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PJ Library

Thousands of Miami children can enjoy bedtime stories about Jewish values and traditions, thanks to the Greater Miami Jewish Federation's early childhood program called The PJ Library.

Named after the bedtime garb, The PJ Library aims to help families teach their children the tenets of Judaism through children’s books.

Families who subscribe to The PJ Library open their mailboxes each month to find a brand-new book featuring a Jewish topic. The program is free for Miami-Dade County children up to the age of eight and allows youngsters to build their own Jewish library at home. Register here.

Miami's PJ Library also hosts events throughout the year that offer young children and their parents a chance to explore their Jewish roots together. All of these events are free and open to the public.

The PJ Library is part of a national program founded in 2005 by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Miami’s PJ Library chapter is funded by the Blank Family Foundation, started by one of Federation’s founders, Sam Blank. It is being operated in partnership with a wide range of early childhood centers, Jewish community centers, synagogues and agencies who share the program’s goal to reach as many children as possible.

Read our PJ Library FAQ section.

To search for upcoming PJ Library events, visit the Community Calendar.

More news and events for young families may be found at The Community Post. Check out our online newspaper today.

Upcoming Events

Join PJ Library in Miami Families for a Special Mitzvah Morning with Jewish Community Services
Please join us for a Thanksgiving inspired scavenger hunt on Sunday, November 2!
We will race through the aisles of the Winn-Dixie Aventura with our lists of clues searching for kosher food and toiletries. This event will benefit the families of JCS Shalom Bayit, the domestic abuse prevention program of Jewish Community Services. Your "team" may have a maximum of 6 people (including children) and the top three teams that fill their baskets the quickest will win PJ Library goody bags.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. and will close at 11:30 a.m. The shopping lists start at $18. Read all about the game rules by clicking here. Please consider bringing your "like new" PJ Library books that your family has outgrown for the children of JCS Shalom Bayit.

The Winn Dixie Aventura is located at 20417 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura. Please contact Marian Mendelsohn at 305.403.6539 or mmendelsohn@jcsfl.org.

Help Us Spread the Word About PJ Our Way - The Next Chapter in PJ Library
PJ Our Way is the next chapter of PJ Library for kids ages 9 to 11.The Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the founder of PJ Library, has selected only 10 communities, including Miami, to participate in the launch of this pilot program. Just like PJ Library, this program is free and every Jewish child from 9 to 11 is eligible to sign up - even if you have never participated in PJ Library before! Unlike PJ Library, rather than receiving a specific book in the mail, kids can go to www.pjourway.org every month to choose the book they want to receive. If you have older children who have aged out of PJ Library, please visit PJ Our Way and enroll them. Spread the word - we have subscriptions for all of those who are eligible.

Sunday, October 26 in Coral Gables at 10:30 a.m.
PJ Library Story Time at Books & Books
Join the Margaux Early Childhood School at Temple Judea for a special children's story time and activity. Books & Books in Coral Gables is located at 265 Aragon Avenue. For more information, please call 305.442.4408.

Tuesday, October 28 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Courage! Museum Literacy and Fun at
The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU
Join us for a special PJ Library story relating to our current exhibit: “From a Coin Toss Into Politics: The Life of a Senator.” This is an interactive program where children can explore Ometz Lev – Courage of the Heart and engage in a hands-on activity. You can even sit and have your picture taken in Senator Stone’s chair from his days in Washington, D.C. with a full gallery of Senators in the background! We will relate to courage through our dynamic reading of Beautiful Yetta: The Yiddish Chicken by Daniel Pinkwater. Afterwards we will "map out" the places we know best to instill confidence. Coffee, juice and snacks will be served. $10 JMOF-FIU member families; $18 non-members families (includes museum admission). The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is located at 301 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. For more information, please contact Chaim Lieberperson, Education Manager, at 786.972.3187 or education@jewishmuseum.com.



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