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PJ Library ‘Shabbat Adventure’ to link families

A kit from PJ Library guides the adventure as families host others in the “My Shabbat Adventure with Friends” program. (Debe Campbell/AJP)

The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s PJ Library program is launching “My Shabbat Adventure with Friends,” a new program to help PJ Library families to reach out to other families in the local Jewish community.

Host families will commit to holding three Shabbat dinners for two to four families, inviting at least one family they are not well acquainted with or a family new to our community. Families are encouraged to organize additional playdates, outings, or dinners, or to invite their Shabbat guests to other Jewish activities/events.

“My Shabbat Adventure with Friends” is fully supported by the PJ Library program and sponsored by Marilyn Einstein and Steve Sim. All costs for challah, flowers, dinner, and activities are covered up to $150 per Shabbat.

Each host family will receive a PJ Library Shabbat Adventure Kit with a My Shabbat Adventure with Friends Shabbat Guide, Shabbat candles, PJ Library blessing card, PJ Library tzedakah box and kindness cards, child’s kiddush cup, challah cover to decorate, Shabbat placemats for all children, Welcome Guest — Bruchim Haba’im sign to color and display, challah recipes, box of Shabbat questions conversation starters, a Shabbat CD and other items.

The PJ Library staff and synagogue representatives will choose host families, taking into consideration their physical location, willingness, and ability to host other families.

PJ Library is part of the community engagement department of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, in partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Support also comes from the Einstein-Sim family, the Loebl family, the Margolis family, the Rosenzweig family, the Viner family, and the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona. 

For more information, contact Mary Ellen Loebl at pjlibrary@jfsa.org or 647-8443.