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PJ Library’s Passover web hub stuffed with holiday content

Dozens of engaging activities for families, recipes and research are on their website.

Passover with PJ Library. Credit: PJ Library.
Passover with PJ Library. Credit: PJ Library.

From the evening of Apr. 22 to Apr. 30, Jews across the world will partake in the annual holiday of Passover, a 3,300-year-old celebration of freedom and sacrifice, commemorating their liberation from slavery in Egypt. It’s one of the most widely celebrated holidays on the Jewish calendar.

PJ Library, one of the leading resources for Jewish families across North America, offers up dozens of ways to help you celebrate, whether you need a refresher on a few traditions, want to learn more about the history of the holiday, or you’re celebrating Passover for the very first time.

Click over to PJ Library’s Passover Hub to find kid-friendly ways to tell the Passover story along with downloadable activities to keep children engaged during your family’s seder (traditional Passover meal). While there you can also find seasonal recipes and book lists, along with a step-by-step video playlist where kids can learn (or refresh) some serious seder skills. All of these resources are guaranteed to make your Passover as meaningful and family-focused as possible. Some highlights include a Passover FAQ for kids, which offers answers to 10 common questions kids ask about the holiday and easy answers for grown-ups to refer to on the spot. There are also Passover printables and a special “Who Knows About Passover” card game.

PJ Library offers books, activities, recipes and more for young families. Credit: PJ Library

And what would a Jewish holiday be without food, an important component of nearly every celebration! This year, PJ Library invites families to taste the freedom of Passover with Matzah Mania, offering a trio of fun and easy matzah recipes including a homemade recipe for the unleavened bread that’s holy roll-y, DIY fun in less than 18 minutes, a matzah grazing board and more. Other recipes sure to be enjoyed by the whole family including a delectable fire-roasted tomato soup with cheddar matzah crisps and a matzah bruschetta, which is a snap to make and works as a great snack, lunch or side! 

For the 2024 holiday, PJ Library has partnered with Streit’s Matzos, and is featured on their iconic matzo boxes. For many, enjoying PJ Library books is as baked into family tradition as eating Streit’s Matzos on Passover. For others who’ve gone without the free stories and activities PJ Library sends to families with young children every month for zero dough (leavened or otherwise), they can now be led out of the desert thanks to the opportunity to sign up for a subscription on every box of Streit’s Matzos. So, in addition to searching for the afikomen this year, families can now search for the PJ Library logo on Streit’s Matzos boxes in supermarkets across North America or on streitsmatzos.com.

PJ Library’s Haggadah is popular with families with young children. Credit: PJ Library

For centuries, families have used a Passover guidebook called the Haggadah to tell the story of the holiday and pass down the traditions and lessons of the story to their children, relatives, and friends. (The Hebrew word “haggadah” literally means “telling.”) One of the leading sources for family-friendly haggadahs across the United States and beyond is “In Every Generation: A PJ Library Family Haggadah.” Nearly 50,000 families have said this was their first haggadah and PJ Library has shipped nearly a million copies of the haggadah to over 200,000 families over the past six years. PJ Library will once again offer anyone celebrating the holiday a downloadable PDF version of “In Every Generation: A PJ Library Family Haggadah.”

Aside from the traditional prayers and readings, this interactive guide to the Passover seder offers up specially curated videos of songs and blessing and explanations that help make the holiday a fun, engaging and family-friendly experienceFor those interested in purchasing paperback versions,both the regular PJ Library Family Haggadah ($7.99) and a large-print edition ($10.99) are available for sale on the PJ Library storefront on Amazon.

Finally, PJ Library curates age-specific books for its subscribers from birth through age 8. Last year, children between the ages of 3 and 4 received a delightful spin on a classic Yiddish folktale. In “In Our Teeny Tiny Matzah House” (Apple & Honey Press), written by Bill Wurtzel and illustrated by Claire Wurtzel, Kitzel the cat can’t hear himself meow as his house is too noisy. But it’s about to become noisier because Passover is about to begin! Kids ages 6 to 7 were sent “A Persian Passover” (Kalaniot Books). Set in 1950s Iran, the book by Etan Basseri and illustrated by Rashin Kheiriyeh finds Ezra and Roza looking forward to celebrating the holiday until they have an unfortunate mishap with the community’s matzah-baking oven.

If families don’t want to miss out on getting books each month, including for future holidays, they can sign up for PJ Library today.

About PJ Library

PJ Library, a global program available in more than 35 countries, provides Jewish families with free high-quality children’s books and other resources that foster a deeper connection with Jewish life. Over 18 years, PJ Library has provided 50 million books to kids ages 0-12 worldwide. It is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation who partners with local Jewish organizations to fund PJ Library and make it available in their community. Learn more and sign up at pjlibrary.org.

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PJ Library, a global program available in 40 countries, provides Jewish families with free high-quality children’s books and other resources that foster a deeper connection with Jewish life. Over 18 years, PJ Library has provided 50 million books to kids ages 0-12 worldwide. It is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation who partners with local Jewish organizations to fund PJ Library and make it available in their community. Learn more and sign up at pjlibrary.org.
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