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June 15, 2018  RSS feed

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Federation gets grant to hire staffer to engage young families

Alex Sembler Alex Sembler This summer, the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties will add the staff position of young family engagement specialist to better meet the needs of families with children, particularly those up through elementary ages.

The program is supported in part by a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the creator and primary funder of the popular PJ Library program. PJ Library is a national program that sends a Jewishly themed age-appropriate book to children ages 6 months through 11 years, at no cost to the family. The Federation has been a participant community in the PJ Library program for almost a decade, growing initial enrollment from several dozen children to approximately 500 subscribers currently served in the Pinellas and Pasco Counties region. The Harold Grinspoon Foundation learned quickly that the program best reaches families through a combination of the monthly books enjoyed at home and programs for families to meet each other.

The new young family specialist, Alex Sembler, will endeavor to increase PJ Library enrollment and create a full calendar of programs and events throughout the community for families to connect.

Sembler, who joins the Federation on July 2, holds a bachelor of arts in Editing Writing and Media from Florida State University. She most recently served as digital content producer for Home Shopping Network. The position is personal for her, as she and her husband, Logan, recently welcomed their first child, Adeline, earlier this year.

“I am excited for the opportunity to connect and engage Jewish families within our community. Building positive memories, social connections and awareness for PJ Library will be a wonderful experience,” she said.

For more information about receiving free books for your children through PJ Library, or young family events in the Pinellas and Pasco Jewish communities, contact the Federation at (727) 530-3223 or email

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