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We don't need to tell you that reading to your children is important. Study after study has shown it impacts a child’s development. Even the mere presence of books in a home increases the level of education they can reach. (Great news for those of us who haven’t gotten around to cleaning out the playroom in a while.) 

But finding the right books and making the time to read as a family can be hard. That’s where PJ Library comes in. 

PJ Library sends free Jewish children's books to families across the world every month. We know that something magical happens when parents sit down together to read with their children. PJ Library shares Jewish stories that can help your family talk together about values and traditions that are important to you. 

A program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library is made possible through partnerships with philanthropists and local Jewish organizations. PJ Library in Omaha is a program of the Jewish Federation of Omaha and is generously sponsored by the Dorothy and Myer S. Kripke Institute for Jewish Family Literacy. Families with kids ages six months through eight years old with Judaism as part of their lives, are welcome to sign up, regardless of their Jewish background, knowledge, or observance.

Children receiving books must reside at the address where the books are mailed. Different books are mailed to different aged children, and books are mailed individually in each child's name so that each child may feel special - and there is no arguing about who opens the package. Learn more about PJ Library and enroll your children here.  The Jewish Federation of Omaha also offer activities for your family — because you’ve got to get out of the house and meet new people sometimes! 

Your children are learning about the world around them through the stories they hear. PJ Library books can bring Jewish ideas and inspiration for you and your children to share together. 

For any questions about new or existing subscriptions, or to get more involved in planning opportunities for Omaha families to come together, contact Director of Community Engagement & Education Jennie Gates Beckman at (402) 334-6445 or

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PJ Our Way is the next chapter of PJ Library for kids ages 9-11. With PJ Our Way, rather than receiving a specific book in the mail, kids can go to every month to choose the book they want to receive. Kids can also submit reviews and videos about the books. They can apply to be part of the national Design Team that has early access to PJ Our Way books and helps create content for the website. Any child age 9-11 living in the United States is eligible to sign up. Parents can enroll their child beginning when the child turns 8.5, up until the day before their 12th birthday. Parents can read through this FAQ page to learn more, click here.


It's Time to Celebrate Sukkot

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Hello PJ Library family,

Tonight Sukkot begins... if you aren't as familiar with this super-kid-friendly holiday, I recommend you check out this cute Lego video or read on below. If the high holidays are the time to do difficult introspective work, Sukkot is time to celebrate. Enjoy!

Jennie Gates Beckman, 402-334-6445
Director of Community Engagement & Education

Planning a Move?!?
Please click here to change your address  if you are planning to move. If you rely on the postal service to forward your books, we are often charged fees (per book) for this service. 
If you have questions about this process, you can always reach out to our trusted Administrator Mark Kirchhoff, 402-334-6463.  
What's Coming Up?!?

Sukkot: Shake your Lulav!

Beth El: services, social events
Beth Israel: Sukkot schedule
Chabad:  full calendar
Temple Israel: Dinner, Bonfire,  TONIGHT

Where to Dance with the Torah

Beth El: special SimTOT Torah celebration, 5:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 12th
Beth Israel: full calendar
Chabad: Kids Zone Hakafot, 5:30 pm 10/11
Temple Israel: Kindergarten Consecration, 6 pm Wednesday, Oct. 11th. 

PJ Book Drive

Where: JCC, CDC, synagogues
When: now - Oct. 15, 2017
 Donate your duplicate or gently used PJ Library books to be sent to Houston. Collection bins are set up in the main lobby of the JCC, the lobby of the CDC, and at each of the synagogues. Books will be sent directly to PJ Library Houston for distribution.

Temple Israel Shabbat Dinner

Temple Israel
When: Friday, Oct. 27 @ 5:45 pm
Details:  Looking to check out Temple Israel? Join us for songs, prayer, dinner, and activities all geared towards families with kids 8 & under. All welcome; cost: $5 per child, $7 per adult, max $25 per family
More info:
Other Events & Resources in Our Community: 
PJ Books This Month
Parent Reads

Get your tools and arts and crafts supplies ready. Check out these creative building ideas for your entire family.  
 Rain, Rain, Please Stay
Who doesn't love splashing in puddles?  Learn more about rain's role   during the holiday of  Shemini Atzeret . 

Kids and grownups will love finding these sweet notes tucked in between their sandwiches and snacks.
  Kid-Friendly Snacks for Autumn
Can't cook? Don't worry. These easy-to-make treats will be  fun to nosh on, especially for the Jewish harvest holiday of  Sukkot.

We're thinking of those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. In this book, meet  9-year old Gertie, whose life changes when Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans.
Do your kids think reading books, making videos, interviewing authors, and interacting with kids from across the U.S. sound like fun? If so, encourage them to apply today.

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A Special Thank You To Our Generous Donors: 

The Dorothy and Myer S. Kripke Institute for Jewish Family Literacy
Mort Richards Youth Program Fund
Murray H. and Sharee C. Newman Supporting Foundation