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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Grand Slam Sunday

When:  Sunday, August 19, 1:35 pm (first pitch), family activities begin two hours before
Where:  Nats Park

Join us for this annual, end-of-summer celebration when the Washington Nationals take on the Miami Marlins. More than 1,500 Jewish community members will come out to the ballgame to celebrate our city’s love of baseball, the Nationals and the Jewish community.

Your ticket gets you access into the ballpark two hours before game time at 11:35 a.m. to enjoy Signature Caterers’ Tasting Table, family-friendly activities, games and giveaways. Plus, you’ll receive a FREE, limited edition Nationals hat when you buy your tickets with Federation!

Purchase tickets to sit with other PJ Library and PJ Our Way families or buy your ticket through Federation’s general sales.

Featured Events

 

Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur Family Services

We’ve gathered the information on every one! Check out the listing on Federation's Jconnect.

The family services are listed in orange.

High Holiday Family Programs and Events

If you’d like to attend a holiday program, here is our list!

Pick with PJ
When: Sunday, September 16, 10:00 a.m.
Where: Waters Orchard, 22529 Wildcat Rd, Germantown

Get your Rosh Hashanah celebrations underway with PJ and Federation's Young Leadership as we pick apples, take a family portrait, enjoy snacks and read stories together.

A Taste of Apples & Honey: Community Apple Picking
When: Sunday, September 9, 2:30 p.m.
Where: Stribling Orchard, 11587 Poverty Hollow Lane, Markham

Get ready for Rosh Hashanah with a morning of picking delicious apples to go with your honey at this local family-owned 8th generation orchard! Bring a picnic and enjoy breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Day of AWE-some: Exploring Rosh Hashanah with the EDCJCC
When: Sunday, September 9, 4:00 p.m.
Where: Mitchell Park, 23rd & S St NW, Washington

Join us in a local Dupont Circle Park to hear the shofar, taste apples and honey, participate in tashlich – the tradition of symbolically casting away our sins into a body of water – and start off a new year through songs, crafts, and stories in an atmosphere that welcomes everyone and caters to kids.

Pick n’ Picnic
When: Wednesday, September 12, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Butlers Orchard, 22222 Davis Mill Rd, Germantown

Come and join the Bender JCC, Shaare Torah, and PJ Library at Butler’s Orchard for a Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) celebration.

A Taste of Sukkot and Simchat Torah
When: Sunday, September 23, 4:00 p.m.
Where: Shaare Torah, 1409 Main Street, Gaithersburg

details to come

Sukkot Block Party & Playground Opening
When: Sunday, September 23, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Congregation B'nai Tzedek, 10621 South Glen Road, Potomac

details to come

(More to come!)



Sweet Summer Series

It's time for the 5th annual Sweet Summer Series, with frozen treats, crafts, socializing and PJ Library storytime coming to a neighborhood near you! We are partnering with many local organizations to make this happen, and the list will grow. Check back often, or like us on Facebook for updates.

All events are one hour long.

Register for a Sweet Summer Series in MD

Register for a Sweet Summer Series in VA

Monthly Events

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

Register for Challah Tots Kentlands

  • Thursday, August 30, 4:00 p.m.

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

  • new dates TBD

Virginia Locations

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

  • (on summer hiatus)

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

    • Monday, August 20, 10:30 a.m.

    Whole Foods Reston (11660 Plaza America Drive, Reston)

    Register for Challah Tots Reston

    • Sunday, August 19, 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, August 2, 10:30 a.m.:  Chantilly Library (4000 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly)
    • Sunday, TBD, 11:30 a.m.:  Barnes & Noble (2800 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington)
    • Monday, August 6, 10:30 a.m.:  Fairfax Regional Library (10360 North Street, Fairfax)
    • Wednesday, TBD, 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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    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
    Event Cost:  

     
     
    Fri
    Aug
      17
    7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
     
    Temple B'nai Shalom
    7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
    Please join us for a yummy Tot Shabbat and Ice Cream Social! 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:  

     
     
    Mon
    Aug
      20
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
     
    Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia-Community Engagement Department)
    19800 Belmont Chase Drive , Ashburn VA 20147
    Join Growing Jewish Families for Challah Tots in Ashburn! Great for ages 1 year - 6 years. Families will braid challah dough and take it home to bake while listening to PJ Library stories. RSVP with jennifer.deangelis@jccnv.org
    Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
    Event Cost:  

     
     
    Tue
    Aug
      21
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
     
    The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (PJ Library in Greater Washington)
    see description for details, Washington DC 20009
    It's time for the 5th annual Sweet Summer Series, with frozen treats, crafts, socializing and PJ Library storytime coming to a neighborhood near you! We are partnering with many local organizations to make this happen, and the list will grow. Check back often, or like us on Facebook for updates. All events are one hour long. * Thurs, May 17, 5:30 pm: Tutti-Frutti (N Bethesda) w/ Bender JCCGW * Sun, June 10, 6:00 pm: Ben and Jerry's (Fairfax) w/ Gesher JDS and JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families...
    Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Culinary, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
    Event Cost:  Free; free to attend, pay for your own ice cream

     
     
    Sun
    Aug
      26
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
     
    Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia-Community Engagement Department)
    11660 Plaza America Drive, Reston VA 20190
    Join Growing Jewish Families for a morning of Challah braiding and listening to PJ Library stories. Families will braid challah to take home and bake. Great for ages 1 year - 6 years. RSVP with jennifer.deangelis@jccnv.org
    Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
    Event Cost:  

     
     
    Fri
    Sep
      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 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

     
     
    Sun
    Sep
      9
    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
     
    Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Family Engagement at the EDCJCC)
    23rd & S St NW, Washington  DC 20008
    Provide a meaningful way for your young children to connect with the holiday of Rosh Hashanah at Day of Awe-some. Join us in a local Dupont Circle Park to hear the shofar, taste apples and honey, participate in tashlich – the tradition of symbolically casting away our sins into a body of water – and start off a new year through songs, crafts, and stories in an atmosphere that welcomes everyone and caters to kids.
    Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, DC, Non-denominational, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
    Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $20

     
     
    Fri
    Sep
      28
    7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
     
    Temple B'nai Shalom
    7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
    Please join us for Tot Shabbat, Sukkot-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
    Oct
      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, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
    Event Cost:  Free; Free

     
     
    Fri
    Oct
      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, 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:  

     
     
    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:  

     
     
    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:  

     
     
    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

     
     
    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
      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
    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
    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
    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
    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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