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About the Harold Grinspoon 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, $120 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!


PJ OurWay

PJ OurWay

What is PJ Our Way?

 

 

PJ Our Way offers the gift of exceptional books with Jewish themes to kids ages 8½-11 – books that they choose themselves!
Monthly Choice

Every month, from the 1st – 10th, kids visit this website to choose a book from a selection of four high-quality titles that have been reviewed by a panel of PJ educators, parents, and kids. That's 12 free books a year! To make the choice easier, every title offered comes with a synopsis and author bios, ratings and reviews, and video trailers. Kids can also take polls and quizzes, participate in monthly interviews and challenges, and comment on blog posts.
Parent Input

On the Parent Blog, parents are invited to read about each book and find suggestions for family conversations. These blog posts give parents tools to help children make book choices that are appropriate for them.
A Safe Website

The PJ Our Way website is a safe place where kids can choose books, write reviews, and share ideas with others from around the country. All content on the website is moderated by PJ educators.
Design Team

Every fall, members of PJ Our Way may apply to be part of our national Design Team. Design Team members have early access to PJ Our Way books and create videos and reviews for the website. To become more involved with writing reviews and blogs, connect with us at [email protected]
Book Selection
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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!
 
Please email Mitch ([email protected]) with questions or if the weather looks doubtful.
The next dance will be held on May 28
 
 

Events of Interest

Ruach haMaqom 1st Birthday

BIRTHDAY PARTY!!!! Join us for our first Birthday Party! Friday, Aug. 11th. 5 pm Cocktails and other libations (non-alcoholic, too) and games for the kiddies. A special, joyful, song-filled Kabbalat Shabbat will follow, and then a humungo vegetarian/dairy pot luck dinner. Music and general merriment will follow. THIS PARTY IS FOR YOU! Bring friends, Jewish and otherwise, kids, and neighbors, and celebrate this emergent community in the heart of the Old North End and the revitalization of Little Jerusalem!

JCOGS Jewish Film Festival, Sunday, August 13, 7:00pm JCOGS Rabbi Jan will offer an introduction before the filming of the hit "dramedy" Women's Balcony from Israel and discover what happens when women from a traditional congregation insist on having their own space in the synagogue. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door http://jcogs.org/film-festival-2017/