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JFSA NW center reaches out to young families

Rabbi Batsheva Appel and kids enjoy Shabbat Shabang at the Ruth & Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life, Sept. 13./Ariel Miklofsky/JFSA

On Friday, Sept. 13, 12 children and their families joined Rabbi Batsheva Appel of Temple Emanu-El and PJ Library at the Ruth & Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life for the Northwest Family Shabbat Shabang. The rabbi led a service full of songs, prayers, and storytelling while teaching the kids about the Jewish new year. After the half-hour service and shofar blowing, kids made a PJ Library craft of Rosh Hashanah dinner place cards while parents had the opportunity to socialize. Each child received a gift basket with a PJ book and recipe to make honey cake at home.

“The evening was a beautiful example of the community we are continuing to build for children and families in the Northwest,” says Ariel Miklofsky, associate director of the Ruth & Irving Olson Center.

The next Northwest Family Shabbat Shabang will be held Nov. 15, 5-6 p.m., at the Ruth & Irving Olson Center, 190 W. Magee Road, Suite 140. RSVP at www.jfsa.org/nwfamilyshabbat.