A family event sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Howard County brought almost 80 children, parents and grandparents to the National Trolley Museum in Colesville for a pre-Rosh Hashanah celebration of Jewish literacy.
Dressed in costume, Rabbi Deborah Bodin Cohen read from her book “Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride” for the Sunday, Sept. 14 production of the local PJ Library.
The event, which featured trolley rides, snacks, stories and crafts, “was a huge success,” proclaimed Michelle Goldberg, the Federation’s director of outreach and family planning.
PJ Library, which counts more than 78,000 families in more than 145 North American communities as clients, provides free books to children from 6 months old to 6 years old in Howard County as part of a partnership between the Federation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
“PJ (as in pajamas) Library mails free, high-quality, Jewish children’s books and music to families every month,” said Goldberg. “We are proud to offer this gift to the families in our community.”
Cohen, a Columbia native who was ordained at Hebrew Union College in 1979, serves as director of congregational learning at Congregation Har Shalom. She has written many Jewish children books, including the “Engineer Ari” series, “Nachshon Who was Afraid to Swim” and “Lilith’s Ark.”
“The kids could not believe they rode the trolley with the author,” said Goldberg.
For more information about PJ Library, visit pjlibrary.org.