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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Celebrate Israel’s 68th year of independence with The Jewish Federation, JCCGW, JCCNV, PJ Library and the Greater Washington Jewish community. Delight your senses with the sights, sounds and flavors of Israeli culture at festivals at the JCCGW in Rockville, MD and Lerner Town Square in Tysons Corner featuring Israeli dancing, live entertainment, craft activities and so much more!  Learn More

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Challah Tots

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.

RSVP for the Virginia Challah Tots by email
RSVP for the Friendship Heights Challah Tots online

RSVP for the Kentlands Challah Tots online

This Month’s Book Buddies Schedule

Run by JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families
  • Thursday, June 2 and Sunday, July 10, 10:30 a.m.:  Chantilly Library (4000 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly)
  • Thursday, June 16, 11:00 a.m.:  Gum Springs Library (2400 Millstream Drive, Aldie)
  • Thursday, July 13, 11:00 a.m.:  Ashburn Library (43316 Hay Rd, Ashburn)

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.

About Town Playdates

  • Sunday, June 12, 4:30 p.m.:  Potluck Dinner in the Park (Van Dyck Park, 3720 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax)
  • Saturday, June 25, 10:45 a.m.:  Safety Tour (Dulles South Public Safety Center, South Riding Sheriff and Fire Station, 25216 Loudoun County Pkwy, Chantilly)
  • Saturday, June 25, 3:00 p.m.:  Safety Tour (Cherrydale Volunteer Fire House, 3900 Lee Hwy, Arlington)
  • Sunday, June 26, 1:30 p.m.:  Nature Tour (Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St, Annandale)

Come out and play with Growing Jewish Families this summer; they are a great way to meet other families that live near you! Bring food for a picnic or snack.  Most of these events are weather permitting; check the GJF Facebook page for updates and/or cancellations. 

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Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly VA 20151
Moms, dads, grandparents, and anyone who loves books -- you are invited to bring your children to enjoy PJ Library story time and arts and crafts. We will be partying for Purim (a celebration of freedom) in March, experiencing Passover (the exodus from Egypt) in April, and celebrating Israel for Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israel independence day) in May. Come Join the fun! Sponsored by JCCNV's Growing Jewish Families and in collaboration with PJ Library and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
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9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Families with children of all ages are invited to join us for our weekly Family Minyan on Sundays. Join us for 30 minutes of davening, with prayers led by our rabbis and religious school students. *Please check our calendar of events at before coming to minyan. Sunday Family Minyan is held only when religious school is in session. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation's Capital (Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation's Capital - South Campus)
4715 16th Street, NW, Washington DC 20011
Join us with your 3 to 6 year old child for a Hebrew Story Hour at the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation's Capital, South Campus. Your child will hear a Hebrew story, enjoy a related craft project, and have a kosher snack. At the story hour, you can sign up for your child to receive free Hebrew books monthly through Sifryat Pijama B’America. RSVP: Lindsey Marks, Admission Associate, at Questions: Sindy Udell, Director of Admission, at 202-291-5737 ext. 2207 or sin...
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7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
Temple B'nai Shalom
7612 Old Ox Rd., Fairfax Station VA 22039
Tot Shabbat at TBS is awesome! This service is especially designed for newborns through second graders and their parents. It includes lots of music, child-friendly prayers, and stories and activities. The service lasts about a half hour and is followed by a special kid-friendly oneg. Please join us!
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Parent Book Choice

This month, choose a "grown-up" book for yourself! PJ Library will be sending you more info in the May book mailing as well as via email. Choose your book by June 6th!

Introducing Shaboom!
PJ Library has partnered with BimBam to bring Shaboom! to families like yours. Check out this fun, new animated web series for great content both you and your kids will love.

Three Questions With Salina Yoon
In our new series "Three Questions With...", we ask a different PJ Library author or illustrator questions about their work, process, interests, and more. This month we're chatting with Salina Yoon, author and illustrator of Found.
Celebrating Our Foremothers with Food
Mothers’ Day (May 10) is a day that honors not only our mothers, but also our vast and rich landscape of history and love that has traversed generations. Our birthright is brimming with so many different foods, often prepared by women in all kinds of conditions from all parts of the world. We are the culmination of our culinary heritage. Celebrate with these recipes from Jewish Food Experience®.

Refer-A-Friend Contest
We know you love PJ Library. Help us bring PJ Library to more families by sending them to From now until March 21, every time a qualifying family signs up for PJ Library and mentions your name, you will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon Fire Kids Edition!

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ShalomBaby welcomes parents, their newborns and newly-adopted children into the Greater Washington Jewish community. Sign up for ShalomBaby.
Day Schools

Provide your child(ren) with the building blocks for their Jewish future.  Explore the day schools and whether they are a good option for your child(ren). 

Day Schools

Is your little one ready for preschool?  We hope that you are able to find a Jewish preschool to start your child on his/her Jewish journey. Peruse a list of preschools.
Family Volunteer Opportunities

Helping out as a family is a wonderful way for everyone to do a mitzvah (good deed)!  Jconnect has lots of ideas for family-friendly volunteer opportunities.
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