Introducing Table for You! with PJ Library

Washington Heights and Inwood families raising Jewish children now have more opportunities to participate in Jewish life, thanks to a grant recently awarded to the Y by PJ Library, a flagship program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation that provides free books to families raising Jewish children all over the world.

The Y received funding for “Table for You! All Welcome as We Gather around Food and Friendship,” a year-long program of special events designed for families with babies, toddlers, and preschool-age children. The majority of the eight events will be free and feature food and activities related to Jewish holidays. Programs will include plenty of “schmooze time” for families to socialize and get to know each other, as we build community and connections with Jewish life.

The 16 winning grant proposals were chosen through a competitive process open to organizations implementing PJ Library across the New York Metro area (Five Boroughs, Long Island, and Westchester). The winning initiatives are designed to provide innovative programs that find and engage families who are new to the organization and connect families to compelling and high-quality Jewish experiences in New York.

The first “Table for You!” event celebrates the harvest festival of Sukkot with a Fall Festival on the Farm, on Sunday, September 23 from 11 am to 1 pm at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood.

Check back here for more event details throughout the year, or join our “Table for You” email list by contacting Mara at {safe_mailto(}.

PJ Library provides free books that celebrate Jewish values and culture to families with children 6 months through 8 years old. Sign up for PJ Library to receive the gift of Jewish books each month – at no cost to your family!

By Mara Bragg, Y Beginnings Parenting Center Coordinator

About the Y
Established in 1917, the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood (the Y) is Northern Manhattan’s premier Jewish community center — serving an ethnically and socio-economically diverse constituency — improving the quality of life for people of all ages through critical social services and innovative programs in health, wellness, education, and social justice, while promoting diversity and inclusion, and caring for those in need.

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