All About PJ Library

PJ Library sends free Jewish children's books to families across the world every month. 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. 

A program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library is made possible in Broward County through the generosity of the Sam Berman Charitable Foundation, additional donors and the Jewish Federation. Families with kids ages 6 months through 8 years old with Judaism as part of their lives, are welcome to sign up. PJ Library welcomes all Jewish families, whatever your background, knowledge, or family make-up, or observance may be. 

PJ LIBRARY IS MORE THAN A PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN, IT'S A PROGRAM FOR FAMILIES –for parents, PJ Library serves as an entry point to engage in conversations about Jewish values or concepts with their kids. Through guides on book flaps, online resources, and local engagement programming, PJ Library empowers parents to create their own Jewish practices that are meaningful and resonant.  

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"It is a dream that every Jewish child in Broward County can enjoy PJ Library in the future. The endowment was created to ensure this dream comes to fruition," Sheryl Greenwald, president of the Sam Berman Charitable Foundation.
In December 2019 we successfully reached our initial endowment goal, testimony to the value and impact of PJ Library.
The program continues to grow and reach new families (current enrollment exceeds 2,700) and donations are still being accepted. 

Friends Forever

Marney joined the Federation team in 2011 as the PJ Library® Director, beginning her "encore career" following her "retirement" from 25 years as Jewish Early Childhood educator. She is passionate about the opportunity to connect, engage and impact families in our community through PJ Library's books, music and events. Marney's favorite part of working for Federation is the ability to incorporate her experience with the values and culture of the organization.

Lauren is a South Florida native and practices exclusively Marital & Family Law at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in Hollywood, Florida. She is married to Ian Alperstein, a fellow attorney and YLD Board Member, and has two beautiful children.

As an active member of the Jewish Federation of Broward County, Lauren currently serves on the Board of Directors of Federation, WP, and YLD. Lauren is also a member of the JFNA National Young Leadership Cabinet. She serves as the current Chair of the Government Relations Committee, Chair of PJ Library/Family Engagement Committee. Lauren became involved in Federation in 2012 as a member of the Horizons Leadership class. Lauren is a past recipient of the Joan and Douglas Gross Community Service Award (2015) and Shirley Gleich Horizons Alumni Award (2014). In addition to her work with Federation, Lauren serves on the Board of the David Posnack JCC and the Executive Council of AIPAC in Broward County.


PJ Our Way

People often ask what comes after PJ Library. PJ Our Way is for kids ages 9-11. It is kid-driven--they choose their own books, creating a totally tailored experience based their own interests and reading level. To make the choice easier, the website includes summaries and author bios, along with ratings, reviews, and video trailers created by members themselves. Kids can also take polls and quizzes, participate in monthly interviews and challenges, post their own reviews, and comment on blog posts. 

The PJ Our Way site is a completely safe and moderated space, perfect for acclimating older kids to using the web independently. It even has a blog for parents, where you can read about the books on offer for your child, and find family discussion questions for each book. You can also find out what values or topics are covered, as well as any content advisories you or your child should know before choosing a book.

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