On a hot and not so lazy Sunday afternoon last year in June, the sounds of laughter and music filled the air at Centrepointe Park. The smell of hot dogs on the barbecue wafted throughout the park as toddlers ran from the swings to the play structure with their parents in tow. This would be a typical Ottawa summer day at the park, if not for one small exception: the more than 200 children and parents were all from Ottawa’s vibrant Jewish community and were brought together through the efforts of PJ Library.
PJ Library was established by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation working with local partners and was brought to Ottawa in 2011 by the Jewish Federation of Ottawa. PJ Library connects the love of reading with love for Jewish culture and knowledge of our rich heritage. More than 425 children between the ages of six months and six and a half years in Ottawa receive quality books each month thanks to generous donations by a local group of leading philanthropic families. At the most precious time of the day, PJ Library books bring busy parents and attentive children together at bedtime to share in their Judaism. [Read more…]