PJ Library and PJ Our Way

This year, PJ Library turns 18!

You can help us celebrate by sharing the gift of books with more families. Did you know a donation of $18 pays for an entire year of books for a child in our community?

Your commitment to our Jewish community is what makes Dayton so special! To make a donation of any amount, please complete the below form. 

Thank you for your generosity! 

PJ Library

PJ Library offers the gift of free, high quality, and award-winning Jewish books each month to children ages 6 months through 8 years who live in Dayton. These books are a gift from the community to celebrate Jewish culture, values, and tradition, in the hope that these stories will become cherished parts of each child’s collection of books. PJ Library in Dayton holds regular programs and events that connect PJ Library families to each other throughout the year. Sign up today at

PJ Our Way

PJ Our Way offers the gift of exceptional books with Jewish themes to kids ages 8½-11 – books that they choose themselves! Kids who sign up for PJOW in Dayton can access a safe and interactive website where they get to choose their own book each month. PJOW in Dayton empowers kids to help design programs and events for their families and peers. Sign up today at

PJ Library Radio

In addition to the free books that PJ Library sends to more than 180,000 children in the United States and Canada each month, children and families will now be able to listen to the best in Jewish kids music, for free. The new service, PJ Library Radio, can be streamed at, the PJ Library Radio app (available for download on iTunes or from the Google Play store), or TuneIn Radio (Sonos, Xbox, Roku, Echo).

PJ Library programs are supported locally by the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton in partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. And yes … PJ stands for Pajamas!

Contact Us

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PJ Library Coordinator

Kate Elder

Phone: 937-610-1794

PJ Library is going Virtual!

PJ Library Read-a-Longs with Kate, virtual playdates, and more!

Celebrating Holidays with PJ Library

PJ Library loves celebrating holidays! More specifically, PJ Library loves helping families celebrate Jewish holidays through books, programs, and music.

PJ Library Goes to Camp

Reading a bedtime story is a special ritual for children and their families, and it doesn’t have to end when kids go off to Jewish Camp.

PJ Library by the Numbers

Each month, Jewish children across the globe snuggle up and end their day with a good book. A program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library is made possible in Dayton through a generous donor and the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton.

PJ Libary Selects Dayton for Grant Initative

PJ Library families will have more opportunities to connect with one another and participate in Jewish life, thanks to the PJ Library Get Together grants program.

Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the Next Generation

Jewish Family Services, Camp Shalom & PJ Library teach Tikkun Olam

PJ Library Books & Programming Give the Gift of Jewish Culture & Values to Local Families

As a child, I used to love receiving mail. And if I knew a package or letter was coming, the anticipation was almost as exciting as opening the mail!

How PJ Library Connects Children and Families to Israel

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Shabbat in the Park with PJ Library

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The Gift of PJ Library

Thanks to the generous support of Marcia and Ed Kress, the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton, in...

Jewish Observer

D.C’s Folger Shakespeare Library to open Stuart & Mimi Rose exhibition hall with works from their rare book collection

It’s fitting that the first special exhibition in the Folger Shakespeare Library’s new Stuart and Mimi Rose Rare Book and Manuscript Exhibition Hall is drawn entirely from the Dayton couple’s own exceptional collection. After a four-year renovation, the Folger reopens Friday, June 21 with the new exhibit, Imprints in Time, The post D.C’s Folger Shakespeare Library to open Stuart & Mimi Rose exhibition hall with works from their rare book collection appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

Mazel Tov!

To celebrate Rabbi Samuel Fox’s 100th birthday, he and his wife of 72 years, Miriam, their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren met with Israeli President Isaac Herzog May 20 at the Presidential Residence in Jerusalem. Rabbi Samuel Fox served as Beth Jacob Congregation’s rabbi from 1955 until his retirement in 1995. The post Mazel Tov! appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

What our flag stands for

By Rabbi Judy Chessin, Temple Beth Or On June 14, 1777, our Stars and Stripes became the first national flag of the United States, when the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act to establish an official standard for the new nation and show solidarity with the Continental Army. In The post What our flag stands for appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

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