NORTHAMPTON – Two local artists will join together on Saturday, Dec. 10, for a festive Children’s Book and CD release party in Northampton.
The event celebrates the release of Amy Meltzer’s picture book “The Shabbat Princess,” and Felicia Sloin’s new children’s cd, “Zeh Hayom,” and will be held at Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect St. in Northampton. The event will be held from 5:30- 7:30 p.m.
The party, which is free and open to the public, will begin with a “nosh” of bagels and a craft project for young children. Meltzer and Sloin will also lead a havdallah service, followed by a reading of “The Shabbat Princess” and a concert with Felicia Sloin and friends. Dessert and an opportunity to purchase books and CDs will follow.
Both Meltzer and Sloin live in the Northampton area and together have educated and entertained hundreds of families and young children throughout the Pioneer Valley. Meltzer currently teaches kindergarten at Lander~Grinspoon Academy in Northampton. She writes a parenting blog, called Homeshuling, for the website Beliefnet, and is a contributing writer to the local blog, Hilltown Families.
Felicia Sloin is a Cantorial Soloist, Singer-Songwriter, and Jewish “Entertain-ucator” who utilizes music, puppets, rhythm, rap and ritual to inspire Jews of all ages to celebrate their culture and community. She leads a parent-child music class, called Jewish Family Jam, and sings in the Amherst-based band Klezamir.
“Felicia and Amy are two of the go-to educators in the Pioneer Valley. Their presentations are always creative and fun and families enjoy the mixture of entertainment and education,”says Rachel J. Berezin, coordinator of the local PJ Library program, a national initiative of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation that provides free Jewish themed books and musical selections to children ages six months through eight years of age.
The program is funded in part by a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. It is co-sponsored by The PJ Library, a program of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, Congregation B’nai Israel, Beit Ahavah and the Lander~Grinspoon Academy.
For more information, contact Rachel Berezin at The PJ Library at (413) 737-4313, ext.