Shalom Families enjoy a butterfly encounter


Stefanie Cohen

'I spy a butterfly,' says one participant in the Shalom Families outing.

More than 40 moms, dads and children turned out on Sunday, Aug. 30, to celebrate Rosh Hashanah at Lukas Nursery and Butterfly Encounter in Oviedo. The event was organized by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's Shalom Families program.

The families were joined by Rabbi Joshua Neely of Temple Israel, who helped make the day special by reading "A Very Hungry Caterpillar," leading the families in blessings, and blowing the shofar. Families attending the event fed butterflies, made apples and honey o's necklaces, and Rosh Hashanah stained glass birdhouses to go with the PJ Library story "How to Heal a Broken Wing."

The next Shalom Families/PJ Library event, this time with a Noah's Ark (Parshat Noach) theme, is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 18, at Green Meadows Petting Farm in Kissimmee. More information is available at


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