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.

Summer Fun at Home

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The beloved Sweet Summer Series has gone online, and we are partnering to bring your family together with other neighborhood families for stories and hands-on activities around Jewish values. Join us to spread more kindness, gratitude, and friendship in the world. Schedule and partners list online. Good for all ages; ice cream optional.

Federation’s Summer-at-Home Family Fun Guide

Find a Local Jewish Summer Camp (virtual and outdoor options!)

Greater Washington Nature Hunt Handout

PJ Library Summer at Home Resources

PJ Library Mitzvah-a-Day at Home Chart

PJ Library Resources for Quarantined Families


Resources for Grandparents


Virtual Shabbat and Havdalah Celebrations

  • Join Tikvat Israel for a Shabbat Sing each Friday at 9:30 am for a professionally-led Shabbat Sing experience geared for preschoolers.
  • 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 July 10 and 17 at 5:00 pm for JFamily Tot Shabbat, a musical start to Shabbat.
  • Capital Camps invites you to join for Shabbat or Havdalah on alternating weekends (starting Saturday, June 27 at 8:30 pm for Havdalah).

Weekly Story Times:

Federation and PJ Library are highlighting ideas to get you through a summer like no other. It is a true paradox that there is both “nothing to do” and too much out there to sort through. We are here to help! Here are some summer family activities, along with the Jewish values that inspire each one.

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Federation’s Summer at Home Family Fun Guide

Federation and PJ Library are highlighting ideas to get you through a summer like no other. It is a true paradox that there is both “nothing to do” and too much out there to sort through. We are here to help! Here are some summer family activities, along with the Jewish values that inspire each one. Download a PDF of the guide

At a time when many in our Greater Washington Jewish community need more assistance and support than ever before, Federation presents Jconnections, a platform created to connect those who need support with those who want to help. Whatever your current situation, we invite you to explore the easily accessible resources, curated volunteer opportunities, and simple tools needed to create and mobilize volunteer groups in acts of loving kindness.

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.


7 Summer Crafts Your Kids Can Make on Their Own

These 7 activities are easy for kids to do on their own – or with an older sibling supervising –and are sure to excite the curious, independent learners in your life.

More Veggies, Please!

Squash can be found in abundance over the summer, and these oven-fried zucchini sticks will encourage even the pickiest eaters to dig right in. Extra bonus: Kids can help make them!

Make Your Own Rosh Hashanah Cards

This year, the first night of Rosh Hashanah is on Friday, September 18. Get into the mood by creating cards to send to friends and loved ones.

Get a 20-Minute Break from Your Kids

PJ Library’s award-winning podcast is the perfect break for you and enjoyment for your kids! Every episode of Have I Got a Story for You! takes a classic Jewish folktale and gives it a modern twist. Explore the episodes and find related activities to keep the fun going.

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.


August’s PJ Our Way Books

Check out the four fantastic books offered for August selection! Rosetta and her family welcome a teen war refugee into their Montreal home, while 13-year-old Nat gets more than he bargained for when he’s recruited to play professional soccer in England. Zelly’s ready to do whatever it takes to get a dog, and David must show courage in the face of Denmark’s Nazi occupation. Find your next great read! Remember to choose your book by August 10th!

Join the PJ Our Way National Design Team
Know a creative kid who loves reading books, making videos, and writing blog posts? Applications for the National Design Team open August 15th! Team members get early access to PJ Our Way books, create original projects, build skills, and meet other kids from all different regions. All PJ Our Way kids from the US and Canada are invited to apply! Contact mailto: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

Friday night online Shabbat services

Friday, August 7, 2020 | 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm

Shabbat Sing

Friday, August 7, 2020 | 9:30 am - 9:45 am

Wheelchair Accessible
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Summer Camp (Virtual) Havdalah

Saturday, August 8, 2020 | 9:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Virtual Discussion: Creating Balance in the Home

Monday, August 10, 2020 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Wheelchair Accessible

Summer Sweetness – Rockville

Monday, August 10, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Monday, August 10, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Summer Sweetness – Fairfax

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Summer Sweetness – Loudoun County

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm