PJ loves HoustonHundreds of families in Houston’s Jewish community are out of their homes and lost all their PJ Library books along with the rest of their belongings. Although the best way to contribute to a disaster of this scale is to donate funds directly to a trusted source, PJ Library families across the country have been asking how else they can help. PJ Professionals in over 50 communities are coordinating with the PJ Library national office to send packets of books directly to the PJ Library professionals in Houston to replenish the libraries of each family. If your family has duplicates of PJ Library books you’ve received, or even gently used PJ Library books that your children have outgrown, please consider donating them to this effort. Collection bins will be set up in the main lobby of the JCC as well as the lobby of the CDC and in each of the synagogues from now until October 15.

At Temple Israel, in addition to the bin in the lobby, you may bring the books directly to the tot services, 9 a.m. on September 21 and 30, as well as the Tot Shabbat, 9 a.m. on October 7, and Temple Tots at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Ocober 15.

PJ Library provides free books & music to children ages 0-8 in Omaha families with a Jewish connection (with PJ Our Way serving ages 9-12), while the Jewish Federation of Omaha organizes programs offering opportunities to connect with other families with young children. Contact Jennie Gates Beckman, jbeckman@jewishomaha.org or 402-334-6445 for more information.