The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston reaches out and engages Jewish families with young children through PJ Library, a Jewish family engagement program that sends free, high-quality Jewish children's literature and music to families on a monthly basis. PJ Library reaches out to help create stronger Jewish homes. It aims to foster children's curiosity about their Jewish heritage and help families explore their Jewish identity. Every time a PJ Library book is read to a child, Jewish connections are being made. Here in Houston, PJ Library books are mailed monthly to the homes of more than 2,000 Houston Jewish children, ages six months through eight years.
PJ Library is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, made possible through partnerships with philanthropists and local Jewish organizations. Today, families in hundreds of communities across the world are able to explore the timeless core values of Judaism through books and music. Here in Houston, PJ Library is funded thanks to a unique partnership between the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, generous local donors and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
Each participating child from age six months through eight years who registers for PJ Library receives a high quality Jewish children's book or CD every month. Each book and CD comes with resources to help families use the selection in their home. The book and music list has been selected by the foremost children's book experts and includes a wide array of themes related to Jewish holidays, folktales, and Jewish family life.
Monthly PJ Library Story Time programs are usually held on the third Sunday of each month from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Each program features stories, songs, a simple craft activity and a snack. PJ Library Story Time programs provide young children and their families the opportunity to meet other Jewish families. PJ Library Story Time is FREE and open to families with children ages 6 months through 8 years; a family need not be a subscriber to PJ Library in order to attend.
The monthly e-newsletters are full of ideas for celebrating Jewish holidays and Shabbat at home. They include a calendar of local Jewish events and programs for families with young children. Subscribe to the PJ Library e-newsletter.
Community Engagement Director
(713) 729-7000, ext. 346