PJ Library

Your Child's Treasury of Jewish Books

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is thrilled to share PJ Library® (PJ, as in “pajamas”) with our entire community. This program provides families raising Jewish children from 6 months–8 years old with a FREE treasury of Jewish books and music! Every month, families enrolled in PJ Library receive a high-quality, expertly-selected and kid-tested (!) Jewish book or CD as a gift from the community. PJ Library in Greater Washington is a gift from The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, the United Jewish Endowment Fund, the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation, the Perlin Family Foundation, the Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies, the Charles E. Smith Family Foundation, the David Bruce Smith Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

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Sensory-Friendly Purim Celebrations bannerSunday, March 12
Offered with partners in three locations, this authentic Purim experience is accessible for all families who would like to celebrate Purim in a “softer” way. We will minimize the noise and other sensory input, but maximize the fun! There will be crafts, an interactive reading of the Purim story (megillah), quiet areas to take a break, a mitzvah (good deed) project and treats to take home.  Learn More.

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DC Location  NEW!

Whole Foods P Street (1440 P Street NW, Washington)  
Register for Challah Tots P Street

  • Tuesday, March 28, 4:00 pm

Maryland Locations

Whole Foods Bethesda (5269 River Road, Bethesda)   will return in the spring!

Whole Foods Friendship Heights (4420 Willard Ave, Chevy Chase)
Register for Challah Tots Friendship Heights

  • Thursday, March 2, 4:00 pm

Whole Foods Kentlands (316 Kentlands Boulevard, Gaithersburg) 

Register for Challah Tots Kentlands

  • Thursday, February 16, 10:00 am

Whole Foods Rockville (11355 Woodglen Dr, Rockville)
Register for Challah Tots Rockville

  • Thursday, February 2, 4:00 pm

Virginia Locations

Whole Foods Alexandria (1700 Duke St, Alexandria)  will return in March!

Whole Foods Arlington
(2700 Wilson Blvd, Arlington)
Register for Challah Tots Arlington

  • Sunday, February 12, 10:30 am

     

    Whole Foods Ashburn (19800 Belmont Chase Dr, Suite 160)
    Register for Challah Tots Ashburn

    • Monday, February 20, 10:30 am

    Whole Foods Vienna (143 Maple Ave, Vienna)  will return in March!

    At Challah Tots, you will enjoy a storytime, craft and braiding challah to take home to bake for Shabbat!  Whole Foods Markets provides the dough, and PJ Library and our partners will provide the activities and the braiding help (if you'd like).  It's fun, easy and free!  Please RSVP so that we have enough dough available.  These are cosponsored by JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families, the Bender JCC of Greater Washington, Edlavitch DCJCC, Shaare Torah and Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County, depending on the location.

    Book Buddies

    Run by JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families
    • Thursday, February 2, 10:30 a.m.:  Chantilly Library (4000 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly)
    • Tuesday, TBD, 10:30 a.m.: Haymarket Gainesville Community Library (14870 Lightner Road, Haymarket)
    • Monday, TBD, 10:30 a.m.:  Burke Centre Library (5935 Freds Oak Rd., Burke)
    • Tuesday, TBD, 10:30 a.m. : Ashburn Library (43316 Hay Rd, Ashburn)
    • Thursday, TBD, 10:30 a.m.:  Fairfax Regional Library (10360 North Street, Fairfax)

    All parents, grandparents, caregivers and children who love books are welcome to join us for fun stories and movement activities that relate to Jewish culture, traditions and holidays.

    Dinosaur on Shabbat book cover

    PJ-Cosponsored Shabbat & Havdalah Programs

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    Sat
    Feb
      25
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
     
    Agudas Achim Congregation
    2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
    Join young families (with kids 0-5) for a volunteer led Shabbat service. Stay for congregational kiddush
    Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  Free; Free
     
     
    Thu
    Mar
      2
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
     
    The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (PJ Library in Greater Washington)
    4420 Willard Ave, Chevy Chase MD 20814
    At Challah Tots, you will enjoy a storytime, craft and braiding challah to take home to bake for Shabbat! Whole Foods Markets provides the dough, and PJ Library and our partners will provide the activities and the braiding help (if you'd like). It's fun, easy and free! Please RSVP so that we have enough dough available. This Challah Tots is cosponsored by the Bender JCCGW and Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County. Note: the dough is prepared by Whole Foods, which is not a kosher facili...
    Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, DC, Maryland, Culinary, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  Free; Free
     
     
    Fri
    Mar
      3
    5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
     
    Temple Shalom
    8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
    Children are always welcome at all of our services, but the first Friday night of each month is especially designed for families. Tot Shabbat introduces Judaism to children not yet old enough to read. Our Family Services last about one hour, followed by a festive Oneg Shabbat, and feature a different religious school grade as well as our fabulous TSY Choir. Our monthly birthday blessing occurs as part of the service, and camp-style music, led by Cantor Lisa on guitar, engages and uplifts the con...
    Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  Free; Free
     
     
    Fri
    Mar
      3
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
     
    Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Family Engagement at the EDCJCC)
    1529 16th Street, NW, Washington DC 20036
    Family Shabbat Clusters are groups of 3-4 families who get together monthly for an informal potluck Shabbat dinner, a Shabbat afternoon playdate, or a Shabbat lunch. This a great, casual way to get to know more Jewish families with children in the DC metro area. Families sign up and share information about different ways they would like to celebrate Shabbat. We at the EDCJCC will pair you up with families who have similar interests, geographical location, and ages of children. Then, once a mont...
    Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, DC, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
    Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $36 for Kick-off Dinner and Cluster Registration
     
     
    Sun
    Mar
      5
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
     
    The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jconnect)
    4715 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20011
    Celebrate Purim with your family as the kids learn that there is nothing stopping them from Doing Good themselves.
    Listed In:  Families, DC, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Volunteer
    Event Cost:  
     
     
    Sun
    Mar
      12
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
     
    Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
    1529 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036
    When was the last time you dressed up like a queen or king? Now is your chance – the EDCJCC’s Purim Carnival is the perfect time for children and adults to dress up and celebrate this festive annual holiday! Join us on March 12 and enjoy carnival games, arts & crafts, hamantaschen, music and a Purim play! Don't forget your costume! We are thrilled to host a teen Jewish a cappella group from Congregation Beth El called Marak HaYom, which means "soup of the day" in Hebrew. Babies are welcome at th...
    Listed In:  Families, DC, Children/Teens/Family, Community-Wide/Festivals, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $18 EDCJCC members, $23 non-members
     
     
    Sun
    Mar
      12
    10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
     
    The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (PJ Library in Greater Washington)
    see description for details, Washington DC 20009
    Locations: Congregation B’nai Tzedek (Potomac, MD) @ 1:30 p.m. Congregation Olam Tikvah (Fairfax, VA) @ 1:30 p.m. Washington Hebrew Congregation (Washington, DC) @ 10:30 a.m. Offered with partners in three locations, this authentic Purim experience is accessible for all families who would like to celebrate Purim in a “softer” way. We will minimize the noise and other sensory input, but maximize the fun! There will be crafts, an interactive reading of the Purim story (megillah), quiet areas to ...
    Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Special Needs, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Non-denominational, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5 per family, plus bring a canned good to donate
     
     
    Fri
    Mar
      17
    5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
     
    Agudas Achim Congregation
    2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
    Friday night service for kids 0-5 and parents with songs, instruments, scarves, dancing parachutes, challah and juice
    Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  Free; free
     
     
    Sun
    Mar
      19
    9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
     
    Temple Shalom
    8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
    Kids' Time trial classes 3rd Sunday of the Month 9:15 AM- 10:45 AM Join babies and toddlers up to PreK for a joy and spirit filled time together. singing - dancing - stories - art - Hebrew Interested in being in the class full time email Rabbi Rachel Ackerman at rabbiackerman@templeshalom.net
    Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  Free; Free
     
     
    Sun
    Mar
      19
    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
     
    Tikvat Israel Congregation
    2200 Baltimore Road, Rockville MD 20851
    Billy Jonas Family Concert We are thrilled to welcome nationally renowned musical artist Billy Jonas and his fellow musicians who will delight children & families with their high energy, interactive “Funky Folk Music” Community Concert! Mark your calendars and join us for this not-to-be-missed Family Event at Tikvat Israel! Buy tickets in advance online at: tikvatisrael.org/billyjonas
    Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Conservative, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10
     
     
    Fri
    Mar
      31
    5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
     
    Temple Shalom
    8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
    Children are always welcome at all of our services, but the first Friday night of each month is especially designed for families. Tot Shabbat introduces Judaism to children not yet old enough to read. Our Family Services last about one hour, followed by a festive Oneg Shabbat, and feature a different religious school grade as well as our fabulous TSY Choir. Our monthly birthday blessing occurs as part of the service, and camp-style music, led by Cantor Lisa on guitar, engages and uplifts the con...
    Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  Free; Free
     
     
    Fri
    Mar
      31
    7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
     
    Temple B'nai Shalom
    7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
    Please join us for a very special Tot Shabbat, featuring Jewish rocker Rick Recht! Tot Shabbat is for babies through second graders and their parents. This wonderful service includes lots of music, child-friendly prayers, and stories and activities. It lasts about a half hour and is followed by a special kid-friendly oneg.
    Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  Free; Free
     
     
    Sun
    Apr
      2
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
     
    The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jconnect)
    6101 Executive Blvd, North Bethesda MD 20852
    Join the Greater Washington community, along with 930,000 volunteers from around the world, in a day of service on April 2, 2017. Projects for all ages are available in DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
    Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Teens, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Volunteer
    Event Cost:  
     
     
    Fri
    Apr
      21
    5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
     
    Agudas Achim Congregation
    2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
    Friday night service for kids 0-5 and parents with songs, instruments, scarves, dancing parachutes, challah and juice
    Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  Free; free
     
     
    Fri
    Apr
      21
    8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
     
    Temple B'nai Shalom
    7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
    Jewish rocker-extraordinaire Sheldon Low will rock in Shabbat at TBS. Please join us for this very special service!
    Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  
     
     
    Fri
    May
      5
    5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
     
    Temple Shalom
    8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
    Children are always welcome at all of our services, but the first Friday night of each month is especially designed for families. Tot Shabbat introduces Judaism to children not yet old enough to read. Our Family Services last about one hour, followed by a festive Oneg Shabbat, and feature a different religious school grade as well as our fabulous TSY Choir. Our monthly birthday blessing occurs as part of the service, and camp-style music, led by Cantor Lisa on guitar, engages and uplifts the con...
    Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  Free; Free
     
     
    Fri
    May
      12
    7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
     
    Temple B'nai Shalom
    7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
    Please join us for Tot Shabbat. Tot Shabbat is especially for newborns through second graders, and their parents. The service includes lots of music, child-friendly prayers, and stories and activities. It lasts about a half hour and is followed by a special kid-friendly oneg. We will look forward to seeing you at this wonderful service!
    Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  
     
     
    Sun
    May
      14
    9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
     
    Temple Shalom
    8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
    Kids' Time trial classes 3rd Sunday of the Month 9:15 AM- 10:45 AM Join babies and toddlers up to PreK for a joy and spirit filled time together. singing - dancing - stories - art - Hebrew Interested in being in the class full time email Rabbi Rachel Ackerman at rabbiackerman@templeshalom.net
    Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  Free; Free
     
     
    Sun
    May
      14
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
     
    Agudas Achim Congregation
    2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
    Hazzan Elisheva Dienstfrey leads songs for the first half hour with free play after. No Jewish knowledge or experience necessary. Each child requires a grownup; geared towards families with children 0-5.
    Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  
     
     
    Fri
    May
      19
    5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
     
    Agudas Achim Congregation
    2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
    Friday night service for kids 0-5 and parents with songs, instruments, scarves, dancing parachutes, challah and juice
    Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  Free; free
     
     
    Fri
    May
      19
    8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
     
    Temple B'nai Shalom
    7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
    Jewish rocker-extraordinaire Sheldon Low will rock in Shabbat at TBS. Please join us for this very special service!
    Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  
     
     
    Fri
    Jun
      2
    5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
     
    Temple Shalom
    8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
    Children are always welcome at all of our services, but the first Friday night of each month is especially designed for families. Tot Shabbat introduces Judaism to children not yet old enough to read. Our Family Services last about one hour, followed by a festive Oneg Shabbat, and feature a different religious school grade as well as our fabulous TSY Choir. Our monthly birthday blessing occurs as part of the service, and camp-style music, led by Cantor Lisa on guitar, engages and uplifts the con...
    Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  Free; Free
     
     
    Fri
    Jun
      9
    8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
     
    Temple B'nai Shalom
    7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
    Jewish rocker-extraordinaire Sheldon Low will rock in Shabbat at TBS. Please join us for this very special service!
    Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  
     
     
    Jun 11 - Jul 11
    Multiple times available
     
    Agudas Achim Congregation
    2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
    Hazzan Elisheva Dienstfrey leads songs for the first half hour with free play after. No Jewish knowledge or experience necessary. Each child requires a grownup; geared towards families with children 0-5.
    Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  
     
     
    Sat
    Jun
      24
    11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
     
    Temple B'nai Shalom
    7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
    Please join us for a special Saturday Tot Shabbat. Tot Shabbat is especially for newborns through second graders, and their parents. The service includes lots of music, child-friendly prayers, and stories and activities. It lasts about a half hour and is followed by a special kid-friendly oneg. We will look forward to seeing you at this wonderful service!
    Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  
     

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