Shalom Baby connects young families who anticipate or have recently experienced the birth or adoption of a child (newborn through 18 months of age) with the Jewish Community and helps them find support and build social connections.
Shalom Baby welcomes each new life to the Jewish community with a special basket filled with things to help the family get started such as coupons for babysitting at the Jewish Community Center and a list of babysitters. As a very special gift, each baby will receive a keepsake Chanukah menorah provided by the Ann and Coleman Friedman Fund of the Foundation for Planned Giving.
When Jennifer Tuvlin, JCC staff liaison for the program, lived in Chicago, she was thrilled to receive a welcome basket from their Federation’s Shalom Baby program upon the birth of her first son, Andrew. “I’m not from that area,” she says, “and it was so nice for our family to be welcomed so warmly into the Jewish community. I am so happy we have our own Shalom Baby program in Louisville.”
Shannon Benovitz, the program’s chair, see it as a way for new mothers to network, both online and in person. The program also features occasional programs with age-appropriate activities for the youngest community members.
Shannon Benovitz, Shalom Baby Chair
Jennifer Tuvlin, Shalom Baby Director