The Harold Grinspoon Foundation has established an Israeli-based foundation, Keren Grinspoon Israel, which carries out the foundation's mission in Israel in general. Keren Grinspoon Irsael operates its flagship program in Israel, Sifriyat Pijama, an Israel version of the PJ Library program.
Sifriyat Pijama ('Pajama Library' in Hebrew), was launched in 2009 to address both the issue of education in Jewish values in Israel and to encourage literacy. The program currently gifts Hebrew language books each month to more than 200,000 preschoolers in over 7,000 preschools --85 percent of government preschools in Jewish communities throughout the country. Children receive 8 books during the school year via their preschool. The teacher introduces the books and often conducts book-related activites. Then each child receives a copy of the month's book selection, a gift to the family to enjoy together. Many of the recipients of Sifriyat Pijama books are part of underserved immigrant populations, including people living in the northern and southern periphery of the country.
The books are distributed to in partnership with the Ministry of Education. Teachers in participating schools receive training through the ministry and via a monthly newsletter from Sifriyat Pijama.
HGF is seeking funding and community partners to expand Sifriyat Pijama. Inquiries regarding Sifriyat Pijama and the operations of the foundation in Israel can be directed to Galina Vromen, Director of Sifriyat Pijama and of Keren Grinspoon Israel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the Sifriyat Pijama website to learn more about the program.