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 newborn–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 Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies, the Bender Foundation, the Charles E. Smith Family Foundation, the David Bruce Smith Foundation, and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
The beloved Sweet Summer Series has gone online, and we are partnering to bring your family together with other neighborhood families for stories and hands-on activities around Jewish values. Join us to spread more kindness, gratitude, and friendship in the world. Schedule and partners list online. Good for all ages; ice cream optional.
Find a Local Jewish Summer Camp (virtual and outdoor options!)
Check out the PJ Library in Greater Washington blog!
Federation and PJ Library are highlighting ideas to get you through a summer like no other. It is a true paradox that there is both “nothing to do” and too much out there to sort through. We are here to help! Here are some summer family activities, along with the Jewish values that inspire each one.
FROM THE JEWISH FEDERATION
Federation and PJ Library are highlighting ideas to get you through a summer like no other. It is a true paradox that there is both “nothing to do” and too much out there to sort through. We are here to help! Here are some summer family activities, along with the Jewish values that inspire each one. Download a PDF of the guide
At a time when many in our Greater Washington Jewish community need more assistance and support than ever before, Federation presents Jconnections, a platform created to connect those who need support with those who want to help. Whatever your current situation, we invite you to explore the easily accessible resources, curated volunteer opportunities, and simple tools needed to create and mobilize volunteer groups in acts of loving kindness.
The relationship you have with your grandchild(ren) need not suffer a setback in these unsettling times. Here are some suggestions for bringing your family together.
Connect with Purpose During COVID-19 Resource Center on Jconnect.
FROM PJ LIBRARY
These 7 activities are easy for kids to do on their own – or with an older sibling supervising –and are sure to excite the curious, independent learners in your life.
Squash can be found in abundance over the summer, and these oven-fried zucchini sticks will encourage even the pickiest eaters to dig right in. Extra bonus: Kids can help make them!
This year, the first night of Rosh Hashanah is on Friday, September 18. Get into the mood by creating cards to send to friends and loved ones.
PJ Library’s award-winning podcast is the perfect break for you and enjoyment for your kids! Every episode of Have I Got a Story for You! takes a classic Jewish folktale and gives it a modern twist. Explore the episodes and find related activities to keep the fun going.
PJ Library Resources for Quarantined Families
These resources for families who are staying home include recipes for cooking with kids, activities for learning languages, hands-on crafts, podcasts, and more.
PJ OUR WAY
Check out the four fantastic books offered for August selection! Rosetta and her family welcome a teen war refugee into their Montreal home, while 13-year-old Nat gets more than he bargained for when he’s recruited to play professional soccer in England. Zelly’s ready to do whatever it takes to get a dog, and David must show courage in the face of Denmark’s Nazi occupation. Find your next great read! Remember to choose your book by August 10th!
Join the PJ Our Way National Design Team
Know a creative kid who loves reading books, making videos, and writing blog posts? Applications for the National Design Team open August 15th! Team members get early access to PJ Our Way books, create original projects, build skills, and meet other kids from all different regions. All PJ Our Way kids from the US and Canada are invited to apply! Contact mailto:email@example.com for more information.
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.
Provide your child(ren) with the building blocks for their Jewish future. Explore the options for area day schools and whether they are a good option for your child(ren).