PJ Library

Your Child's Treasury of Jewish Books

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 United Jewish Endowment Fund, the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation, the Perlin Family Foundation, the Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies, the Bender Foundation, the Charles E. Smith Family Foundation, the David Bruce Smith Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.


Featured Events

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DC Location  NEW!

Whole Foods P Street (1440 P Street NW, Washington)  

Maryland Locations

Whole Foods Kentlands (316 Kentlands Boulevard, Gaithersburg) 

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  • Thursday, May 18, 4:00 pm

Whole Foods Rockville (11355 Woodglen Dr, Rockville)
Register for Challah Tots Rockville

  • Thursday, May 4, 4:00 pm

Virginia Locations

Whole Foods Arlington (2700 Wilson Blvd, Arlington)
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  • Sunday, May 14, 10:30 am

    Whole Foods Ashburn (19800 Belmont Chase Dr, Suite 160)
    Register for Challah Tots Ashburn

    • May date TBD

    Whole Foods Fairfax (4501 Market Commons Dr, Fairfax)
    Register for Challah Tots Fairfax

    • Monday, May 8, 10:00 am

    At Challah Tots, you will enjoy a storytime, craft and braiding challah to take home to bake for Shabbat!  Whole Foods Markets provides the dough, and PJ Library and our partners will provide the activities and the braiding help (if you'd like).  It's fun, easy and free!  Please RSVP so that we have enough dough available.  These are cosponsored by JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families, the Bender JCC of Greater Washington, Edlavitch DCJCC, Shaare Torah and Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County, depending on the location.

    Book Buddies

    Run by JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families
    • Thursday, May 11, 10:30 a.m.:  Chantilly Library (4000 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly)
    • Wednesday, May 24, 10:30 a.m.:  Burke Centre Library (5935 Freds Oak Rd., Burke)
    • Monday, May 8, 10:30 a.m.:  Fairfax Regional Library (10360 North Street, Fairfax)

    All parents, grandparents, caregivers and children who love books are welcome to join us for fun stories and movement activities that relate to Jewish culture, traditions and holidays.

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    PJ-Cosponsored Shabbat & Havdalah Programs

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    Upcoming Events
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    5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Temple Shalom
    8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
    Children are always welcome at all of our services, but the first Friday night of each month is especially designed for families. Tot Shabbat introduces Judaism to children not yet old enough to read. Our Family Services last about one hour, followed by a festive Oneg Shabbat, and feature a different religious school grade as well as our fabulous TSY Choir. Our monthly birthday blessing occurs as part of the service, and camp-style music, led by Cantor Lisa on guitar, engages and uplifts the con...
    Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  Free; Free

    8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Temple B'nai Shalom
    7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
    Jewish rocker-extraordinaire Sheldon Low will rock in Shabbat at TBS. Please join us for this very special service!
    Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  

    Jun 11 - Jul 11
    Multiple times available
    Agudas Achim Congregation
    2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
    Hazzan Elisheva Dienstfrey leads songs for the first half hour with free play after. No Jewish knowledge or experience necessary. Each child requires a grownup; geared towards families with children 0-5.
    Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  

    7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Temple B'nai Shalom
    7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
    Please join us for Tot Shabbat. Tot Shabbat is especially for newborns through second graders, and their parents. The service includes lots of music, child-friendly prayers, and stories and activities. It lasts about a half hour and is followed by a special kid-friendly oneg. We will look forward to seeing you at this wonderful service!
    Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
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