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 and the David Bruce Smith Foundation.

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Maryland Locations

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

Whole Foods Friendship Heights (4420 Willard Ave, Chevy Chase)  will return in February!

Whole Foods Kentlands (316 Kentlands Boulevard, Gaithersburg) 
Register for Challah Tots Kentlands

  • Thursday, January 19, 4:00 pm
  • 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 January!

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

  • Sunday, January 22, 10:30 am
  • Sunday, February 12, 10:30 am

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

    • Monday, January 23, 10:30 am
    • Monday, February 20, 10:30 am

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

    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 and Shaare Torah, depending on the location.

    Book Buddies

    Run by JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families
    • Thursday, January 5, 10:30 a.m.:  Chantilly Library (4000 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly)
    • 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.

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    PJ-Cosponsored Shabbat & Havdalah Programs

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    Fri
    Jan
      20
    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
    Jan
      20
    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:  
     
     
    Sat
    Jan
      21
    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
     
     
    Sun
    Jan
      22
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
     
    The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jconnect)
    6101 Executive Blvd, North Bethesda MD 20852
    Bring your families to Congregation Olam Tikvah in Fairfax, VA as we learn about Bikur Cholim together. Kids will have the opportunity to give back and learn that we all have the capability to Do Good.
    Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Volunteer
    Event Cost:  
     
     
    Tue
    Jan
      24
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
     
    Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender Early Childhood Center)
    11845 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda MD 20852
    Meet up at Harris Teeter to search and purchase canned food with your little one to donate to the Manna Food Center. In return, you get a sweet treat! We’ll also have Arts & Crafts and Story Time with your J Play and PJ Library friends!
    Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Advocacy, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
    Event Cost:  Free; Free
     
     
    Fri
    Jan
      27
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
     
    The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
    641 S Street NW, Washington DC 20001
    CityJews: Pop-Up Shabbat is a way for Jewish and interfaith couples and families with young children to connect and share the rituals of Shabbat together. Join us for a Shabbat experience with food, music, kids’ activities and topical conversation. We will provide a gourmet vegetarian Shabbat meal,* challah and grape juice. Lead sponsors: Edlavitch DCJCC, InterfaithFamily/DC, Jewish Food Experience, Love and Religion - An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and their Partners, PJ Library Greater Wash...
    Listed In:  Couples, Families, GLBT, Interfaith, DC, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $18 per adult; children 8 and under free
     
     
    Sat
    Jan
      28
    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
     
     
    Sun
    Jan
      29
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
     
    Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia-Community Engagement Department)
    8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
    All ages are welcome. Presented by Growing Jewish Families and JCCNV Cultural Arts Get out of the cold and into the J for a fun-filled, musical morning! Join local Jewish children’s music artists as they lead you and your little ones through interactive songs and dances. Enjoy PJ Library® stories as you and your family sip on hot chocolate and and get your "jam" on while enjoying nibbles and other winter treats at our "jam" bar.
    Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
    Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $8 per participant/ FREE for children under 1 year
     
     
    Fri
    Feb
      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
     
     
    Sat
    Feb
      4
    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
     
     
    Fri
    Feb
      10
    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:  
     
     
    Sat
    Feb
      11
    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
     
     
    Sat
    Feb
      11
    6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
     
    Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County
    8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD 20814
    Join us for this inclusive, multi-sensory Havdallah service and Tu B’shvat celebration. All are welcome. It will be especially welcoming families who have members with special needs or challenges. Beth El teens and children will lead and participate in the service. Refreshments (dietary laws followed) will immediately follow. RSVP for Havdallah to marci411@gmail.com. Please include any special accommodation needs with RSVP.
    Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Special Needs, Teens, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Advocacy, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  Free; Free
     
     
    Fri
    Feb
      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
     
     
    Sat
    Feb
      18
    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
     
     
    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
     
     
    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
      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 - 5:00 PM
     
    Tikvat Israel Congregation
    2200 Baltimore Road, Rockville MD 20851
    Tikvat Israel Congregation & PJ Library will co-sponsor a Funky Family Folk Concert with nationally renowned musician Billy Jonas and his band. Families from all over DC, MD and VA will not want to miss this interactive, musical experience which is sure to delight all ages! Ticket information to follow as Concert Date approaches. In addition, the Billy Jonas Trio will be performing Judaic and Secular Music selections geared for an adult audience the same evening at Tikvat Israel beginning at...
    Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  
     
     
    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
     
     
    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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