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Why I am Hopeful

Listen to the musn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.— Shel Silverstein It will be mid-summer by the time this issue reaches your homes, in the strangest year in recent history. We are grappling with a ... Read More »

Harold Grinspoon

Writing a literate and enlightening article about Harold Grinspoon is a daunting challenge. Not only has he been the subject of many a biographical piece, but every cliché ever penned about a mega-successful person seems to apply to him. At first I was very excited about the honor extended to me to put pen to paper and describe why he ... Read More »



JEWS ALL OVER the world will usher in Rosh Hashanah, the New Year of 5779, at sundown on Sunday, September 9. This marks the beginning of a 10-day period of serious reflection and introspection. Some of us will mark the occasion by having a quick family dinner and going to synagogue to join with friends and congregants. In some settings ... Read More »

PJ Library

Child holding a crayon thank you sign standing against white background

  How often do we say thank you? How many times during the day do we utter these words and to whom? When someone opens a door? When a waiter delivers food to your table? When you receive change at the super market?  The words just slip out of our mouths effortlessly to dozens of strangers pretty much all of ... Read More »

PJ Library

Smiling and cheerful schoolgirls reading a book together at school

PJ Library, the flagship program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, delivers more than 170,000 free Jewish children’s books and music CDs throughout the United States and Canada each month, including 550 families in the Greater San Gabriel & Pomona Valleys. Books are sent to children ages six months through eight years, with each subscriber receiving a title carefully selected for ... Read More »

PJ Library

Full length of two young sisters reading book on a single bed

More than any other Jewish holiday, Passover is celebrated in the home with family and friends. And at the core of this celebration is the telling of our story marking the beginning of the journey to peoplehood. The Haggadah is our story book and guide, the seder is the place where it is read, the seder plate holds many of ... Read More »

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