PJ Library

Your Child’s Treasury of Jewish Books

parents reading to small childrenThe 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 Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies, the Bender Foundation, the Charles E. Smith Family Foundation, the David Bruce Smith Foundation, and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.



Monthly Events

Book Buddies

Run by Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families

  • Thursday, October 3, 10:30 a.m.: Chantilly Library (4000 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly)
  • Wednesday, October 2, 10:30 a.m.: Fairfax Regional Library (10360 North Street, Fairfax)
  • Wednesday, September 11, 7:00 p.m.: Gum Spring Library (24600 Millstream Dr, Aldie)

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.

PJ Storytime at Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble, 12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 am

  • September 11
  • November 6
  • December 11

Join the Bender JCC and PJ Library at Barnes & Noble for Storytime, Snacks, and Arts & Crafts. This program is free, but please register yourself and your child(ren) in advance.

Challah Tots

Run by Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families in NoVa and Bender JCCGW in Maryland.

  • Sunday, September 8, 10:00 a.m.:  Whole Foods Market (1700 Duke Street, Alexandria)
  • Sunday, October 6, 10:00 a.m.: Whole Foods Market (11660 Plaza America Dr, Reston)
  • Thursday, September 26, 10:00 a.m.: Whole Foods Market (11355 Woodglen Dr, North Bethesda)
    Also: October 24 at 4:00 pm, November 21 at 10:00 am, and December 19 at 4:00 pm

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.

Create n’ Play Park Play Dates

Run by Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families.

  • Wednesday, September 25, 10:00 a.m.:  Van Dyck Park (3720 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax)
  • Friday, October 11, 4:30 p.m.:  Burke Lake Park (7315 Ox Rd, Fairfax Station)

Create ‘n Play with Growing Jewish Families at your neighborhood park play date! Join us for messy fun while you meet other families that live near you! GJF and your local j.family ambassadors are excited to help you connect with other Jewish families close to home. These events are FREE and weather dependent.

PJ-Cosponsored Shabbat & Havdalah Programs

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Check out the PJ Library in Greater Washington blog!

Character Day

Character Day is a global conversation about why character matters. We offer insights, conversation catalysts and questions for your family to explore what it means to be a mensch (a good person).

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“Judaism Values” Cards for Families

What We Are Reading


Visit the Improved Jconnect!

Looking for events, resources, directories…an all-inclusive and free guide to all things Jewish in Greater Washington?  Then check out the improved Jconnect website!  There are High Holiday resources, family events, lists of local schools and more.  Check it out.


How to Bless Your Children on Shabbat
In addition to this month’s PJ Library book, families will receive another gift in the envelope – a Blessing of the Children kit. This interactive kit is designed to help you create your own traditions around this special time.

Everything You Need to Teach Your Kids About Rosh Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish Year, begins this year at sundown on September 29th. The PJ Library Rosh Hashanah hub is filled with recipes, family-friendly activities, explanatory videos, and much more.

PJ Library’s Family-Friendly Podcast Has Landed!
We are excited to announce PJ Library’s podcast, “Have I Got A Story For You!” We think the whole family will love these stories, which are original spins on classic Jewish tales and ideas. Visit GotAStoryPodcast.com for a two-episode sneak peek, with more great stories coming your way soon.

7 Books That Help Children Learn to Say “I’m Sorry”
The seven stories in this list can help children learn and understand the concept of forgiveness.


September’s PJ Our Way Books
Four fantastic picks are coming your way this month from PJ Our Way: Join two kids who travel back in time to witness the Dreyfus Affair, follow a pair of best friends trying to finish a bucket list before their birthdays, learn about a grandmother’s Holocaust survival story in graphic novel form, or find out what happens when a kid combines math and sports in an effort to make more friends. Don’t miss this month’s awesome choices – choose your book by September 10th!

Saying Thanks to the 2018-2019 National Design and Content Teams
As their time on the National Design and Content Teams ends, kids’ team members share their favorite parts of being on the teams and give advice to future members!

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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.

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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).

Family-Friendly Volunteer Opportunities

Helping out as a family is a wonderful way for everyone to do a Mitzvah! Jconnect can help you find family-friendly volunteer opportunities

Difficult Conversations: Resources for Parents

Family-Friendly Events Cosponsored by PJ Library in Greater Washington

Day of Awesome Family Concert and Celebration

Sunday, September 22, 2019 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Pick with PJ

Sunday, September 22, 2019 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Bringing Sukkot to Your Backyard: A Workshop for Parents

Sunday, September 22, 2019 | 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Growing Jewish Families

Van Dyck Park Holiday Create ‘N Play with GJF

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am

TBS Tot Shabbat

Friday, September 27, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Apples & Honeys

Apples and Honeys

Monday, September 30, 2019 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Holiday Book Buddies at Fairfax Regional Library

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am

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Holiday Book Buddies at Chantilly Regional Library

Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Welcome to the new Jconnect!