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 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.

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Celebrate Purim with PJ Library and Our Partners!

Be happy, it’s almost Purim!

Purim, one of the most raucous holidays in the Jewish calendar, is coming up on March 20th. It's traditional celebrated by observing four mitzvot (commandments):

  1. Hearing the megillah (the Book of Esther) read
  2. Having a festive meal
  3. Giving food gifts to friends (mishloach manot)
  4. Giving gifts to the poor (matanot le’evyonim)

You can get more information about the holiday, including recipes, costume ideas, books, videos and more, on PJ Library’s Purim Holiday Hub. PJ Library in Greater Washington has paired with our community partners to offer a variety of ways to share these mitzvot with your family!

Purim-Themed Book Buddies

Purim-Themed Challah Tots

 Sensory-Friendly Purim banner

Monthly Events

Book Buddies

Run by JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families
  • Thursday, March 7, 10:30 a.m.: Chantilly Library (4000 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly)
  • Wednesday, March 6, 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.  The monthly Book Buddies focus on the nearby holidays.

Challah Tots

Run by JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families in NoVa and Bender JCCGW in Maryland.
  • Sunday, March 24, 10:30 a.m.: Whole Foods Market (11660 Plaza America Dr, Reston)
  • Thursday, March 28, 10:00 a.m.: Whole Foods Market (11355 Woodglen Dr, North Bethesda)

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).Click the JCC links to register for this free program.

Dinosaur on Shabbat book cover

PJ-Cosponsored Shabbat & Havdalah Programs

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In Northern Virginia:

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Fri
Mar
  22
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender JCC: Children & Family Programs)
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Join us for a monthly challah-making and music-filled session to share joyful Judaism from generation to generation. Connect with other grandparents while bonding with your grandbabies and having fun! Every month will offer different activities such as art and tikkun olam — but making challah and music making will always be included!
Listed In:  Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Culinary, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; Members: $10, General Public: $15

 
 
Sat
Mar
  23
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Congregation Adat Reyim
6500 Westbury Oaks Court, Springfield VA 22152
Introducing Shabbat Family Jam -- a new full-bodied, joyful, family Shabbat experience at Congregation Adat Reyim. Together, we will enjoy a unique Shabbat learning and worship experience full of gratitude, Ruach and Jewish experiences to treasure together! Bring family and friends! Stay to enjoy a nosh afterwards - Kosher oneg noshes and treats are provided. Perfect for 1-8 year olds and their loving adults.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Interfaith, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Mar
  24
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia-Community Engagement Department)
11660 Plaza America Dr, Reston VA 20190
Come join GJF for a fun morning of PJ Library stories and braid your own challah to take home and bake. This month we will learn about the Jewish holiday of Purim. Whole Foods provides the dough. You provide the creativity and sense of adventure. Bring your dough home to bake. Please RSVP to Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org so we can reserve enough dough. Questions: Contact Jennifer.DeAngelis@Jccnv.org Space is very limited. PLEASE RSVP!
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Northern Virginia, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; No charge

 
 
Thu
Mar
  28
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender Early Childhood Center)
11355 Woodglen Drive, Rockville MD 20852
Join the Bender JCC and PJ Library for preschool-friendly challah making, activities, and a PJ Library story time in preparation for Shabbat. Whole Foods will provide the dough, you bring your creativity to make the perfect challah to take home and bake for Shabbat! We request you download Whole Foods Market’s App in order to continue enjoying this free program. Whole Foods Market 11355 Woodglen Dr, Rockville, MD 20852: (Partnered with PJ Library) •January 31 | 10 – 11 AM •February 28 | 4 – 5 ...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sun
Mar
  31
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia-Community Engagement Department)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
Enjoy an afternoon of hands-on Passover experiences, connect with other families and have tons of Passover fun! Matzah making — mix it, roll it, and we’ll bake it; create your own Seder plate and Elijah cup (wine cup); decorate an afikomen bag (special bag to hide a piece of matzah) and more! Fee: $8 / $6 member/ 12 months and under are free Registration required by March 27. After March 27, email Laurie.Albert@jccnv.org for ticket availability.
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; Fee: $8 / $6 member/ 12 months and under are free

 
 
Sun
Mar
  31
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
Tikvat Israel Congregation
2200 Baltimore Road, Rockville MD 20851
Four Questions: #1: Afraid that hosting a Seder takes too much work? #2: Feel that there’s NO way you could replicate your in-laws’ Seder? #3: Been to Seders but have no idea how to lead one? #4: Worried about how to keep children happy during a ritual meal? Beginner or Expert: Come join us for a model Passover Seder that is easy to replicate, kid-friendly, and meaningful. You will leave with the tools and confidence to create a similar experience at home. Kashrut observed. RSVP required - sher...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10/family

 
 
Fri
Apr
  5
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Temple Shalom First Fridays Tot Shabbat 5:30 PM Congregational Potluck 6:15 PM Erev Shabbat Family Service 7:30 PM
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Fri
Apr
  5
8:00 PM - 9:15 PM
 
Temple B'nai Shalom
7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
Please join us our Family Shabbat Service featuring Jewish rocker Sheldon Low!  This worship service is designed especially for families with school-aged children.  We will hope to see you then!
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Apr
  10
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender JCC Family Engagement)
11 Wisconsin Circle, 20815 MD 20815
Buzz around Busy Bees with the Bender JCC and PJ Library! Join us for a fun-filled morning of PJ Library® story time, crafts, light snacks, and exploration around the center. Cost: Register for free and pay $15 at the door. Registration Required for Discount
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $15

 
 
Fri
Apr
  12
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender JCC: Children & Family Programs)
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Join us for a monthly challah-making and music-filled session to share joyful Judaism from generation to generation. Connect with other grandparents while bonding with your grandbabies and having fun! Every month will offer different activities such as art and tikkun olam — but making challah and music making will always be included!
Listed In:  Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Culinary, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; Members: $10, General Public: $15

 
 
Fri
Apr
  12
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
 
Gesher Jewish Day School
4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax VA 22030
Join us for our Monthly Children's Romp and Sing Playgroup. We will have open/free play for the first 45 minutes and then join in the All school Musical, dancing Kabbalat Shabbat. We will also celebrate your child's birthday. RSVP requested
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Apr
  12
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
 
Temple B'nai Shalom
7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
Please join us for Tot Shabbat, Passover-Style! 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, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Apr
  14
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (PJ Library in Greater Washington)
6045 16th Street, NW, Washington DC 20011
Join us for hands-on Passover workshop to get ready for Passover and learn more about this tradition for your interfaith or Jewish family. Your family will make items to enliven your seder with hands-on projects, plus songs, stories and snacks. All refreshments will be kosher and nut-free. Register in advance, and you'll save $5 and get a special gift!
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, DC, Culinary, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10 in advance; $15 at the door

 
 
Sun
Apr
  14
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (PJ Library in Greater Washington)
2901 East West Highway, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Join us as we dance and sing together at a Nefesh Mountain concert in Ray's Meadow Park. Doni Zasloff (“Mama Doni”) and Eric Lindberg’s family-friendly show combines Bluegrass music and Jewish tradition and heritage. Ticket Information: $5 individual; $18 family in advance / $8 individual; $25 family at the door
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5 individual; $18 family in advance

 
 
Wed
Apr
  17
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender JCC Family Engagement)
12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville MD 20852
Join the Bender JCC and PJ Library at Barnes & Noble for Storytime, Snacks, and Arts & Crafts. Please register yourself and your child(ren) in advance.
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
Apr
  22
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender Early Childhood Center)
7101 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda MD 20817
Come celebrate Yom - Kadur - Haaretz (Earth Day) with the Bender JCC and PJ Library! Join us for a fun-filled morning of Yom - Kadur - Haaretz themed PJ Library® story time and crafts. Light snacks will also be provided. Please register all adults and children attending the event. We will be meeting at the indoor playground right outside of Sears. For more information, please e-mail Jennifer Radosh at jradosh@benderjccgw.org.
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Apr
  25
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender Early Childhood Center)
11355 Woodglen Drive, Rockville MD 20852
Join the Bender JCC and PJ Library for preschool-friendly challah making, activities, and a PJ Library story time in preparation for Shabbat. Whole Foods will provide the dough, you bring your creativity to make the perfect challah to take home and bake for Shabbat! We request you download Whole Foods Market’s App in order to continue enjoying this free program. Whole Foods Market 11355 Woodglen Dr, Rockville, MD 20852: (Partnered with PJ Library) •January 31 | 10 – 11 AM •February 28 | 4 – 5 ...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Fri
May
  3
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Temple Shalom First Fridays Tot Shabbat 5:30 PM Congregational Potluck 6:15 PM Erev Shabbat Family Service 7:30 PM
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Fri
May
  3
8:00 PM - 9:15 PM
 
Temple B'nai Shalom
7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
Please join us our Family Shabbat Service featuring Jewish rocker Sheldon Low!  This worship service is designed especially for families with school-aged children.  We will hope to see you then!
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
May
  6
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender JCC Family Engagement)
9811 Washingtonian Blvd, Gaithersburg MD 20878
The playground at the RIO Washingtonian Center | 9811 Washingtonian Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878 Come stretch out with J Play and PJ Library! Pam Kaufman, Bender JCC’s resident toddler yoga teacher, will lead caregivers and tots in some fun, easy-to-do yoga – no prior experience required. Enjoy light snacks and stories for the kiddos. If the tots have any energy left (and they always do), feel free to swing around on the playground, too! Please register yourself and your child(ren) in advance....
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
May
  15
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender JCC Family Engagement)
12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville MD 20852
Join the Bender JCC and PJ Library at Barnes & Noble for Storytime, Snacks, and Arts & Crafts. Please register yourself and your child(ren) in advance.
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
May
  17
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender JCC Family Engagement)
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD MD
Join us at the Bender JCC to welcome Shabbat with a BANG! All families with children under 5 are invited to Shabbat Shabbang! No JCC Membership required. This is a program designed to create a community of new and old friends (older siblings welcome!). We will share in a seasonally-inspired gourmet meat meal, and then participate in a creative and enriching craft and entertainment program that will be fun for both children and parents. Purchase your discounted tickets before May 10. Parents:...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
May
  17
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, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
May
  19
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville MD 20852
Community Festival Celebration Celebrating Israel's 71st Year!
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Community-Wide/Festivals, Fair/Expo, Israel, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Thu
May
  23
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender JCC Family Engagement)
11580 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda MD 20852
Put on your sandals and let the sand tickle your toes at the Pike and Rose Beach! Enjoy light snacks, arts and crafts, and PJ Library stories for the kiddos.
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
May
  24
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender JCC: Children & Family Programs)
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Join us for a monthly challah-making and music-filled session to share joyful Judaism from generation to generation. Connect with other grandparents while bonding with your grandbabies and having fun! Every month will offer different activities such as art and tikkun olam — but making challah and music making will always be included!
Listed In:  Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Culinary, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; Members: $10, General Public: $15

 
 
Thu
May
  30
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender Early Childhood Center)
11355 Woodglen Drive, Rockville MD 20852
Join the Bender JCC and PJ Library for preschool-friendly challah making, activities, and a PJ Library story time in preparation for Shabbat. Whole Foods will provide the dough, you bring your creativity to make the perfect challah to take home and bake for Shabbat! We request you download Whole Foods Market’s App in order to continue enjoying this free program. Whole Foods Market 11355 Woodglen Dr, Rockville, MD 20852: (Partnered with PJ Library) •January 31 | 10 – 11 AM •February 28 | 4 – 5 ...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Fri
May
  31
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
 
Gesher Jewish Day School
4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax VA 22030
Join us for our Monthly Children's Romp and Sing Playgroup. We will have open/free play for the first 45 minutes and then join in the All school Musical, dancing Kabbalat Shabbat. We will also celebrate your child's birthday. RSVP requested
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Jun
  7
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Temple Shalom First Fridays Tot Shabbat 5:30 PM Congregational Potluck 6:15 PM 7:30 PM Erev Shabbat Family Service, Confirmation Vows, Teacher Appreciation, Camp and Israel Send Off
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Maryland, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Fri
Jun
  7
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, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 

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