Congratulations on your recent birth or adoption! You and your new baby are invited to make new friends through the Shalom Baby Program. Shalom Baby is an exciting program designed to welcome local parents and their newborns or newly-adopted children into the Nevada Jewish community.
It’s a wonderful way to meet other Jewish families, make friends, and find support during this special time. Shalom Baby hosts events for babies 0- 2 years of age. Older siblings are welcome, and we encourage you to invite other families to attend.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Brenden Mann Foundation, expectant families that sign up for Shalom Baby receive a special diaper bag filled with kiddush cup, candle sticks, a tzedakah box, and a Shabbat board book.ook.
Each bag also contains a Jewish community resource guide with information about local congregations, the Jewish Nevada, PJ Library and other Jewish organizations. Each Shalom Baby bag is personally delivered to families’ after their baby arrives by a Shalom Baby committee volunteer with personal Mazel Tov wishes and to make a connection with our Jewish Nevada and Jewish community.
The PJ Library® is a unique program that seeks to encourage Jewish families with young children to explore Jewish literature. In order to accomplish that goal, each month The PJ Library® sends an age appropriate Jewish content book or CD to enrolled children between the ages of six months to eight years. Created by The Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF).PJ Library is available in Nevada thanks to generosity of Jewish Nevada.
Click here to Sign up for PJ Library Today!
For More Information about PJ Library and Shalom Baby Please Contact:
PJLibrary@Jewishlasvegas.com or 702.794.0090
A message from Laura Axler, a PJ Library mom:
It’s funny, but on the same day that Federation asked if I would participate in the PJ Library program, I was rearranging our children’s bookshelves. Like most young families, we have lots of children’s books that my eight-year-old, Jordan, and five-year-old, Becca, love to read. But when we started receiving Jewish books through PJ Library, they earned a special place in our collection.
PJ Library, funded in part by Jewish Federation, sends out beautiful, age-appropriate Jewish books to thousands of children—all for free. Every month, Jordan and Becca eagerly await their personalized envelopes, tearing them open and running with their new treasures to me and my husband, Eric, for story time.
Reading PJ Library books together has really helped our interfaith family learn and grow in Judaism and Jewish values. The first book we received, Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, quickly became their favorite. It tells the story of a Jewish farmer who tailors a striped overcoat into smaller and smaller items. It’s based on an old Yiddish folksong, so it taught them about Jewish culture, and they loved the story’s award-winning illustrations.
When Jordan and Becca began to age out of the program, I decided to take them to a few PJ Plus events I’d read about, like a challah cover-making workshop and a Havdalah ceremony. Eventually, I started planning and hosting events on my own, including a community-wide Chanukah party. Some families that attended were like mine, with only one Jewish parent. Others families had two. But we all had one thing in common— the desire to bring Jewish learning to life for our children.