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,
     
  • Build confidence in parents in their role as 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

With generous grants from the YES Fund, WRJ has been a partner with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) since 2012.  The partnership initially started to expand access to PJ Library to families living in just one county in Florida in 2012, grew to include 58 congregations in 23 states in 2014, and now WRJ support has contributed to the expansion of access to PJ Library to families raising Jewish children who live in every zip and postal code in the United States and Canada.

In addition to books for the children across North America, our partnership has provided enrichment for parents both online and in person. Beginning in 2017, we have offered live, online learning opportunities for parents and grandparents to help prepare for the fall holidays, Chanukah and Passover.  We provide a quarterly e-newsletter with online resources that have been curated especially for families raising young Jewish children. We have partnered with our URJ Camps and PJ Library communities to offer PJ Library Family Camps. These immersive multi-day experiences for families provide the opportunity for community, Shabbat, fun, adventure, and to meet and connect with other families - all on the premises of our beautiful URJ camps. 


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, Jewish children's books and music on a monthly basis
     
  • Many communities have in-person events for families
     
  • Online opportunities for Jewish engagement for parents who may not live close to our large Jewish communities