Can you name your five favorite Jewish children’s books from when you were growing up? If your birth year begins with “19” maybe you can name one or two, if any at all? While we can’t, thanks to the gift of PJ Library in Orange County, thousands of Jewish kids in our community can.
PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, delivers free, monthly, Jewish-themed books to kids ages 0-8, in partnership with Jewish Federation of Orange County and local community donors. Since the program’s inception in 2011, the Jewish Federation celebrates more than 10 years of impact in our community while delivering more than 160,000 books to families raising Jewish kids. With “PJ” evoking the time families snuggle up with a good bedtime story, PJ Library books bring Jewish content, values, and learning to adults and kids alike in a fun and accessible way. They inspire parents to be their children’s first Jewish educator, to take a leadership role in their family’s Jewish life, and mark milestones along their Jewish journeys. Jewish Federation of Orange County uses PJ Library as a tool to develop bonds and friendships among families raising Jewish kids and create a strong sense of connection and community.
PJ Our Way is the next chapter of PJ Library, and provides free, Jewish-themed chapter books for kids ages 8.5-12 that they choose themselves from a list of curated titles online each month. Just like PJ Library, Federation designs events and experiences unique to this age group that prioritize fun, relationship building, and meaningful Jewish content. Most notably, our Minecraft-based virtual programs in partnership with Lost Tribe that began during the pandemic have taken kids on adventures through Hanukkah, Passover, Israel, and most recently through the Jewish calendar and four seasons.
In celebration of PJ Library’s 10th anniversary in Orange County, and with the help of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, our community has opened a PJ Library Endowment Fund. We are proud to have been selected for this cohort which will help ensure families raising Jewish children in OC will receive PJ Library books and programs… forever!
Jewish Federation has made investment in families raising Jewish children a strategic priority, because children with strong Jewish identities will raise the Jewish families of tomorrow. If you would like to help us write the next chapter of PJ Library in OC with either a cash gift or legacy commitment toward the PJ Library Endowment fund, please either contact Jillian Katz at JKatz@JFedOC.org , or you can fill out the form below:
Letter of Intent/ Pledge