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“PJ Library” Members Reach 632 Thanks to Additional Grants

January 5, 2012

PJ presented the gift of a collection of books to Hillel Community Day School. Shown: students Sophia Sherin, Jonathan Miller, Max Meyerowitz-Shipper, Talia Field and parent Rachel Field with daughter Elly.

The PJ Library® in Rochester now boasts 632 happy members! Since its official kick-off in March, The PJ Library®, a program that provides the free gift of a Jewish book or CD mailed to the home every month, has signed up 632 children, ages 6 months - 8 years, in the Greater Rochester area.

This cutting-edge program is sponsored locally by the Jewish Federation and the Jewish Community Center, with a generous grant from the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation.

The program was created nationally by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation to provide the means for Jewish families to give children the gift of Jewish literacy, a love for literature, music and art.

Initial funding for The PJ Library® in Rochester was for up to 350 children. Thanks to additional grants from the Nathalie and Emanuel Goldberg Advised Fund, Blanche Fenster, the Mona Friedman Kolko Advised Fund, Ann Lib and Bernard Kozel Family Supporting Foundation, the Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation, and the Yudelson Family Advised Fund, The PJ Library® in Rochester was able to enroll many additional children. New PJ applicants are being placed on a waiting list.

Additionally, The PJ Library® has hosted programming for young children in locations around Rochester, including a PJ Library Passover Workshop at the Federation, a PJ Library Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) workshop at Temple B’rith Kodesh and a PJ Library Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) workshop at the JCC, PJ activities in connection with the new school year, the High Holidays and Hanukkah. Get a schedule of upcoming PJ Library programming.

The PJ Library® has also been able to donate book stands and books to five local Jewish organizations as well as a roving book stand for other institutions in the area.

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Have a question? Contact PJ Library coordinator Jacqui Lipschitz at the Federation, 461-0490, ext. 252 or