Winnie Grinspoon

Winnie Sandler Grinspoon Receives 2018 Bernard Reisman Professional Excellence Award

The Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University is pleased to announce that Winnie Sandler Grinspoon is this year's recipient of the Bernard Reisman Professional Excellence Award.

Established by the Hornstein Alumni Association and friends and colleagues of Bernard Reisman, this award is presented each year at the Hornstein commencement ceremony to a professional who "has demonstrated innovative work and significant leadership... as well as a commitment to the standards of excellence, Jewish commitment and sensitivity to others as reflected by Bernard Reisman in his work."

Winnie Grinspoon serves as president of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF), the creator of  PJ Library® and its sister company, Sifriyat Pijama, a successful and well-loved program that distributes free Jewish-themed books, music, and resources every month to more than half a million Jewish children around the world in its mission to foster Jewish literacy. In addition to PJ Library, HGF's programs include JCamp 180™, Life & Legacy™, Voices & Vision, and others that encourage engagement in the Jewish community and foster philanthropy.

Winnie has been honored by Hebrew College and JCC of Greater Boston for her leadership in the Boston Jewish community, and in 2017, was named to the 'Forward 50' as a top Jewish American influencer in the annual list of the The Forward’s "50 most influential, accomplished and interesting American Jews."

"Winnie's work embodies the vision, creativity, and sustained dedication that distinguished the Hornstein Program's long-term director, Bernard Reisman Z"L," says the Chair of the Hornstein Program, Prof. Jonathan D. Sarna. "She exemplifies the growing power of women in Jewish professional life, and also shows how careful succession planning can sustain Jewish family foundations over multiple generations."

Winnie will be presenting the keynote address at the Hornstein Class of 2018 commencement on Sunday, May 13, 2018.

Please join us in congratulating and honoring Winnie for her service to the Jewish community. 


Winnie is president of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the creator of PJ Library®, a program that shares Jewish tradition, culture and values with more than 500,000 children and their families in multiple countries through monthly gifts of children’s books. Beyond the books, PJ Library connects families to one another and to local Jewish family programs and activities. The foundation also supports the Jewish community through its JCamp 180™ initiative to strengthen summer camps and its Life & Legacy™ program to build a secure financial future, among other programs. Winnie has been honored by Hebrew College and JCC Greater Boston for her leadership in the Boston Jewish community. In 2017 Winnie was named one of the Forward 50, the Forward’s annual list of top Jewish American influencers.