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

6th Annual WJMF Day in the Park

When: Sunday, September 30, 11:00 a.m.
Where: Stead Park, 1625 P Street NW, Washington
Bring your whole family to the park for a Sukkot celebration featuring games, fun activities and musical performances by PJ Library favorites, Josh & the Jamtones!

Sensory-Friendly Simchat Torah
program cancelled as it did not meet registration minimums

Sukkot-Themed Book Buddies
When: Dates and time vary
Where: Ashburn, Fairfax and Gum Springs Libraries
Join Growing Jewish Families for a Sukkot-themed Book Buddies. 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. Dress for messy fun.

Monthly Events

Book Buddies

Run by JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families
  • Thursday, TBD, 10:30 a.m.:  Chantilly Library (4000 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly)
  • Sunday, TBD, 11:30 a.m.:  Barnes & Noble (2800 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington)
  • Monday, TBD, 10:30 a.m.:  Fairfax Regional Library (10360 North Street, Fairfax)
  • Thursday, September 27, 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 monthly Book Buddies focus on the nearby holidays.

Dinosaur on Shabbat book cover

PJ-Cosponsored Shabbat & Havdalah Programs

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Fri
Oct
  19
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
 
Gesher Jewish Day School
4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax VA 22030
Monthly Playgroup for Children Ages 0 - 5 Open play for first 45 minutes and then join in the All School Kabbalat Shabbat, singing, dancing, and Birthday of the Month celebration. RSVP requested
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Oct
  19
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:  

 
 
Sat
Oct
  20
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia-Community Engagement Department)
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna VA 22182
Join Growing Jewish Families for a weekday fall nature walk and park playdate at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Meet your GJF host in the Visitor's Center. Fee payable on site, $5 per adult, kids 6 and under free. RSVP to Rebecca.Greene@jccnv.org
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5 per adult, kids under 6 free

 
 
Sat
Oct
  20
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia-Community Engagement Department)
2107 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna VA 22182
Join Growing Jewish Families for our monthly Tot Shabbat Hop series where we participate in different congregations' Tot Shabbats each month around the Northern Virginia area. This month we will join Chabad in Tysons for their Tot Shabbat. Tot Shabbat service is followed by a craft and child-friendly lunch. Dress code is casual and there is a parking lot right across the street from Chabad to park in. RSVP with Rebecca.Greene@jccnv.org
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Nov
  2
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

 
 
Fri
Nov
  2
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:  

 
 
Sun
Nov
  4
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
Gesher Jewish Day School
4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax VA 22030
Join Gesher Jewish Day School for a Fun and Free afternoon of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Families will be cycling through several engaging stations on our large wooded campus. All Ages welcome.
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Nov
  16
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
Nov
  18
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
A jaw dropping, camera flashing celebration! A magical morning for children and their families — join us as we celebrate 10 years of bringing you amazing storybook characters. Get ready to meet up with old friends such as Curious George & the Man in the Yellow Hat; the Very Hungry Caterpillar and your Paw Patrol friends. Meet new friends – the Minions; Pete the Cat; Clifford the Big Red Dog and more! Be sure to bring your appetite, because we’re serving up a pancake breakfast bar, along with lot...
Listed In:  Families, Special Needs, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; Fees: $12/ $10 member

 
 
Sun
Nov
  18
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia-Community Engagement Department)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
Register quickly as this program sells out every year! Join Growing Jewish Families for a jaw dropping, camera flashing 10 year celebration of providing you with storybook character fun! Enjoy a pancake breakfast bar, crafts & stories, along with a heaping helping of fun — including photo ops to remember this incredible day — bring your camera! Kids and/or adults are invited to dress up in their favorite costume! Advanced Registration Required by Nov. 11. Visit: https://10thannualcharacterbrea...
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Community-Wide/Festivals, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $12 per person, under age 1 free

 
 
Sun
Nov
  18
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
2850 Quebec Street NW, Washington DC 20008
This Thanksgiving, show your kids the Jewish value of tikkun olam (repairing the world) by working together to help those facing hunger and homelessness in our community. Join PJ Library® and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington at the Edlavitch DCJCC’s annual Everything But The Turkey (EBTT). Come for a morning of making healthy snack bags, creating a gift for families in DC shelters and learning during a story time.  These will connect your children to the Jewish values of gratitude an...
Listed In:  Families, DC, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Volunteer
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $20

 
 
Fri
Nov
  30
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
 
Gesher Jewish Day School
4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax VA 22030
Monthly Playgroup for Children Ages 0 - 5 Open play for first 45 minutes and then join in the All School Kabbalat Shabbat, singing, dancing, and Birthday of the Month celebration. RSVP requested
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Dec
  2
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
 
Ramah Day Camp of Greater Washington, DC
c/o Wellspring Conference Center, Germantown MD 20876
Ramah Day Camp of Greater Washington, DC invites all prospective camper families to "A Taste of Camp" Open House on Sunday, December 2nd from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the summer camp site, the Wellspring Conference Center in Germantown (11411 Neelsville Church Road, Germantown, MD 20876). Families are welcome to come for a short time or stay for a while. Guided tours will be offered by our staff at 1:45 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. A formal welcome by Rabbi Rami Schwartzer, Camp Directo...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Special Needs, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Dec
  7
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
6:00 PM Consecration Photo 6:15 PM Chanukah Dinner 7:30 PM Night Of 1,000 Menorahs with Consecration
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
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sat
Dec
  8
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
 
Temple B'nai Shalom
7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
You are cordially invited to a family Chanukah celebration at TBS. We will light the menorah and sing holiday songs. In addition, there will be Chanukah games (doughnut-eating contest!) and crafts (marshmallow dreidels and latke flippers). Of course, what would a Chanukah party be without latkes and other food and treats?! Non-members are welcome to this event but RSVPs to Lynn Richmond at lynn@tbs-online.org are required so we can plan for food. This event is free but we request that you b...
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Dec
  14
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

 
 
Fri
Dec
  14
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:  

 
 
Fri
Jan
  4
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, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Fri
Jan
  11
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
 
Gesher Jewish Day School
4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax VA 22030
Monthly Playgroup for Children Ages 0 - 5 Open play for first 45 minutes and then join in the All School Kabbalat Shabbat, singing, dancing, and Birthday of the Month celebration. RSVP requested
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
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:  

 
 
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

 
 
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:  

 
 
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:  

 
 
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:  

 
 
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:  

 
 
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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