Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey wins grant for PJ Library Ambassadors to connect more young families with Jewish community fun, friends, and learning; and is now taking applications for freelance Ambassadors positions.
Families raising Jewish children in Monmouth and Greater Middlesex counties will now have more opportunities to participate in Jewish communal activities in their area, thanks to a grant recently awarded by PJ Library®’s Harold Grinspoon Foundation to Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey.
Jewish Federation received the grant to launch the PJ Library Parent Ambassadors Program. Four parent ambassadors will be hired to connect families with each other and the wider Jewish community through small-scale programs, social opportunities, and home-based gatherings meeting the needs of the families.
“Jewish Federation in the Heart of NJ is honored to partner with The Harold Grinspoon Foundation to bring PJ Library books, music, and events to approximately 3,000 children in our local area,” said Susan Antman, Federation’s Executive Director. "PJ Library enables us to nurture children’s Jewish identity and this new Parent Ambassadors Grant builds on that success, investing further in a strong Jewish future by connecting more children and their families to Jewish community, tradition, and joy."
Applications are now being accepted for the four ambassadors’ positions. Parents are invited to learn more about the 24-hour per month, freelance positions at jewishheartnj.org/ambassadors.
Parents of children age 6-months to 11-years know to find current PJ Library activities, from concerts and carnivals to story circles and play groups, on the Jewish community calendar at jewishheartnj.org/events. Once the four ambassadors’ positions are filled, more PJ events will be added.
In communities where the PJ Library Ambassadors Program has been implemented, families with young children have enjoyed more social connections and programs that suit their interests, according to Inbar Singal, Federation’s Manager of Community Engagement, who runs PJ Library in the heart of NJ. “In addition, the grant creates new opportunities for PJ Library parents to develop community leadership and involvement,” she said.
PJ Library is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation providing free books and music to families raising Jewish children all over the world. With more than 640,000 subscribers across 21 countries, some 170,000 books are sent out each month across the United States and Canada. Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey makes PJ Library available to children in Monmouth and Greater Middlesex counties to enhance Jewish life today and invest in strong Jewish future.