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.

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Featured Events


Federation's Israel@70: A Musical Celebration is a don't-miss event! 

Party with the Jewish community of Greater Washington as we celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday! Enjoy live music from Israeli artists, food and fun activities for the whole family.

Arts & Crafts | Outdoor Games | Israeli Dancing | Photo Booths | Henna Tattoos

Sunday, June 3, Noon–4:00 p.m.

The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center,1961 Chain Bridge Rd

Monthly Events

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Maryland Locations Whole Foods Kentlands (316 Kentlands Boulevard, Gaithersburg) 

Register for Challah Tots Kentlands

  • Thursday, June 7, 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, August 30, 4:00 p.m.

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

  • Thursday, July 12, 10:00 a.m.

Virginia Locations

Whole Foods Arlington/Clarendon (2700 Wilson Blvd, Arlington)
Register for Challah Tots Arlington

  • Sunday, June TBD, 10:30 a.m.

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

    • Monday, May 21, 10:30 a.m.

    Whole Foods Reston (11660 Plaza America Drive, Reston)

    Register for Challah Tots Reston

    • Sunday, May 20, 10:00 a.m.

    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 and Shaare Torah, depending on the location.

    Book Buddies

    Run by JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families
    • Thursday, May 17, 10:30 a.m.:  Chantilly Library (4000 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly)
    • Sunday, May 20, 11:30 a.m.:  Barnes & Noble (2800 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington)
    • Monday, May 7, 10:30 a.m.:  Fairfax Regional Library (10360 North Street, Fairfax)
    • Wednesday, May 30, 4:00 p.m.:  Gum Spring Library (24600 Millstream Dr, Aldie)

    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 April Book Buddies will all focus on the holiday of Passover or Yom Ha'atzmaut.

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    PJ-Cosponsored Shabbat & Havdalah Programs

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    In Northern Virginia:

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    May
      30
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
     
    Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia-Community Engagement Department)
    24600 Millstream Drive, Stone Ridge VA 20105
    Join Growing Jewish Families for an afternoon of PJ Library stories and crafts. Moms, dads, grandparents and anyone who loves books -- you are invited to bring your children to enjoy PJ Library story time and arts and crafts. This month we are learning about Shavuot. Dress for messy fun. Meet in the large conference room. Program is FREE and EVERYONE is welcome to join the fun. Contact: Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org for more info.
    Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
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    Fri
    Jun
      1
    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
     
    Gesher Jewish Day School
    4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax VA 22030
    Join us for our monthly playgroup and Kabbalat Shabbat Sing along. Perfect for Ages 0 - 5. We will play, we will sing, we will meet other parents to schmooze and eat!
    Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Northern Virginia, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
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    Fri
    Jun
      1
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
     
    Temple Shalom
    8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
    Dear Temple Shalom Families, We are very excited for our Back-to-Shul Shabbat celebration: 5:30pm Tot Shabbat 6:15pm Congregational Potluck 7:30pm Erev Shabbat Family Service The deadline to register for our congregational potluck is Wednesday, August 30. Please register with the names of or number of people in your party and the (vegetarian, dairy, or fish) dish you are bringing. NO MEATS OR DESSERTS PLEASE! The dish should serve at least 8 people. Also, please remember to bring serving ute...
    Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
    Event Cost:  Free; Free

     
     
    Fri
    Jun
      1
    8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
     
    Temple B'nai Shalom
    7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
    Jewish rocker extraordinaire Sheldon Low will be with us to rock in Shabbat! Please don't miss this very musical and special service. Bring your friends!
    Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
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    Sun
    Jun
      10
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
     
    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.
    Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
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    Fri
    Jun
      15
    5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
     
    Agudas Achim Congregation
    2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
    Friday night service for kids 0-5 and parents with songs, instruments, scarves, dancing parachutes, challah and juice.
    Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  

     
     
    Sun
    Jun
      24
    9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
     
    The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
    TBD, Chevy Chase MD TBD
    PJ Library and Young Leadership of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington present Sunday Funday Playdate in the Park!
    Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Interfaith, Maryland, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
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    Fri
    Jun
      29
    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
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    Sun
    Jul
      1
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
     
    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.
    Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  

     
     
    Fri
    Jul
      20
    5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
     
    Agudas Achim Congregation
    2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
    Friday night service for kids 0-5 and parents with songs, instruments, scarves, dancing parachutes, challah and juice.
    Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
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    Sun
    Aug
      5
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
     
    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.
    Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  

     
     
    Fri
    Aug
      17
    5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
     
    Agudas Achim Congregation
    2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
    Friday night service for kids 0-5 and parents with songs, instruments, scarves, dancing parachutes, challah and juice.
    Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
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