PJ Library, a free program for families raising Jewish kids, is offering more resources for families during the High Holidays this year with its new edition of “A Time To Grow: A PJ Library Family Guide for Starting the Jewish New Year.” The beautifully illustrated guidebook is available to download for free online and for purchase in print, with PJ Library subscribers receiving copies in the mail as part of their free subscriptions.
Available in English, Spanish and Portuguese, the newly expanded “A Time To Grow,” offers activities, recipes and rituals for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah. Some activities include creating a “kindness wheel” for the New Year and having a stargazing sleepover party in honor of the last day of Sukkot. Learn about symbolic foods, like apples with honey or challah bread, through blessings and recipes, follow step-by-step guides to celebrations and use prompts to have thoughtful discussions around the meaning behind each holiday among your family.
In addition to the guidebook, PJ Library offers playlists, music videos and a NAPPA award-winning podcast, “Afternoons with Mimi,” to help make your high holidays more memorable and fun. PJ Library’s hub for family-friendly audio resources, LISTEN, includes a special Sukkot episode from Sesame Street, podcast episodes that explain the backstories of the various holidays, sing-along music and more.
PJ Library mails over 240,000 curated Jewish children’s books to children ages 0 to 12 every month for the past 16 years. The free program is a fun and easy way for families to share Jewish culture and values with their children.