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Thanks to the very generous funding of the Viterbi Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego, Leichtag Foundation, and Jewish Federation of San Diego County - Claire and David Ellman Match. To receive a monthly FREE high quality Jewish book or cd, please register your child/ren at The selection and quality of books are amazing.

Join the JCC for 50% off! Shalom Baby/PJ Library families get 50% off their first year of JCC membership. Come participate in all of the fabulous programs the JCC offers and gain access to our fitness center, pool, tennis courts and wonderful fitness classes. Ask about personal training and other specials for first-time members!Call or email the JCC Membership office for more information (858) 361-1115 or

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PJ Our Way --Now available in San Diego! POW offers the gift of exceptional books with Jewish themes to kids ages 9-11 – books that they choose themselves! It's easy to sign up! Go to

Top Family Friendly Picks

Little Mensches
Where: Lawrence Family JCC
When: Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 1:00 P.M.
Details: We will learn about those in the community with physical challenges.  After a brief talk by a speaker from Challenged Athletes Foundation, the children will participate in a series of fun and engaging (and age appropriate) games and activities designed to teach them about living with a physical challenge. Please RSVP to

Baby Book Club North County - Group Storytelling, Flannel Board Stories & Art Projects
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas
When: Friday, January 27, 2017, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Details: $10/class. For more information and to sign up, please email Vivien Dean at

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Viterbi Family Baby Book Club - Group Storytelling, Flannel Board Stories & Art Projects
Where: Lawrence Family JCC
When: Friday, January 13 and 27, 2017, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Details: Led by Jennifer Meltzer and Judy Nemzer. For more information and to sign up, please email Judy Nemzer at

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Shalom Baby Visits Seacrest Village - Brighten the Resident's Day
Where:Seacrest Village Retirement Communities,211 Saxony Road, Encinitas, CA 92024
Details:For more information, please contact Judy Nemzer at

Save the Date - PJ Library Storytime - Ner Tamid Sam S. bloom Learning Center
Where: Ner Tamid Synagogue, 15318 Pomerado Rd, Poway, CA 92064 
When:  11:00 am - 12:00 noon
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Details: FREE Pre-K and TK program including story, song and Hebrew featuring PJ Library books. Contact: or

Tu B'Shevat Festival PJ Libray Storywalk and Activity

Where: Leichtag Commons, 441 Saxony Rd, Encinitas, CA 92024
When: Sunday, February 5, 2017
Details: More details to follow.

PJ Books This Month

Parent Reads

Ways To Build Your Family Tree 
This month, families of children ages 2 and up will receive a Family Tree window decal. 
Check out more ways to explore your family's roots. Get Building>>

From Generation to Generation

L'dor v'dor is all about making connections between generations--and there are many ways that you can do that as a family.

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Activities to Share the Warmth 
Here are five activities to do with your children to spend time together, to keep warm, and do a mitzvah (or two) of your own, like in the book, A Hat for Mrs. Goldman.  Get Started>>

Make it Grow

"Make it Grow" is a fun, engaging app that encourages young children to explore nature in a new creative way, while learning about the Jewish festival of Tu B'shvat.
Start Planting>>  

PJ Our Way

PJ Our Way and Tu B'Shevat - Connections to our Jewish Roots
For many kids in the United States, celebrating  Tu B'Shevat nbsp;in the winter doesn't make sense. With the ground frozen and covered in snow, it's hard to believe trees in Israel are beginning to bloom.  Celebrate Your Roots With PJ Our Way>>

Family of the Month

My family is so thankful to be a part of the PJ Library program! As a Kindergarten teacher, I have a great appreciation for children’s books yet I am always on the lookout for new ideas to connect our son to his Jewish heritage. One of my students told me about the PJ Library program when I was pregnant, and I couldn’t wait to sign up! She shared with me one of the books her family received through the program and told me it was her favorite book that her mom read to her every Shabbat ever since she was a little 1 year old. I dreamed about starting a beautiful tradition just like hers once my son would be born.

When we received our first book in the mail, my husband and I were very excited to start growing our son Jack’s Jewish library. Now every month we all look forward to the white envelope that comes to our house. We recently received a package in the mail, it was such a great surprise to find Jack’s first tzedakah box inside. PJ library doesn’t only expose our son, Jack, to Jewish literature, but it also encourages us as a family to incorporate Judaism into our lives.

Jack has a special shelf where he keeps his PJ library books and it makes us so happy to see how he is learning more about his heritage. My family also participates in the PJ Library Book Club that meets a couple times a month. We get to see our good friends that we met through Shalom Baby as well as meet other Jewish families. We sing songs, learn about Jewish holidays, make crafts, and read books. I think my heart melted the first time Jack and his friends sang the Hamotzi and shared Challah together! We’re so fortunate to have found PJ Library and are looking forward to making more memories in 2017!

Elana, Aaron and Jack Berger

Hello PJ Library family!
Got questions? New to the community or looking to make connections with other families? Just wanna chat? Be in touch with me, your program professional!
Vivien Dean, Program Coordinator, PJ Library
858-362-1352 or