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Galina Vromen, a past judge for the National Jewish Book Awards and currently the head of Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s operations in Israel and director of Sifriyat Pijama, just sent me a press release on PJ Library‘s new program in Israel. The program, known in Israel as Sifriyat Pijama (Hebrew for Pajama Library) will benefit some 3,000 kindergarten children, mostly in underprivileged northern parts of Israel. Every month participants will receive a free children’s book at school to take home and read with their parents. The books come with guides for parents to help them engage in discussion and activities with their children that focus on the Jewish values of the books. It’s a wonderful idea and questions about it can be directed to Galina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grinspoon, who launched The PJ Library in his native Massachusetts in 2005, first got the idea from country singer Dolly Parton. He brought Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a literacy program that distributes books to inner-city children, to Western Massachusetts. “It occurred to me – this is the ideal project to adapt to the Jewish community,” he recalled.
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