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.
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.
Find a Local Jewish Summer Camp (virtual and outdoor options!)
FROM THE JEWISH FEDERATION
Find a Jewish Summer Camp
Jewish day and overnight camps are providing new ways for campers to stay connected, have fun, and be actively engaged during the day. We have compiled a list of local Jewish offerings, both virtual and outdoor, for you! Find an experience that will keep your camper happy on Jconnect.
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.
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
Resources for Talking with Kids About Racism
Repairing the world, tikkun olam, starts at home. Right now, even if it feels uncomfortable, it’s important for families to talk about race and racism together.
12 Indoor Activities with a Jewish Twist
Staying home this summer? Try these 12 easy activities — each one has a Jewish theme or twist.
Jewish Books Featuring Diverse Families and Friendships
This is a list of books featuring diverse characters, intercultural friendships, and messages about important Jewish values like repairing the world and respecting differences.
5 Cool Treats to Make with Your Kids
It’s summer, and that means playing outside, barbecues, and, of course, cool treats.
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.
PJ OUR WAY
July’s PJ Our Way Books
Check out PJ Our Way’s picks for July! Follow Shirli as she learns about her grandfather’s secret past, join Ben’s quest for a mythical creature, accompany Mirka as she battles a magical foe, or help Sacha solve a mystery of epic proportions. Whether you’re after a book full of fantasy, history, friendship, or family, you’re sure to enjoy one of this month’s selections. Remember to choose your book by July 10th!
Calling All PJ Our Way Kids!
The PJ Our Way team is SO excited to show you our totally redesigned website! Choosing great books is more fun than ever. Now you can earn badges, play trivia, write reviews, watch videos, and explore so much more! (Psst … parents, we even have a mode just for you!) And of course, don’t forget to come back and choose your new book by July 10!
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.
You’re Invited…To Tell Your Story with PJ Our Way!
Sunday, July 12, 1:00 pm
Join PJ Our Way author Donna Gephart (Death by Toilet Paper, How to Survive Middle School) as we explore how to document this unusual time in our history. Open to all PJ Our Way subscribers.
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.
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).