Welcome to PJ Library!

PJ Library in Silicon Valley helps families with children birth to 11 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

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

Sharing, singing, learning and mutual support are all are part our sessions! Make connections with other families and strengthen your bond with your little one. Siblings also enjoy our songs & stories. Our arms are open to moms, dads, grandparents or other caregivers. Now in its 3rd year, J-Fam continues to support babies and their grownups during the challenges of pandemic parenting. Meeting via Zoom.

Fee: $70 for 10 sessions, scholarships available.

REGISTER HERE

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

DAY DATE TIME FEE
Tuesdays January 5-March 9 9:00-9:30am $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!

Winter Collection (Bells) with beloved Hebrew & Jewish songs added.

Spring Collection (Triangle) with beloved Hebrew & Jewish songs added, and a bonus class during Passover week!

More information: rabbilaurie@jvalley.org

REGISTER HERE for the class series.

Free trial classes on March 7th! Register on the day of your demo and receive a bonus PJ Library book of your choice.  To sign up for a free trial class, click here.

DAY DATES TIME FEE
Sunday March 21-June 6 (no class 3/28 & 4/4) 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.

LEARN MORE

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 Alix Davidson at alix@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