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PJ Library® Helps Families Raising Jewish Children In Greater New Haven Make Connections, Celebrate Jewish Life

New Haven families raising Jewish children will now have more opportunities to participate in Jewish life, thanks to a grant opportunity recently awarded by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF).  The grants will be distributed to members of PJ Library, the flagship program of HGF that offers free Jewish books and programs to more than 125,000 families around the world.  Parents are invited to apply beginning May 23rd, 2017 at pjlibrary.org/GetTogether.

Greater New Haven is among a select group of PJ Library communities in the US and Canada chosen to participate in the Get Together grants program, an opportunity that will give local families up to $150 to create their own experiences to get together with friends this summer.

Get Together grants are designed to help build social connections among families and encourage them to engage in Jewish life, programming, or learning.  In the past, Get Together grants have been used for Shabbat-themed experiences, baking or crafts, book clubs, and parent-only evenings.  Get Togethers happen when families want to experience them, and how they want to experience them.

Applications for Get Together grants must be submitted by active PJ Library families between Monday, May 23rd at 12:00PM and Friday June 30th and the funds must be used by August 30th.  Families will be required to identify 2 other families with whom to participate in the activity of their choice as part of the quick application procedure.  Details and suggestions for activities are available at pjlibrary.org/GetTogether beginning on May 23rd at 12pm.

Greater New Haven is honored to receive this grant, and thrilled to be part of the global PJ Library community reaching hundreds of thousands of families,” said Stacey Battat, PJ Library Professional. Battat is a PJ representative at the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, which recently sponsored a PJ Shabbat in the Hood program encouraging families to celebrate Shabbat together by offering, funding, materials, and support.  One of the families says, “This was by far the best experience that I’ve had with PJ Library and one of the best experiences that I’ve had within the Jewish community as a whole.  Thumbs up for the effective approach to community building.”

Part of a strategy to expand Jewish engagement in the U.S. and Canada, these grants are funded through the PJ Library Alliance.  Partners in the Alliance include the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the William Davidson Foundation, the Marcus Foundation, Inc., the Jim Joseph Foundation, the William & Audrey Farber Philanthropic Fund; the Diane & Guilford Glazer/Jewish Community Foundation of LA, Carl & Joann Bianco, the Howard & Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation, the Susser Family Trust, Walter, Arnee, Sarah & Aaron Winshall, and two anonymous partners.

PJ Library and PJ Our Way families currently living in Greater New Haven are invited to apply to host a Get Together.  Applications now – applications accepted until close Friday, June 30th.

For more information, please visit pjlibrary.org/GetTogether or Stacey Battat at pjlibrary@jewishnewhaven.org or call 203-387-2424, ext 317.  Families with children ages 0-8 can receive free books every month by signing up for PJ Library at pjlibrary.org.  Children ages 9-11 can choose a free chapter book or graphic novel every month by enrolling in PJ Our Way with a parent at pjourway.org.

Contact: Stacey Battat, PJ Library Professional, pjlibrary@jewishnewhaven.org

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