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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Monthly Events

Book Buddies

Run by JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families
  • Thursday, May 9, 10:30 a.m.: Chantilly Library (4000 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly)
  • Saturday, TBD, 3:30 p.m.:  Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington)
  • Wednesday, 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.  The monthly Book Buddies focus on the nearby holidays.

PJ Storytime at Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble, 12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 am

  • May 15
  • June 12
  • July 17
  • August 14

Join the Bender JCC and PJ Library at Barnes & Noble for Storytime, Snacks, and Arts & Crafts. This program is free, but please register yourself and your child(ren) in advance.

Challah Tots

Run by JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families in NoVa and Bender JCCGW in Maryland.
  • Sunday, May 19, 10:30 a.m.: Whole Foods Market (11660 Plaza America Dr, Reston)
  • Thursday, May 30, 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.

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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:  

 
 
Thu
May
  23
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation (B'nai Israel Congregation Family Engagement)
7777 Democracy BLVD, Bethesda MD 20817
A fun evening of games and s’mores around the campfire. Bring a parve or dairy picnic dinner. Cosponsored by PJ Library and the Bender JCC.
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10 per Family

 
 
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:  

 
 
Sun
Jun
  2
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
Find answers and options for your family at The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Montgomery County Jewish Preschool Fair. Meet representatives from local Jewish preschools, and bring your little ones for story and music time!
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Fair/Expo, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
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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