Picture an evening in the middle of summer ~ the weather is too nice to be indoors, and you take a walk to your neighborhood playground to let the kids burn off some energy before the day is done. When you get to the park, you discover that there are many other families that you know, with their children, and a potluck dinner is set up under the picnic shelter. It’s a Friday night, and PJ Library in Dayton is hosting a Shabbat in the Park. What better way to bring in a summer Shabbat than with old and new friends for children and parents alike?

This is the scene that happened this past summer in Dayton. PJ Library created a series of Shabbat evenings in neighborhoods across Dayton. Familiar faces as well as families new to the area enjoyed the ease of joining together to celebrate Shabbat in a casual setting.

For more information on this and other PJ Library programs, please contact Rachel Gilbert, PJ Library Coordinator at (937) 610-1794 or

PJ Library programs are supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton in partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. For more information on all things PJ, please contact Rachel Gilbert, PJ Library Coordinator at or (937) 610-1794.
And yes … PJ stands for Pajamas!
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. For more information visit
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. For more information visit
PJ Library Grandparents is a program unique to Dayton where grandparents have the chance to come together, in a chavurah style environment to discuss and learn about PJ Library resources available to them. A variety of topics and issues are discussed that help grandparents use PJ Library as a way to connect with grandchildren, whether they live in Dayton or are out of town.
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). For more information, visit

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