60 Days of Giving, Enlightening community 365 days a year By Gary Goldberg

Our grandson, “Geno,” who lives with our daughter and son-in-law in California, receives a carefully selected book every month from the PJ Library program. Once he points to the delivered package and declares “Book!” he tears into it. Then he and his parents sit down and ‘read’ it together.

 Debbie, my wife, signed Geno up for the program and he now is versed in all kinds of topics that have been communicated through his monthly delivery of PJ Library books.

 My daughter and son-in-law love this program and are deeply enthralled with the opportunities it affords them to connect with their son (and with us in the process!) around books that sensitively address topics of Jewish interest. And, of course, Debbie and I are thrilled that this is happening and that we have had a part in helping to make it happen.

PJ Library is an incredible concept and operation. It’s wonderful to learn that it is a constituent agency supported by the Federation right here in Richmond. 

Getting the word out about PJ Library, and having young families sign up (or as in our case, having grandparents set up PJ Library book deliveries) is important to insure that our precious Jewish heritage and culture is passed along from one generation to the next. It affords the opportunity for the next generation to learn about their heritage through the power of reading together the compelling narratives that these books have to offer.

 Editor’s Note: Gary Goldberg, M.D. has been a vital part of the Jewish community since arriving in Richmond in 2009. Not only does he serve as the Co-Chair of Men’s Division Campaign along with Russ Jennings, but Gary and his wife Debbie Minden have also enjoyed hosting the young leaders of Network JCFR for a Shabbat dinner. Additionally, Gary serves as a member of the JCFR Board of Directors. He also serves as the Chair of the Adult Education Committee at Temple Beth El and enjoys chanting Torah and Haftorah on occasion at Shabbat services.

About JCFR’s PJ Library

 In Richmond, more than 300 children receive the gift of PJ Library made possible by the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Richmond has been a PJ Library community since 2008.

 PJ Library sends free Jewish children’s books to families across the world every month. We know that something magical happens when parents sit down together to read with their children. PJ Library shares Jewish stories that can help your family talk together about values and traditions that are important to you.

 A program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library is made possible through partnerships with philanthropists and local Jewish organizations. Families with children ages 6 months through 8 years are welcome to sign up, regardless of their Jewish background, knowledge or observance.

For details on PJ Library, contact Sara Rosenbaum at (804) 545-8629 or email srosenbaum@jewishrichmond.org.

For details on the Annual Campaign, contact Alissa Aronovici at (804) 545-8621 or aaronovici@jewishrichmond.org.