PJ Library

Your Child’s Treasury of Jewish Books

Parents Blessing Children

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! 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 Harold Grinspoon Foundation, and generous local donors.

Photo above used courtesy of PJ Library.

Want to make connections with other Jewish families?
Check out the JFamily Ambassadors program!

Difficult Conversations: Resources for Parents

Shabbat and Havdalah Celebrations




Ongoing Programs:

What We Are Reading


Summer Camp Grants and Listing
Check out our Summer Camp Resource Page which provides information about the Jewish overnight and day camp options available for your family. Through a partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camps, Federation is pleased to offer One Happy Camper grants for first-time campers from the Greater Washington community to attend Jewish overnight camps. If your child attends a Jewish day school, please apply for the PJ Library Camp Grant for your first-time overnight camper (check your email for the code sent by [email protected]).

703-J-CARING Community Support Line
Feeling overwhelmed? Unsure about your options for support? Call 703-J-CARING: The Jewish Community Support Line (703-522-7464), to be connected with the many resources available to residents of DC, MD, and Northern VA.

Connect with Purpose with Your Grandchildren


Holiday Book Lists, Recipes, Games, and More
Get the scoop on Chanukah — and all the details on how to share the Festival of Lights with your child’s class — on PJ Library’s Chanukah Hub.

How to Talk to Children About Antisemitism
It’s a sad reality that even as we share holiday greetings and festive foods, we also need to offer expert advice on talking to your children about this topic.


PJ Our Way December Choices
PJ Our Way kids have between the 1st and the 10th of the month to log in and choose their next middle grade book or graphic novel.

Here are two ways to get advice from noted expert Dr. Sivan Zakai on discussing the tragic situation in Israel with children:

  • Read her article in Kveller, called “How to Talk to Kids About What’s Happening in Israel Right Now.”
  • The Jewish Education Project hosted a webinar with Dr. Zakai to support adults having these challenging conversations with kids. Watch the recording here.

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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. 

Family-Friendly Events Cosponsored by PJ Library in Greater Washington

Sing-a-Long with the Hazzan at Fairlington Park

Sunday, December 10, 2023 | 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Wheelchair Accessible

Hanukkah in Del Ray

Sunday, December 10, 2023 | 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Chanukah Hop to the Donut Shop

Sunday, December 10, 2023 | 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Su-Fun-Yot – Donut Making Class for the Family – Virtual

Sunday, December 10, 2023 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

JFamily Chanukah Party

Sunday, December 10, 2023 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Wheelchair Accessible

Community Hanukkah Celebration at Oseh Shalom

Sunday, December 10, 2023 | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Let’s Gelt Together – A RSJ Program

Sunday, December 10, 2023 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Growing Grasshoppers with J-Family (Virtual)

Sunday, December 10, 2023 | 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Baby Laptime with J-Family (Virtual)

Sunday, December 10, 2023 | 8:30 am - 9:00 am

Virtual Chanukah Candle Lightings

Sunday, December 10, 2023 | 6:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Tiny Lights: Tales for Chanukah

Sunday, December 10, 2023 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Wheelchair Accessible

Chanukah Hop to the Donut Shop

Monday, December 11, 2023 | 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Tinok Time with Morah Ariel

Monday, December 11, 2023 | 10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Virtual Chanukah Candle Lightings

Monday, December 11, 2023 | 6:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Virtual Chanukah Candle Lightings

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 | 6:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Virtual Chanukah Candle Lightings

Wednesday, December 13, 2023 | 6:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Wheelchair Accessible