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PJ Library Home to Home: Celebrations of Jewish Life

January 28, 2021

PJ Library Presents

Home to Home: Celebrations of Jewish Life

Making Jewish Life Come Alive and Be Connected During COVID 19

Join us for these special Zoom Celebrations!  Celebration Kits provided.

Families who may not be able to participate in our Zoom Celebration are encouraged to pick up a Celebration Kit and participate on their own or with the recording from the live event. 


Tu b’Shvat Terrariums 

Thursday, January 28, 4:30-5:30 pm

Celebration Kit pick-up: Tuesday, January 26, 3-5 pm at the JCC in Squirrel Hill

Tu b’Shvat is the birthday of the trees, and while January weather in Pittsburgh doesn’t lend itself to planting trees, our Tu b’Shvat Celebration will remind families of our connection to the earth and in particular to the land of Israel.  Together, families will create a terrarium layered with dirt, pebbles and plants.  Our tiny eco system creation will begin by placing a picture of Israel into the container to serve as a background for the terrarium.  As we add in the layers of rocks, soil, and plants, we will investigate the climate and terrain of Israel.  Once completed, these indoor gardens will be a constant reminder of the importance of our natural resources and of the Jewish People’s connection to Eretz Yisrael.  We will complete our celebration with a Tu b’Shvat kiddush of two kinds of juice.  Much like our traditions teach us that we should plant trees not for ourselves, but for the generations to come, Tu b’Shvat Terrariums will plant seed of Judaism for the next generation.

              Tu b’Shvat Terrarium Jewish Celebration Kit

  • All materials for the terrarium
  • Juice for kiddush
  • Adult education materials

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Coming Up

Purim Hamantaschen and Purim Players – February 26, 2021, 4:30-5:30 pm

Would You Rather Passover – Sunday, March 21, 2021, 4:30-5:30 pm

Yom Ha’atzmaut STEAM Celebration, Thursday, April 15, 2021, 4:30-5:30 pm

Parent’s Days – L’Dor Va Dor Sunday, May 2, 2021, 4:30-5:30 pm

Shavuot – Shoebox Sinai – Sunday, May 16, 2021, 4:30-5:30 pm

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Art and Quarantine Stories: Exploring Artworks and Topics That Relate To Our Current Moment. With Melissa Hiller, director of the JCC’s American Jewish Museum Free and open to all. JCC membership not required New subjects each week. Thursdays: 12:15-12:45 Join the class:  ZOOM
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Virtual Senior Academy – Online Classes for Everyone! Featured: Tuesdays: Social Justice: Eternal Values Applied to Contemporary Issues with Rabbi Ron Symons Thursdays: Quarantine Stories  Art and Quarantine Stories with Melissa Hiller If you are interested in joining: Sign up on the Virtual Senior Academy website For more details, email Maddie Barnes at [email protected]