Pick up a kit to celebrate Rosh Hashanah with PJ@Home

PJ Library has gone virtual. Over the summer, they had a very successful six-week series, PJ@Home. Families did crafts, built forts and went on a virtual vacation.

“The children really enjoyed the summer series,” said Abby Trachtman, Federation’s coordinator for PJ Library. “Every week, they would be prepared for whatever I had planned. When we went on a virtual vacation to the beach, several families set up pretend oceans or sand boxes right in their living rooms to participate.”

With the High Holy Days just around the corner, Trachtman is continuing with the PJ@Home initiative and partnering with the JCC to do it. Gia Jones, a PJ parent, who, along with her daughter, attended all the PJ@Home events, contacted Trachtman about how much they enjoyed the programs.

“Gia offered to help with future programs, so I put her right to work,” she said.

Jones and her daughter, Gemma, made a video of them making apple sauce to use as part of the program. She also helped plan the entire event.

“For the summer programs, we asked parents to gather supplies from a list we would send for each program. This event will be different,” explained Trachtman. “We will provide everything you need to participate. All you need to do is register and pick up your kit, then join us via Zoom and Facebook LIVE.”

While PJ families can’t all be together in one place right now, they can be together in spirit and online.

Sign up for your free kit at www.jewishlehighvalley.org/pjathome and pick it up curbside on Sunday, Sept. 13, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the JCC of the Lehigh Valley, 702 N. 22nd Street, Allentown. Join the FREE virtual program via Zoom and Facebook LIVE on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 3 p.m. Make crafts together, listen to a story, sing songs with Morah Ally and enjoy a Rosh Hashanah toast.