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in memory of Henry H. Nadell and Marjorie Nadell Schneider


Too many young children right here in South Jersey never have the chance to hear a bedtime story. BookMates is an interfaith literacy program that provides services to Title I elementary schools in low and moderate-income communities throughout Southern New Jersey. We provide weekly one-to-one reading sessions with an adult volunteer. Many of these children that are chosen are rarely read to at home and benefit greatly from the volunteers' individualized attention. As they share the joy of reading, the volunteers also expose the children to a wide range of literature, expand their vocabulary, help improve their comprehension skills, and increase their motivation to read.


Over 600 disadvantaged students in kindergarten through second grade benefit every year from our program. Yet it is not just the children who gain something from participating in the BookMates program. Dozens of volunteers, many of whom are retirees, return to the program year after year because it provides them with an enjoyable and satisfying opportunity to make a difference in a child's life. The communities benefit as these children grow into adults and become positive contributors in their own communities.

Programs & Resources


Become A BookMate

BookMates is an interfaith literacy program that provides services to elementary schools that receive title-one funding throughout Southern New Jersey. The mission of BookMates is to provide a nurturing, one-to-one literacy experience for at-risk children, encouraging them to love reading and providing them with a foundation to succeed in school and in life. Learning is a primary pathway to a better life for individuals, families, and communities

BookMate Resources

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Student Assistance

 Sign your elementary school children up for extra help with reading or math. 

Pacer Program

A partnership with the Camden County Police Department (Metro Division) and the Camden City Mayor’s Office to train police officers and members of the Mayor’s Congress to become BookMates readers for Camden City students. 


Visit the Community Calendar to see upcoming programs and events from our Jewish community.

Thank you to our
JCRC, Raab/Goodwin,
and BookMates supporters!

For more information please contact Rhonda Shevrin, BookMates Director (856) 751-9500 ext 1143 or bookmates@jfedsnj.org