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PJ Family Spotlight

 

If you, or someone you know, is interested in becoming a PJ Library Spotlight Family please let us know! 

 

Email Alicia Feldman, PJ Library Coordinator,  programs@jewishnaples.org

 

Brian and Susan Solomon, with their two daughters Hailey (7) and Savannah (4).

PJ Family Spotlight - March 2022

 

Q: Tell me about the Solomon family.

A:  We are Brian and Susan Solomon, we have two daughters Hailey (7) and

Savannah (4).  We moved to Naples from New York City almost five years ago.

 

Q: Are you involved in the Jewish community in Naples?

A:  Yes, as soon as we arrived in Naples, we became involved in the Jewish community as members of Temple Shalom as well as through Temple Preschool and Religious School (YESh) and Preschool of the Arts.

 

Q: What is it like when PJ Library books arrive?

A:  Hailey and Savannah love receiving their PJ Library books. Thanks to this program, over time they have built up their own small library of Jewish children's books.

 

Q:  What are some of the things your children like about PJ Library books?

A:  The love the simple descriptions of the holidays on the back of the books. Hailey especially loves the recipes and art projects included in many of the books. She loves to bring her PJ Library books to school to teach her class about Jewish Holidays.

 

Q:What are some of the girls’ favorite PJ Library books?

A:  Their favorite ones include “The Ninth Night of Hanukkah”, “New Year at the Pier”, and “Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup”.

 

Rebecca Gabay (mom), and her two boys Brody (age 6) & Kai (age 3)

PJ Family Spotlight - February 2022

 

Q: Tell me about the Gabay/McCandless family members?

A: There is me, Rebecca Gabay (mom), and my two boys Brody (age 6) & Kai (age 3).

 

Q: What do you like about PJ Library books?

A:  The boys are always excited to receive their PJ books on the day they arrive. The books provide an excellent resource to bring continual questions for positive reinforcement of Judaism in the house.

 

Q: A lot of parents say they feel PJ books help them raise good kids. Do you feel that way?

A:  Yes, I agree. The books bring morals into the home to help raise good kids.

 

Q:  How do PJ Library books play a role in your bedtime routine?

A:  The boys’ bedtime routine consists of showers, brushing teeth, reading a book (often a PJ book), then discussing our day together while relaxing as a family.

 

Q: What is the boys’ favorite PJ Library book?

A:  So far, the boys love the “Even Higher!: A Rosh Hashanah Story” PJ Library book.  We read it year-round!

Miriam, Adam and Maddie (3)

Photo credit:  Nicole Rose Photography @nicolerosephoto

PJ Library Family Spotlight – January 2022

Q: Tell me about the Goldstein family members?

A: Our immediate family is made up of Miriam, Adam and Maddie (3) but we are lucky to have a lot of extended family in the area.

 

Q: How long have you been in Naples? 

A: Our family has spent the last 5 years together here in Naples. 

 

Q: What is it like when PJ Library books arrive?

A: It's very exciting! Maddie loves adding to her collection and learning about all the Jewish holidays.

 

Q:  What do you think about the quality of PJ Library books? 

A: The quality of PJ Library books is excellent. The illustrations are beautiful, and the stories are easy to read and engaging.

 

Q: A lot of parents say they feel PJ books help them raise good kids. Do you feel that way?

A: Yes, we feel that the books help to teach her values such as respect, kindness, gratitude, and honoring our parents/grandparents. We enjoy incorporating some of the activities depicted in the stories into our own lives as they teach her about cooperating and helping others. 

 

Q: Are you involved in the Jewish community in Naples?

A:  Maddie attends Preschool of the Arts at Chabad of Naples. We try to stay involved through various events and committees that support the Jewish community

 

Q:  How do PJ Library books play a role in your bedtime routine?

A: After bath time, Maddie gets to pick 2-3 books to read and then we talk about her favorite part of the day as she falls asleep. PJ books often have wonderful prompts on the inside the cover to help spark age-appropriate conversation about the book and the Jewish values that are highlighted with in it.

 

Q: What is Maddie’s favorite PJ Library book?

A: Right now, it is “Hanukkah with Friends” by Chris Barash.

Mia and Joel Hyatt with daughter, Hannah (3), and sons, Harrison (3) and Ezra (5)

PJ family spotlight, December 2021

 

How long have they been in Naples?: Joel and Mia both moved to Naples in 2005 after graduating college. Joel went to Penn State and Mia went to University of Florida

Synagogue: Temple Shalom 

Jewish community involvement: Now that the kids are getting older Joel and Mia feel they have been able to get more involved in the Jewish community. 

Ezra began Sunday school this year and loves it. The twins love to go to Shalom Yeladim and attend preschool at Temple Shalom. All three love to go to the PJ Library events. They even had the opportunity to host a challah-making event at their house before the pandemic. 

The family recently attended its first family service at Temple Shalom for Yom Kippur and really enjoyed worshipping with other families. 

What they have to say about PJ Library books: “We love to receive our PJ Library books. We all sit on the couch and read the new book each month. It is especially fun when it coordinates with an upcoming holiday.” 

 

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.

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. Families raising kids from birth through 9 years old with Judaism as part of their lives, are welcome to sign up. PJ Library welcomes all Jewish families, whatever your background, knowledge, or family make-up, or observance may be. 

Through our partners around North America, we 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.