chasing-dreams-exhibitThe greatest heroes in baseball did more than just play the game. They changed it. The Jewish Historical Society of Michigan (JHSM) is excited as Family Day will close the many of events of the Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American exhibit at The Detroit Historical Museum.

Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American highlights the ways in which our national pastime has served as a pathway for learning and understanding American values for Jews and other immigrant and minority groups and their descendants. This national traveling exhibition also includes locally-curated stories and artifacts. While the initial focus was on the Jewish community, stories also include Irish, Italians, Germans, African Americans and Latinos, among others.

Learn more about baseball’s history and Jewish connections, become a baseball broadcaster, play baseball Card Wars, meet Paws, have a good old fashion baseball meal and LOTS more!

PJ Our Way gives the gift of Jewish books to tweens all over the United States.  Each month they will pick from 4 selections (no more just getting books!) giving them more choice on their journey towards being lifelong readers while introducing them to Jewish ideas that are relevant to them.

“PJ Our Way in Metropolitan Detroit is excited to kick off programming for Jewish tweens at the Chasing Dreams Family Day,” said Gail Greenberg, PJ Library professional at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.

PJ Our Way will host a craft table in which kids can create a baseball keepsake, and participate in a scavenger hunt for a prize! “When we were approached by the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan we realized what a wonderful opportunity it would be to kickoff PJ Our Way programming in our community!”

The lessons of baseball’s heroes making choices that honor both their American and own heritage are especially important topics for families with 9-11 year olds to explore.  “As tweens create their own identity, the understanding of making choices that are both American AND Jewish is even more significant in today’s world.  And bringing baseball into the conversation provides an open, inviting doorway,” Greenberg said.

There will be PJ Our Way books given to the first 100 children (baseball themed: “All Star Season” by T.S. Yavin, “The Saturday Secret” by Miriam Rinn and “Stealing Home” by Ellen Schwartz, as well as an opportunity to sign up for PJ Our Way at the event. PJ Library is supported by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.

One of the highlights will be a simulated Baseball Broadcast Booth where fans of every age can practice their play-by-play radio and television skills. Fans of all ages will be able to take pictures with PAWS and the day will conclude with baseball aficionados sharing baseball trivia and stats during a program entitled, “Old Jews Talking Baseball,” featuring Max Lapides, Bob Matthews, Irwin Cohen and Jim Grey.  All Chasing Dreams Family Day events are free and open to the public at the Detroit Historical Museum 5401 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI.