By Robyn Cohen, Ph.D., Director of PJ Library in Philadelphia
Whether you are looking for something fun to do with your kids, want to celebrate an upcoming Jewish holiday, or are looking to connect with other young families, jkidphilly has something for everyone.

“All three girls, ranging in age from four to ten, enjoy the different jkidphilly activities. The girls loved making hamantaschen and spending time with their friends.  We were excited to meet some new families as well!” said jkidphilly mom Hallie Steinberg. “jkidphilly events are always a hit in our household!”

Purim family

The Barazani family at jkidphilly’s Hamantaschen making event

Hallie and 150 other jkidphilly participants came and baked hamantaschen together at two different jkidphilly programs at Kesher Israel and Old York Road Temple Beth Am.

Besides making (and eating) hamantaschen, families participated in various Purim activities including reading PJ Library stories and decorating Purim cards and mishloach manot packages (gifts of food) to give to their friends for Purim. The kids were not only excited to eat their hamantaschen, but they were also glad to have the opportunity to make a gift for their friends for Purim. Parents enjoyed making hamantaschen with their kids and spending time with other young families.
“We attended hamantashen baking last year and my son loved the experience! I reached out to Lori Rubin at jkidphilly to make sure it was being planned again. It’s very important to me to share this experience with my sons and in-laws, and I wanted a refresher so I can make them at home during Purim,” said Laynie Barazani, enjoying the Purim program with her family.
To download Purim activities for your children, go to; to find upcoming jkidphilly programs near you, go Contact Robyn Cohen, Director PJ Library with any questions.