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 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

 Sidetracked cover PJOWVirtual PJOW Book Club

Sunday, June 7, 2:00 pm

The only thing better than finishing a great PJ Our Way book is getting to talk about it with friends! If you have read the book of the month, do not miss this opportunity to engage in meaningful conversation, ask insightful questions, and see if other people felt the same way as you. These interactive, hands-on sessions are led by Gesher Jewish Day School and PJ Our Way staff.

June 7th book: Sidetracked by Diana Harmon Asher

Summer Fun at Home

Greater Washington Nature Hunt Handout

PJ Library Summer at Home Resources

PJ Library Mitzvah-a-Day at Home Chart

Resources for Grandparents

 

 

Monthly Events

All in-person events for June have been cancelled.  If there are virtual versions available, we will add the information here.

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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

FROM THE JEWISH FEDERATION

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.

FROM PJ LIBRARY

How to Talk to Your Children About Cancelled Summer Camp

Many Jewish overnight camps – are closing due to the coronavirus. If your child’s camp season is cancelled, here are some tips for breaking the news.

Read Aloud Tips for Children of All Ages

Story time snuggles are the best, and they are not reserved only for bedtime! We have collected our favorite tips for reading aloud to all ages, from babies to tweens.

Easy Challah Recipes to Make With Your Kids

Making challah is all the rage these days. From rainbow to egg-free options, these recipes are sure to please all palates.

Creating a Summer Treasure Box

Using found materials, this upcycled homemade treasure box helps keep wonderful little doodads contained. It is a summer art project itself and can help you practice bal tashchit, the Jewish value of not wasting.

5 Rugelach Recipes Kids Can Make

Rugelach are little flaky pastries filled with chocolate, cinnamon, jam, or other goodies and are pretty easy to make, and kids can help too!

PJ Library Resources for Quarantined Families

These resources for families who are staying home include recipes for cooking with kids, activities for learning languages, hands-on crafts, podcasts, and more.

Keeping Peace at Home – Helping Kids Get Along

The Jewish value of shalom bayit (peace in the home) can mean peace among all family members, among other things. These six tips can help everyone in the house keep calm and carry on.

PJ OUR WAY

June’s PJ Our Way Books

Check out PJ Our Way’s picks for June! While shy Brianna worries about her upcoming bat mitzvah, kid detective Pinky Bloom is busy solving mysteries. Beni wants to be brave during the Yom Kippur War, and Curious George’s creators narrowly escape Europe during World War II. Themes of adventure, courage, friendship, and self-confidence abound this month. Remember to choose your book by June 10th!

How to Help Tweens Cope with Anxiety about the Coronavirusv

The tween years aren’t easy for kids or their parents, especially not during a global pandemic. Read Carla Naumburg PhD’s tips on maintaining calm in the home in the face of these uncertain times.

Sidetracked cover PJOWVirtual PJOW Book Club

Sunday, June 7, 2:00 pm

The only thing better than finishing a great PJ Our Way book is getting to talk about it with friends! If you have read the book of the month, do not miss this opportunity to engage in meaningful conversation, ask insightful questions, and see if other people felt the same way as you.  June 7th book: Sidetracked.

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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

Story Time with ‘Auntie A’

Sunday, June 7, 2020 | 8:15 pm - 8:45 pm

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Virtual PJOW Book Club – June

Sunday, June 7, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Barnes & Noble Storytime

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Story Time with ‘Auntie A’

Sunday, June 14, 2020 | 8:15 pm - 8:45 pm

Tot Shabbat at TBS

Friday, June 19, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Story Time with ‘Auntie A’

Sunday, June 21, 2020 | 8:15 pm - 8:45 pm

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Challah Tots

Thursday, June 25, 2020 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am

4th Fridays Together

Friday, June 26, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This event has been canceled.