PJ Library Bay Area

Overview 

Connecting families to Jewish stories and community in the Bay Area

Something magical happens when you read stories together as a family. PJ Library Bay Area turns those special moments into the foundation for Jewish life.  

Join other families as we explore traditions, celebrate holidays, and build community across the Bay Area.

  • Let’s start by sending you free, age-appropriate Jewish books to learn and enjoy at home for children from birth through the age of 12.
  • Meet our team of Bay Area wide Parent Connectors who are here to welcome you, listen and share with you, and connect you to other families in your area.
  • Create your Jewish community and find support, resources, and friendships to enrich your family’s life.

Your family belongs here. We invite you to grow with us.

Programs

PJ Library®

Free monthly books sent to your home for kids ages 0–8 years.

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PJ Our Way

Free chapter books and graphic novels for kids ages 8.5–12 years.

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Parent Connectors

Interested in finding families in your area? We will connect you!

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Upcoming Family Events

Find the latest family events throughout the Bay Area.

EVENT CALENDAR

PJ Library® is a program of the Early Childhood and Family Engagement Initiative of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, with support from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the Albert and Janet Schultz PJ Library Fund, the Alexander M. and June L. Maisin Foundation, the Newton and Rochelle Becker Charitable Trust, and other generous local funders. Thank you to the Libitzky Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

The PJ Library Parent Connector program is made possible through a grant from the Rodan Family Foundation and the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

Media 

PJ Library’s LISTEN: free family-friendly audio stories and video streaming 

You’ll find family-friendly story podcasts, sleepytime tunes, holiday playlists, dance mixes, read-alouds, sing-alongs – something for everyone with new featured content each month.

PJ Library Presents: Podcasts for kids…with a Jewish twist

Listen at home or on the go with two magical podcasts, available everywhere you get podcasts.

Beyond the Bookcase: Familiar fairy tales come to life when Miri and Micah visit the wonderful land of Mashal.

Afternoons with Mimi: Everyone's favorite grandmother, Mimi, reads books, folktales, and original stories that will capture the imaginations of young and old alike.

PJ Library on YouTube

Need a good story read-along to watch during a long trip? How about 20 minutes worth of Jewish music to enjoy in the car? Or a quick primer on a Jewish holiday? A visit to a falafel restaurant? You can find all of that and more on PJ Library’s YouTube channel.

 

Resources 

There are a multitude of resources for families with young children in the Bay Area.

Seeking local family-friendly events?
Visit our online community calendar.

Want to connect with other families?
Jewish Baby Network is for Bay Area expecting parents and families with at least one child age newborn through 3 years of age.

Looking for a Jewish preschool?
Find a local preschool near you, and learn about preschool scholarships offered by the Federation. 

Thinking about summer camp?
The Federation supports scholarship and grant opportunities for a variety of camp experiences, including overnight camp and day camps. You can also learn all about our wonderful Bay Area Jewish overnight camps at a new centralized online hub – the Bay Area Jewish Camp Collective.

Activities, Recipes, & Book Lists
Jewish Holidays
Jewish Values
Listen: Music and Stories
Podcasts for kids ... with a Jewish twist

Contact Us 

Meet the PJ Library Bay Area team:

Vivien Braly
Director, PJ Library Bay Area 

Aliza Golshani
Manager, PJ Library Bay Area

Help Others Explore Jewish Life

You can contribute directly to this program in order to continue growing this valuable identity-building experience.
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We are amazed by the mission and service of the PJ Library. We love exposing our children to great Jewish children’s’ stories. Every month we look forward to the next book for our son. Each book is a delight and we read it over and over again.

- PJ Parent, San Francisco

Thank you PJ Library for bringing us together! You’ve brought our little community of families closer together now that you have taught us how to braid challah. My son and I love our new ritual of making Shabbat every Friday. It would not be the same without you!

- Parent, East Bay