PJ Family of the Month: The Altman Family

July 2017

Tell us about your family; how did you hear about the PJ Library?
We first heard about the program from a friend when we were pregnant with our first child. At the time we were in Calgary and we were actually placed on a wait list for the program. We moved to Winnipeg when Elijah was one year old and we were able to register with PJ Library right away and since then have added our daughter Yaelle and son Ardon to the program as well.

Tell us about your experiences with PJ Library and how this program (books and events) have impacted your family. 
The PJ Library program has been a great benefit to us and our life. It has exposed our family to a wide range of books on Jewish themes that we would not have otherwise. Along with the books there are also the CD’s which our kids listen to while in playing in the playroom and other activities and gifts such as the family tree decals and the Tzedekah boxes. Our kids use these boxes every Shabbat and at the end of the year we are able to donate the contents to a charity that we decide on as a family. The events are also great, they give you an opportunity to get out and meet new people in the community and visit new places as well. Ultimately all the little things provided by the PJ library between books, CD’s, activities and events provide our family with Jewish traditions and values. 

What are your children's favorite PJ books?
Our kids love so many of the books and their favorites change over time but a long time favorites of Elijah’s was “How do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?”, Yaelle is currently enjoying “Nonna’s Hannukah Surprise” and Ardon likes “Good Night Israel” and “This is the Challah”. Realistically we have these books spread out between the all three kids rooms, the playroom and our family room so it is always fun to find a book in the pile that we haven’t maybe read in a while. 

What has been your child's favorite PJ Library program and why?
I think our family as a whole has really enjoyed the Sukkot events. There is always lots to do with crafts, snacks, a petting zoo, corn maze and of course a sukkot. But other favorites include the PJ library picnic and a Havdallah program.  

Anything else you’d like us to know?
We are very grateful for the PJ library and the amazing collection of wonderful books that we have been gifted through this program. It provides a new little boost every month to interact with your kids in a thoughtful Jewish way. 


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