From Toledo to Tokyo: Supporting PJ Library Globally

By the Inspiration Fund

We originally became aware of PJ Library by reading about it in the Toledo Jewish News, the monthly publication from the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo, and talking to family and friends whose children and grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed it.

PJ Library has always been very successful in the Toledo, Ohio, metropolitan area. The director of programming who coordinates and executes the many events and activities in the area does an excellent job and makes every effort to grow PJ Library in the community. The original Toledo funders of PJ Library had great foresight; they jumped on the PJ Library bandwagon early and tirelessly worked to make it a phenomenal success in our area. When the opportunity presented itself, we were thrilled to get involved with the local funding of PJ Library. Because we have seen firsthand how PJ Library greatly enhances young Jewish lives, we decided to extend our reach beyond the US.

When traveling abroad, we always explore the Jewish community in the country we are visiting. We find it so interesting to observe Jewish traditions in different parts of the world and always feel an immediate connection with the Jewish individuals we meet. It is merely physical distance that separates us. We want Jewish children in different parts of the world to experience the same wonderful benefits that PJ Library has provided to the children in our local community.

We are excited to be able to play a role in helping to provide PJ Library to Jewish children in cities around the world, such as in Tokyo, Japan.

Our goal is to give children the opportunity to participate in PJ Library, a program that will enhance their lives and instill important values they will carry with them through adulthood. It's about giving children the tools to become the best that they can be.

We are proud to be part of this worthwhile and exciting program that is dedicated to the youngest members and future of the world's Jewish community.

If you are interested in supporting global PJ Library programs and giving to the PJ Library International Fund, contact Will Schneider, director of fundraising and community advancement for PJ Library, at or 413-276-0716.