PJLibrary® is a national program that each month sends FREE, age-appropriate, Jewish-themed books and music to children 6 months through 8 years of age. For children ages 9-11, PJ Our Way offers exceptional Jewish-themed books that kids can choose themselves! Jewish families are invited to register for the program no matter their Jewish background, knowledge or level of observance.
The Mid-Hudson Valley PJ Library offers programs, activities and gatherings to engage children and connect families. As apart of more than 180 participating communities across the United States and Canada, PJ Library Mid-Hudson Valley invites you and your child to be inspired by Jewish ideas through the exploration of PJ Library books each month.
A program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library Mid-Hudson Valley is made possible in part through our generous partnerships with The Harding Club, The Jewish Federation of Ulster County, and other individuals who care about young Jewish families in our region.
Mid-Hudson Valley PJ Library serves families in Dutchess, Ulster and Columbia Counties. Check us out on our Facebook page. To register your child, go to the PJ Library website. For additional information about the activities of the Mid-Hudson Valley PJ Library program email PJ Library Program Director, Kimberly Ritz or contact the Jewish Federation of Dutchess County office at (845) 471-9811.
Each month we feature a family of the month from the PJ Library Mid-Hudson Valley Community in the monthly eNews and in the PJ Library “Mid Hudson Valley PJ Library Families” Facebook group. This month, please meet the Ritter Family from Poughkeepsie!
Family Name: The Hecht-Cohen Family
How many kids are in your family and what are their ages? 2 kids: 10 year old Philip & 6 year old Eva
How long have you been receiving PJ Library books? We've been receiving PJ Library books for 9 years.
What is your family’s favorite PJ Library book? 3 Favs!!! One Good Deed; Oy Vey Life in a Shoe; Bagels From Benny
How did you hear about PJ Library? From our old synagogue before we moved to Dutchess County
Why is PJ Library important in your home? PJ Library gives us an inroad to a Jewish community in our new neighborhood - Dutchess County! Plus, the books are great to read with the children.
How has PJ Library influenced your family’s Jewish living and decisions? PJ Library gives us manageable and accessible tools for adding Jewish values and practices to our home.
How is PJ Library helpful to you as a parent? We are glad to see that as our children's reading levels grow, there are always PJ Library or PJ Our Way books providing engaging Jewish-themed books. We would not have found books like these on our own. The books help us reinforce Jewish values that we teach at home. And we learn from the books, too!
If you are interested in becoming a Family of the Month, CLICK HERE.