jewish engagement by mailing high-quality Jewish literature and music monthly to families with children aged 6 months through 8 years old. In addition to the 11 books and 1 cd each family receives per year, there are many opportunities for them to participate in programs across South Palm Beach County. In just one year, more than 2,800 children, parents and grandparents also embraced PJ Library by enjoying over 25 programs and events ranging from PJ Library story time and puppet shows at synagogues and libraries, concerts, and even a day at Bedners farm with stories and hayrides.
“What a year it’s been! We are so excited to celebrate the incredible impact that PJ Library has had for families within the Jewish community in South Palm Beach County,” said Elana Ostroff, Director of PJ Library in South Palm Beach County. “We look forward to much more PJ Library fun and growth for years to come.”
“PJ Library has become such an influential part of our children’s lives,” said Lori Fineman, a local PJ parent. “Our daughter started kindergarten at public school this fall and picked, for her very first book report, The
Shabbat Box. “She loved not only the book, but also sharing the concept of Shabbat with children who didn’t know anything about this weekly holiday. What a proud moment for us as Jewish parents.”
The PJ Library-South Palm Beach County Partnership is made possible by generous support from the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Union for Reform Judaism, Leon & Toby Cooperman Family Foundation, and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Local supporters include Anne & Norman Jacobson, Dorothy Seaman, Larry Phillips, Barbara Extein, and The Jewish Women’s Foundation of South Palm Beach County.
Families are invited to attend the 1st Birthday Party at no charge but are requested to bring a new pair of PJ’s (pajamas) to be donated to Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Services for those in need. Advance registration is available atwww.jewishboca.org/birthdaybash; families who pre-register will receive two free food tickets. To learn more about the event or about PJ Library, contact Elana Ostroff, PJ Library Director, at PJLibrary@bocafed.org or 561.852.6080. Families living in South Palm Beach County who are raising Jewish children ages 6 months to 8 years are invited to sign up for PJ Library’s free monthly gift of books and music, at www.jewishboca.org/pjlibrary.