PJ Library, the flagship program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation is growing its content team to serve its expanding repertoire of print, digital, and audio content. With these additions, the PJ Library imprint plans to increase the number of published children’s books developed in-house. More than 250 unique titles bearing the PJ Library logo are distributed annually in seven languages across a growing number of markets; each is an opportunity to engage the next generation of Jewish families with Jewish life. This planned increase in diverse types of content matches PJ Library’s goal of sharing more stories showcasing the diversity of Jewish practice, people, and traditions from around the globe.
Simon Klarfeld of Teaneck, HGF’s director of content, will lead the teams tasked with creating and curating the Jewish content that forms the core of PJ Library.
Mr. Klarfeld, an active member of Teaneck’s Congregation Beth Sholom, has more than 25 years of professional experience working with children, teens, students, and educators in a variety of settings worldwide, leading organizations such as Young Judaea Global and Hillel at Columbia University.
Jill Shinderman also has joined the HGF team as director of publishing and creative development. She has more than 25 years of expertise in combining early childhood education with relevant content and has worked with Nickelodeon, PBS Kids, Disney, and Scholastic Books.
Chris Barash has taken on the new role of PJ Library director of acquisitions, leading the identification and development of Jewish stories for the PJ Library from across the publishing world. Catriella Freedman has been promoted to director of author and illustrator stewardship for PJ Library, responsible for supporting and growing the community of skilled creators telling Jewish stories. The job includes partnering with the Highlights Foundation to offer Picture Book Summer Camp for aspiring authors and planning the third cohort of the Author Israel Adventure in 2023, with funding support from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies.