Connect with a PJ Library Parent Connector in Your Community!

PJ Library Parent Connectors create meaningful gatherings for families with young children and serve as guides in connecting families with Jewish resources or organizations in their neighborhoods. Connectors throughout New York are planning stroller walks, baby and caregiver playgroups, parents’ nights out, holiday celebrations, and playground meetups. In addition to reading your PJ Library books at home with your family, we hope that you will join your local PJ Library Parent Connector for a gathering soon!

We will be hiring additional Parent Connectors throughout the New York Metro area for 2024-2025. Please see more information and apply here.

If your neighborhood community or affinity group is not currently represented and you would like to organize a gathering in your neighborhood with our support, please contact Liz Mueller (she/her), Family Engagement Manager, PJ Library in New York.

We are grateful to UJA-Federation of New York for their support of the PJ Library Parent Connector program.

Liz M.

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
PJ LIBRARY IN NY
Liz M.
FAMILY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
PJ LIBRARY IN NY
Liz is proud to lead the incredible New York Parent Connector team as PJ Library's Family Engagement Manager. She started with PJ Library as a Parent Connector in Westchester and has been with the organization for over four years. Liz and her husband are the proud parents of three energetic PJ Library kids. When not parenting or working, Liz serves as President of her local Library Friends group and on her synagogue's Board of Trustees.

Carrie W.

Westchester
CONNECTOR MENTOR
Carrie W.
Westchester
CONNECTOR MENTOR

Carrie (she/her) lives in Bedford, Westchester County with her husband and three children (ages 4, 6, & 9). She is an active volunteer at her temple and children's schools. Carrie loves spending time outdoors, getting together with friends, being creative, exercising, and cooking. Having grown up in Westchester, and having always been involved in the Jewish community, she is excited to continue her PJ Library Connector work as a Mentor to the Connector team!

Angelica R.

Brooklyn, Summer Vacation Spot
Crown Heights
Connecticut and Aspen, CO
Angelica R.
Brooklyn, Summer Vacation Spot
Crown Heights
Connecticut and Aspen, CO
Angelica lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two-year-old daughter.  Angelica is excited to be a PJ library Summer Connector in Brooklyn, Connecticut, and Aspen, Colorado. She is currently completing her Master’s in Psychology and Education with a focus on spirituality at Teachers College at Columbia University, with a goal to apply her degree in working with new mothers and families during this huge transition in their lives. Angelica enjoys connecting with people and has experience managing community events and partnerships across the NYC area. Angelica is passionate about education, food justice, childhood development, Jewish rituals and mindfulness practices. She is looking forward to connecting with local families and bringing PJ Library to these different communities. Please feel free to reach out to say hi! 

Anna R.

Brooklyn, Summer Vacation Spot
South Brooklyn
Russian-Speaking Families
Poconos
Anna R.
Brooklyn, Summer Vacation Spot
South Brooklyn
Russian-Speaking Families
Poconos

Anya M.

Staten Island
Russian-Speaking Families
Anya M.
Staten Island
Russian-Speaking Families
Anya is the Parent Connector for Staten Island, where she resides with her husband, three kids (18, 16 and 3.5), and their dog. She's lived on SI for the last 20+ years, building community connections and sending her kids to JCC camps. Anya is a book lover and runs a small bookstore/subscription library on the island. Anya enjoys gathering parents outdoors for walks, playground dates, and building sandcastles on the beach. Anya is looking forward to meeting you and your families on Staten Island, building up the community, and sharing useful information about everything SI-related and beyond!

Dina G.

Staten Island
Dina G.
Staten Island
A former Brooklynite, Dina (she/her) lives in Staten Island with her husband, toddler, and dog. They all enjoy exploring the Island’s cultural offerings, food scene, and nature. She is looking forward to sharing what Staten Island has to offer by connecting families through Jewish joy and, of course, PJ Library books!

Galit T.

Westchester
New Rochelle/Soundshore
Galit T.
Westchester
New Rochelle/Soundshore
Galit (she/her) lives in New Rochelle with her husband and two-year-old son. Before moving to New Rochelle, Galit lived in Manhattan and founded sightseenyc.us, working as a licensed tour guide for the Museum of the American Gangster, the New York Adventure Club, and Inside Out Tours, among others. She is now loving Westchester living and meeting and connecting with other local families. You can catch her trying to juggle three languages in her household (English, Hebrew, and Greek), singing songs unnecessarily elaborately from her toddler's baby gym class, and being an excellent wing-woman for parents looking to meet other parents. She is thrilled to be starting as a Connector and is so excited to meet you at what are to be super fun events! Feel free to share ideas -- she can't wait to see you soon!

Harriet R.

Brooklyn, Summer Vacation Spot
Prospect Heights
Rockaways
Harriet R.
Brooklyn, Summer Vacation Spot
Prospect Heights
Rockaways
Harriet is a teacher by day and mom of two by day and night. Harriet lives in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn in a tiny but perfect apartment with her husband and two kids, ages 4 & 6. She loves enjoying all that her neighborhood has to offer, and also enjoys cooking and baking, skiing in winter, and sitting on the beach in summer. She also loves to travel and share her experiences and advice to anyone who wants to hear it! As a part of a JoC/Sephardic/Interfaith family, her children have enjoyed exploring their various identities using PJ Library books and look forward to making friends in the neighborhood and larger Brooklyn community.

Harry W.

Westchester
Hartsdale/Greenburgh
Harry W.
Westchester
Hartsdale/Greenburgh
Harry (he/him) lives in Hartsdale with his partner and two children. He grew up in White Plains and loves the parks and libraries of Westchester County. He teaches Hebrew School at his childhood synagogue, and enjoys hikes and books about TV history. He looks forward to connecting with you!

Jamie K.

Summer Vacation Spot
Hamptons
Jamie K.
Summer Vacation Spot
Hamptons
Jamie (she/her) is a PJ Library Summer Parent Connector for families spending time in the Hamptons. She resides in Brooklyn Heights with her husband Matt and almost three-year-old daughter Sydney. During the summer she spends a lot of her time in Bridgehampton with Sydney’s grandparents. Jamie is a patent litigation attorney, and in her free time, she enjoys traveling and going on adventures with her family. Jamie is very excited to connect with other families with young children in the Hamptons this summer and looks forward to planning many fun outings and activities for the kids!

Jenn F.

Westchester
Cortlandt Manor
Jenn F.
Westchester
Cortlandt Manor

Jenn (she/her) lives in Cortlandt Manor with her husband and two children (ages 2 & 4). Growing up she was always involved with Jewish organizations and is looking forward to bringing PJ Library to the area. She enjoys traveling, exercising, getting together with friends, and baking. She enjoys setting up play groups with her children's schools and volunteering for class activities.  Please feel free to reach out to join or suggest an event, or to say hi. She is looking forward to connecting!

Joanna M.

Queens
Astoria
Joanna M.
Queens
Astoria
Joanna is a mom of two boys (4 and 6) living in Astoria, Queens for the past 16 years. She's excited to continue to build the PJ Library community in Western Queens and meet new families. She also works in photo production and loves putting on a fun event!

Judy & Larry M.

Summer Vacation Spot
Hamptons
GRANDPARENT CONNECTORS
Judy & Larry M.
Summer Vacation Spot
Hamptons
GRANDPARENT CONNECTORS
Judy and Larry are the proud grandparents of three grandchildren.

Both Judy and Larry are attorneys who retired to the East End of Long Island after several years in Washington, DC and Boston. They grew up in Jewish homes where celebrating the holidays was a special experience. They enjoy traveling, skiing, bicycle riding, kayaking and swimming.

Judy and Larry look forward to bringing grandparents and grandchildren, living in the Westhampton, Southampton and Quogue areas together, during the summer months as grandparent connectors. Please feel free to reach out to say hello or suggest an event.

Marcie C.

Westchester
Grandparent Connector
Marcie C.
Westchester
Grandparent Connector
Marcie is the proud full-time Nana to her grandson, Cody. She moved to the Hudson Valley eight years ago. After retiring from her position as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Marcie became a full-time caregiver for her grandson and PJ Library in New York’s inaugural Grandparent Connector. Marcie serves on the board of End-of-Life Choices New York as well as the Putnam County Services Board. Marcie grew up in a Conservative Jewish home and has always maintained a connection with the Jewish community. Marcie enjoys spending time with family and friends and loves theater. Marcie looks forward to bringing grandparents and their grandchildren together and supporting grandparents throughout the Westchester County area.

Marley B.

Suffolk County
Melville
Marley B.
Suffolk County
Melville
Marley (she/her) lives in Melville with her husband, toddler son Jacob, and baby girl Emmy. She loves going to local parks, farms, and playgrounds with her family. She is looking forward to connecting families and getting together throughout the year!

Melanie Z.

Westchester
Ossining
Melanie Z.
Westchester
Ossining
Melanie (she/her) lives in Ossining with her husband and two children (1.5 y/o son & newborn daughter). She is the Director of Refugee Resettlement and Legal Services for Jewish Family Services of Greenwich and is involved with many local Jewish organizations throughout Westchester County. She is looking forward to connecting with local families and bringing PJ Library to the area. Please feel free to reach out to join or suggest an event, or to say hi. She is always up for a coffee, stroller walk or play date at the park!

Michael I.

Bronx
Riverdale
Michael I.
Bronx
Riverdale
Michael is a new parent and recent transplant to Riverdale, NY. He loves the PJ Library program and is looking forward to connecting with other parents in the area. Growing up Michael attended Jewish summer camp and felt deeply connected to the community he met there.

Milene R.

Manhattan
Inwood/Washington Heights
Spanish and French-Speaking Families
Milene R.
Manhattan
Inwood/Washington Heights
Spanish and French-Speaking Families
Milene (she/her) lives in Inwood with her wife and three children (a three-year-old toddler and one-year-old twins) in a tri-lingual home. She is a Cuban Jew who lived in France for many years. She graduated as a Theatre Director and is passionate about art, creativity, and networking. She enjoys outdoor activities like bike rides, hiking, jogging, and visiting the beach with her family. Milene looks forward to gathering PJ Library families and building community in her beloved Inwood.

Natasha L.

Nassau County
Merrick
Russian-Speaking Families
Natasha L.
Nassau County
Merrick
Russian-Speaking Families
Natasha is the PJ Library Parent Connector for Russian-speaking parents on the South Shore of Long Island. She loves meeting new families! Some of her favorite Parent Connector activities include pumpkin painting, moms' yoga night, and her recurring Walk Club. In addition to being a Connector, she is also a pharmacist. She lives in Merrick with her husband and two active boys (ages 3 and 6) and enjoys the many outdoor activities Long Island has to offer.

Oleg P.

Brooklyn, Queens
Russian-Speaking Families
Oleg P.
Brooklyn, Queens
Russian-Speaking Families

Roni H.

Brooklyn
Bay Ridge
Israeli Families
Roni H.
Brooklyn
Bay Ridge
Israeli Families
Roni is the PJ Library Parent Connector for Israeli/Hebrew-speaking families in Brooklyn. She lives in Bay Ridge with her husband and two daughters (2yo and 6 yo). Roni moved to the U.S 22 years ago from Israel and been living in Bay Ridge for the past 15 years, where she teaches Hebrew at her local synagogue to 5-6 year olds, who love reading PJ Library books in class!

In her free time Roni loves working out and doing art projects with her kids. She is very excited to be part of the PJ Library team and is looking forward to meeting other Israeli families in Brooklyn!

Roz S.

Manhattan
Upper West Side
Roz S.
Manhattan
Upper West Side
Roz lives on the Upper West Side with her husband and 3-year-old daughter. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Roz has lived in New York City since 2008. She loves all the wonderful options available to families in the neighborhood, especially the parks, playgrounds and museums. She especially enjoys the free concerts and events during the summertime. Please reach out to suggest an event or just say hello. She is looking forward to connecting!

Samantha T.

Westchester
Edgemont
Samantha T.
Westchester
Edgemont
Sam (she/her) lives in Edgemont with her husband and toddler son. She grew up in the Reform Jewish community, and spent much of her career working in digital marketing for Jewish non-profits. She is also a content creator with a focus on fashion, lifestyle, and of course, motherhood. Sam loves to read and spend time outdoors. She is new to the area and so excited to connect with other parents who love PJ Library!

Samantha W.

Queens, Summer Vacation Spot
Forest Hills
Hamptons/Montauk
Samantha W.
Queens, Summer Vacation Spot
Forest Hills
Hamptons/Montauk
Sam (she/her) is excited to be part of the PJ Library family. She is a mom of a toddler, dog mom of three, and wife living in Forest Hills, NY. Originally from Long Island, she loves to spend the summer out there traveling to Montauk and the Hamptons frequently. 

During the school year, Sam is a teacher and family yoga instructor for both kids and adults. Throughout the year, Sam loves to be outdoors, go on day trips with her family, art projects, and dance parties.

Sam is excited to meet you and plan fun, engaging activities for you and your family.

Shana F.

Brooklyn
Greenpoint
Shana F.
Brooklyn
Greenpoint
Shana (she/her) lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with her husband, toddler daughter, and their Jack Russell terrier. She is a music therapist and Hebrew school teacher for children of all ages. She also conducts Tot Shabbat programs in Queens and Long Island and runs her own “grown up and me” music class. She loves getting together with family and friends, cooking, traveling, exploring new places, art, music, taking walks, and being outdoors. Being a part of a Jewish community is important to her and she is excited to team up with PJ Library as a way to help other Jewish families connect together with fun outings, activities, and gatherings.

Shari N.

Suffolk County
Miller Place
Shari N.
Suffolk County
Miller Place
Shari (she/her) lives in Miller Place with her husband and three boys (ages 1, 4, and 7). She grew up in this area and loves everything about it! Shari and her family enjoy the beaches, parks, farms, and wineries. In her free time, she loves to paint and create photo books. Shari looks forward to play dates, holiday celebrations, crafts, and more!

Shira L.

Nassau County
Port Washington
Shira L.
Nassau County
Port Washington
Shira (she/her) lives in Port Washington, NY with her husband and two sons (ages 5 and 1). As a Speech-Language Pathologist with strong Jewish values, she is thrilled to be able to combine her love of books and bringing people together within her new role as PJ Library Parent Connecter. Shira looks forward to supporting parents raising Jewish children and gathering families throughout Port Washington and surrounding areas.

Sivan V.

Bronx
Riverdale
Single-Parent Families; Israeli Families
Sivan V.
Bronx
Riverdale
Single-Parent Families; Israeli Families
My name is Sivan and I live in Riverdale with my sweet 6 year old daughter, who gives me so much joy. I grew up in Israel and and Jewish values and traditions are very important to me. I was an officer in the Israeli army and was always involved in volunteer work. I am looking forward to connecting with fellow single parents. Together, we can create connections and strengthen our community in the neighborhood!