PJ Library Presents: Have I Got A Story For You!
Preview: Beyond the Bookcase

Preview: Beyond the Bookcase

October 20, 2021

Listen to a preview of PJ Library's newest show, Beyond the Bookcase. Ready to hear more? Subscribe to Beyond the Bookcase wherever you listen to podcasts.

Coming Soon: Beyond the Bookcase

Coming Soon: Beyond the Bookcase

September 29, 2021

PJ Library Presents: Beyond the Bookcase, launches October 18th, 2021. Subscribe wherever you love to listen to podcasts.

Learn more at pjlibrary.org/podcast

Coming Soon: Afternoons With Mimi

Coming Soon: Afternoons With Mimi

September 29, 2021

PJ Library Presents: Afternoons With Mimi, launches October 4, 2021. Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts and learn more at pjlibrary.org/podcast.

029: Behind The Door: A Story By Harold Grinspoon

029: Behind The Door: A Story By Harold Grinspoon

August 10, 2021

Welcome to a very special episode of Have I Got a Story For You! Today's story was written by PJ Library's founder, Harold Grinspoon and Vivian Newman. Join young Harold and his best buddy Diane, as they journey behind a heavy door, through dark, mysterious tunnels, and back to freedom. Will they triumph over the darkness, the evil dust bunnies, the rabbi's singing? Find out in today's season finale, Behind the Door!

028: The Magical Letter

028: The Magical Letter

August 10, 2021

Today Rita narrates an audiobook for listeners: The Magical Letter

As he discovers writing, Nitai decides to write his first letter to his mother. The story, told from the viewpoint of the simple white page, tells how Nitai’s letter, passed from person to person, magically touches each one. This charming book speaks to the power of words to bring joy, to bridge difference and to express compassion and to encourage.

 

The Magical Letter, written and illustrated by Elinor Milchan. Published by Yedioth Ahronoth Books. Translated to Hebrew, for Sifriyat Pijama by Adi Zelichov Relevy. To learn more, visit https://eng.pjisrael.org/book/the-magical-letter/

 

027: The Shabbat Flood

027: The Shabbat Flood

May 11, 2021

Travel back in time to the village of Rosgart for a very rainy Shabbat. Ira and his father Jacob take great pride in baking the best challah in town -- and remembering every customer's order. But what happens when a small early Saturday morning drizzle turns into a downpour and then a flood unlike any Rosgart has ever seen? Rita, Jacob, and Ira get very creative to make sure everyone can enjoy Shabbat.

This fictional episode is inspired by a very true story about an intrepid baker and a flood in Texas. 

Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher
Director: Alli Thresher
Additional production: Craig Rossein
Website design: Christina Rizer
Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore
Score: Peter Moore
Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA.
Cover art: Barb Bastian
Story editor: Alan Silberberg
This episode was written by Jan Schwaid

Cast:

Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley

Jacob: Walter Sickert

Ira: Zad Gravebone

Mr. Berkowitz/Mrs. Liebovitz: Rich Wentworth

Mr. Zimmer/ Mr. Fine: Kristofer Jenson

Mrs. Lewis; Mrs. Fine: Jen Kenneally

026: The Donkey and the Garden

026: The Donkey and the Garden

April 5, 2021

How will Rabbi Akiva get over his embarrassment and learn to read when all the pupils in the class are children and he is already a grown man? In this charming, modern version of a Talmudic tale, Rabbi Akiva’s clever wife, Rachel, shows him that one should never let shyness or fear of embarrassment stand in the way of learning.

The Donkey and the Garden is written by Devora Busheri, illustrated by Menahem Halberstad, and published in English by Green Bean Books. This title was also a selection sent to children in PJ Library's sister program, Sifriyat Pijama.

 

Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

The Donkey and the Garden by Devora Busheri, illustrated by Menahem Halberstad, distributed and published in English by Green Bean Books.
Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher
Director: Alli Thresher
Additional production: Craig Rossein
Website design: Christina Rizer
Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore
Score: Peter Moore
Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA.
Cover art: Barb Bastian

Cast:

Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley
Rabbi Akiva: Walter Alice Sickert
Rachel: Gwen D'Angelo
Ensemble voices: Mike D'Angelo, Peter Moore, Edrie
Children's voices: Wednesday Alice and Bowie D'Angelo

Passover Playlist

Passover Playlist

March 2, 2021

Get ready for Passover with Have I Got a Story For You! Learn the Passover story, practice the Four Questions, and follow a pirate on an epic afikomen hunt. For everything you need to enjoy Passover with your family, visit pjlibrary.org/passover.

Shabbat Stories Playlist

Shabbat Stories Playlist

March 1, 2021

The work or school week can feel long and hectic -- that's why Shabbat is so awesome. On Shabbat, we get to take a break, take a breather, and slow down. It's the perfect reset - and that's what makes Friday nights feel so special, and dare we say, magical. 

Enjoy three Shabbat-themed stories in this playlist: Sweet-Town Rivals, Miracle Bread, and The Missing Ingredient. There are also Shabbat-themed discussion questions to talk over with your family. 

Replay: Two Sisters

Replay: Two Sisters

February 23, 2021

What's better than family? How about cooking for family? If you feel inspired by today's story, Two Sisters, share your favorite family recipe with PJ Library and the Jewish Food Society -- it might become a PJ Library book!

The ingredients for the next classic children's story might be right in your kitchen! PJ Library is partnering with the Jewish Food Society (JFS) to find a recipe with a backstory that can be whipped up into the next great picture book. Visit jewishfoodsociety.org/pjlibrary to submit your recipe by February 26, 2021.

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