PJ Library celebrates 18 years of inspiring Jewish families

Will host eight birthday bashes across the greater New York City area, starting on May 10, at Hebrew Union College.

Credit: Courtesy of PJ Library.
Credit: Courtesy of PJ Library.

PJ Library, the organization that sends free, high-quality Jewish children’s books to families around the world every month, is celebrating a milestone birthday this year. PJ Library began with 200 children exactly 18 years ago. Today, their books reach more than 650,000 children around the world. PJ Library has ignited an entire generation to celebrate what they love about Jewish life. 

To celebrate the milestone, PJ Library is hosting not one, but eight birthday parties across New York City, Westchester and Long Island. Each event will include a book festival with kid-friendly activities, a lively family concert coordinated by 92NY Shababa’s Rebecca Schoffer, and, of course, a festive birthday party.

Credit: Courtesy of PJ Library.

“Celebrating 18 years of PJ Library is not just about marking time; it’s about celebrating the countless moments of connection and joy that our program has brought to Jewish families across New York and beyond,” said Meara Ashtivker, director of PJ Library in New York. “These birthday parties are a testament to the vibrant community we’ve built together with our partners and subscriber families, and the continued importance of fostering Jewish values and traditions in the hearts of our children.”

Event Details:


Sunday, June 9, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Park Slope Jewish Center in Park Slope. In partnership with Hannah Senesh Community Day School, The Neighborhood, Repair the World, Sprout Brooklyn and Tkiya.

Long Island:

Thursday, June 6, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Temple Sinai in Roslyn.

Friday, June 14, from 5 p.m to 7 p.m., at the Suffolk Y JCC in Commack. In partnership with Tkiya.


Friday, May 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Hebrew Union College in NoHo. In partnership with the 14th Street Y, Central Synagogue Downtown, East End Temple, the Museum at Eldridge Street and Tkiya.

Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Congregation Rodeph Sholom on the Upper West Side.

Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the 92NY Shababa on the Upper East Side.


Sunday, May 19, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., at Commonpoint Queens in Forest Hills.


Tuesday, June 18, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Shames JCC in Tarrytown.

All events are free of charge. For media inquiries or more information about these events, contact Allison Glazer, marketing lead, PJ Library in New York, at: aglazer@hgf.org.

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PJ Library, a global program available in 40 countries, provides Jewish families with free high-quality children’s books and other resources that foster a deeper connection with Jewish life. Over 18 years, PJ Library has provided 50 million books to kids ages 0-12 worldwide. It is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation who partners with local Jewish organizations to fund PJ Library and make it available in their community. Learn more and sign up at pjlibrary.org.
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