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


Exciting Podcast Announcement!
New from the storytellers at PJ Library: Beyond the Bookcase and Afternoons with Mimi are two magical family podcasts that bring Jewish traditions, culture, holidays, and values to life for kids of all ages! Listen and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

How to Talk to Kids About Gossip
As kids socialize more often, how do you talk to them about gossip? Try these tips, books, and activities.

Challah Dough 8 Ways
There’s so much you can do with challah dough! These eight ideas are sure to inspire clean plates.

Jewish Books That Help Kids Understand the Refugee Experience
If you’re looking for ways to talk with your children about the events they might be seeing on the news or hearing about at school, start with these picture and middle-grade books about the refugee experience.


October’s PJ Our Way Book Selections
Check out the four great books that PJ Our Way is offering for selection this October! Choose a realistic fiction story about friendship, family, and food, or travel back in time with a Hanukkah-themed graphic novel. Follow a 12-year-old amateur magician who longs to be normal, or see what happens when a kid encourages her family to celebrate Hanukkah. Pick your next book by October 10th!

Applications for the National Advisory Team Are Now Open!
PJ Our Way is looking for voracious readers who want to share their opinions about books for the advisory committee! This team of kids reads and reviews books that PJ Our Way is considering offering for selection. All PJ Our Way members are eligible to apply for this opportunity — 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

Gan Shabbat at Agudas Achim (outdoors and in-person)

Saturday, October 30, 2021 | 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Wheelchair Accessible

Shabbat Picnic Dinner

Friday, November 5, 2021 | 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Gan Shabbat at Agudas Achim (outdoors and in-person)

Saturday, November 6, 2021 | 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Wheelchair Accessible

Sing-a-Long with Hazzan + Stay and Play on the Playground

Sunday, November 7, 2021 | 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Gan Shabbat at Agudas Achim (outdoors and in-person)

Saturday, November 13, 2021 | 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Wheelchair Accessible

Gan Shabbat at Agudas Achim (outdoors and in-person)

Saturday, November 20, 2021 | 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Wheelchair Accessible

Hanukkah Israeli-Style + Community Candle Lighting

Sunday, December 5, 2021 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Wheelchair Accessible