PJ Library hits the road – first stop Canberra

March 29, 2024 by Community newsdesk
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PJ Library, renowned for its global reach in promoting Jewish literacy and culture, is embarking on an exciting journey across New South Wales.

Under the banner of “PJ Pop Ups” PJ Library NSW & ACT is extending its mission to connect families with Jewish values, traditions, and culture, while building vibrant Jewish communities.

PJ Library stories are cherished in more than 35 countries worldwide, offering children and families a window into Jewish heritage and tradition.

PJ Library books are making their way onto bookshelves across New South Wales, reaching families in big cities, small towns, and everything in between. With the addition of Hebrew subscriptions in 2024.

PJ Library NSW is hitting the road to ensure that both books and programming are accessible to every PJ Library subscriber in the region. By taking programming directly to communities, PJ Library is fostering connections and enriching lives.

 PJ Library is actively reaching out to new communities in New South Wales, extending its mission of promoting Jewish cultural heritage through direct community engagement.

As part of this, PJ Library, distributed by Shalom, recently made its first stop in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), creating an enriching weekend of activities and events for the local Jewish community centred around Purim.


Purim in the ACT: The Mizrachi family

The Andrevski-Tatz family

The Anenburg-Shefer family

The weekend featured a series of educational and entertaining programs, spearheaded by PJ Library’s Director, Wendy Dolowitz. Festivities commenced with a Friday morning playgroup, followed by a Kabbalat Shabbat program on Friday evening, which offered a warm and inclusive space for young families to welcome in Shabbat.

The highlight of the weekend was the Purim celebration, where Wendy’s expertise in children’s Jewish education shone. Activities were designed to bring the story of Purim to life, with children encouraged to dress in costume, participate in the reading of the Megillah, and partake in traditional Purim activities such as mishloach manot (sending gifts of food to friends) and matanot la’evyonim (giving to the needy).

Our next stop

PJ Library will continue its journey across New South Wales, with Byron as the next destination. Community members are encouraged to reach out to Wendy if they know of pockets of Jewish communities that would benefit from PJ Library’s visit pjadmin@shalom.edu.au

PJ Library will be popping up in Sydney over the holidays

  • 17 April Passover Storytime at Sydney Jewish Museum
  • 21 April for Passover Sprinkles Plaguetime.


More information: https://www.shalom.edu.au/

Families interested in receiving the gift of a Jewish book every month can sign up their children (ages 0-8) to PJ Library at pjlibrary.org.au.

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