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About the Harold Grimspoon Foundation


PJ Library in Vermont is affiliated with Jewish Communities of Vermont as an Implementing Partner. Please consider sponsoring one or more of the nearly 500 Vermont children receiving PJ Library Books. It costs us, here in Vermont, $80 per child per year. This investment in a Jewish future is paid for entirely by Jewish Vermonters like you! Your donation is made to JCVT but be assured that every dollar will go toward providing the gift of PJ Library books and programs to Vermont children. Please indicate that this donation is for PJ Library in Vermont.





What is PJ Library?

PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, sends out more than 100,000 gifts of free Jewish books and music each month to children and their families across North America. PJ Library titles are carefully selected by early childhood educators and children's literature experts.

Why PJ Library?

A Sweet Passover book coverWe don't need to tell you that reading to your children is important. Study after study has shown it impacts a child’s development. Even the mere presence of books in a home increases the level of education they can reach. (Great news for those of us who haven’t gotten around to cleaning out the playroom in a while.)

The 2013 PJ Library impact study "The People of the Book: An Evaluation of the PJ Library Program" is the largest known study of North American families raising Jewish children. The study surveyed more than 20,000 families. Some of the findings:

Boy readingPJ Library is transformational

  • 85% report that they discuss Jewish concepts or values from PJ Library books as a family. 
  • 73% say PJ Library creates opportunities for their children to ask questions about being Jewish.
  • 58% say that PJ Library influenced their decision to build upon or add a Jewish tradition to their home life. 
  • 62% report that PJ Library has increased their family's positive feelings about being Jewish.

PJ Library sparks connections between families and the greater Jewish community.

  • 67% of families cite PJ Library as helping them feel more connected to their local Jewish communities.
  • 89% of PJ Library community partners report they are more focused on outreach to families raising Jewish children since launching PJ Library. 
  • 80% of PJ Library families say they are now attending local Jewish community events, an increase from 21% three years ago.

 PJ Library in Vermont

PJ Library in Vermont is provided by Jewish Communities of Vermont and local funders. Many generous individuals and synagogues throughout Vermont are participating in funding this program so that families may receive PJ Library books as a monthly gift. 


Support JCVT

Jewish Communities of Vermont relies on the donations of Jewish Vermonters like you! Together we can build a Thriving Jewish Vermont. Make your secure donation today!

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Israeli Folk Dancing in Vermont

Israeli Folk Dancing at Ohavi Zedek!
All of our dances are on Sunday evenings, 7:30-9:30 
We ask for a $2 donation, after the first visit which is free. We ask that participants bring clean shoes.
Beginners are asked to arrive at 7:30.  Dances become more advanced in the second hour.
No partner necessary!
The next dance will be held on May 28
Israeli Folk Dancing at Rutland Jewish Center
Thurs., June 1st at 7 p.m.:
 Free. Fun. Great Exercise. Instruction. Everyone is welcome, Jewish or not. Partners and experience not necessary. Dress comfortably

Literature in Vermont

Literature Lovers at Upper Valley Jewish Community

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman is based on the story of Rachel Pizzaro and her son Camille Pizzaro, the father of impressionism.
The Jewish Book Council describes:  Set in the beautiful and vividly drawn island of St. Thomas, The Marriage of Opposites creates an intense world of political strife, familial anguish, and, of course, heartbreaking love that makes this clear: the world that one is presented with is never a clear reflection of reality. Everyone has secrets.

Sunday, June 25, 2017
Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart
The book is a humorous memoir of what it was like to be uprooted as a child from the monochromatic world of USSR and plunked down in 1979 in the perplexing and gloriously Technicolor world of the U. S. of A. (NY Times).
Hadassah Book Group 
The Sara Frank Chapter of Hadassah book group in Burlington, VT and environs,  meets monthly to discuss books with Jewish content.   Meetings are informal and held at each others' homes weekday evenings.  All are welcome to join for interesting discussions, tasty snacks, and socializing.    Please contact the host to let her know you plan to attend.   For more information contact either Rebecca Sherlock ([email protected]) or the specified host below.  Looking forward to seeing you soon. 
June 12th [second Mondays] 7:30 PM
Author Reading | May 22 @ 7pm
Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier will be hosting an Author Reading of 13 Stradomska Street: A Memoir of Exile and Return by Andy Potok on Monday, May 22 at 7:00pm.
This book is the result of a trip back to Poland which Andy and his wife made four years ago when a Polish lawyer called out of the blue to tell him about a small apartment house that belonged to his grandmother and was wrongly inherited after the war. He was asked to fly to Krakow, all expenses paid, to claim the property before a Polish court. This experience, his third trip to Poland since his escape in 1939, brought childhood traumas back with a vengeance, leading to a painful re-examination of Potok's life. Join Andy as he talks about his personal experience with the horrors of war, displacement, and of being a refugee.  This program is at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, VT. Please call 802-223-3338 for more information.