By Winnie Sandler Grinspoon Over the past decade, more than 250,000 families in North America have signed up their children to receive free Jewish-themed books and resources each month from PJ Library®. At a time when religious affiliation is down by traditional measures … [Read more...] about PJ Library Family Study: How 25,000 Families Experience Jewish Life in the U.S. and Canada
By Andrés Spokoiny At the recent Jewish Funders Network conference, I sat down with two living legends of philanthropy: Harold Grinspoon and Charles Bronfman. My job was to interview them and find a common thread between their charitable works. These two men have very broad … [Read more...] about How to Change the World: A Conversation with Charles Bronfman and Harold Grinspoon
By Catriella Freedman It was more than four years ago, and I remember stifling a laugh when a colleague of mine referred to Jewish tweens as “underserved.” I had just started my work at the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, exploring ways to expand PJ Library to older kids. While ou … [Read more...] about PJ Our Way™: Engaging Tweens on their Own Terms
Let’s declare a moratorium on new Big Ideas and look at the possible Near Ideas that abound in our community. By Andrés Spokoiny If I had a penny for every time someone talked to me about creating “the next Birthright” or “the next PJ library,” I’d be a millionaire. … [Read more...] about The Next Big Thing, or the Next Near Thing?
By Nili Simhai What does it take for someone to feel welcome in a new space? What does it take for someone to think of themselves as part of a new social circle? These questions may not seem relevant to the issue of growing day school enrollment, but they are at the heart … [Read more...] about Bringing New Young Families Into Our Day Schools