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PJ Family Spotlight

PJ Library Family Spotlight – January 2022

Q: Tell me about the Goldstein family members?

A: Our immediate family is made up of Miriam, Adam and Maddie (3) but we are lucky to have a lot of extended family in the area.


Q: How long have you been in Naples? 

A: Our family has spent the last 5 years together here in Naples. 


Q: What is it like when PJ Library books arrive?

A: It's very exciting! Maddie loves adding to her collection and learning about all the Jewish holidays.


Q:  What do you think about the quality of PJ Library books? 

A: The quality of PJ Library books is excellent. The illustrations are beautiful, and the stories are easy to read and engaging.


Q: A lot of parents say they feel PJ books help them raise good kids. Do you feel that way?

A: Yes, we feel that the books help to teach her values such as respect, kindness, gratitude, and honoring our parents/grandparents. We enjoy incorporating some of the activities depicted in the stories into our own lives as they teach her about cooperating and helping others. 


Q: Are you involved in the Jewish community in Naples?

A:  Maddie attends Preschool of the Arts at Chabad of Naples. We try to stay involved through various events and committees that support the Jewish community


Q:  How do PJ Library books play a role in your bedtime routine?

A: After bath time, Maddie gets to pick 2-3 books to read and then we talk about her favorite part of the day as she falls asleep. PJ books often have wonderful prompts on the inside the cover to help spark age-appropriate conversation about the book and the Jewish values that are highlighted with in it.


Q: What is Maddie’s favorite PJ Library book?

A: Right now, it is “Hanukkah with Friends” by Chris Barash.

Mia and Joel Hyatt with daughter, Hannah (3), and sons, Harrison (3) and Ezra (5)

PJ family spotlight, December 2021

How long have they been in Naples?: Joel and Mia both moved to Naples in 2005 after graduating college. Joel went to Penn State and Mia went to University of Florida

Synagogue: Temple Shalom 

Jewish community involvement: Now that the kids are getting older Joel and Mia feel they have been able to get more involved in the Jewish community. 

Ezra began Sunday school this year and loves it. The twins love to go to Shalom Yeladim and attend preschool at Temple Shalom. All three love to go to the PJ Library events. They even had the opportunity to host a challah-making event at their house before the pandemic. 

The family recently attended its first family service at Temple Shalom for Yom Kippur and really enjoyed worshipping with other families. 

What they have to say about PJ Library books: “We love to receive our PJ Library books. We all sit on the couch and read the new book each month. It is especially fun when it coordinates with an upcoming holiday.” 


We don't need to tell you that reading to your children is important. Study after study has shown it impacts a child’s development. Even the mere presence of books in a home increases the level of education they can reach.

But finding the right books and making the time to read as a family can be hard. That’s where PJ Library comes in. 

PJ Library sends free Jewish children's books to families across the world every month. We know that something magical happens when parents sit down together to read with their children. PJ Library shares Jewish stories that can help your family talk together about values and traditions that are important to you. 

A program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library is made possible through partnerships with philanthropists and local Jewish organizations. Families raising kids from birth through 9 years old with Judaism as part of their lives, are welcome to sign up. PJ Library welcomes all Jewish families, whatever your background, knowledge, or family make-up, or observance may be. 

Through our partners around North America, we also offer activities for your family — because you’ve got to get out of the house and meet new people sometimes.

Your children are learning about the world around them through the stories they hear. PJ Library books can bring Jewish ideas and inspiration for you and your children to share together.