PJ Library

PJ Library at the Y 2020 - 2021: Sharing Our Stories

From Baby to Bubbie and In Between

At a time when we may miss traveling to see family, we're thrilled to bring the pages alive this year with Sharing Our Stories, a series of intergenerational events designed to build bonds and foster community around Jewish holidays and family narratives. 

The PJ Library books will inspire our gatherings and have options for families to create tangible books with their own stories as an ongoing parallel project. By looking inward to find our own family narratives and traditions, we also will gain inspiration from observing resiliency over time and life experience from elders. By looking outward, at the rich Jewish values and traditions portrayed in PJ Library books, we will offer families additional guidance and support.

Time for Tea and Tunes!
Sunday, October 18, 2020, 11:00 AM 

Opening event inspired by PJ Library book, Tea With Zayde, about a virtual tea date between a grandfather and grandchild. We’re inviting families -- including grandparents -- to gather for our musical kickoff and online concert! We're also making physical kits available with goodies including tea, a craft project, storybook activity, all instructions and more, so families feel empowered to set up their own virtual tea dates with a grandparent.

Register with Zoom to attend the free events, and use the PayPal link to purchase the optional kits.

Click here to register with Zoom

Using the PayPal link below, order your optional kit(s) that will be mailed to you. Order two kits if you'd like to treat your grandparent or grandchild to a kit, or donate one to another family. Please reserve your kit below, while supplies last. To request a donated kit, please email Mara, mbragg@ywashhts.org. 

Kit Options


Hanukkah Magic
Sunday, December 13, 2020 -- on the fourth night of Hanukkah

Inspired by the PJ Library book, Grandma Rose’s Magic, we’ll host a gathering in celebration of the light and magic of Hanukkah. Our craft project will include special, no-sew gift ideas that children can make to give to grandparents, or mail to homebound elders. We also will provide guidance for families to hold their own candle lighting in person or remotely with a grandparent or elder. 

In Service of Seniors
Monday, January 18, 2021 -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Join us for our annual service project! Pack bags for seniors with needed supplies, food, personal care products, etc. This session draws inspiration from the PJ Library book, Say Hello, Lily, about how children can bring cheer to elders in the community or nursing homes.

What’s Cooking?
Sunday March 21, 2021 -- before Passover

Inspired by the PJ Library book, Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup, about a Jewish-Chinese girl who blends the culinary cuisines of the different cultures of her two grandmothers, this event will feature a hands-on, sensory exploration of Passover foods, including charoset recipes from around the world, acknowledging the diversity of heritages among families.

Ice Cream Social
Sunday, May 16, 2021 -- before Shavuot

Inspired by the PJ Library book, Estie the Mensch, this year-end community gathering and celebration will feature ice cream -- related to the menschiness in the book, and Shavuot -- games and music. Families will also have the opportunity to share their storybooks and related results of our year-long intergenerational relational work.

Parent Cohort
In between our five events, parents will be invited to join a parent-led cohort for three community-building events, to stay connected with families during these times, and enjoy ownership in co-creating our gatherings. To learn more about joining the parent cohort, please email Mara, mbragg@ywashhts.org


This program is made possible through a grant from PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

PJ Library provides free books that celebrate Jewish values and culture to families with children newborn to 8 years old. Sign up for PJ Library to receive the gift of Jewish books each month – at no cost to your family – at ny.pjlibrary.org.

Please reach out to Mara Bragg with any questions or to join the email list for future events at mbragg@ywashhts.org.