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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Federation wishes you a joyous Passover

Celebrate Passover with PJ Library!

Though the story of our Exodus is thousands of years old, we share our remarkable tale of freedom each year as if it were new.  And each year, our children expand their understanding of what it means to be part of a community.  This year, we hope that our Federation's Passover booklet, the PJ Library Passover books and these PJ Library-cosponsored events will help make Passover and its values of freedom and justice part of your family tradition.

Passover begins on Monday, April 10 at sundown, but the PJ Library celebrations start March 26.  We have a bunch of hands-on activities to celebrate Passover with your family.

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    Featured Events

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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 Kentlands (316 Kentlands Boulevard, Gaithersburg) 

    Register for Challah Tots Kentlands

    • Thursday, April 6, 4:00 pm

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

    • Thursday, May 4, 4:00 pm

    Virginia Locations

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

    • Saturday, April 8, 10:00 am -- Passover Tots theme

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

      • Monday, April 10, 10:30 am-- Passover Tots theme

      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, April 6, 10:30 a.m.:  Chantilly Library (4000 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly)
      • Wednesday, April 26, 10:30 a.m.:  Burke Centre Library (5935 Freds Oak Rd., Burke)
      • Monday, April 3, 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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      Upcoming Events

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      Thu
      Mar
        30
      10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
       
      Bender JCC of Greater Washington
      5100 Meadowside Lane, Derwood  MD 20855
      Admission is Free! Register below: http://www.benderjccgw.org/event/fun-in-the-forest-tzaar-baalei-chayim/ Let’s meet at the Curiosity Corner inside the Meadowside Nature Center for a fun-filled morning celebrating the Jewish value – Tza’ar Ba’alei Chayim – kindness to animals. Enjoy crafts, PJ Library® story time, songs, and exploration around the center. At the center you can listen to songbirds sing overhead, crawl through a cave, feel the fur of woodland animals and enjoy the fragrances o...
      Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
      Event Cost:  Free; Free
       
       
      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:  
       
       
      Sun
      Apr
        9
      10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
       
      Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender Early Childhood Center)
      6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville MD 20852
      Let your babies go…to a Seder! Join us as we introduce your little ones to the key elements of a Passover Seder. The Rugrats will tell the Passover story as we explore the sights, shape, smells and tastes of the holiday, make seder plates and enjoy a light lunch together as a community. Questions? Please contact Lauren Dworkin at 301-348-3837 or ldworkin@benderjccgw.org. Purchase tickets at: http://www.benderjccgw.org/event/mini-me-seder/ Adult Only, Single Ticket $15.00 Child 0-3 Years...
      Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
      Event Cost:  $10 - $24; See description
       
       
      Sun
      Apr
        9
      10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
       
      Agudas Achim Congregation
      2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
      Please join us at the Agudas Achim Young Families Passover Play and Sing event featuring a Passover sing-a-long with Hazzan Elisheva Dienstfrey. We will also be reading stories, doing a Passover craft and exploring elements of the Passover Seder. All activities will be geared toward children ages 0-5. Please fill out the online form to confirm your registration for the event. Agudas Achim Young Families programs are made possible by generous contributions from our participants and members. Whi...
      Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
      Event Cost:  $10 - $24; suggested donation $18
       
       
      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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