By Lauren Abraham
In response to the global pandemic starting in March, PJ Library San Antonio• began bringing Jewish families together to celebrate Shabbat on the virtual meeting platform Zoom. This PJ Library Shabbat Shalom at Home has quickly become a new virtual Shabbat tradition with weekly programs.
Now, every Friday at 4 p.m., PJ Library families are invited to a Zoom “room” to share a PJ Library story and Shabbat singing and blessings. PJ Library invited each local synagogue and Jewish agency the opportunity to lead a weekly “Shabbat Shalom” and share their favorite story from March – June.
Temple Beth El’s Joel Swedlove led families in Shabbat tunes while playing guitar and Leah Apothaker shared her favorite Sammy Spider story. Rodfei Sholom’s Rabbi Moshe Rosenwasser showed video footage of his family baking challah, and Torah Academy of San Antonio leaders Jessica Diric and Sarah Endzweig made their own Shabbat kugel as they shared the PJ Library story about Kayla and Kugel’s Shabbat adventures.
PJ Library virtual Shabbat shares a target audience of preschool through early elementary school. To take part in these and other fun and meaningful virtual experiences, check out PJ Library San Antonio on Facebook, or email PJLibrary@jfsatx.org for more information.
*PJ Library San Antonio is a program of The Jewish Federation of San Antonio