PJ Library

Kitchen Kids: Cooking with Bubbie
Sunday, March 21, 11:00 to 11:45 AM

Kid-friendly food prep for Passover! Working with a mix of fruits, we'll make and taste international charoset recipes, led by Cyndi Rand of Bubbie's Kitchen. This sensory exploration features recipes with diverse flavors from around the world, plus Passover songs. Parents with young children, and grandparents, are warmly welcomed at this PJ Library event.

Ingredient packages are available, suggested donation of $5, and can be picked up on March 18 at Bennett Park (10:00 - 11:00 AM) or the Y (2:15 - 3:25 PM and 4:15 - 5:15 PM). Families also can get a free box of Yehuda Matzo from PJ Library at the same time, while supplies last.

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.

Suggested donations for a family's own kit, or to donate one to another family can be made at ywashhts.org/donate

Kit pick-up will take place on March 18 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in Bennett Park and 2:15 to 3:25 p.m. in front of the Y.

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Additional details below. 

For more information, please contact Y Beginnings Parenting Center Manager Mara Bragg at mbragg@ywashhts.org.

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.

Kitchen Kids: Cooking with Bubbie
Sunday March 21, 2021, 11:00 - 11:45 AM 

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.
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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 -- plus outdoor fun. 

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

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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.

Hanukkah in the Heights
Sunday, December 13, 3:30 - 4:30 PM

Join us for a fun afternoon in Bennett Park for a self-guided interactive scavenger hunt, using park landmarks to tell the Hanukkah story. Drop in anytime during the hour, and bring your phone to listen to linked songs on the activity sheet. 

In Service of Seniors
Monday, January 18, 2021 -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 10:00 to 10:30 am

Join us for our annual service project! We'll gather online to make birthday cards for seniors served by the Y, as a way to hep ease social isolation. This event draws inspiration from the PJ Library book, Say Hello, Lily, about how children can bring cheer to elders in the community.   


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.