AN ISRAELI VERSION OF PJ LIBRARY launched in 2009. Called Sifriyat Pijama (Hebrew for "Pajama Library"), the program gifts books in Hebrew each month to more than 215,000 preschoolers in about 7,000 preschools throughout Israel. Many of the recipients of Sifriyat Pijama books are part of underserved immigrant populations and people living in the northern and southern periphery of the country.
In partnership with the Israeli Ministry of Education, Sifriyat Pijama enables teachers to introduce a new book each month to their classes. In turn, each student receives the book to take home to read with his or her family.
Thanks to the Israeli Ministry of Education, participating teachers are given access to professional development training. Teachers learn to use the books as a means of enhancing literacy and engaging families in the learning process.
Sifriyat Pijama is the result of a partnership between the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF), the Israeli Ministry of Education, and private funders.
HGF is seeking funding and community partners to expand Sifriyat Pijama. For information about the program in Israel, contact Galina Vromen, Director of Sifriyat Pijama and of HGF's operations in Israel, by e-mailing galina@HGF.org.il (Israel) or HGF Chief Executive Officer, Kate Conn at Kate@hgf.org (United States).
Visit the Sifriyat Pijama website to learn more about the program.