Today is August 20, 2019 -

It’s all about engagement.

This is an exciting week for Federation.  During our demographic study, you demanded it.  Our strategic plan outlined it.  We talk about it.  I write about it.  This week, we will experience it.  “It” is, of course, engagement, and I hope that you will be a part of it.

We kick things off on Sunday night with a young adult sponsored Joint Society Event.  This program was inspired, planned, created, and executed by our young adults, but this is not a program exclusively for them.  This is a program for the entire community to see what inspires our next generation.  What does their idea of a Jewish community look like and how do we help create it?  A common request from our area synagogues and agencies is for Federation to help with attracting the young Jews.  They will be out in full force Sunday evening.  Do not miss the opportunity to spend time with them.  Please register here.

Arguably, the most powerful tool in our engagement arsenal is PJ Library.  With major support from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, more than 650 children in our community receive free books every month.  Additionally, with the help of Federation’s Director of Special Programming, Amy Drucker, or “Miss Amy” as the kids call her, we run at least one PJ Library program every day of the school week.  We partner with our synagogues, agencies, camps, schools, and nursery schools.  If your child or local grandchild is not receiving books, please contact Miss Amy.  She’ll get you connected.

I heard PJ founder/funder Harold Grinspoon whisper, “I’ll tell you a secret–PJ Library is not about the books.  The books are a tool to engage the young parents.”  Harold was inspired to create this program when he saw his daughter-n-law, Winnie, reading a Jewish book with his grandchildren.

I am incredibly excited to share that Winnie, the inspiration behind PJ Library and the president of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, will be the keynote speaker at Federation’s Annual Meeting on Thursday night.

This is the week that you’ve been demanding.  Please join us.

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