PJ Library in the UK

PJ Library (PJ for pyjamas!) gifts away high-quality Jewish books to families with children aged between six months and eight years old every month. The award-winning books celebrate Jewish culture, values and traditions through a wide range of stories and beautiful illustrations. PJ Library books are posted directly to children so they can build their own Jewish bedtime libraries.

Every month a new book is sent out to thousands of children in the UK, some of them timeless Jewish classics and some modern interpretations. Many are new and original stories. 

PJ Library books are a gift from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and local Jewish community partners.

Meet the Team!

Lauren Hamburger

Lauren is Director of PJ Library in the UK, responsible for the organisation’s strategy and infrastructure. She first heard about PJ Library when she was living in New York with her young family and loved reading the imaginative PJ Library books as much as her children did. She realised UK families would also welcome PJ Library into their homes and was excited to launch it in early 2015. Outside of the office, Lauren works with different organisations to expand opportunities for women in Judaism.






 

Lisa Culligan

Lisa is the Customer Services Manager for PJ Library in the UK. She has over a decade of experience in children’s book production in the mass market and trade for customers worldwide. She has also worked closely with many well-loved brands such as Disney, Mattel and Sanrio. Lisa lives in London with her husband and daughter.






 

Sara Kibel

Sara is the Community Manager at PJ Library in the UK working with all of our fantastic community partners from synagogues, schools, cheders, nurseries, community centres and beyond. When she is not creating programmes and events for PJ Library, she can be found with a paintbrush in hand, creating designs for hundreds of kippot every year.







 

Madelyn Travis

Madelyn is Chair of the Content Advisory Committee of PJ Library in the UK. Born in New York and raised in Rockland County, she has lived in London for over 20 years. Madelyn has a PhD in children’s literature and is the author of Jews and Jewishness in British Children’s Literature. She has interviewed many authors and illustrators, has written about Jewish children’s literature for the Jewish press and, more generally, about children’s literature for the educational charity Book Trust. A member of the steering panel for a campaign on picture books and the selection committee for a national book gifting program, she is also a freelance editor for children’s publishers.



 

Advisory Board


Elliott Goldstein is a partner in the MBS Group – a leading Executive Search firm, where he heads their retail, travel and leisure practices. Elliott started his career with Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and he holds a double first-class degree with honours in Geography from Brasenose College, Oxford, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Communally, Elliott is a previous Chair of the UJIA’s Living Bridge programme (2004 – 2006) and Limmud (2006 – 2010), where he is focused on growing the organisation internationally and outside of London. Today, he is also a trustee of JW3, Norwood and LSJS.

Anita Lowenstein Dent is a consultant in media, education and international development and a candidate for an MSC in International Development at SOAS at the University of London. She brings experience in strategy and implementation, and as a documentary film-maker formerly at the BBC, she has editorial and leadership know-how which she brings to bear both as an Advisory Board member and as a member of the Content Advisory Committee.  
 
Laura Weller works with various communal organisations, including Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre, UK Friends of Merchavim and South Hampstead Synagogue, and she is the Chair of UK Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro. She was previously a commercial solicitor, initially working at Allen & Overy and then in-house for media companies (Paramount Pictures and Chorion). Whilst living in New York, she worked with 92 St Y Community Centre and 92 St Y Nursery School, introducing Mitzvah Day programmes and helping to develop their family programming, including through PJ Library.



 

 

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