On Sunday, February 23, the Jewish Community Center hosted its first Hebrew Storytime. The event was sponsored by Sifriyat Pijama B’America – the Hebrew PJ Library, which sends free, high-quality Hebrew children’s books to Hebrew speaking children across the United States each month.
During story time, children listened to a story called “Anashim Tovim” (“Good People,” based on the popular Israeli song by Naomi Shemer) and worked on a craft related to the story’s theme. There was also time to play with Hebrew letter puzzles, listen to Israeli children’s songs, and to eat an Israeli snack.
Event organizer Judith Danovitch said: “It was great way to promote interaction between Hebrew speaking families in Louisville and to expose children who don’t speak Hebrew fluently to Hebrew words and Jewish concepts.”
Danovitch, a new Louisville resident who speaks Hebrew with her young son, is planning more events in the future, and intends to make them accessible to families who do not speak Hebrew at home but who would like to expose their children to modern Hebrew and Israeli culture.