Why we're doing this

 

These beautiful, colorful books by notable authors and respected publishers can be yours without cost, without obligation, without a hidden agenda. We want these books to be a way for you to enrich your children's intellectual and spiritual lives -- as you wish to do.

 

The only thing we ask is that you make these books and CDs a lively and meaningful addition to your children's learning experience. Make these books a familiar part of their bedtime routine. (That's why we call it "PJ" (pajama) Library!) Or any time when a cuddle and a story can be shared...


The PJ Library® books and CDs explore the broad spectrum of Jewish history. They present characters from different times and places. The PJ Library® books discuss Jewish tradition and holidays, always with the goal of teaching ethical values. Some are serious, some are funny; all represent a high standard of quality, both in style and content.


Our goal is to deepen your own Jewish experience and strengthen our local Jewish community. Our strategy is to help you find the best way to use these books to accomplish your goals for your children.

 

Our supporters

 

The PJ Library® program in Silicon Valley began in December 2008. This program is absolutely free to all participating families, thanks to the support of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation of Massachusetts.



Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley


Our local Federation is committed to strengthening three important goals:


     -   Klal Yisrael: the responsibility of each Jew for another
     -   Tikkun Olam: the process of reparing the world
     -   Am Yisrael Chai: the relationship of the Land of Israel to the Jewish people wherever they may live.



Harold Grinspoon Foundation


The mission of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation of West Springfield (MA) is to enhance the vibrancy of Jewish life through education and experiences that impart the knowledge and values of our heritage and the joys of being Jewish. The Foundation primarily funds institutions and programs that directly transmit Jewish learning to young people, adults, and families. It strives to develop innovative and successful programs that can be replicated by other Jewish communities and philanthropists. The PJ Library™ Program currently serves more than 100 communities in the United States, Canada, and Israel, and mails around 50,000 books nationwide each month to young children.

 

Constituent Partners

 

The PJ Library® program in Silicon Valley is endorsed by local Jewish synagogues, day schools and preschools, and Jewish communal agencies. They partner with us in co-sponsoring monthly programs and events. Their leaders provide feedback and counsel to our staff, and are advocates to their own constituencies on our behalf. We are grateful to these "Constituent Partners" for their involvement and support.

 

Addison Penzak Jewish Community Center (Los Gatos)
APJCC Preschool (Los Gatos)
Congregation Beth David (Saratoga)
Congregation Emeth (Morgan Hill)
Congregation Sinai (San José)
Congregation Shir Hadash (Los Gatos)
Hillel Silicon Valley (San Jose)
Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley (Los Gatos)
Sharone Hadassah
South Peninsula Hebrew Day School (Sunnyvale)
Temple Emanu-El (San Jose)
Yavneh Day School (Los Gatos)

Who we are

 

Steering Committee

 

A group of dedicated community volunteers meet monthly to discuss ways to strengthen our PJ program through programming for enrolled, outreach to new families, and strategic planning for a strong and successful future. We warmly appreciate their commitment, creativity, initiative, and work.

 

Eleanor Weber Dickman

Outreach Coordinator

Jeri Jensen
Office Administrator

 

Inna Benjaminson
Rosa Bencuya
Marla Deutsch
Bette Emanuel
Robin Feinman-Marino
Nancy Goldsmith
Barbara Green
Karen Guggenheim
Scott Guggenheim
Maxine Halem
Elaine Hamilton
Maria Elena Jarson
Doris Katz
Sandy Mayer
Tamara Misle
Erin Ostilly
Pnina Rothenberg
Naomi Salowe
Emily Reich Shem-Tov
Shoshana Wolf

 

We are always looking for community members interested in helping promote and implement this program. If you are interested, please contact us at pjlibrary@jvalley.org. Thank you!