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 Geva Family from Poughkeepsie!
Family Name: Geva
How many kids are in your family and what are their ages? I have three children (ages:11,9, and 5 years old)
Where are you from? Where do you currently live? Poughkeepsie
How long have you been receiving PJ Library books? 2 years
What is your family’s favorite PJ Library book? Bone Button Borscht
How did you hear about PJ Library? We heard about PJ library from the Jewish Federation. We contacted the Federation before we moved to the area in order to start our connection with the local Jewish Community.
Why is PJ Library important in your home? PJ library is very special and important to our family. It instantly made us feel part of a warm and welcoming community in a new and foreign place. We moved to Poughkeepsie from Israel about 2 years ago. Our first social event, only a week after our arrival, was a PJ Our Way Pool Party. We attended most of the PJ family events that followed, gaining close friendships and enjoying meaningful Jewish moments.
How has PJ Library influenced your family’s Jewish living and decisions? PJ library helped us maintain our Jewish traditions. The PJ library books help us to educate our kids and discuss these traditions. The PJ library community and events have been a significant part of our Jewish holiday celebrations.
Is PJ Library helpful to you as a parent? How? PJ library is very important to us as parents. Our children made some close friends within the PJ library Community. They are always excited to join a PJ Library event or to find an envelope in the mailbox with their name on it and a new book inside. Living in Israel, our children obtained Jewish values daily. Here, we feel blessed to have PJ library continue to keep us connected to these values.
If you are interested in becoming a Family of the Month, CLICK HERE.