Early Childhood

PJ Library

PJ Library shares Jewish-themed stories aimed at fostering family discussions about cherished values and traditions within your home. Your child will love getting this special delivery each month and you will kvell watching them light up while learning Jewish values and lessons. Become a part of our PJ Library Bergen East Family today!

We don’t need to tell you that reading to your children is important. Study after study has shown it impacts a child’s development. Even the mere presence of books in a home increases the level of education they can reach.

But finding the right books and making the time to read as a family can be hard. That’s where PJ Library comes in. 

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. 

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Contact PJLibraryBergenEast@jccotp.org or 201.408.1432

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Become a Parent Connector

PJ Library Bergen East needs your skills! We’re seeking parent connectors to help our amazing Jewish community.

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PJ Get Togethers

When you host a Get Together, you’ll invite a few families you know to your home, a hiking trail, or anywhere else for a Jewishly inspired good time. Choose the kind of gathering that works best for you, whether that’s a grownups-only Shabbat evening affair, a bring-the-kids holiday picnic in the park, a volunteering project with PJ Our Way tweens, or one of many other creative options.

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PJ Goes to Camp Grants

INCREASING YOUTH ATTENDANCE AT JEWISH CAMPS is a goal of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF). That is why, in partnership with Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC), HGF has designed a program to encourage families to send their children to Jewish overnight camp for the first time.

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Meet our Parent Connectors

My name is Shara Perlman Borus and I am excited to take on my new role of PJ Library Parent Connector!

I am a NJ native, who grew up in Closter and recently moved back to the area to raise my family from NYC. As a mother of two beautiful and spirited daughters, ages three and eight, and a Jewish communal professional who grew up at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, starting this role feels natural.

This past summer I worked at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades as the Inclusion Director which was a great way to begin connecting here. Previous to working at the Kaplen JCC in the Palisades, I worked at JCC Association, where I consulted with over 150 JCC camps throughout North America teaching best practices. Earlier in my career I counseled youth and families in clinical settings at the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services and directed youth, family and day camp programs at the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood. I have led efforts in many Jewish agencies around organizational change and community building. My passion is supporting youth and family programs and dynamic systems.

I have my MSW from New York University and BA in Spanish and Psychology from Washington University, and I am a certified yoga instructor.

I look forward to connecting with new families, building community, and bringing light and the love of Judaism into your lives.