Through the PJ Library Program, the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston reaches out to families raising Jewish children to help create stronger Jewish homes. Each month, PJ Library mails free, high-quality Jewish books and music to more than 2,000 Houston Jewish children, ages six months through eight years. We also provide programs that enable PJ Library families to connect with each other and to the broader Jewish community. PJ Library helps foster children’s curiosity about their Jewish heritage and encourages families explore their Jewish identity.

How You Can Get Involved

Monthly PJ Library Programs: Regular programs include story time, craft and snack allowing families with young children to get to know each other and participate in Jewish activities. Check out our calendar of events for upcoming dates.

 

PJ Get Together Grants: With the generous support of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation PJ Library is now offering micro grants to encourage community building among PJ Library families. Anyone can volunteer to host a Jewish-content PJ Get Together and apply for a grant of up to $100, up to four times per year. Programs must include two or more families and can be family friendly or adult only. To receive the reimbursement funds, they must send pictures of the get together to the Grinspoon Foundation. Learn more and sign up today at: https://pjlibrary.org/gettogether2019

 

PJ Grandparent: Grandparents can enroll now to receive two PJ Library books, monthly emails with great resources, updates on the books and activities their grandkid(s) are receiving, and more. Enroll today at: https://pjlibrary.org/beyond-books/grandparents

 

PJ & Popsicles: The Federation is creating playdates for Jewish families with children at local public elementary schools to get to know each other. This strengthens the connection between Jewish families and their ties to the community.

 

Moms & Maj: Creates opportunities for moms of young children to connect with each other, strengthening our community and their connection to Federation.

 

Hebrew Story Time: PJ Library will host two Hebrew language story times at the Bellaire library to engage the Hebrew speaking community and strengthen their connection to the Federation. 

 

PJ Connectors: PJ Connectors will bring Jewish programming to neighborhoods around the greater Houston area including Memorial, Sugar Land and The Woodlands, enabling more families to participate in PJ Library. 

MEET THE CONNECTORS

Memorial 

Name: Sara Edelman

Age: 31

Family: Husband, Mark; son, Jacob, almost 2

Hometown: Houston

Education: Bachelor’s Degree, Elementary Education, Arizona State University

 

“I want to help give Jewish children and their families the opportunity to feel a sense of community in our area. I want to help bring these families together to create friendships, memories, and experiences in a Jewish setting. We've been receiving PJ books since Jacob was 6 months old. Jacob LOVES reading, so it's been a great way to introduce Jewish traditions and values into our home. He will pick out the PJ books to read on his own and all the characters are now "mommy", "daddy", and "Jacob"!” 

 

 

Sugar Land

Name: Melanie Sacks

Age: 33

Family: Son, Ethan, 2; dog, Biloxi, 12

Hometown: Pikesville, MD (suburbs of Baltimore)

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Business Management, Villa Julie College

 

“Several years ago, a friend was in the hospital and I brought a book to read to him. Since then, I've always looked for opportunities to read to people, as I realized how much I enjoy it and how important it is. It was so nice to find the PJ Library program when my son was born. I'm excited to connect families in my wonderful community to share the experience of reading and other experiences with each other. Sometimes Sugar Land feels a bit far from the action, and I hope to be able to bring some of the action here!”

 

 

The Woodlands

Name: Lenee Bien-Willner 

Age: 40

Family: Husband, Gabriel; Children, Asher, 8, Phoebe, 5, and Emery, 3

Hometown: San Antonio

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Virology, Texas A&M University; master’s degree, Molecular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine

 

“When I first moved to The Woodlands five years ago, I found it difficult to find other Jewish families in my area. I would like to be a resource for new families and established residents alike to create more Jewish activities in our area. PJ Library gives my children access, in a fun, kid-friendly way, to the vocabulary, imagery and cultural diversity of the Jewish people. By making it fun for our young ones and their families to connect with other Jewish families, then keeping traditions year-round will be natural and easy.” 

Got questions? New to the community or looking to make connections with other families? I can help!

Hilary Kamin, Community Engagement Director

(713) 729-7000 ext. 346 or HKamin@houstonjewish.org

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