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Chicago Tot Shabbats with PJ Library


Have you been looking for a way to introduce your little one to Shabbat? Is finding a synagogue that is the right fit for your family somewhere on your to-do list? Perhaps you are looking for something to do on Friday night or Saturday morning now that poolside picnics and playground time are out of season. Or maybe you are already a Shabbat expert and want to mix things up a bit?

Join PJ Library of Chicago*, a program of the JUF Young Families Department, for a monthly Shabbat experience held at a different Chicagoland synagogue every month. Kids ages 0 – 5 and their families will enjoy activities and snacks including music, arts & crafts, and PJ Library story time. Did we mention there will be snacks?

Check out one in your neighborhood, or if you are feeling adventurous, hop in the car and check out a couple of different ones. All are welcome—from Shabbat novices to Shabbat experts and everyone in between! Just be sure to RSVP and let them know you are planning to attend to make sure there are enough snacks for everyone!

Saturday, Feb. 20, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Temple Sholom of Chicago, 3480 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60657
Come in your PJs for a Tot Shabbat pajama breakfast complete with music, PJ Library stories, and crafts with Temple Sholom’s rabbis and early childhood team. Free

Friday, Mar. 4, 5:45 – 7 p.m.
Temple Chai, 1670 Checker Rd, Long Grove, IL 60047
Pre-Shabbat snacks and a Tot Shabbat service celebrating Purim with crafts, music, PJ Library story time, and more. Free

Saturday, Apr. 2, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Beth Hillel Congregation B’nai Emunah, 3220 Big Tree Ln, Wilmette, IL 60091
A Shabbat morning full of songs, games, activities, and a visit from some of your favorite PJ Library characters! Free

Saturday, May 14, 9:30-10:30 AM
North Shore Congregation Israel, 1185 Sheridan Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022
Celebrate Shabbat and Israel’s birthday with crafts, music, and a PJ Library story. Free

Looking for even more Shabbat opportunities for your family?  Many synagogues across Chicago offer monthly or even weekly Shabbat experiences geared toward families with young children.  Click here for a list of upcoming Shabbat experiences near you.

*PJ Library is a FREE program that sends high-quality, age-appropriate Jewish books and music to families each month—with absolutely no strings attached. The PJ Library program in Chicago is available to families with children ages 6 months to 8 years living in the metropolitan Chicago area: Cook, Lake, Will, McHenry, DuPage, and Kane counties. If you have not yet joined the other 7,000 Chicago area families receiving books from PJ Library, click here to subscribe.

For more information on this program or PJ Library in Chicago, contact Rachel at or call 312-357-7831.


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