Celebrating Jewish Book Month with an Ongoing Gift of Books
Adrian Bailey, COO of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, describes the growth of the organization. When founded in December of 2005, it had a regional focus, sending 200 books a month to families in Western Massachusetts, near the organization’s home base of West Springfield. A year later, they were sending 1500 books a month to partners across the country, growing yearly since then to reach today’s impressive numbers. And from buying books through regular sales outlets, they grew to working directly with a wide range of publisher from Jewish publishers such as Kar-Ben Publishing to mainstream houses such as Random House, and to ordering custom print runs.
The goals of the program are much the same now as when they started, explains Bailey: “We want to engage families that are raising Jewish children in a respectful and comfortable a way that comes into their homes. We do that by giving them this gift so they can start and continue a Jewish journey, whatever it may be to them.”
Barash adds: “It’s still amazing to me that it came to be and that it’s so successful. In the beginning we knew it was a good idea, and now we know it’s a great idea.” Bailey and Barash are thrilled to be part of an organization with a mission in which they so ardently believe, and a mission that has been and continues to be so successfully accomplished. According to them, “Giving books is a simple gift with a profound impact.”
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