Mayerson JCC Receives $15,000 Grant to Strengthen Jewish Community Bonds

Jewish families in the Cincinnati area are set to enjoy expanded opportunities for engagement in Jewish life thanks to a recent grant awarded by PJ Library.

The Mayerson JCC received a $15,000 grant to launch PJ Parent Connectors, a program that aims at identifying and involving Jewish families in Cincinnati in small social gatherings. The program aims to create community and connection between families by hosting coffee, ice cream, or play dates. 

“The Mayerson JCC is honored to receive this grant and thrilled to be part of the global PJ Library community,” said Marisa Phillips, PJ Library coordinator, in a statement from the J. “Creating low-barrier ways for families to meet one another and get engaged in the Jewish community life in Cincinnati will help make the area more vibrant and engaging.”

The new program will connect families and send hundreds of children’s books each month. 

“The Mayerson JCC, in partnership with PJ Library, sends 900+ Jewish children’s books to more than 600 Jewish families in our community,” said the JCC in a press release. 

A key aspect of the program is that the PJ Library membership cost is covered for all of the families by the Mayerson JCC. Tracy Newman, the director of community engagement for PJ Library, underscored the significance of the grant in a statement. 

These dollars have a tangible impact on Jewish communal life in our partner communities. The grants highlight PJ Library’s effective methods for engaging a diverse range of families in dynamic Jewish experiences.”

The new grant presents a unique opportunity and partnership for the Cincinnati Jewish community and PJ Library, which serves over 667,000 families worldwide.

“By creating accessible opportunities for families to connect and participate in Cincinnati’s Jewish community, we aim to foster a more vibrant and welcoming environment,” said Phillips.