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 Kabalkin-Bunnenberg Family from Hyde Park!
Family Name: The Kabalkin-Bunnenberg family
How many kids are in your family and what are their ages? 2 children, a 4 yr old and a 20 yr old
How long have you been receiving PJ Library books? Just over 2 years
What is your family’s favorite PJ Library book? This is the Challah
How did you hear about PJ Library? Our education director at Temple Beth El, Rabbi Miriam Hyman.
Why is PJ Library important in your home? Pj library allows us to bring in Jewish beliefs, values and culture in a casual way. We don’t have to wait for high holidays to instill the importance of these values in our lives.
How has PJ Library influenced your family’s Jewish living and decisions? While it hasn’t really influenced our living or decisions it has allowed us to use the books to entice the little ones further into the fold in a fun way.
Is PJ Library helpful to you as a parent? How? PJ library helps explain holidays as well as culture and values to the little ones. Rather than having to figure out how to explain the importance of these things PJ sets it up for us to expand on.
If you are interested in becoming a Family of the Month, CLICK HERE.