11.21.14 Issue

by Mark Kirchhoff, Center for Jewish Life

Omaha’s 41st annual celebration of Jewish Book Month will come to a close by celebrating the joy of reading and discovery with children. It will be an evening of fun with friends and family when PJ Library Gets Ready for Hanukkah on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Omaha’s Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th Street. The program is open to Omaha’s Jewish families with children from six months to eight years of age. Older siblings and grandparents are also welcome. The evening will include a light dinner and all the fun learning experiences that the museum has to offer plus a presentation of the OCM’s science program, “The Amazing Bubble Show.” The event is free of charge thanks to the generosity of the Special Donor-Advised Fund and the Esther K. Newman Memorial Fund, both funds of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation. To register, call 402.334.6463 or email mkirchhoff@jewishomaha.org.

PJ Library is a program through which Jewish children receive free age-appropriate Jewish-content books every month. The program is designed to strengthen the identities of Jewish families and their relationship to the Jewish community. Each month, more than 100,000 children in over 175 communities in the United States, Canada and Israel receive their treasured book through the program. If you’re a PJ Library family, make your plans now. If you are not yet participating, please plan to attend and enroll at the event. Nationally, the program is supported by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation through partnerships with philanthropists and local Jewish organizations. Omaha’s PJ Library program is generously supported by the Dorothy and Myer S. Kripke Institute for Jewish Family Literacy.

The Omaha Children’s Museum is a nonprofit learning and exploration space for young people with the mission to “engage the imagination and create excitement about learning.” The museum was founded in 1976 by Karen Levin, Jane Ford Hawthorne, Betty Hiller, and a group of local educators. The museum has received a national “Leading Edge Award for Visitor Experience” from the Association of Science and Technology Museums.

Jewish Book Month is promoted by the Jewish Book Council and is an annual event dedicated to the celebration of Jewish books. Jewish Book Month started in 1925 when Fanny Goldstein, a librarian at the West End Branch of the Boston Public Library set up a display of Judaic books.

The evening at the Omaha Children’s will be a great opportunity to join with others who are committed to providing their children with something special in their lives — the gift of reading wholesome, educational books with Jewish content and values. Call 402.334.6463 or email mkirchhoff@jewishomaha.org to register for a family night of fun. The PJ Library and Jewish Book Month events are presented by the Center for Jewish Life whose mission it is to maximize involvement of Omaha’s Jewish community in imaginative, compelling and meaningful Jewish experiences.