In a matter of days, Jewish children in southern Palm Beach County will receive a book called “The Shabbat Box” in the mail. The book delivery is the first installment of an ambitious program called “PJ Library,” which aims to bring unaffiliated Jews into the larger Jewish community through books that their children read.
PJ (as in pajamas) Library is a national program started and partly paid for by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, with help from several local donors. Elana Ostroff, who is running the south Palm Beach County PJ Library, compiled a massive list of local families for the first big book blast. Families receive free books, and then, it is hoped, they will read together, enlarging their knowledge of their Jewish heritage and joining the larger community.
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