Are you looking for meaningful ways to celebrate Shabbat with your kids? Then Memphis Jewish Federation’s PJ Library has just the program for you.
Shabbat Shalom Y’all Dinners were a hit last year with more than 26 families participating in home-hosted Shabbat dinners made possible through the Memphis Jewish Federation and a grant from PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
“We loved spending time with families like ours,” said one PJ parent. “Beyond the kids having playmates and fostering their relationships and faith, having a dinner with everyone who has similar-aged kids made it easier for us to relax and not constantly apologize for this or that age-related behavior (since we were all dealing with it.)”
While 117 local Jewish families participated throughout the year in PJ Library events such as challah baking, Kiddush cup making and outings at local parks, the dinners proved to be an incredible opportunity for PJ families to connect with one another, celebrate Shabbat and become close friends.
Each group has the same participants throughout the year so families can develop ongoing connections with one another. Families are grouped based on neighborhood and kids’ ages. PJ Library provides hosts with everything they need to create a special Shabbat celebration in their home, including a stipend to help cover the cost of the meal.
PJ Library is a national program that sends Jewish children a free, age-appropriate, Jewish-themed book or music each month to children six months through eight years old. Memphis is part of more than 250 participating communities.
PJ Library also has programs throughout the year for young Jewish Families.
Created by The Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) PJ Library is funded by local philanthropists Billie and Joe Pierce Family and Memphis Jewish Federation in partnership with HGF.