Funding Target

$ 335,000

1,250 families receive PJ Library books every month in NSW

100,000 books distributed to date

For many new families, this is an essential springboard to a lifelong engagement with Jewish identity. This program brings new parents and their little ones together through regular social events and celebrations of festivals, creating community connections that last a lifetime. PJ Library provides a welcome introduction to Jewish culture and learning with free Jewish-themed books delivered 12 times a year to families who might otherwise have little connection to community and identity.

For many young families, these are among the most meaningful activities that connect them to community and build a lifelong sense of Jewish identity and belonging, especially for families that are not actively involved in Jewish day school or synagogue life.

Shalom Baby is a Jewish parents’ group, bringing together young parents and children – from newborns to 18 months – to meet, socialise, and share experiences and stories in play groups. It creates an enduring sense of Jewish community through regular social events and celebrations of festivals.

PJ Library (PJ is short for Pyjama) gifts high-quality Jewish-themed children’s books to young families across NSW and the ACT. PJ Library books celebrate important aspects of Jewish culture, values and tradition, and quickly become cherished bedtime stories.

In addition to receiving the monthly gift of books, families are also invited to participate in a range of special PJ Library community events throughout the year.

This program provides essential building blocks of our Jewish community, particularly for families who would otherwise have little connection to community. It is about families beginning a journey together, enabling children from a young age to gain knowledge of their heritage so in time they become connected with all the wonders of Judaism and Jewish community.

Your donations to this program will help ensure the vibrancy and sustainability of our future Jewish community.

Young families across NSW and the ACT – parents and their children, from newborns through primary school age – who benefit from a real and meaningful connection to their Jewish identity and community.


Shalom’s mission is to increase the vibrancy and engagement of the Sydney Jewish community by fostering Jewish life and learning in an inclusive way. Shalom enables people to enrich their life, culture, education and professional endeavours through Jewish activity. They engage people of different ages and backgrounds through a variety of targeted programs and special events. Focussing on people living in Sydney, they build connection and community. Shalom is about possibilities and opportunities, challenging and inspiring individuals.

Other programs offered by this provider

University programs: Shalom College, AEPi, AUJS.

Young adult programs: Moishe House, Professional Women’s Forum, LaunchPad, Thinktrepenuer, Shalom Shabbat activities, HaJam.

Intergenerational programs: Limmud, Sydney Jewish Writers Festival, Sydney Jewish Comedy Showcase, Live Stories, Zikaron B’Salon and Theatre productions.

Founding Year

1954 (Hillel Foundation of NSW)

Joined JCA



Jonathan Leib


Tamara Samuel