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

Get some fresh air and enjoy your favorite PJ Library books with other families! Bring your picnic blanket for these casual meetups around Silicon Valley. We’ll aim for shady spots close to playgrounds. All ages are welcome – we’ll bring a range of books! RSVP is helpful but not necessary.

Mark your calendar for these Tuesdays at 10:00am:

June 22: Jack Fisher Park, Los Gatos
June 29: Central Park, Santa Clara (co-sponsored by Jewish Baby Network)
July 6: Frank Bramhall Park, San Jose/ Willow Glen
July 13: Ortega Park, Sunnyvale
July 20: Houge Park, San Jose/ Cambrian
July 27: Greystone Park, San Jose/ Almaden

REGISTER HERE

Each Monday, we’ll send a short reminder email with details on where to meet us and where to park. You can also follow us on social media for these weekly reminders.

For more info, contact rabbilaurie@jvalley.org.

DAY DATES TIME FEE
Tuesdays 6/22, 6//29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27 10:00-11:00am

A New Family Program for the School Year

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.

Monthly classes will kick off on August 29th. Applications for this pilot cohort will be accepted at tinytreks.com/teva through July. Scholarships are available for financial hardship.

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.

Still got questions? Join a short Zoom Q&A with Rabbi Laurie and Tiny Treks founder Pam Worth on Thursday, July 1st from 11:00-11:30am.

For more info, contact rabbilaurie@jvalley.org.

DAY DATE TIME FEE
Thursday July 1 11:00-11:30am -

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

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. Now in its 3rd year, J-Fam continues to support babies and their grownups during the challenges of pandemic parenting. Meeting via Zoom, Tuesday mornings. As restrictions ease, there is potential for distanced, outdoor sessions.

New dates TBA

Fee: $70 for 10 sessions, scholarships available.

For more information, contact rabbilaurie@jvalley.org.

DAY DATE TIME FEE
Tuesdays TBA 9:00-9:45am $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.

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 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