The PJ Library® is a unique program that seeks to encourage Jewish families with young children to explore Jewish literature.  In order to accomplish that goal, each month The PJ Library® sends an age appropriate Jewish content book or CD to enrolled children between the ages of six months to eight years. Created by The Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF), The PJ Library is funded by local philanthropists and organizations in partnership with HGF


Announcing Shalom Baby!


It is always a pleasure to welcome new people to St. Paul’s Jewish community, but a baby is a special blessing. That is why Jewish Family Service of St. Paul and PJ Library, a program locally supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul, are partnering to launch Shalom Baby in St. Paul.


Shalom Baby is a successful national program that welcomes families to the community by linking those with babies by birth or adoption to community resources. Shalom Baby will provide an avenue to help new parents identify synagogues, agencies and organizations that will provide support and help them build Jewish connections during this special time in their lives.


All identified families will receive a gift basket and a home visit by Kris Cramer, PJ Library coordinator or Jodi Saltzman, the Family Life Education Program coordinator with Jewish Family Service of St. Paul.  The basket includes gift items for the baby and resource information provided by local organizations and synagogues.


Anyone who is welcoming a new addition to the family or knows someone who is, can contact Jodi Saltzman at 651-313-6623 or or Kris Cramer at 651-695-3195 or 

What does PJ stand for?

Pajamas! We know those special times of reading, dancing and singing together happen when your children are wearing their pajamas.

Who is eligible to register?

A family must have children from 6 months to 8 years old with one Jewish parent and must currently reside in the greater St. Paul area.

What’s the cost?

The PJ Library® is free when your child is enrolled in the program due to our generous local donors.




Bear Feels Sick (ages 3 to 4 years)
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Bagels from Benny (ages 5 to 6 years)
While working in his grandfather’s bakery, Benny learns the joys of giving and receiving, caring and gratitude.

Emma's Poem (ages 7 to 8 years)
Emma Lazarus was asked to write a poem to raise money for a pedestal for the proposed Statue of Liberty so she composed “The New Colossus” and became the voice of the Statue of Liberty. This is the story of the difference she made in her world.

PJ Library Donors


Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul

The Harold Grinspoon Foundation

Hymanson Family Fund

William Lipshultz Fund

Diane and Richard Smookler Fund

For more information, contact Kris Cramer, PJ Library Coordinator, at: