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 and MILTON on Friday, October 23 at 2:30 PM for a Mindfulness Tot Shabbat with with Milton PreK teacher, Claire Gunner. Make sure to bring your Shabbat candles, challah, and grape juice to join us in saying the blessings.
  • Join Capital Camps on Saturday, October 24 at 7:00 PM for Community Havdalah to sing some songs, say goodbye to Shabbat, and welcome a new week!

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.

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.


Celebrating Sukkot with Kids

Sukkot, the fall holiday of thanksgiving, starts five days after Yom Kippur and lasts for a week. The most popular Sukkot tradition is building, decorating, and spending time (even sleeping!) inside a hut called a sukkah.

Welcoming a New Sibling into the Family

Is your family anticipating a new arrival? For families with children, the experience of a new baby is different the second or third or fourth time around, here are some tips to help older siblings.

Chesed: Loving-Kindness

The Hebrew word chesed is usually translated as loving-kindness but can also mean courage and imagination. Discover acts of loving-kindness that are examples of Jewish values in action.

More Fall Holidays

After the High Holidays, at the end of Sukkot week, there are two more special Jewish holidays: Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.


October’s PJ Our Way Books

Join Maggie as she befriends Grisha the dragon and embarks on a magical – and dangerous – adventure, or follow Simon as he wrangles chickens, ducks, and cows on his family’s new farm. Find out why Avery is so reluctant to attend Hebrew school, or learn what happens when Zelly’s new puppy is a bit too rambunctious. Remember to choose your book by Saturday, October 10th.

Meet the Newest Star of Nosh & Nibble!

Meet Liora, the newest star of Nosh & Nibble, the Kosher.com and PJ Library kids’ cooking and crafting show! Find out more about her in this video, then check out the next three episodes for her favorite recipes, crafts, and more!




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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

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