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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Featured Events

Doing Good with PJ Library: Volunteer on Tu B'Shevat & MLK Day

Join PJ Library, Federation's Doing Good and the Edlavitch DCJCC to show your children the Jewish value of tikkun olam (repairing the world) by assembling healthy snack bags and laundry kits for those facing hunger and homelessness in our community. We will also celebrate Tu B’Shevat (the Jewish New Year of the trees) with a holiday-related activity and story time.

We are offering this program in two locations, both on Monday, January 21:

10:30 am: FACETS Robinson Square Community Ctr, 4400 St. Edwards Pl, Fairfax
Register for the Fairfax Location 
FULL

2:30 pm:    LaSalle Backus Education Campus, 501 Riggs Rd NE, Washington
Register for the DC Location
  FULL

The Fairfax location will benefit FACETS, which helps people meet their emergency shelter, food, and medical needs, helping them gain safe, sustainable and permanent housing and working with them to end the cycle of poverty through educational, life skills and career counseling programs.

The DC location will benefit the LaSalle Backus Education Campus, a school where over 50% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

We request a $20 per family registration fee to help offset the cost of food and supplies. If the registration fee would cause a hardship, please contact us for a free or reduced rate. 

This program is intended for children ages 4 and up, but everyone is welcome.

Please note: we will be using products that contain gluten, raisins, and dairy. No nut products will be used.

Pre-registration is required for this program, and we expect both locations to fill quickly!

Monthly Events

Book Buddies

Run by JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families
  • Thursday, January 3, 10:30 a.m.: Chantilly Library (4000 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly)
  • Wednesday, January 9, 10:30 a.m.: Fairfax Regional Library (10360 North Street, Fairfax)
  • Thursday, January 10, 4:00 p.m.: Sterling Library (22030 S. Sterling Blvd, Sterling)

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.

Dinosaur on Shabbat book cover

PJ-Cosponsored Shabbat & Havdalah Programs

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Upcoming Events
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Fri
Jan
  25
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
 
Temple B'nai Shalom
7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
Please join us for a very special Tot Shabbat featuring Jewish rocker Sheldon Low! 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:  

 
 
Sat
Jan
  26
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (PJ Library in Greater Washington)
131 Gibbs Street, Rockville MD 20850
Join Pop-Ups to Pop In! to welcome a new week with family and friends. We will begin with a singalong Havdalah ceremony led by Miss Ellie, followed by ice skating, hot chocolate, and other activities. Check-in with us at the Pop-Ups to Pop In! table to receive a discount on your rink admission. Pre-register for this event and get a special gift! Great for all ages.
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Non-denominational, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Jan
  27
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia-Community Engagement Department)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
Calling all moms and dads — play dates aren’t just for kids! Join Growing Jewish Families for our monthly Shalom Baby playdate at the JCCNV. While the kids play, the grown-ups get to schmooze and meet other families with young children. Come out and meet up with old friends, and make some new friends, too! Ages: 0 –3 years old and their parents (siblings welcome). Cost: FREE! YOU MUST WEAR SOCKS (kids and adults) RSVP with Vered.Hararykoslow@jccnv.org with questions.
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Jan
  31
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
Feb
  1
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, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sat
Feb
  2
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (PJ Library in Greater Washington)
1409 Main St., Gaithersburg MD 20878
Save the Date for Shaare Torah's annual Pajama Havdalah! We will have breakfast-for-dinner, crafts and a multisensory, interactive Havdalah celebration. This program is a partnership of PJ Library in Greater Washington and Shaare Torah.
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Feb
  12
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender Early Childhood Center)
11825 Grand Park Ave, North Bethesda MD 20852
Get a Ta’am Hachayim “taste of life” at Stella Barra’s! Dish it out with J Play and PJ Library! Have your kids roll up their sleeves for a fun pizza making party. Don’t forget to save room for mini treats and soft drinks (for kids only). While you wait for your pizza to cook, we’ll have Storytime and Arts & Crafts surrounding the Jewish value Ta’am Hachayim. Ta’am Hachayim is an Israeli phrase meaning “taste of life,” signifying the pleasure to be had in enjoying different foods. Restaurant...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Culinary, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $8 per child

 
 
Mon
Feb
  18
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation (Washington Hebrew Congregation Rabbi Joseph Weinberg Early Childhood Center)
11810 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854
It's an international adventure with food, activities, stories, and more! School may be closed, but you and your child can get a taste of what’s to come this summer at Camp Keetov as we explore different countries across the globe. It's a great way for families with young children to spend Presidents' Day morning. Invite your friends, our camp morning is free and open to the community. RSVP preferred: whctemple.org/campmd
Listed In:  Families, DC, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Feb
  22
1:15 PM - 2:45 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
Feb
  22
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:  

 
 
Thu
Feb
  28
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
Mar
  1
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street, NW, Washington DC 20016
Join us for this social gathering, where an emphasis is placed on building community through the beauty of Shabbat. Together, we will braid, bake (and enjoy!) challah and share in the Shabbat blessings through song and some movement. All participants are expected to be accompanied by an adult or caregiver. RSVP by February 22. Food note: we observe "Kosher-style" If accommodations are needed for individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired, please make note of this in the RSVP so we ensure we ...
Listed In:  College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Special Needs, Teens, DC, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; $18 suggested donation

 
 
Sun
Mar
  10
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (PJ Library in Greater Washington)
4715 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20011
Join us to celebrate Purim with an interactive learning project. We will be Doing Good to help children at the Covenant House Youth Shelter Daycare, a program for single mothers that offers a free on-site day care so that they can complete their education and hold a job. Program cosponsored by PJ Library, Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation's Capital and Federation's Doing Good.
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, DC, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Volunteer
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Fri
Mar
  15
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
Mar
  15
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
 
Temple B'nai Shalom
7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
Please join us for Tot Shabbat, Purim-Style! Wear your favorite costume! 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
Mar
  17
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (PJ Library in Greater Washington)
3935 Macomb St NW, Washington DC 20016
We will minimize the noise and other sensory input, but maximize the fun! Join us for crafts, an interactive reading of the Purim story (megillah), a mitzvah (good deed) project and treats to take home. Costumes encouraged but not required. Please pre-register as space is limited. Best for ages 4-7. FAQs about Sensory-Friendly Purim: http://bit.ly/SensoryPurimFAQ
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Special Needs, DC, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5 per family, plus bring a canned good to donate

 
 
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

 
 
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:  

 
 
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

 
 
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:  

 
 
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:  

 
 
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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