PJ Library sends free Jewish children's books and music to families across the world every month. PJ Library of Greater Hartford is facilitated by the Mandell Jewish Community Center. The books are a gift from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and funded locally by the Jewish Community Foundation advised by the Zachs Family, and the Lions of Judah through the Women’s Philanthropy Division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford.
Families with children ages 6 months through 8 years old who have Judaism as part of their lives are welcome to sign up – regardless of their Jewish background, knowledge, or observance.
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.
Greater Hartford Jewish schools have been specially selected to participate in PJ Library’s pilot program, PJ Goes to School.
The program is underwritten by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and is dedicated to enhancing the content of the Jewish classroom for grades K through 3. This program helps to engage parents in conversations about Jewish values through reading and also provides library books, related resource guides, and professional development to our children’s educators.
Seven Greater Hartford Jewish schools have already committed to PJ Goes To School, including Solomon Schechter Day School in West Hartford, Bess and Paul Sigel Hebrew Academy in Bloomfield, Congregation Adath Israel in Middletown, Beth El Temple in West Hartford, Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford, The Emanuel Synagogue in West Hartford, Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation – Emek Shalom in Simsbury, and Congregation Kol Haverim in Glastonbury.
Each year the program features a new theme, and teachers can use the PJ resources in a variety of ways. All PJ books and lessons help our schools provide a more holistic educational experience.