PJ Library sends free, award-winning books that celebrate Jewish values and culture to families with children 6 months through 8 years old.
In Montreal, PJ Library sends books to 3,500 children every month, with over 200,000 books delivered since 2008, to children in diverse segments of the Jewish community, including secular, multi-faith and Russian families. This incredible initiative is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, made possible through a local partnership with Federation CJA, Generations Fund and its generous donors. It is funded locally by the Marlene and Joel King Family Foundation and a program in memory of Helen and Sam Steinberg and a program in memory of Abraham Ulaine.
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In addition to the gift of age-appropriate Jewish-themed children’s books every month, PJ Library Montreal offers high quality, meaningful and fun programming throughout Montreal. Last year, PJ Library Montreal events included:
- PJ Library Collaborations:
Over 40 events where hosted in collaboration with community partners, from synagogues and daycares to community centres, libraries, theatres, and municipalities
- Community-wide events:
Programming at large scale community events such as Yom Yerushalayim and Federation’s GenMTL “Friday Night Lights” Shabbat
- PJ Library Connectors:
The Parent Connectors program is a unique opportunity for parents to build authentic relationships with young Jewish families in their neighbourhoods, connecting families to each other, developing programs that are responsive to the needs and interests in their neighbourhoods and referring families to a wide range of Jewish opportunities. Apply to be a Connector
- Kids Mitzvah Club:
This is a unique mitzvah doing initiative for young families. Small groups gather in each other's homes to learn about, brainstorm and plan "Mitzvah" projects and other family volunteering initiatives in their neighbourhoods
- Day School Engagement and Enrollment Initiative (DSEE) Programming:
4 local Jewish day schools hosted over 20 events in a calendar year, engaging over 500 families
- Russian Programming:
5 Russian connectors located in 5 remote neighborhoods (Pincourt, Vaudreuil, Vaillancourt, Laval and the South Shore) hosted in people’s homes and/or in public spaces, engaged 60 new families. In addition, PJ Library collaborated with local community organizations through large scale events, engaging over 200 new families.
For further information, please contact:
Sabrina Bercovitch, Community Engagement Associate, PJ Library Connectors & Community Collaborations
Oxana Pasternak, Russian Coordinator, PJ Library