Published On: Wed, Nov 27th, 2019

All Ages to Light up 2nd Night of Chanukah at Boca Center with PJ Library® on Dec. 23

Rabbis from across the community lit the menorah with four other leaders

Boca Raton, FL – Latkes, gelt, live music, stories, prizes and more are in store for all ages at a free community celebration on the 2nd night of Chanukah – Monday, December 23, 2019. Everyone is invited to get into the fun and bask in our community’s holiday warmth and the glow of a giant menorah in the amphitheater at The Shops at Boca Center, 5050 Town Center Circle in Boca Raton (enter from Military Trail).

The festivities will begin with crafts and story time at 5:30 pm before the giant menorah lighting and musical entertainment at 6:00 pm. Local synagogues, day schools and Jewish organizations will display the vibrant diversity of the South Palm Beach County Jewish community. After the lighting, special musical guest Rock n’ Roll Rabbi David Paskin will take the stage. RSVP IS NOT REQUESTED for this free event.

This special community event is presented by PJ Library® – South Palm Beach County and PJ Our WayTM, free family engagement programs that inspire a love of Judaism and reading from the very start for families and children from infancy through age twelve.

“We’ll be lighting a giant menorah representing our whole Jewish community at 6:00 pm,” said Rabbi Josh Broide, Director of the Deborah & Larry D. Silver Center for Jewish Engagement, a Division of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County – and who will be performing on the drums with Rabbi Paskin. “The radiance and unity of our diverse Jewish community will be unmistakable as leaders representing the full array of our local synagogues share in the candle lighting.”

“All families raising Jewish children from six months through eight years old in South Palm Beach County are invited to sign up for PJ Library® to receive a monthly gift of free high-quality Jewish children’s books and music sent right to their homes,” said Joanna Drowos, local PJ Library Co-Chair. “And through PJ Our WayTM, tweens ages nine to twelve can choose their own monthly books and engage in a safe, age-appropriate online literary community. It’s easy to sign up. For more information, just call 561.852.6080 or email pjlibrary@bocafed.org.

“But PJ Library and PJ Our Way not only bring Jewish books into local homes – they also bring the young Jewish community together,” added PJ Library Co-Chair Miriam Klein. “Families are always getting together with PJ Library and PJ Our Way at events large and small all over the community. Together they enjoy stories, crafts, concerts and fairs, and learn about holidays and mitzvot. They pack food for those in need, meet authors, make hamentashen, and visit a farm, bookstores, synagogues and so much more.”

“This is sure to be another great night to remember for our Jewish community,” said Elana Ostroff, local PJ Library Director. “We’ll have latkes, gelt, live music and surprises as we all come together to experience the joy of Chanukah. We are so grateful to The Shops at Boca Center for their hosting and support, and to our other local sponsors, Joseph’s Classic Market, Hoffman’s Chocolates, GoGoSqueez and our Media Sponsor, Boca Magazine, for their generous in-kind contributions to this special night.”

The PJ Library – South Palm Beach County Partnership is made possible by generous support from the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, Leon and Toby Cooperman Family Foundation, Jewish Women’s Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Wells Fargo is the generous 2019-20 PJ Library – South Palm Beach County Corporate Partner.

For more information about the Chanukah event at Boca Center, or to sign up for PJ Library, please call Elana Ostroff, PJ Library Director, at 561.852.6080 or email pjlibrary@bocafed.org.

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