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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

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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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Generously Sponsored by: 

Welcome to Shalom Baby Broward! A program for expecting and new parents, focusing on peer-to-peer, neighborhood-by-neighborhood engagement. Through these personal connections and events in your local area, we strive to build a community of Jewish families with children. To begin, each new family will receive a FREE Shalom Baby tote from their Jewish Federation, delivered by a Shalom Baby Ambassador in your neighborhood. Throughout the first two years of life, your Shalom Baby Ambassador and Federation Professional will engage you with the local Jewish community and let you know about resources available to you and your family.

Click here to receive your FREE Shalom Baby tote – register your baby or an expecting family.

Thank you to our local sponsors & partners Baby K'tan, Cord Blood Registry, Pediatric Associates, Spectra Baby USA, Kenneth R. Levine, D.D.S, David Posnack JCC and PJ Library Broward County.

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The Family Engagement Committee focuses on engaging Broward Jewish Families with young children in meaningful Jewish life and community. For Sponsorship Opportunities and to get involved with our Family Engagement Committee, please contact Sydney Gorodetsky Rubin at srubin@jewishbroward.org

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Sydney Gorodetsky

Sydney Gorodetsky Rubin Director, Young Leadership Division And Family Engagement