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.


Featured Events

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Check out all of our Chanukah Events!

The oil may have only lasted eight days, but the Chanukah celebrations last all December!  Join us for parties, story times, workshops and more all around town.

Find Holiday Resources specifically for grandparents!


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MoCo: Sunday, December 8 at Federation
DC: Sunday, January 5 at Tifereth Israel
NoVA: Sunday, January 12 at Providence RECenter

All events are 10:00 am–Noon

Find answers and options for your family at The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Jewish Preschool Fairs in Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia.  Meet representatives from local Jewish preschools and bring your little ones for story and music time! Strategically planned for that pre-naptime golden hour!

Join the PJ Our Way Book Group!

Next Meeting:  Sunday, January 5, 2:00 p.m.
Gathering Grounds Cafe (10637 Braddock Rd, Fairfax)

The Lemonade Crime book coverThe only thing better than finishing a great PJ Our Way book is getting to talk about it with friends! Join us for one or more of our monthly pop-up book group meetings around the Northern Virginia area, led by staff from Gesher Jewish Day School.  The January meeting will discuss the PJOW Book, The Lemonade Crime by Jacqueline Davies, which was an August selection or is available at your local bookstore.   

Future meetings will be held on the first Sunday of each month at 2 pm in a cafe in Northern Virginia. Get the full list of books and locations on the Gesher site.

Monthly Events

Book Buddies

Run by Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families

  • Monday, December 2, a.m., 10:30 a.m.: Brambleton Library (22850 Brambleton Plaza, Brambleton)
  • Thursday, December 5, 10:30 a.m.: Chantilly Library (4000 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly)
  • Wednesday, December 11, 10:30 a.m.: Fairfax Regional Library (10360 North Street, Fairfax)
  • Saturday, December 28, 10:30 a.m.:  Gum Spring Library (24600 Millstream Dr, Stone Ridge)

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

  • 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, December date TBD, 10:00 a.m.: Whole Foods Market (1700 Duke Street, Alexandria)
  • Sunday, December 15, 10:00 a.m.: Whole Foods Market (11660 Plaza America Dr, Reston)
  • Thursday, November 21 at 10:00 a.m.: Whole Foods Market (11355 Woodglen Dr, North Bethesda)
    Also: December 19 at 4:00 p.m.

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.

GJF NoVA Playlabs Indoor Play Date

Run by Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families.

  • Sunday, December 15, 10:00 a.m.: NoVA PlayLabs (3656 Centerview Dr, Unit 10, Chantilly)
    Also: December 15

Play dates aren’t just for kids! While the kids play, the grown-ups get to schmooze and meet other families with young children. Come out and meet up with old friends, and make some new friends, too!  Socks required for everyone (kids and adults)…..

PJ-Cosponsored Shabbat & Havdalah Programs

In DC:

In Maryland:

In Northern Virginia:

Baby Playdates Around Town

Looking for activities with your baby or toddler? Our partners offer something nearly every day of the week!

Here's the Story PJ Blog iconCheck out the PJ Library in Greater Washington blog!

Character DayCharacter 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).

What We Are Reading


Local Chanukah Resources

Federation’s Jconnect has rounded up recipes, articles, events and more to make your Chanukah even more fun and meaningful.  Check them out!

Federation’s Jewish Preschool Fairs

The Jewish Federation is partnering with our community’s Jewish early childhood centers to offer three Jewish Preschool Fairs! These came from an idea from local Jewish parents and are a great way to learn of all the options. Save the date for the one near you.  All are on Sundays at 10:00 am–Noon on their respective dates:


PJ Library Wants to Hear from YOU

Every three years, we conduct a survey to learn more about your family’s experience with PJ Library. Please take 10 minutes to share your feedback via the email you have received from our evaluation partner, Atlantic 57. Didn’t see the email? You can learn more here.

10 Community Project Ideas for Children Under 5

Community projects are a great way to help your children to be more aware of the people around them and the wider world that they’re living in. These ideas are especially helpful for younger kids, but still worthwhile for the whole family.

The 2019 Quick Guide to Celebrating Chanukah With Kids

Need ideas for enjoying Chanukah with your kids? Use this one-page guide is your go-to resource for quick stories, activities, and recipes suggestions by age.

Best Tips for Sharing Chanukah At School

Are you the designated Chanukah Parent at your child’s school? Our handy tips and activity ideas will make your visit easier.

12 Easy and Kid-Friendly Chanukah Recipes

While latkes are a fun Chanukah tradition, there are many more recipes to remind you of the miracle of the holiday. These 12 ideas have got you covered for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.



December’s PJ Our Way Books

There are four wonderful PJ Our Way selections to look forward to this December. Depending on which one you choose, you can learn a shocking secret about a boy’s family history, follow eight kids as they try to save their teacher’s job, join a fun and surprising Chanukah sleepover, or discover the truth about a famous but mysterious magician. Dive into a great read this month and pick your book by December 10th!

New PJ Our Way Titles to Hit the Shelves This Year
With Rosh Hashanah behind us, it’s time to think about goals and dreams for the coming year. For us, that means thinking about books that kids will love. Here are some upcoming titles that have the PJ Our Way Book Selection Committee very excited.

The PJ Our Way Chanukah Hub

PJ Our Way’s Chanukah Hub is where you’ll find everything you need to celebrate the Festival of Lights. Find recipes, activities, crafts, videos, and more; then, explore the PJ Our Way website for some great Chanukah-themed reads.

The Lemonade Crime book coverPJ Our Way Book Group
Sunday, January 5, 2:00 p.m.
Gathering Grounds Cafe (10637 Braddock Rd, Fairfax)

The only thing better than finishing a great PJ Our Way book is getting to talk about it with friends! Join us for our next monthly pop-up book group meeting led by staff from Gesher Jewish Day School. The January meeting will discuss the PJOW Book, The Lemonade Crime by Jacqueline Davies, which was an August selection or is available at your local bookstore.   

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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

Growing Jewish Families

Chanukah Book Buddies at Fairfax Regional Library

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am

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PJ Library Storytime

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Wheelchair Accessible

Gesher Preschool Concert

Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Wheelchair Accessible
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Shabbat Sing

Friday, December 13, 2019 | 9:45 am - 10:20 am

Wheelchair Accessible

JFamily and EDCJCC Preschool Tot Shabbat

Friday, December 13, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Wheelchair Accessible
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Tam Shel Shabbat – A Taste of Shabbat

Friday, December 13, 2019 | 9:15 am - 10:00 am

Wheelchair Accessible

Chanukah & Havdalah in Olney

Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Wheelchair Accessible
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Chanukah Party!

Sunday, December 15, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm