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 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.

Summer Fun at Home

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!)

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).

Here's the Story PJ Blog iconCheck out the PJ Library in Greater Washington blog!

Character DayCharacter Day is a global conversation about why character matters. We offer insights, conversation catalysts and questions for your family to explore what it means to be a mensch (a good person).

What We Are Reading

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.

Jconnections
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.

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!

How to Help Tweens Cope with Anxiety about the Coronavirus

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.

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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

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Family Singalong: Bringing In Shabbat

Friday, July 17, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Wheelchair Accessible
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Communal Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Friday, July 17, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Shabbat Sing

Friday, July 17, 2020 | 9:30 am - 9:45 am

Wheelchair Accessible
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Summer Camp (Virtual) Havdalah

Saturday, July 18, 2020 | 9:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Watercolor Painting for Rosh Hashanah

Sunday, July 19, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

The Colors of Gratitude Gathering

Sunday, July 19, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Summer Like No Other: Virtual Camp 2020

Monday, July 20, 2020 | 10:30 am - 11:45 am

Cabins@Capital

Thursday, July 23, 2020 - Sunday, July 26, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Wheelchair Accessible