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 Perlin Family Foundation, the Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies, the Bender Foundation, the Charles E. Smith Family Foundation, the David Bruce Smith Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

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Celebrate Passover with PJ Library and Our Partners!

We hope you have a fun and meaningful holiday. To help, we have some programs and resources for you!

Passover begins Friday, April 19 at sundown.

EVENTS

Sunday, March 31, 3:00 p.m.:  Matzah, Charoset, and Plagues, Oh My! (JCC of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax)

Sunday, March 31, 4:00 p.m.:  Seder 101 (Tikvat Israel Congregation, 2200 Baltimore Road, Rockville)

Friday, April 12, 2:00 p.m.:  Passover Shabbat Romp n’ Sing (Gesher Jewish Day School, 4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax)

Friday, April 12, 7:00 p.m.:  Tot Shabbat Passover Style! (Temple B'nai Shalom, 7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station)

Sunday, April 14, 10:30 a.m.:  Make Room for Matzah (Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School, 6045 16th Street NW, Washington)

Wednesday, April 17, 10:00 a.m.:  Passover Storytime (a Bender JCCGW program at Barnes & Noble, 12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville)

Find a community seder for your family.


RESOURCES

Passover for Families
Check out the PJ Library Passover hub for everything you need this year, including tips for weeknight dinners and packing lunches.  There are also resources to go with the Passover River Ride you received with your March book!

Passover Recipes and Hacks
Looking for recipe inspiration for an extra scrumptious Passover seder? Federation’s Jewish Food Experience® has got you covered with recipes from all over the work, tips to make it easier and ideas for a full week of tasty meals. 
 
Federation's Passover Booklet
Enjoy this Passover supplement from The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington filled with interesting holiday facts, recipes, songs and thoughts for you to ponder.

Monthly Events

Book Buddies

Run by JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families
  • Thursday, April 4, 10:30 a.m.: Chantilly Library (4000 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly)
  • Saturday, April 6, 3:30 p.m.:  Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington)
  • Wednesday, April 10, 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.  The monthly Book Buddies focus on the nearby holidays.

Challah Tots

Run by JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families in NoVa and Bender JCCGW in Maryland.
  • Sunday, April 14, 10:30 a.m.: Whole Foods Market (11660 Plaza America Dr, Reston)
  • Thursday, March 28, 10:00 a.m.: Whole Foods Market (11355 Woodglen Dr, North Bethesda)

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).Click the JCC links to register for this free program.

Dinosaur on Shabbat book cover

PJ-Cosponsored Shabbat & Havdalah Programs

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Mon
Apr
  22
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender Early Childhood Center)
7101 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda MD 20817
Come celebrate Yom - Kadur - Haaretz (Earth Day) with the Bender JCC and PJ Library! Join us for a fun-filled morning of Yom - Kadur - Haaretz themed PJ Library® story time and crafts. Light snacks will also be provided. Please register all adults and children attending the event. We will be meeting at the indoor playground right outside of Sears. For more information, please e-mail Jennifer Radosh at jradosh@benderjccgw.org.
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Apr
  25
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender Early Childhood Center)
11355 Woodglen Drive, Rockville MD 20852
Join the Bender JCC and PJ Library for preschool-friendly challah making, activities, and a PJ Library story time in preparation for Shabbat. Whole Foods will provide the dough, you bring your creativity to make the perfect challah to take home and bake for Shabbat! We request you download Whole Foods Market’s App in order to continue enjoying this free program. Whole Foods Market 11355 Woodglen Dr, Rockville, MD 20852: (Partnered with PJ Library) •January 31 | 10 – 11 AM •February 28 | 4 – 5 ...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sun
Apr
  28
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County
8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD 20814
Come see what makes Beth El Religious School a dynamic and engaging Jewish educational program. Join us to meet with the Education Director and BERS parents and learn about our program and community. BERS fosters a positive Jewish identity and nurtures a love of Jewish life and learning through the multifaceted lens of art, music, movement, storytelling, and so much more. For more information and to RSVP, contact Shoshana Sherman, BERS Office Manager, at ssherman@bethelmc.org.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Fri
May
  3
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Temple Shalom First Fridays Tot Shabbat 5:30 PM Congregational Potluck 6:15 PM Erev Shabbat Family Service 7:30 PM
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Fri
May
  3
8:00 PM - 9:15 PM
 
Temple B'nai Shalom
7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
Please join us our Family Shabbat Service featuring Jewish rocker Sheldon Low!  This worship service is designed especially for families with school-aged children.  We will hope to see you then!
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
May
  6
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender JCC Family Engagement)
9811 Washingtonian Blvd, Gaithersburg MD 20878
The playground at the RIO Washingtonian Center | 9811 Washingtonian Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878 Come stretch out with J Play and PJ Library! Pam Kaufman, Bender JCC’s resident toddler yoga teacher, will lead caregivers and tots in some fun, easy-to-do yoga – no prior experience required. Enjoy light snacks and stories for the kiddos. If the tots have any energy left (and they always do), feel free to swing around on the playground, too! Please register yourself and your child(ren) in advance....
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
May
  15
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender JCC Family Engagement)
12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville MD 20852
Join the Bender JCC and PJ Library at Barnes & Noble for Storytime, Snacks, and Arts & Crafts. Please register yourself and your child(ren) in advance.
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
May
  17
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender JCC Family Engagement)
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD MD
Join us at the Bender JCC to welcome Shabbat with a BANG! All families with children under 5 are invited to Shabbat Shabbang! No JCC Membership required. This is a program designed to create a community of new and old friends (older siblings welcome!). We will share in a seasonally-inspired gourmet meat meal, and then participate in a creative and enriching craft and entertainment program that will be fun for both children and parents. Purchase your discounted tickets before May 10. Parents:...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
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Fri
May
  17
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), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
May
  19
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville MD 20852
Community Festival Celebration Celebrating Israel's 71st Year!
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Community-Wide/Festivals, Fair/Expo, Israel, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Thu
May
  23
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender JCC Family Engagement)
11580 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda MD 20852
Put on your sandals and let the sand tickle your toes at the Pike and Rose Beach! Enjoy light snacks, arts and crafts, and PJ Library stories for the kiddos.
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
May
  24
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender JCC: Children & Family Programs)
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Join us for a monthly challah-making and music-filled session to share joyful Judaism from generation to generation. Connect with other grandparents while bonding with your grandbabies and having fun! Every month will offer different activities such as art and tikkun olam — but making challah and music making will always be included!
Listed In:  Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Culinary, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; Members: $10, General Public: $15

 
 
Thu
May
  30
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender Early Childhood Center)
11355 Woodglen Drive, Rockville MD 20852
Join the Bender JCC and PJ Library for preschool-friendly challah making, activities, and a PJ Library story time in preparation for Shabbat. Whole Foods will provide the dough, you bring your creativity to make the perfect challah to take home and bake for Shabbat! We request you download Whole Foods Market’s App in order to continue enjoying this free program. Whole Foods Market 11355 Woodglen Dr, Rockville, MD 20852: (Partnered with PJ Library) •January 31 | 10 – 11 AM •February 28 | 4 – 5 ...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Fri
May
  31
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
 
Gesher Jewish Day School
4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax VA 22030
Join us for our Monthly Children's Romp and Sing Playgroup. We will have open/free play for the first 45 minutes and then join in the All school Musical, dancing Kabbalat Shabbat. We will also celebrate your child's birthday. RSVP requested
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Jun
  7
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Temple Shalom First Fridays Tot Shabbat 5:30 PM Congregational Potluck 6:15 PM 7:30 PM Erev Shabbat Family Service, Confirmation Vows, Teacher Appreciation, Camp and Israel Send Off
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Maryland, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Fri
Jun
  7
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), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 

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