Celebrate the day of love! No, not Valentine’s Day, but Tu b’Av, the Jewish holiday celebrating love. Have fun with the loves of your life (your children!) while they enjoy a morning of mitzvahs, family, fun and food.

Join JFE and PJ Library for “Sweethearts and Sweet Years”—a lively mix of storytelling, cooking projects and arts and crafts on Sunday, August 4, from 10:30 am to noon. The projects, for parents and children ages 4 and up relate to Tu b’Av and also the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah, which begins on September 5.

Tu b’Av, the 15th day of the Hebrew month Av (July 22 this year), celebrates love and was, in Biblical times, one of the happiest days of the year. On the 15th day of the month of Av, young women in Jerusalem would dress in white and go out to the vineyards to dance and mingle with their male peers in hopes of finding their matches. These dance traditions were continued even in Israel’s early years as a state.

Tu b’Av has become the Jewish day of love, and today in Israel, people celebrate and show love and affection by giving each other cards, flowers and gifts and going to dance and music festivals. The day also marks the beginning of the high holiday season and is the first day on which Rosh Hashanah greetings are shared.

During the “Sweethearts” program, explore new ways to celebrate both holidays and share stories about Rosh Hashanah in your family and the special foods associated with the holiday. Prepare delicious treats to enjoy during story time and to take home for later. Children will provide a sweet new year to those in need when they make cards and decorate bags for recipients of the Jewish Social Service Agency’s Rosh Hashanah food baskets.

A program fee of $10 per family is requested (parents must accompany children) and includes all art and cooking supplies, snacks, take-home recipes and other treats. Please register here for a sweet Sunday morning with your family!