As part of the community wide GEN J Initiative, The PJ Library® (“PJ” for pajama) is a program seeking to engage Jewish families in Jewish life. Each participating child receives an age-appropriate Jewish book or CD every month, free of charge. The aim is to help families explore core values of Judaism and pass them on to their children. The book and music list was chosen by foremost early-childhood experts. All books come with guides to help families use the selection in their homes. The list includes a wide array of themes such as Jewish holidays, folktales and Jewish family life. The PJ Library is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation in the United States and is funded locally by the Marlene and Joel King Family Foundation.
The program is for children between 6 months and 5 1/2 years old and was offered as the first pilot project in Canada in Montreal to the first 550 who registered. The response has been so overwhelming that we had to create a waiting list of close to 1,000 families (and still counting as we are adding on daily!).