Evaluation of the PJ Community Outreach Project

By Ezra Kopelowitz

Kehilla Partnership, August 2010

This is an evaluation of the PJ Community Outreach Project. The PJ Library is a national program which supports families in their Jewish journey by sending Jewish-content books and music on a monthly basis to children from age six months to five and a half. Starting in January 2010, the PJ Community Outreach Project, with funding from the Russell Berrie Foundation, began sponsoring events aimed at extending the impact of The PJ Library program. These “outreach events,” located in public secular and Jewish spaces throughout northern New Jersey, are designed to give parents raising Jewish children opportunities to connect with other Jewish families and to consider deepening their involvement with Jewish community. This evaluation asked two key questions:

1) Does reading PJ Library books and participation in PJ Library events encourage stronger connections to Jewish community?

2) Are the PJ Library program and the outreach events attracting participation of Jews with a weak connection to Jewish life?

In addition, the evaluation sought to provide feedback on factors that will enable the PJ Community Outreach staff to improve programming and better reach those with weak connections to Jewish life.

Topic: Programming, Literature, Parenthood, Membership, Children, Jewish Content, Program Evaluation, Outreach, Demography

Funder: Russell Berrie Foundation

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Coverage: Northern New Jersey , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Kopelowitz, Ezra. Evaluation of the PJ Community Outreach Project. Kehilla Partnership. August 2010: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11232


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