PJ Library

PJ Library is a Jewish family engagement program implemented on a local level throughout North America that mails free, high-quality Jewish children's books and music to families with children aged six months to eight years old on a monthly basis. A program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, families in hundreds of communities across the U.S and Canada are able to utilize these children’s items to explore the core values of Judaism. Studies have shown that this program has been quite influential in helping to:

  • Increase awareness of Jewish traditions, practices, and values,
  • Empower parents to become their children’s first Jewish educators,
  • Spark more meaningful Jewish conversations in homes,
  • Get families more involved in Jewish congregations, and,
  • Welcome and connect families to the wider Jewish community.

Read about the PJ Library program at work at Temple Hesed Sisterhood in Scranton, PA!

WRJ Involvement in PJ Library Program

In 2012, with a generous grant from the YES Fund, WRJ partnered with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) to expand the program to the previously untapped South Palm Beach area. This groundbreaking initiative enabled those families to participate and benefit from the program, and for area congregations to connect with those families, who often were un-affiliated. This program allows those congregations to harness PJ Library as a powerful outreach and family engagement vehicle. 

This year, again thanks to the YES Fund, WRJ was able to help the Partnership expand to provide more than 200 select URJ congregations across the U.S. with an opportunity to receive a matching grant to subsidize the PJ Library subscription cost for families in their local communities. During the initial launch of the partnership, 58 congregations received grants and it is expected that an additional 10,200 more children will eventually be reached.

Requirements for Families

  • Child aged 6 months-8 years
  • Note: Families are not required to be affiliated with a congregation
  • Living anywhere in North America and raising Jewish children.

Benefits for Families

  • Free, high-quality books & music on a monthly basis
  • Opportunity to attend PJ Library programs (carnivals, concerts, story-telling, etc.) in partner communities