Program Gives Free Hebrew-Language Children's Books to U.S.-Based Israeli Families

The Israeli Leadership Council, along with the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, has launched Sifriyat Pijama B'America.

ISRAELI FAMILIES IN THE U.S. can now receive free pre-school level children's books in the language of Hebrew, thanks to an effort conceived and enacted by the Israeli Leadership Council (ILC), the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

The program, called Sifriyat Pijama B'America, is a spinoff of Sifriyat Pijama, which is a free children's book program in Israel. The goal of Sifriyat Pijama B'America is to reach Israeli families in the U.S. and connect them with a national Israeli-American organization, such as the ILC. The books are also intended to help promote bilingual skills and spark meaningful parent-child conversations.

This year, the Sifriyat Pijama B'America program will send out nine books to 2,000 Israeli children residing in the U.S. The books will be mailed directly to children at their U.S. residences.

In a statement, the ILC says the new program fits nicely into its ongoing mission of connecting with the Israeli-Americans community. "For over four years, the ILC has been dedicated to enhancing the Israeli-American community in Los Angeles through various programs and projects that aim to strengthen the connection of Jewish and Israeli families in the U.S. to Jewish life and Israel," the ILC says. "The ILC is proud to welcome Sifriyat Pijama B'America to the family of ILC programs."

Representing the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library program director Marcie Greenfield Simons says the program will go a long way toward helping children and families in North America connect with the core values and traditions of Judaism. "We see this as a unique opportunity to team with ILC in a shared mission -- outreach to Israeli families living in the U.S.," she says. "Please let Israelis living in your community know about this wonderful opportunity."