Archives for March 4, 2020

Mary Jane, March 5th Pet of the Week!

You probably don’t think “6-year-old steel-gray pit bull” when someone says “Mary Jane.” But take one look at that gently smiling face, and you’ll get why Mary Jane is Mary Jane. She’s the kind of dog who lights up the room when she walks in—happiness emanates everywhere! She’s loving, kind and lovable, and she’ll make a wonderful companion. Mary Jane can’t wait to go home—meet her at the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A639261.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village.

The Fun, Festive Holiday of Purim is Exuberant, Colorful and Full of Joy – Let PJ Library’s Unique, Family-Friendly Ideas Enliven Your Family Celebrations this March!

The early springtime holiday of Purim, with all of its festive fun, is an especially accessible holiday for children; this year, the holiday falls on March 9th-10th.

On Purim, it’s customary to listen to the biblical Book of Esther (also known as the Megillah in Hebrew), put on comic productions of the story of Purim called purimspiels (Yiddish for “plays”), dress up in costumes as the famous characters from the story, bake (and eat!) hamantaschen, shake Purim groggers (noisemakers), give gift baskets (mishloach manot) to friends and do tzedakah and other good works to spread joy and help the needy.

This Purim, PJ Library wants to help families celebrate in fun and unique ways, so they’ve created 18 great ideas sure to spur creativity and togetherness.  Whether your children have never dressed for Purim before or baked a classic, delicious hamantaschen – or you’re just tired of the same old routine – check out these enjoyable activities! And, for more, families are welcome to visit PJ Library’s Purim Hub!

If you currently receive PJ Library books, be on the lookout for the special February mailing, which contains a Purim gift basket to make and decorate!

A program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library sends more than two hundred ten thousand expertly curated books to families raising Jewish children – every month, at no cost to subscribers. Families raising Jewish children may subscribe at , tapping in to a wealth of information, parenting resources and community events as well as free books.

Self Disclosure: I am a part of the PJ Library Ambassadors tribe and some form of compensation has been received. Images and information are also provided.