Stay tuned for a calender of upcoming Playdates!


Grocery Store Scavenger Hunt
Benefitting Jewish Family Service’s Food Pantry

Sunday, April 22 at 4 p.m.
Meet at Meijer (east entrance) – 7240 Central Avenue
After shopping, meet at JFS food pantry – 6505 Sylvania Ave.
Cost – donation of shopped items (dinner is included)

On your marks, get set, SHOP… FOR JFS! Families with children of ALL ages are invited to be a hunger hero and join us for an afternoon of fun, awareness and community. Participants will be placed in groups (or families) and receive a scavenger hunt list. They will race through the aisle in order to stay within budget, get the best deal, and the most items on their list. Prizes will be awarded in these categories. After shopping, we will load up our cars and head to the food pantry to unload and have dinner together.

Questions? Need to RSVP? Contact Hallie Freed at 419-724-0362 or hallie@jewishtoledo or Micki Pittman at 419-724-0407 or McKenzie@ RSVP requested by Friday, April 20.

PJ Parenting!
Unfortunately, children do not come with an instruction manual, and this parenting thing is hard! Luckily, we have some amazing experts that can help guide us along the way.

Dr. Kay Tompsett Weingarden – Is bedtime a struggle?
Friday, April 27
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Jewish Federation board room – 6465 Sylvania Ave.
FREE, lunch provided (Please let us know of any dietary issues one week prior)
In lieu of a fee, please bring in shampoo, dish soap, hand soap, or personal care product to donate to Jewish Family Services.

Is bedtime a struggle in your household? Do one or more of you end up in tears every night? Join us to learn some tips and tricks about dealing and disciplining bedtime from an expert in the field. Dr. Kay Tompsett Weingarden specializes in working with children, adolescents, and their families. Weingarden also has extensive experience with adults. She uses a family focused cognitive-behavioral approach to working with children with behavioral problems, ADHD, anxiety, and depression.

Weingarden is an associate professor of clinical psychology at Bowling Green State University. She teaches undergraduate psychology classes and graduate courses in the clinical psychology doctoral program. Weingarden has research interests in delinquency and teen substance abuse and the roles of neighborhoods in shaping adolescent development. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit and completed her internship at the Hawthorn Center in Northville, Michigan.​

PJ Library® is completely FREE for families in the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo region.


PJ Library® seeks to engage Jewish families with young children making bedtime story-time Jewish. Each participating child in our community will receive a high-quality Jewish children’s book or CD every month, from age six months through age eight.


Each book and CD comes with resources to help families use the selection in their home. The book and music list has been selected by the foremost children’s book experts and includes a wide array of themes related to Jewish holidays, folktales and Jewish family life.


NEW PJ Our Way

Do you have children ages 8.5 - 11? Building on the success of PJ Library, which gives the gift of Jewish children's books each month to more than 140,000 children ages six months to eight years old in North America, PJ Our Way allows program participants to select one of four books every month, giving them more choice on their journey toward being lifelong readers while introducing them to Jewish ideas.


As part of the program, PJ Our Way participants can create book trailers, videos, quizzes, author interviews, and other media to communicate with peers about the books. The PJ Our Way website provides these new avenues for discussion.