PJ Library Family of the Month

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JANUARY PJ LIBRARY FAMILY OF THE MONTH - THE ELFENBEIN FAMILY

How did you hear about the PJ Library?
We have a 16 year old daughter & a 5 year old son. We learned about PJ Library through a family friend.

Tell us about your experiences with PJ Library and how this program (books and events) have impacted your family.
Being a part of the PJ Library experiences brings our family closer together. Our daughter is too old to receive books; however, she enjoys reading them to her brother. We enjoy all the outings and event that PJ Library offers. We like that the events are little or no cost to families. It also helps our family practicing Jewish traditions and holidays.

What are your children's favourite PJ books?
Our son has so many favourites. He gets excited to receive mail every month from PJ Library. He sees his name and opens & wants to read them right away.

What has been your child's favorite PJ Library program and why?
So far his favourite program has been the family Challah Bake & the Mother’s Day with the Blue Bombers. He loves to help Mommy bake & cook. He loves sports and bouncers. That was one of our most memorable moments as a family. We felt very lucky to be able to be there in the stadium that day.

Anything else you'd like us to know?
Thank you for bringing our family closer and helping us be aware of all holidays through the books. I also enjoyed the adult cookbook that was sent to me. I can now make better meals from the Jewish cookbook. This is a wonderful program & we absolutely recommend friends & family to sign up with PJ Library.


NOVEMBER PJ LIBRARY FAMILY OF THE MONTH - THE SCHAEFFER FAMILY

How did you hear about the PJ Library?
Parents with young kids from Temple Shalom have long raved about PJ Library, so we signed our eldest daughter up as soon as she was born!  

Tell us about your experiences with PJ Library and how this program (books and events) have impacted your family. 
While we have no grandparents nor any other extended families in Winnipeg, we have been blessed with warm support from Temple Shalom, Irma Penn Religious School, Brock Corydon Hebrew Bilingual Program as well as PJ Library Program to help nurture our children with Jewish tradition and practice that we cannot otherwise provide ourselves. Our children appreciate filling their bookshelves with PJ Library books, and PJ Library events are a wonderful place for us to meet other young Jewish families across Winnipeg and for our children to form a new friendship.

What are your children's favourite PJ books?
Hannah (9) loves "Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup" by Pamela Mayer, about a girl with a dual heritage (Jewish and Chinese) embracing both traditions, because we are Jewish and Japanese.Alexandra (6) loves "Shmulik Paints the Town" by Lisa Rose, a very colourful book about Shmulik the painter who is having an artist's block, and his dog, Ezra, who ends up painting the mural for him just in time for Yom Ha'atzmaut!  

What has been your child's favorite PJ Library program and why?
We really enjoyed Sukkot celebration at A Maze in Corn last autumn. Outdoor events like this get us out of the city and explore and enjoy the attractions while celebrating the Jewish holidays with friends and families.  


OCTOBER PJ LIBRARY FAMILY OF THE MONTH - THE LYONS FAMILY

How did you hear about the PJ Library?
We were at a family event and were expecting our first child at the time, when a friend of the family asked if I had heard of PJ Library. She described the program enthusiastically as a fantastic source of Jewish content. Her children loved getting the books every month and she recommended signing up.  

Tell us about your experiences with PJ Library and how this program (books and events) have impacted your family. 
My 2 girls love getting their books in the mail every month. Often they are timed with the holidays and start our discussions as to how we are going to celebrate the specific holiday. The CDs tend to be very popular and we will listen to them while doing various crafts in preparation for the holidays.

What are your children's favorite PJ books?
Sophie loves Hanna’s Sabbath dress, it is a wonderful story and of course, the girl in it has a beautiful dress. She has also really enjoyed Shabbat Hiccups, which she just received recently. Elly at 18 months old doesn't quite have a favourite, although she is drawn to the stories that have songs in them.  

What has been your child's favorite PJ Library program and why?
Sophie has enjoyed the pj library picnics in the summer, her favourite activity was riding the pony. Both girls have attended the Shalom Baby Shower, which was a lovely way to introduce them to the community.  

Anything else you’d like us to know? 
This is a great community program that keeps us engaged in the less celebrated Jewish holidays as well as the bigger holidays. I would certainly recommend it for all Jewish families who wish to enhance the degree of Judaism in their home. 


SEPTEMBER PJ LIBRARY FAMILY OF THE MONTH - THE CALOF JONES FAMILY

How did you hear about the PJ Library?
When our son Jayden was born, we attended the Shalom Baby shower hosted by the Jewish Federation. At the shower the PJ Library coordinator spoke and we were able to sign up at the event.  


Tell us about your experiences with PJ Library and how this program (books and events) have impacted your family. 
The PJ Library program is perfect for our family. Jayden’s Dad is not Jewish, and our PJ Library books provide a special opportunity for them to learn together. The holiday programs offered allow us to celebrate holidays that we might not have observed such as Tu B’Shevat. As Jayden got older checking for the mail became very exciting. He always asks if there is mail for him!

What are your children's favorite PJ books?
Shalom Everybodeee! Grover’s Adventure In Israel is one of Jayden’s favorite PJ books. After we read the book Jayden looked through his Mom’s photos from Israel. It was very exciting to see the same places that Grover visited!  

What has been your child's favorite PJ Library program and why?
Jayden’s favorite program was the Tu B’ Shevat program at the Children’s Museum. It was fun to meet new families who have children that are a similar age. Exploring the museum is always exciting and it was an added bonus to learn about a new holiday. We loved planting plants and doing a scavenger hunt.  

Anything else you’d like us to know? 
The PJ Library program is a true gift. The program helps us incorporate Jewish traditions and values into our daily lives and encourages a love of reading. 


JUNE PJ LIBRARY FAMILY OF THE MONTH - THE SPRINTZ FAMILY

How did you hear about the PJ Library?
We were asked to host a Shabbat dinner for new parents with young children on behalf of the Jewish Federation. At the dinner party, we were all gifted a bag of promotional material with a PJ Library book and instructions on how to sign up for more. Who could resist?

Tell us about your PJ Library experience: 
It feels like we have been embraced into such a welcoming new community. Receiving gifts in the mail feels like a monthly birthday gift to my daughter, attending exciting programs and holiday-themed events encourages us to celebrate the holidays in ways that we may have not made time to do, and seeing new but now familiar faces reminds us that our Jewish community is a lot bigger than we think it is. 

What are your children's favourite PJ Library books?
We love the book Dinosaur on Shabbat, but we especially adore all of the CDs, which add so much joy and spirit to our home. We catch ourselves singing them often. 

What has been your child's favourite PJ Library program?
The most memorable program to our daughter has been the PJ Library Picnic at the campus. Our son was only weeks old, and our daughter relished in the attention of all of her family being at the event. Both her great grandparents joined us, as well as her great aunt and uncle, both babas, zaida, cousins and more. She went on her first pony ride holding her great zaida's hand. She still talks about that event and we hope to never forget it

 

MAY PJ LIBRARY FAMILY OF THE MONTH - THE HATAE FAMILY

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.


APRIL PJ LIBRARY FAMILY OF THE MONTH - THE DENINZON FAMILY

How did you hear about the PJ Library?
After our daughter was born, we went to an activity organized by PJ Library, and at that time we enrolled to get the books for her. We liked it so much that as soon as our two other kids were born, we enrolled them as well!
 
Tell us about your PJ Library experience:
Our kids love receiving new books and cds every month. Every time we go get the mail they ask if it’s that time of the month already when they get their books. When they were younger we got a lot of beautiful cds that up until this day, they still enjoy!
 
What are your children's favorite PJ books?
My kids really like Queen Esther, The tale of Meshka the Kvetch and The Matzah Ball Fairy.
 
What has been your child's favorite PJ Library program and why?
They really like the purim programs, and also the family Shabbats because they get to have a lot of fun while learning new things about the holidays. 
 

MARCH PJ LIBRARY FAMILY OF THE MONTH - THE ROTHMAN FAMILY

How did you hear about the PJ Library?
We heard about the PJ library through friends

Tell us about your PJ Library experience:
Our son has enjoyed getting his own mail, and we read the books immediately. We've also attended a few fun programs.

What are your children's favorite PJ books?
Our son likes "No Rules for Michael". We really love “Bear feels sick” because it’s about nurturing.

Anything else you’d like us to know?
We started PJ when Theo was bit older so we are looking forward to collecting books for Indiana from a younger age. The books help all of us learn about being kind and respectful and remind us of things we've forgotten from Hebrew Day school. It helps us to create a Jewish home!

- Sara Korsunsky, Matthew, Theo and Indiana Rothman


 

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