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 Goldfarb Family!
Family Name: The Goldfarb Family
How many kids are in your family and what are their ages? 1 kid, Leo, age 4
How long have you been receiving PJ Library books? We have received the books since Leo was a few months old.
What is your family's favorite PJ Library book? Leo's recent favorites include Soosie The Horse That Saved Shabbat, Good night, laila tov and Found. I am partial to Joseph Had A Little Overcoat.
How did you hear about PJ Library? A local organization.
Why is PJ Library important in your home? My son loves to reive the books in the mail! It's virtually some of the only mail he gets and he knows is his and he loves checking the mail each day and seeing what new book he got. He always rips it open right away and enjoys the new stories. As a parent, I love having books that reinforce Jewish heritage, culture, holidays and morals and tiesus to our ancestors and the Jewish diaspora at large. And the stories are fun and light and age appropriate.
How has PJ Library influenced your family's Jewish living and decisions? I wasn't raised with a ton of Jewish heritage (beyond matzoh ball soup!) so I enjoy the opportunity to learn about Judaism with my son and to contemplate the messages and stories from the books. It's one way I feel connected to a lineage and to others.
Is PJ Library helpful to you as a parent? How? It's nice to have a Jewish community to be part of that is not specifically tied to any religious organization or center, but that is out in the community for all.
If you are interested in becoming a Family of the Month, CLICK HERE.