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JCC "adopts" a sloth named Todah

Have you seen a laid back, friendly furry creature hanging out at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse lately? Well, that’s the JCC’s newest member Todah, an adopted sloth puppet.

Todah regularly comes to the JCC for PJ Library in CNY events and on many Fridays to help welcome Shabbat in a Shababa kind of way! Shababa is a fun and interactive way for families with small children to celebrate Shabbat. It incorporates singing, dancing and playing instruments to get everyone involved.

Shababa sloths like Todah love Shabbat because they move slowly. They know that a lot of people around the world move slower on Shabbat and many of them meet in Shababaland to celebrate together.

Todah means “thank you” in Hebrew. He was born in the Chesed Jungle where everyone is kind and loving—not just to sloths but to everyone who lives in the jungle or comes to visit. Todah gets very happy when he hears everyone thanking each other, but it makes him even happier when he knows it comes from the heart, not just for the sake of being polite. 

Todah was named after his very famous grandfather, Rabbi Todah, who was the teacher of teachers in the Chesed Jungle. Everyone knew him as Todah Raba because he always included the importance of being grateful in all of his teachings. 

Todah loves singing, hugs and meeting new friends. Make it a point to meet Todah at a future PJ Library in CNY event. And, if you see him wandering the halls at the JCC, please take a moment to stop and welcome this newest member of our JCC family!

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The PJ Library® (PJ for pajamas) is a nationally acclaimed literacy program started by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation that gives free Jewish bedtime stories, CDs and DVDs to families raising Jewish children. The PJ Library in CNY chapter is a program of the JCC of Syracuse and supported by the Pomeranz, Shankman and Martin Charitable Foundation, Jewish Federation of Central New York, Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas, Shaarei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse, Syracuse Hebrew Day School, Temple Adath Yeshurun and Temple Concord. The PJ Library in CNY serves children from 6 months to 8 years old in Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego Counties. For more information and to sign up, visit or email