Creating Meaningful Jewish Moments Through PJ Library with Dr. Lynn Hellerstein and Bethany Friedlander

PJ LibraryDr. Lynn Hellerstein of Vision Beyond Sight speaks with Bethany Friedlander, manager of PJ Library and a long-time Jewish educator. Bethany talks about her work in PJ Library at JEWISHcolorado. Its mission is connecting families, raising Jewish children with Jewish content books, and creating opportunities to allow parents to connect with each other to create meaningful Jewish experiences.

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  • How to create meaningful moments for families to connect with themselves and other families

  • Creating accessible Jewish content for diverse families

  • The importance of community and shared experiences

PJ Library is a worldwide program that sends free Jewish children’s books to families every month. An initiative of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the program is made possible through partnerships with local Jewish organizations and philanthropists. As the local PJ Library partner, JEWISHcolorado helps connect Jewish families—children, parents, and grandparents—across the state to PJ Library and its programs. In Colorado, nearly 5,000 families take part in one of the PJ Library book programs each month.

Along with her family, Bethany Friedlander has gotten to live, work, and volunteer from coast to coast as a classroom teacher, education director, assistant principal, program coordinator, and curriculum designer in public, religious, private Jewish day schools, and synagogues. In addition to her work as a professional educator, she has a teacher certification in both elementary classroom and virtual experiential education and facilitation, a Master’s of Education from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University in Near Easter and Judaic studies. She also had the opportunity to study at Hebrew University, Mount Scopus in Israel.

Bethany is passionate about Jewish education for young people, about literacy, and about the role that families can play when they take an active role in their children’s Jewish learning and lives.

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Anyone is always welcome to come to our makeshift library that has tons of books. And you are welcome to borrow them… You are welcome to keep them if we have more than one. It is definitely an open space for families to come and enjoy the books that we have." — Bethany Friedlander

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Dr. Lynn Hellerstein, Developmental Optometrist, co-owner of Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center, P.C., award-winning author and international speaker, holds powerful and inspiring conversations with her guests in the areas of health, wellness, education, sports and psychology. They share their inspirational stories of healing and transformation through their vision expansion. Vision Beyond Sight Podcast will help you see with clarity, gain courage and confidence. Welcome to Vision Beyond Sight!

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About Dr. Lynn

A pioneer in vision therapy and developmental optometry, for more than 30 years, Dr. Lynn Hellerstein has helped thousands of children and adults improve their vision and transform their lives — at home, in the classroom, and most recently on the playing field. Her breakthrough methods unlock barriers to learning and “rewire” around brain injuries, and vision perception or processing deficits. But you don’t have to have a vision problem to benefit: her brain training strategies may be the missing magic if you’re an athlete trying to nail a tricky shot or stay cool in competition. If it’s a skill you can visualize, Dr. Hellerstein can help train your eyes — and mind’s eye — on success.

Award-winning and #1 bestselling author, Dr. Lynn has published numerous professional peer reviewed articles, chapters and four books.

See It. Say It. Do It! (2009) - How to see/recognize your goal, declare your intention, and taking action to achieve your vision.

See It. Say It. Do It! Organize It! (2011) - How to create a step by step process to make achieving your goal a reality.

50 Tips To Improve Your Sports Performance (2013) - How to improve your sports performance today by enhancing eye-mind-body coordination skills, achieving the mental edge, and preventing injuries.

Expand Your Vision (2021) - Discover the power of the seeing brain…the creator of your true vision. Gain Clarity, Courage, and Confidence. In this #1 Amazon best-selling innovative newest book, the power of visualizing and believing in the process to break through internal barriers and create new possibilities for achieving your goal is explored. Visualization can be used to increase creativity, to reduce stress and anxiety, and to build confidence in all of the things that they do.