PJ Library Founder Delivered and Read the Organizations’ 3 Millionth Book

BY  |  Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 2:00pm

Jordana Goldstein and Harold Grinspoon

Three Million and Counting! The PJ Library, an international literacy program for Jewish preschoolers, celebrated a major milestone this week when founder Harold Grinspoon delivered and read the organization’s 3 millionth free Jewish children’s book—Noah’s Swim-a-thon—to PJ Library family Cindy and Neil Goldstein and their children, Jordana, 6, and Ryan, 8, at their home at in Livingston, NJ.

Neil, Cindy, Ryan, and Jordana Moscowitz with "Noah’s Swim-a-thon" author Ann Koffsky

Joining Grinspoon was the book’s author and illustrator, Ann Koffsky. Inspired by Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Grinspoon began the project in 2005 with the goal of engaging children and their families in Jewish traditions, holidays, and heritage through the beauty and power of high-quality children’s books. Locally, 2,400 children in Essex, Morris, Sussex, and north Union countries receive books each month through The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life, a partner agency of United Jewish Communities of MetroWest NJ. To become a PJ Library family, call (973) 929-3128 or e-mail.

(L-R) Harold Grinspoon, PJ Library founder and benefactor; Cindy and Neil Goldstein, whose family received PJ Library’s 3 millionth book; Paula Gottesman, a benefactor of PJ Library MetroWest; Joan Bronspiegel Dickman, director of early childhood and family engagement, The Partnership; Jordana Goldstein, Andrea Bergman, PJ Library Coordinator, The Partnership; Robert Lichtman, executive director, The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life; Kim Hirsh, development officer, Jewish Community Foundation of MetroWest NJ; and Lawrence Rein, president, The Partnership.

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Stopped by on opening day to take out a dozen empanadas. Very welcoming space, especially with the storefront glass open on a warm spring day and sidewalk tables available; and, the staff were warm and engaged. The empanadas are soft and pastry-like, rather than the harder crisper type. They got a thumbs up from the Morales family, who loves them a good empanada!

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