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 Cantatore Family from Poughkeepsie!
Family Name: The Arnoff Family
How many kids are in your family and what are their ages? Twin 5 year olds
How long have you been receiving PJ Library books? 5 years
What is your family’s favorite PJ Library book? We love all our PJ Books but our favorite is "The World Needs Beautiful Things" By Rabbi Leah Berkowitz. She was Miles and Henry's first rabbi and an important part of their early Jewish life. We are looking forward to reading her new book!
How did you hear about PJ Library? Through Vassar Temple
Why is PJ Library important in your home? PJ library helps us incorporate Judaism and Jewish values into our daily life and reminds us to make time for this.
How has PJ Library influenced your family’s Jewish living and decisions? We have used PJ resources in our weekly Shabbat Dinners and have celebrated holidays we may not have.
Is PJ Library helpful to you as a parent? How? Yes, PJ library has helped us to connect with other Jewish families in the community.
If you are interested in becoming a Family of the Month, CLICK HERE.