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Natick family gets Jewish charity's 5 millionth book

Posted by boston.com  February 3, 2014 11:12 AM

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PJ Library founder Harold Grinspoon (left) with Jake Kotin, 4, of Natick (center) and PJ Library director Marcie Greenfield Simons (right) after they arrived to celebrate the 5 millionth book delivery.

PJ Library, a Jewish family engagement program that distributes free books and music to Jewish children around the world, including more than 3,300 children throughout Greater Boston each month, delivered its five millionth book last week. It went to the Kotin family of Natick on Jan. 30.

The program works to strengthen Jewish families and communities by giving families Jewish books and music for bedtime bonding.

As part of the celebration, PJ Library founder Harold Grinspoon and library director Marcie Greenfield Simons read "The Mystery Bear: A Purim Story," to Jake, 4, son of Mike and Erica Kotin.

“The idea behind PJ Library is to bring children and their parents together to share a great story that leads to conversation about Jewish values and culture," said Grinspoon. "We are aiming to keep the Jewish heritage alive and strong for the next generation and generations to come.”

PJ Library offers more than 100 engagement programs every year throughout the area for families to come together in their local community. It has worked with more than 9,000 Boston-area families since 2007.

“It is thrilling to be delivering the five millionth PJ Library book in Natick, part of the Greater Boston community,” said Greenfield Simons. “The JCC of Greater Boston was one of the very first communities to bring PJ Library to their local families—and the impact it’s had on the families and the community has been spectacular. We are so pleased to honor them on this milestone occasion.”

PJ Library in the Boston area is sponsored by the JCC of Greater Boston, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, local donors and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. For more information on the program, visit www.pjlibrary.org.

Maggie Quick can be reached at margaret.quick@globe.com.

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