The Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys includes an area from Glendale to the west, Rancho Cucamonga to the east and Whittier to the south. We have also recently added the communities of Redlands and Riverside.
From birth through 8.5 years old
PJ Library in the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys exists due to the generosity of Harvey and Dr. Ellen Knell, Francine and Marshall (z”l) Katz, Bob Aronoff, the Tikun Olam Foundation, additional donors and the support of our Community Partners.
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We are thrilled and honored to be able to bring PJ Library to our families. This amazing program helps to fulfill the mission of our Jewish Federation which is to provide many and varied entry points into our community. The focus of our Jewish Federation which is to provide many and varied entry points into our community. The focus of our Jewish Federation is on services and programs that bring people together who share common interests and passions. In the case of PJ Library we reach out to families, affiliated or not, who have children between the ages of 6 months and 8 years old and are interested in strengthening their Jewish identities and connecting with others.
Each month, every family receives a free, high quality, age appropriate, engaging book of Jewish content based on a holiday, a value, a mitzvah, a personality, a fable, a folk tale, Israel or a myriad of other themes which are thought provoking and always provide educational opportunities for children and their grown-ups to share. It is a given can that reading a book at bedtime is one of the most bonding and satisfying experiences children and grown-ups can have. Thanks to PJ Library’s incredible staff of book reviewers, our families can be assured that the books they receive will provide a great reading and learning experience.
In addition to receiving free books each month, our families are invited to participate in a wide variety of family programs including holiday celebrations, trips to local children’s museums, Havdalah pj parties and more. Our ongoing, bi-monthly, pre-Shabbat play group is another way for parents to connect with others who are in the same child-rearing stage of life. A parenting series featuring the expertise of psychologists, clergy and educators adds to the list of opportunities for families to interact, learn and socialize with one another.
We are pleased to have the support of twelve Community Partners who help plan and create programs on their own sites for PJ Library. They include the following synagogues and schools:
We are so grateful to Harold Grinspoon for his vision which became PJ Library and to his foundation and staff for being the creative force which drives this amazing organization.