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Shababa comes to the community

The Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse welcomed Shabbat with songs and stories on Friday, March 25 to the delight of children at the JCC and Syracuse Hebrew Day School. PJ Library in CNY Coordinator Carolyn Weinberg and Toddlers' Tango founder Tamar Frieden led this very first Central New York Shababa celebration along with the JCC’s very own Shababa friend, Todah, a puppet sloth.

Shababa was started by the 92nd Street Y in New York City as a way for children and families to come together and welcome Shabbat in a friendly, community atmosphere. The JCC of Syracuse is excited to be bringing Shababa to the CNY community, and it will announce future Shababa dates and times as they are scheduled.

For more information about Shababa, contact Carolyn Weinberg at


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