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! 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

Ongoing Programs:

What We Are Reading


Mitzvah Mondays

Every Monday is #MitzvahMonday! Each week, Federation and the EDCJCC will post ideas for social action projects around a Jewish value, with activities you can do at home that will impact the community. Follow us on Facebook to get first notice or find all the ideas on Jconnect.

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


Tu B’Shevat for Kids

Also known as the “New Year of the trees,” Tu B’Shevat is a lovely way to celebrate trees and the earth.

Eco-Friendly Recipes Your Kids Will Love

Enjoy these yummy Tu B’Shevat recipes that feature the traditional seven species, foods grown in ancient Israel.

Celebrating Havdalah

In a simple multi-sensory ceremony, with blessings over lights, wine or grape juice, and spices, Havdalah is an inspiring way to end Shabbat and start the new week as a family.

Jewish Books to Read for MLK Day

In commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, PJ Library recommends these 10 Jewish children’s books that highlight the values supported by Dr. King.


January’s PJ Our Way Book Selections

Travel by ship across the ocean from Germany to Cuba, help four friends start an underground news show, learn about the life of one of Israel’s great leaders, or find out what happens when a kid moves to the countryside and discovers … life-changing donuts? Whether you choose history or biography, contemporary or graphic novel, you’re sure to pick an awesome book. Make your selection by January 10th!

Your New Favorite Rugelach Recipe!

Did you choose The $150,000 Rugelach last month? Inspired by the book, this tutorial video features PJ Our Way National Advisory Committee member Maya sharing her easy and delicious recipe for chocolate cinnamon rugelach. Yum!

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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

Virtual Tot Shabbat

Friday, February 4, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Rhythm ‘N’ Ruach Shabbat Family Jam

Saturday, February 5, 2022 | 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Wheelchair Accessible

Stepping Up: Life Beyond Preschool

Sunday, February 20, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible