Tikkun Olam Layeladim
This spring PJA families have been engaging their children in meaningful conversations about complex topics through picture books as a part of a new program called Tikkun Olam Layeladim: Our Young Children Heal the World. They’ve used books like Thank You Omu, The Capybaras, Over the Shop and others to springboard into discussions of hunger, homelessness, gender identity, racism and so much more. One family said, “It was a wonderful program and we are sad it is ending. The books were very well selected and both my son and I benefited from reading them and engaging in discussions about them.” Another family said, ”[We] Loved it! We were exposed to books and stories we might not otherwise have read. It was wonderful having a program specifically dedicated to younger kids.” The families who joined the TOL program delved into deep conversations with their young children. This is the way mensches are made.
TOL will be back next year with a fresh lineup of carefully curated books to inspire meaningful conversations with children about deep and important issues. PJA’s Librarian, Safranit Molly and Lower School Director of General Studies, Kate Dickinson-Villaseñor plan to expand the program for 3rd-5th grade families as well. Thanks to the families who joined us on this first season. We look forward to continuing the conversations next year!