Did you know Jewish children in Ulster County are eligible to receive free, age-appropriate Jewish-content books each month?
Any Jewish child from six months to eleven years old can be enrolled to receive the books in the mail.

It’s all part of PJ Library, a program created by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation in Massachusetts implemented in partnership with more than 213 communities throughout the US and Canada. Our Jewish Federation of Ulster County Board of Directors is happy to announce that we have joined these communities, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Dutchess County and The Harding Club of Dutchess County, as a PJ Library Mid-Hudson Valley sponsor.

More than 167,197 books are mailed each month with a total of 10,545,081 books mailed in the US to date. We currently have 330 kids receiving books in the Mid-Hudson Valley. “PJ” stands for pajamas. PJ Library books turn snuggly bedtime moments into memorable Jewish moments.

Every month a child will receive a book or music CD in the mail. The books are beautifully illustrated and are about Jewish holidays, heritage and values. The books come with reading guides to help stimulate conversation and activities related to the themes and values of each story. PJ Library Mid-Hudson Valley takes it a step beyond the books by offering meaningful local programming for families. “You don’t have to be a member of a synagogue, or any Jewish organization to get PJ Library books. This is for everyone—members, non-members, two Jewish parents or inter-faith couples,”says Melinda Margulies, PJ Library Mid-Hudson Valley Program Director. “Thanks to support from The Ulster County Jewish Federation we are now able to expand enrollments and programming in Ulster County.”

If you are not already enrolled in PJ Library go to www.pjlibrary.org, click on “Find a community near you” and fill out the form! For PJ Our Way for kids 9-11 go to www.pjourway.org with your child to enroll. If you don’t have children 6 months to 11 years old, be sure to tell a friend or neighbor who would benefit from this special gift. For more information, go to our Facebook page, PJ. Library Mid-Hudson Valley, call Melinda @914-475-5566 or email pjlibrary@jewishdutchess.org.

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The recent events in Pittsburgh are forcing parents to have tough conversations about anti-Semitism with their kids sooner than they’d hoped. We want you to know that you don’t have to have those conversations on your own. We truly believe books are an invitation into community – that books can open the door to important and beautiful conversations in families about what they believe and value and why.

PJ Library takes our role as community members and partners seriously and wants to support you through these difficult conversations.

Here are some resources that we think may help:

Saturday

1

December

Hanukkah Create a Craft Fair

Congregation Emanuel

23 Albany Avenue

Kingston, NY 12401

12:30-2:00

PJ Library joins Congregation Emanuel for an afternoon of Hanukkah crafting, latkes, and soufganiyot (delicious jelley donuts). The entire family is welcome. Please RSVP so we know to expect you!

Monday

3

December

Hanukkah Party

Poughkidsie

50 Springside Avenue

Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

4:00-5;00

Bring the whole family for an hour of Hanukkah fun! Older kids will create Hanukkah menorahs in the Create Work Space while younger kids play in the Poughkidsie Village (bring socks). At the end of the hour we will gather for a PJ Library story and treats. This event is free but you MUST RSVP as space is limited.

SUNDAY

11

NOVEMBER

Day of Jewish Learning at SUNY Ulster

SUNY Ulster

491 Cottekill Rd,

Stone Ridge, NY 12484

9:00AM-3:00PM

PJ Library joins all of the adult learning to provide a special learning experience for kids. We will read " The World Needs Beautiful Things" every hour, and kids will create their own treasure boxes for beautiful things. Look for the bright blue PJ table cloth!

Friday, November 2nd - Intergenerational Shabbat Dinner at TBE

Temple Beth El, 118 Grand Avenue, Pok, NY 12603 beginning with family activities at 5:00. The focus this weekend is Camp. $36 family email for tickets

Sunday, November 4th - Community Camp Fair 12:00-1:30

Over 7 camps from the Hudson Valley and beyond will be on hand for activities and information at this free event.

Temple Beth El, 118 South Grand Ave, Pok, NY 12603

 

Sunday, November 18th - Holiday Fair 10:00-3:00

Come to shop for great holiday gifts and stop by our table for some Hanukkah prep fun

Woodstock Jewish Congregation, 1682 Glasco Turnpike, Woodstock, NY 12489

 

Friday, December 7th 10;00 am PJ Library BHA Playgroup's Hanukkah Celebration at Beacon Hebrew Alliance,331 Verplank Ave, Beacon, NY12508 RSVP

Thursday, November 8 and the next three Tuesdays from 4-5PM Kids' Kosher Cooking Club, Chabad Center, 63 Vassar Road, Pok, NY 12603 The fee is $10 per class or $35 for the series. RSVP

Enjoying Hanukkah doesn’t need to be complicated, especially with these great tips to celebrate with kids of all ages.

Are there any kids in your life ready to start attending a Jewish overnight camp? They may be eligible for a scholarship from PJ Library!

Making your own candle holders is an easy and inexpensive family-friendly activity, especially when you make the salt dough yourself.

Latkes may be a staple in many households, but this Hanukkah try something a little different with these delicious recipes for treats like dosas, gribenes, poutine, and more.

As we move into a time of year when gratitude and food become the centerpiece of family gatherings, use these stories and activities to help teach your kids on how to do good.

From a subterranean adventure to true pioneer in comic books, this month’s PJ Our Way book choices will keep you on the edge of your seat. Make your selection by November 10.

With Hanukkah coming so early this year, right after Thanksgiving, there is lots of preparation ahead this month. In mid-November We will send a comprehensive list of all of the local Hanukkah celebrations we know about .

We are here to help in any way we can; help you meet other families, find the programs you are looking for, answer questions, or just to have a conversation. Be in touch!

Melinda, Kimberly, Emily and Bekah