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PJ Library launches in Phoenix

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Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 12:00 am

The PJ (Pajama) Library, a national Jewish literacy program designed to bring Jewish concepts into the home, made its Valley debut at the April 25 Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus. The PJ Library, the brainchild of philanthropist Harold Grinspoon, sends free Jewish books and music to Jewish families. In Phoenix, the program is for children ages 6 months to 5-and-a-half years old. The program is already in place in Prescott and southern Arizona.

Alison Betts and Jason Israel, two local participants in the Wexner Heritage Program, a study program established to build leadership through Jewish learning, helped raise the necessary funds to bring the PJ Library to Phoenix. Their goal was to raise $300,000 for the first three years. According to Betts, the fundraising for the first year is almost complete, and years two and three are close to 50-percent funded and they will continue to raise funds for the program. Currently, the project can fund the first 1,352 families that register in the Greater Phoenix area.

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