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


Everything You Need to Celebrate Chanukah with Kids
This year, Chanukah will begin in the evening on Sunday, November 28th, and ends in the evening on Monday, December 6th.

Sharing Chanukah at School
If your child attends a secular or public school, you may be invited to teach a short lesson about Chanukah to their class. In PJ Library’s quick guide for the “Chanukah Parent,” you’ll find story suggestions and activity ideas for three age groups: preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school.

7 Delicious Foods from Around the World to Try This Chanukah
Go beyond latkes and jelly donuts for tasty dishes from all over the world that your family can enjoy during Chanukah this year.

Two New Podcasts, Two Chanukah Episodes
PJ Library has two brand new storytelling podcasts! In the Chanukah episode of Afternoons With Mimi (great for ages 2 to 5), Grandma Mimi tells a kid-friendly version of the Chanukah story and explains some of the ways we celebrate. In Beyond the Bookcase (geared towards ages 6 to 12), our heroes take us for a tale of courage in the unbelievable land of Mashal, where Jack Be Nimble is jumping over … a chanukiyah!


November’s PJ Our Way Book Selections
Check out the four great books that PJ Our Way is offering for selection this November! Find out what it was like to become a kid spy in World War II. Choose a story that shows how the power of observation can save lives. Follow one family’s wacky vacation from freezing Canada to tropical Florida where a team of tweens helps save the career of a Jewish comedian. And see what life was like for sisters who escaped the Nazis and were adopted by new families in a new country. Pick your next book by November 10th!

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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

Rhythm ‘N’ Ruach Shabbat Family Jam

Saturday, January 8, 2022 | 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Wheelchair Accessible

Rhythm ‘N’ Ruach Shabbat Family Jam

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

Wheelchair Accessible