Shabbat Adventure with Friends connects Jewish families

The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s PJ Library program is launching “My Shabbat Adventure with Friends,” a new program to help PJ Library families reach out to other families in the local Jewish community.

Host families will commit to holding three Shabbat dinners for two to four families, inviting at least one family they are not well acquainted with or a family new to our community. Families are encouraged to organize additional play dates, outings, or dinners, or to invite their Shabbat guests to other Jewish activities and events.

My Shabbat Adventure with Friends is fully supported by the PJ Library program and sponsored by Marilyn Einstein and Steve Sim. All costs for challah, flowers, dinner and activities are covered, up to $150 per Shabbat.

Each host family receives a PJ Library Shabbat Adventure Kit with a My Shabbat Adventure with Friends Shabbat Guide, Among items included with the kit are Shabbat candles, PJ Library blessing card, PJ Library tzedakah box and kindness cards, child’s kiddush cup and challah cover to decorate. Also, Shabbat placemats, a Bruchim Haba’im welcome sign to color and display, challah recipes, a box of Shabbat questions conversation starters and a Shabbat CD and more.

The PJ Library staff and synagogue representatives in Southern Arizona choose host families, taking into consideration their physical location, willingness and ability to host other families.

PJ Library is part of the community engagement department of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, in partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Support also comes from the Einstein-Sim family, the Loebl family, the Margolis family, the Rosenzweig family, the Viner family and the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona.

For more information, contact Mary Ellen Loebl at or 520-647-8443.

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