There is a special time right before bedtime when caregiver and child snuggle in bed and read books and sing songs together. Such moments are among the most powerful and nurturing learning experiences of early childhood. It is moments like these that PJ Library is working to turn into uniquely Jewish memories.
PJ Library, developed by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, is an innovative initiative that reaches out to young Jewish families in our community. Children, ages six months to eight years, enroll in the program and receive a monthly gift of a Jewish book or CD. The books and CDs have been specially chosen by children’s literature and music experts, because they communicate Jewish stories, heritage, and values. Along with the books and music, families receive parenting tips and reading guides to enhance the PJ Library experience, and are invited to ongoing programming and events to welcome them into our Jewish communities.
For those children who receive a PJ Library envelope each month, it is truly an exciting moment. Our Federation has had a wonderful opportunity to bring these types of moments to hundreds of children in our community—over 600 children since we began the program in Orange County. Perhaps you have a grandchild or know of a child in the program who checks the mail regularly for the next book to arrive.
We have been able to offer and expand participation in the PJ Library to families in greater Orange County, thanks to generous support of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, and our own Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign, in addition to contributions from private donors. The goal of our Federation is to enroll every child who would like to be in the program and to perpetuate this program for years to come.
We are asking you today if you would lend your support to help grow and sustain this program for our local children by joining our Grandparents Giving Circle. Your contribution will help defray the cost of funding for the upcoming year, and will help us ensure this valuable program becomes a mainstay in our community for years to come.
All donors of $120 or more will receive a PJ Library Thank You Basket, filled with PJ Library books and CDs, a PJ Library tzedakah box, and a PJ Library Memory Book, so you can share your family story with the next generation.
To make your gift to the Grandparent's Circle, please complete the donation form below. You can assign your gift to the Grandparent's Cirlce at the end of the process.