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All About PJ Library

PJ Library sends free Jewish children's books to families across the world every month. We know that something magical happens when parents sit down together to read with their children. PJ Library shares Jewish stories that can help your family talk together about values and traditions that are important to you. 

A program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library is made possible in Broward County through the generosity of the Sam Berman Charitable Foundation, additional donors, and the Jewish Federation. Families with kids ages 6 months through 12 years old with Judaism as part of their lives, are welcome to sign up. PJ Library welcomes all Jewish families, whatever your background, knowledge, family make-up, or observance may be. 

PJ LIBRARY IS MORE THAN A PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN, IT'S A PROGRAM FOR FAMILIES – PJ Library serves as an entry point for parents and families to engage in conversations about Jewish values or concepts with their kids. Through guides on book flaps, online resources, and local engagement programming, PJ Library empowers parents to create their own Jewish practices that are meaningful and resonant.  

2,500 PJ LIBRARY FAMILY SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE ENDOWED FOREVER! 

"It is a dream that every Jewish child in Broward County can enjoy PJ Library in the future. The endowment was created to ensure this dream comes to fruition," Sheryl Greenwald, president of the Sam Berman Charitable Foundation.

 

In December 2018 we successfully reached our initial endowment goal, testimony to the value and impact of PJ Library.  https://www.sun-sentinel.com/brandpublishing/sfl-jewish-federation-of-broward-county-reaches-2-5-million-fundraising-goal-for-pj-library-20181224-story.html

ONE BOOK PER CHILD

As of January 2020, the gift of PJ Library is available to every child in an eligible household. The program continues to grow and reach new families (current enrollment exceeds 3.600 children ) and donations are still being accepted. 

Looking to honor someone you love, give a meaningful birthday or anniversary gift? Or just say thank you for the gift of PJ Library?  Please make a donation to Forever Friends of PJ Library®. 

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People often ask what comes after PJ Library. PJ Our Way is for kids ages 9-12. It is kid-driven--they choose their own books, creating a totally tailored experience based on their own interests and reading levels. To make the choice easier, the website includes summaries and author bios, along with ratings, reviews, and video trailers created by members themselves. Kids can also take polls and quizzes, participate in monthly interviews and challenges, post their own reviews, and comment on blog posts. 

The PJ Our Way site is a completely safe and moderated space, perfect for acclimating older kids to using the web independently. It even has a blog for parents, where you can read about the books on offer for your child, and find family discussion questions for each book. You can also find out what values or topics are covered, as well as any content advisories you or your child should know before choosing a book.

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Since 2011, PJ Library® in Broward County has gifted 172,933 free books to 6,698 Jewish children and their families. (getting current numbers ) 

The books are just the beginning…with each reading parents are passing on Jewish culture, values and tradition to their children, while creating a love of reading and inspiring important conversations. PJ Library® welcomes all Jewish families, whatever their background, knowledge, or family make-up, or observance may be. 

 PJ Library® in Broward County is made possible by the generous support of the Sam Berman Charitable Foundation, the Jewish Federation of Broward County, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and additional donors. 

Your gift to “Forever Friends” of PJ Library® will ensure that the legacy of Jewish tradition, life and family will continue through PJ Library® books, music and community programs.

 

Looking to honor someone you love, give a meaningful birthday or anniversary gift? Or just say thank you for the gift of PJ Library?  Please make a donation to Forever Friends of PJ Library®. 

What are you waiting for? Sign up today and tell your friends!

PJ Library® is a gift from the Jewish Federation of Broward County thanks to the generous support of The Sam Berman Charitable Foundation, additional donors and our Collaborative Partners.

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JEWISH SUMMER CAMP

One Happy Camper Applications for Summer 2020 have opened!

Scroll down for additional information on Financial Assistance

Jewish summer sleep away camp is about so much more than campfires, color war and emails from home. It weaves together Jewish values, culture and traditions into the fabric of camp, helping campers to connect to their own identity and the larger Jewish community – while having all the great summer camp experiences they will remember forever.

The Jewish Federation of Broward County in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp is proud to offer the One Happy Camper program to our Broward County residents. One Happy Camper provides grants of up to $1,000 to first time campers attending Jewish sleep away summer camps listed on the Foundation for Jewish Camp website at www.onehappycamper.org.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Campers must be enrolled in an approved Jewish overnight camp
  • First time campers must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)
  • Residents of Broward County 

The program is an outreach initiative for children who are not currently receiving an immersive daily Jewish experience. As such, children who attend Jewish day school or yeshiva are not eligible for this incentive program. Children who are enrolled in PJ Library and attend a Jewish day school or yeshiva are eligible for a PJ Goes to Camp grant. Information can be obtained here. This is a lottery and closes in November.

Jewish day school or yeshiva students are eligible for need based financial assistance - see information below.

$1000 grants will be awarded to first time campers attending a Jewish sleep away camp for 19 or more consecutive days. $700 grants will be awarded to first time campers attending a Jewish sleep away camp for 12-18 consecutive days.

The Jewish Federation of Broward County provides need-based financial assistance for eligible Jewish overnight camps to families residing in Broward County. 

Complete the application and submit it! It is suggested that you also upload a letter explaining any circumstances affecting your finances which may not be evident from the tax return, prior to March 1.

Campers who receive a One Happy Camper grant or attend a Jewish Day School may also apply for need based financial assistance.

Questions regarding submission of Jewish Summer Camp Applications & Financial Assistance contact camp@jewishbroward.org

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Rochelle Baltuch Vice President, Jewish Engagement; March of the Living Director

APPLICATION & FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

MARCH OF THE LIVING

MARCH OF THE LIVING 2020 (Applications are now closed)

BROWARD COUNTY DATES FOR 2020 - April 19 – May 3, 2020

BROWARD COUNTY DATES FOR 2021 - April 4 - April 18, 2021
Application available after June 15th


About March of the Living

The March of the Living is an international education program that brings Jewish teens and adults from all over the world to Poland on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) to march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration camp complex built during World War II, and then to Israel to observe Yom HaZikaron (Israel's Memorial Day), and Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel's Independence Day). Among the goals of the March of the Living is for participants to learn the lessons of the Holocaust and to lead the Jewish people into the future vowing Never Again. The experience leads to a better understanding of the Holocaust and strengthens Jewish identity.

MARCH OF THE LIVING - TEEN

Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2021 March of the Living. Below you will find the information and instructions to begin your application process.

An interview is part of the application process and will be set up after your application, deposit, letter of recommendation and health form from a physician is received. You will be required to participate in our study sessions which will be held on Sundays, from 1:30 – 5:00 PM and are usually held at the Katz Federation Building on the campus of the Posnack JCC. Check the calendar link below, carefully.

A COMPLETED APPLICATION PACKAGE INCLUDES (See below for application links):

  • Application
  • Deposit/Payments
  • Doctor's medical form
  • Recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor*
  • A copy of the inside page of your passport (picture page)
  • A copy of both sides of your health insurance card
  • A digital headshot or passport size photo

*Do not delay in asking for your recommendation. Oftentimes teachers are reachable through the school, even over the summer. Send forms as soon as they are available.

2021 FEE INFORMATION

The all inclusive fee for 2021  will be determined by June 15th- fee TBD (subject to a possible 5% increase from the Int'l March of the Living) A payment schedule can be found on the teen application.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE - Deadline: October 15th

MARCH OF THE LIVING - STAFF

We welcome your interest in participating on the Teen March of the Living in one of the categories described below.  

Staff and adults who participate with the teens, will be expected to attend orientation and training sessions specific to staff/adults, in addition to the regular Sunday study sessions with the teens.  A calendar is available on the Staff/Adults. All staff/adults "work" 24/7 for the 14 days.

MADRICH(A) – STAFF MEMBER – You have a background in education, either formal or informal and/or you have worked with teens and have a wonderful rapport with them. You will be asked to teach, counsel and advise a group of teens and work directly with a Bus Captain.

DOCTOR/NURSE – You are a licensed physician or registered nurse experienced in dealing with teens and their ailments. You are qualified to deal with and treat emergencies. The nurse will provide care under the direction of the physician(s). The medical staff will be responsible for the medical care of a group of buses, including teens and adults.

SURVIVOR LIAISON – Preferably, you have participated in the March of the Living previously and would like to return to help our survivors during this experience which often times can be difficult for them as they age. You have an affinity for working with older adults and understand you may miss some group activities.

ADULTS ACCOMPANYING THE TEENS – You are coming on this trip to help with the teens at various levels, and to witness how this experience allows the teens to grow as proud and dedicated Jews. You may be a parent of one of the teens or not. You will be asked to participate fully in the program, attending all sessions, both for teens and adults, and be given responsibilities with the teens. You will be required to follow the rules and regulations to which the teens must conform. It should be noted that this is not a "family experience". Additional information will be available at the interview.

This year, there will also be an ADULT ONLY GROUP.  This group has flexible opportunities.  More information can be found under Adult Only Program on the side bar.

APPLICATION PACKAGE

Below you will find the information and instructions to begin your application process.

An interview is part of the process and will be set up after your application is received.  You will be required to participate in our study sessions and several staff/adult sessions prior to the March.  These sessions are primarily held on Sundays, from 1:30 – 5:00 PM and usually held at the Katz Federation Building on the campus of the Posnack JCC.  Please check the calendar link below, carefully.

A COMPLETED APPLICATION PACKAGE INCLUDES (See below for application links):

  • Application
  • Deposit
  • Doctor's medical form
  • Copy of the inside page of your passport (picture page)
  • Copy of both sides of your health insurance card
  • A digital headshot or passport size photo

Fees and payment schedules will be discussed at your interview.  

March of the Living - Adults Only

Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2021 Adult March of the Living. Join us as we visit the sites of Jewish interest in Warsaw, Krakow and Lublin. Participate with over 10,000 others on the March of the Living from Auschwitz to Birkenau on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance day). Stay with us as we travel onto Israel and create many memories. Together, we will commemorate Yom HaZikaron (Day of Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror), and celebrate Israel's 73rd birthday on Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel Independence Day. 

Experience how history and modern times come together in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem. This and much more awaits you as you embark on this amazing journey. 

Below you will find the information on the program and instructions on how to register.

Questions regarding March of the Living, contact:

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AmyWildstein

Rochelle Baltuch Vice President, Jewish Engagement; March of the Living Director

Amy Wildstein Assistant Director, March of the Living

Israel Experience Scholarships for High School Students

The Jewish Federation of Broward County is currently accepting applications from high school students seeking to participate in recognized Israel programs before high school graduation.

To qualify, participants must be:

  • High School students, entering 10th to 12th grade in September. Note the program must be completed prior to high school graduation.
  • Members of Broward County Jewish households (including interfaith families).
  • Seeking to participate in a recognized teen program, designed to strengthen ties to Israel that lasts between 3 and 8 weeks.
  • Students may receive assistance once during their high school years.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: JANUARY 15TH and MARCH 15TH.

Along with submission of your application, complete the following:

  • Submit a full, signed copy of the family's most current income tax return.

  • Submit a short essay, written by the applicant telling us why they want to participate and what they expect to gain from their participation.

  • Submit a copy of the acceptance letter from the program the applicant will attend.

  • Agree to perform ten (10) hours of volunteer (community) service in the Jewish community prior to the trip - at the Jewish organization of choice.

  • Agree to write a note after the experience thanking donors and detailing the impact the program had or create a 5 – 10 minute video presentation of the experience.

We anticipate receiving a large number of applications. Therefore, note that not every applicant may receive a scholarship nor receive the full amount requested.

Families are expected to contribute towards the cost of the trip and are expected to pursue every possible avenue for financial assistance.

Families will be informed of decisions within 2 weeks after the deadlines above.

 

Items for submission may be scanned and emailed to Israel@jewishbroward.org or mailed to:

Israel Scholarships

Jewish Federation of Broward County

5890 S Pine Island Road

Davie, Florida 33328

Questions regarding submissions contact israel@jewishbroward.org

Rochelle

Rochelle Baltuch Vice President, Jewish Engagement