PJ Family of the Month: The Hatae Family

May 2016

How did you hear about the PJ Library?
We attended a Rosh Hashanah dinner and Florencia Katz (PJ Library Coordinator) saw I had a baby and mentioned I could enroll to the PJ Library program and receive Jewish books for free. As soon as we went home I registered and a month later Kevin received his first book.
How has PJ Library impacted you?
PJ Library had a very positive impact in our family, especially because my husband and I did not grow up in a Jewish family. PJ library books, CD’s with song and events not only promoted "continuing education” for our kids (teaching them traditions, values, Hebrew words and how to care for another human being) but has shown us what we had missed all these years not knowing about Judaism. It really helped us learn more about Jewish values and finding a way to connect with the community.

What are your children's favorite PJ books?
“Found” is Kevin’s favourite book because it reminds him of his stuffed animal which he sleeps and cares for every night. He understands how hard it can be to lose a stuffed animal you love. He also learned that when you find something you have to do whatever you can to find the right owner and don’t take what does not belong to you.
"When I first held you" is Jimmy’s favourite book because I attached a baby photo of Kevin and Jimmy at the end. He knows how I feel when I held him for the first time. I also cry every single time I read that book. This is the reason why this one is also my favorite book from PJ Library.

What has been your child's favorite PJ Library program?
Tu B' Shevat program at the Children Museum where they both plant their parsley plants so that we can use it for our Seder night.  We also really liked the Sukkot program at Fort Whyte Alive! It is great to experience the holidays focusing on a child’s perspective and help them interact with different situations.

Anything else you’d like us to know?
The PJ Library program is a beautiful blessing that Jewish families have to connect with their kids and with Jewish tradition and values. I wish every country in the world would have a PJ Library.



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