407-645-5933 ext. 236 marisa.west@shalomorlando.org

My family’s Jewish Journey began 5 years ago with the birth of our daughter, Hannah. We had no idea what we were doing or where to start with raising a Jewish child. PJ Library entered our lives a few months into our parenthood gig, and it turned everything around. PJ Library has been so much more than free books and music for my (now two) children. PJ Library has been a second home, a village, memories, laughter, and absolute joy.

My name is Beth Rose and I am THRILLED to fill the Director of Outreach & Engagement role at The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando! My family and I (2 kids, 2 dogs, 1 husband) recently moved back to Central Florida after living in Chicago since 2012. I am lucky to have worked in a similar capacity on the PJ Library Chicago team and felt that this role at the Federation was b’sheret (meant to be) for me.

I’d like to tell you about a few ongoing and upcoming PJ Library programs:

  • Begin New Year celebrations by registering for a PJ Library Family High Holiday Kit, a gift from JFGO. The kits are filled with fun family activities and celebratory ideas for the upcoming holidays.
  • It’s never too early to teach Tikkun Olam. You can give back as a family with our Super Sweet Sock Drive. Purchase and donate NEW socks for the residents of Kinneret Apartments. You can also purchase and donate socks directly from our Amazon wish list.

Be sure to follow the PJ Library Orlando Facebook page to stay up to date on all of our events, programs, and upcoming holiday tips and tricks. Know someone who recently had a baby? Want to be connected to other families raising Jewish children in the area? Are you about to turn into a Bubbe/Zayde and want to connect with other grandparents? Let me know how I can help you find your way.

I look forward to the day we can gather together in person and enjoy each other’s company. For now, I am only an email or Zoom call away. Do not hesitate to be in touch.