Welcome to PJ Library!

PJ Library in Silicon Valley helps families with children birth to 12 years old create treasured Jewish moments from the simple act of reading stories together.

How does it work?
PJ Library will send your family FREE Jewish children’s books and CDs each month. These gifts celebrate the joy of Jewish culture, values, and tradition— you’ll love them as much as your kids do! A program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Libary is made possible through partnerships with philanthropists and local Jewish organizations. You can donate to support the work of PJ Library in Silicon Valley here.

Who is PJ Library for?
PJ Library welcomes all Jewish families, whatever your background, knowledge, observance or family make-up. We welcome everyone, regardless of eligibility, to access the PJ Library website for our book lineups, craft ideas and reading tips.

Beyond the books:
We are here to help you connect with other families through local events. Our monthly e-newsletter, which you will automatically receive once you sign up for PJ Library, includes a list of upcoming programs in your neighborhood, and we post regular event updates on our Facebook and Instagram accounts at #pjlibrarysv.

To get involved or ask questions: Rabbi Laurie Matzkin at rabbilaurie@jvalley.org.

To enroll or add a new sibling, click here.

PJ Library Programs & Resources

Sukkot is the Jewish holiday of gathering, and what better way to celebrate than to gather our community for the launch of the new Jewish Silicon Valley mural? Be one of the firsts to take a selfie with the mural, and join us in making this Sukkot a memorable one. We’ll have fun activities for the entire family, including Zumba, storytime and shaking the Lulav. All are welcome. The event is free, but registration is required.

REGISTER HERE

For more info, contact mayat@jvalley.org.

Schedule:

10:30am: Launch of the JSV community mural with the artist, JSV’s CEO and the local community members who contributed to the mural.

10:45am: Activity stations with Zumba, Lulav and Etrog, arts & crafts and more.

11:30am: Storytime in 3 languages (English, Hebrew and Russian)

Health Information:

Thank you for helping our community stay safe and healthy! All unvaccinated people ages 2 and older are asked to be masked at our outdoor event. Food will not be provided this year.

DAY DATE TIME FEE
Sunday September 26 10;30am-12:30pm Free; registration required.

The Jewish Silicon Valley Family Center is home to PJ Library of Silicon Valley and its programs, such as J-Fam Baby Play Group, Moms’ Circle, Special Needs Parenting Support Group, pre-Shabbat activities, and more. Around programming, the space also offers families drop-in hours to take advantage of its 2 adult areas and 2 children’s areas for the variety of purposes a family might need. Families are also welcome to browse the  PJ Library book-borrowing library, where age-friendly Jewish books can be borrowed for up to a week.

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A New Family Program for the School Year (SESSIONS UNDERWAY)

For kids ages 1-7 and their Grownups

Monthly on Sundays, starting August 29th

We are thrilled to announce a partnership with Tiny Treks, a beloved local nature program and outdoor school, to create this new cohort for PJ families! Experience Jewish values, traditions and holidays while falling in love with nature, in beautiful outdoor locations around the South Peninsula and South Bay.

Each session includes a short hike, nature exploration, hands-on Jewish activities, community-building, snacks, songs, and storytime. Between each of our 10 monthly sessions, you will receive personal support for “doing Jewish” at home.

Several synagogues are creatively partnering with us as well, so stay tuned for details from your congregation’s education program.

See our Tiny Treks Teva FAQs here.

For more info, contact rabbilaurie@jvalley.org.

DAYS DATES TIME FEE
Sundays 9/19, 10/24, 11/21, 12/12, 1/9, 2/13, 3/6, 4/3, 5/1 9:30-10:30am $600

J-Fam, a playgroup for Jewish babies and their grownups. PJ Library and Addison-Penzak JCC.

Mondays, August 23-October 25

Make connections with other families and strengthen your bond with your little one. Sharing, singing, learning and mutual support are all are part our sessions! Our arms are open to moms, dads, grandparents or other caregivers. Families can choose to attend either indoor or outdoor sessions. Indoor sessions will meet in the new JSV Family Center, with masks for all grownups.

Session 1) OUTDOORS: 9:30-10:15am | REGISTER HERE

Session 2) INDOORS: 11:00-11:45am | REGISTER HERE

Fee: $70 for 10 sessions, scholarships available.

For more information, contact rabbilaurie@jvalley.org.

SESSION DAY DATE TIME FEE
Session 1: Outdoors Mondays August 23-October 25 9:30-10:15am $70
Session 2: Indoors Mondays August 23-October 25 11:00-11:45am $70

parent playing music with baby

We are thrilled to offer Music Together with a Jewish twist. Rabbi Laurie brings her musical background, Jewish passion and song leading experience to this exciting integration of a research-backed early childhood music program with Jewish literacy. Grownup participation is required. Families will receive Music Together materials and supplemental materials, as well as a weekly video of a bonus song in our private FB group!

New dates TBA

More information: rabbilaurie@jvalley.org

DAY DATES TIME FEE
Sunday TBA 10:00-10:30am $175

Family reading a book

As communities seek to lower the impact of COVID-19, many families are spending a lot of time at home with their kids. One great way to pass time with your little ones is to read PJ Library books! Here are other ideas for ways to stay busy and have fun at home.

FIND RESOURCES & ACTIVITIES

Grandparents can enjoy the gift of PJ Library too!

PJ Library grandparents enrolled this year will receive:

  • Two PJ Library books in the mail
  • Monthly emails with recipes, activities and more!
  • Updates on books and activities being sent to their grandkid(s)
  • PJ Library’s PROOF magazine
  • Opportunities to connect with PJ Library programming locally and wherever their grandchildren live
  • Surprise gifts!

An extension of PJ Library, PJ Our Way delivers free chapter books to kids ages 9-12.

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Shalom Baby Gift RecipientsWelcoming new babies into our community is pure joy! Shalom Baby is an outreach program that connects new families to our Jewish community with a baby welcoming gift. If you or someone you know has had a baby in the last 6 months, let us know by filling out our online form and we will arrange a special goody-filled delivery.

Who is Shalom Baby for?
Any Jewish family that has had a baby in the last 6 months and currently resides in our service area: Campbell, Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Mountain View, Morgan Hill, San Jose, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Saratoga, Sunnyvale.

SIGN UP HERE

For more information about the program, please contact Stephany Ganeles at stephany@jvalley.org.

PJ Library’s new monthly program will liven up your Saturdays with stories, music and movement the whole family will enjoy, led by Rabbi Laurie. All are welcome, including interfaith, LGBTQIA, and adoptive families; single parents; people of color, and grandparents. Participation is free and snacks will be provided. Previously held in San Jose Public Libraries… currently held on Zoom! Find us on Facebook for updated event info.

Questions? Contact Rabbi Laurie Matzkin, rabbilaurie@jvalley.org.

DAY DATES TIME FEE
Saturdays Ongoing 4:00-5:00pm Free