PJ Library

Your Child’s Treasury of Jewish Books

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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.

Virtual Shabbat and Havdalah Celebrations

  • Join Bender JCC on Fridays at 10:30 AM for a Virtual Shabbat Playgroup to learn about customs, traditions, and prayers through, music, and movement.
  • Join the Edlavitch DCJCC on Friday, November 6 at 4:00 PM for Tot Shabbat. Make sure to bring your Shabbat candles, challah, and grape juice to join us in saying the blessings.

Weekly Programs:

What We Are Reading


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. A partnership between The Jewish Federation and JSSA, 703-J-CARING is accessible Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM, and all calls are confidential. Everyone deserves care. Your Jewish community is here for you.

Federation’s Social Action Toolkit

Want to do a mitzvah (“good deed”) to help others facing hunger? Check out Federation’s social action toolk for families for a quick guide to addressing food insecurity in our area with a hands-on project. (Best for ages 4-12):

Military Mitzvah Chanukah Card Project

PJ Library and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington are partnering to share a wonderful opportunity with you to send Chanukah greeting cards to Jewish military members stationed in Anchorage, Alaska! Cards must be mailed by November 23.

Connect with Purpose with Your Grandchildren

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.


Books that Mirror the Diversity of Jewish Communities

This book list features diverse characters, intercultural friendships, and messages about important Jewish values like repairing the world and respecting differences.

Cooperate, Share, and Take Turns

Help your kids learn how to get along and keep peace in the house (the Jewish value of shalom bayit) with this Daniel Tiger-esque video from Shaboom.

Kids Are Cooking Tonight

Get your veggies in with this simple, easy-to-prepare rice dish inspired by an episode of the PJ Library podcast.

Ideas for Helping Kids Learn About Gratitude

Teach the Jewish value of gratitude, or hakarat hatov, to children through these seven creative ways.


November’s PJ Our Way Selections

This month, Tori makes a new friend and gets caught up in a lie trying to impress her, while Benny signs up for the talent show with his klezmer band – which doesn’t actually exist. Half-Indian and half-Jewish Sonia becomes half a cheerleader (?!) at her new school, and Rabbi Harvey is back to save Elk Spring, Colorado, from another bunch of bad guys. Curl up with any of these awesome titles this month – remember to choose a book by the 10th!

Join PJ Our Way’s Advisory Committee

PJ Our Way is looking for voracious readers who want to share their opinions about new books. The Advisory Committee’s feedback is used to help make decisions about which books to offer each month! All kids who get PJ Our Way books are eligible to apply — email designteam@pjourway.org for more information.




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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

Sing-a-Long with the Hazzan

Sunday, November 1, 2020 | 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Charles E Smith Jewish Day School Open House

Sunday, November 8, 2020 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Not Your Grandma’s Estate & Financial Planning

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Virtual Tot Shabbat at TBS with our new Senior Rabbi

Friday, November 20, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Virtual Tot Shabbat at TBS with our new Senior Rabbi

Friday, December 18, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm