Ensuring the Jewish Future with PJ Library

Do you want your kids to know more about their Judaism—even inspire a love that could last a lifetime?

Enroll in PJ Library®, a family engagement program that offers the gift of free, high-quality Jewish books and music for children ages 6 months through 8 years, delivered to your home on a monthly basis. PJ Library books celebrate important aspects of Jewish culture, values, and traditions and become cherished bedtime stories for the entire family. Older kids ages 9-11 years old can pick out their own monthly books through PJ Our Way.  Whatever your background, knowledge, or family make-up, PJ Library welcomes all Jewish and Interfaith families to sign up.

PJ Library is made possible in the Upstate by the generous support of Greenville Jewish Federation in partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and local philanthropists.

Since its founding in western Massachusetts in 2005, PJ Library has grown to send more than 170,000 free Jewish books per month to more than 125,000 families living in 200 communities across the United States and Canada. Combined, PJ Library and its sister program Sifriyat Pijama in Israel deliver more than 540,000 free books each month to young children in 13 countries.

Get to Know other Families Like Yours

Along with free monthly books, PJ Library provides the opportunity to connect with other families like yours at programs throughout the year. The goal of these programs is to help Upstate Jewish families create personal, long-lasting connections with each other in an environment that is fun and meaningful for parents, kids, and families. Our overriding hope is to Connect Families, Educate Children and Inspire Community. Click here to see what programs are coming up!

You can also sign up to receive our electronic eblasts and join our Upstate PJ library facebook page.

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Watch this video to learn more about The PJ Library program: “The Magic of The PJ Library®” This inspiring 4-and-a-half-minute video conveys the magical effect of The PJ Library on young Jewish families. Each month, participants receive an age-appropriate, free Jewish children’s book in the mail. These books turn snuggly bedtime moments into Jewish moments.

PJ Programs
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Visit our Upstate PJ Library facebook page to learn about all upcoming events and programs.

Friends of PJ
Right now 167 children in the Upstate are enrolled to receive either PJ Library or PJ Our Way books each month. Pass this gift of Jewish stories along to other children in the Upstate by making a donation. Please select that you would like your donation to support our Upstate community.

Contact Us
For more information or questions about PJ Library in the Upstate, contact our local PJ Library professional at pjlibraryupstate@gmail.com.

You can also join our Upstate PJ library facebook page to learn about all upcoming events and activities.

Links:
Sign up For PJ Library books (children 6mo – 8 yrs)
Sign up for PJ Our Way books (children 9-11yrs)
See what books are being offered this month
Pass it forward and make a gift to PJ Library
 
Join our Upstate PJ Library facebook page

PJ Our Way
People often ask what comes after PJ Library.

PJ Our Way invites children between the ages of 9 -11 to continue to build their library of Jewish-themed books through an online community.

PJ Our Way is completely kid-driven; they choose their own books, creating a totally tailored experience based on their own interests and reading level. To make the book choice easier, the PJ Our Way website includes summaries and author bios, along with ratings, reviews, and video trailers created by kids 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.

Learn more and sign up at pjourway.com

This 90 year old, youth-led organization provides meaningful experiences for Jewish teens in the United States and beyond. The Greenville, Gesher Chapter, is part of the Dixie Council, which includes chapters from Savannah, Charleston, Augusta, and Columbia. Gesher BBYO brings leadership, community service, and social activities, as well as a positive Jewish identity at a critical time for teens.