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Grants in North America

PJ Library

PJ Library

PJ Library is a Jewish family engagement program implemented internationally that delivers free, high-quality Jewish books and music each month to families raising Jewish children ages six months through eight years in North America, Israel and Former Soviet Union.

In 2011, with support from Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG), PJ Library launched its outreach efforts to New York’s Russian-speaking Jewish community in partnership with local community centers, that structured their programs in a way that engages the Russian-speaking Jewish, builds outreach capacities, and strengthens connections between the Russian and non-Russian Jewish families of Greater New York. In addition to promoting the book and music mailings, the community centers hold extensive ‘Beyond the Book’ family programming centered on PJ Library and the monthly book choices.

Only a year into the start of the New York PJ Library program, the number of subscriptions distributed in the community was expanded to over 4,000. Additionally, JCC in Manhattan was added as a participating community center, thus expanding the program’s reach beyond Brooklyn. GPG is currently supporting the expansion of PJ Library into six Russian-speaking Jewish communities across North America. As part of this initiative, each community hires a local staff member to develop and oversee regional PJ Library community events, as well as to recruit families for PJ Library book subscriptions.

Building on the success of PJ Library’s work with Russian-speaking Jewish community in North America, in 2015 GPG also supported a pilot of the program in Russian in Moscow, Russia. 2000 Moscow Jewish families will be offered to subscribe for the monthly book mailings, in addition to various, PJ Library inspired community events, organized and hosted by the local partners.

Funding for this program is provided by Genesis Philanthropy Group, along with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, Russian Jewish Congress and other generous funders.


Goals and Objectives

  • Provide free Jewish books to Russian-speaking Jewish families with young children with the goal of helping children embark on their Jewish journey in the context of Jewish literature as a centerpiece to family quality time.
  • Develop meaningful programming based around the PJ Library program.
  • Galvanize lay leadership in supporting local organizations serving the Russian-speaking Jewish community.

Current Grants

Past Grants