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 preschools in over 7,000 preschools --more than 80 percent of government preschools in Jewish communities throughout the country.
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.
In September 2013, Sifriyat Pijama launched a pilot program to 1st and 2nd grade and intends to expand this throughout the school system in partnership with the Ministry of Education.
In January 2014, Sifriyat Pijama launched a parallel program, Maktabat al-Fanoos, in Arabic for pre-school children in Israel Arab communities. Like Sifriyat Pijama, Maktabat al-Fanoos offers Israeli Arab children and their families an opportunity to create a tradition of reading stories together at home and enjoy meaningful conversations on the issues and emotions raised by a culturally suitable stories. The program serves more than 40,000 children throughout the country, reaching 100% of Arab children in state kindergartens and thousands more in pre-kindergartens.
HGF is seeking funding and community partners to expand Sifriyat Pijama and Maktabat al-Fanoos. 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.