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We don't need to tell you that reading to your children is important. Study after study has shown it impacts a child’s development. Even the mere presence of books in a home increases the level of education they can reach. (Great news for those of us who haven’t gotten around to cleaning out the playroom in a while.) 

But finding the right books and making the time to read as a family can be hard. That’s where PJ Library comes in. 

PJ Library sends free Jewish children's books to families across the world every month. We know that something magical happens when parents sit down together to read with their children. PJ Library shares Jewish stories that can help your family talk together about values and traditions that are important to you. 

A program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library is made possible through partnerships with philanthropists and local Jewish organizations. PJ Library in Omaha is a program of the Jewish Federation of Omaha and is generously sponsored by the Dorothy and Myer S. Kripke Institute for Jewish Family Literacy. Families with kids ages six months through eight years old with Judaism as part of their lives, are welcome to sign up, regardless of their Jewish background, knowledge, or observance.

Children receiving books must reside at the address where the books are mailed. Different books are mailed to different aged children, and books are mailed individually in each child's name so that each child may feel special - and there is no arguing about who opens the package. Learn more about PJ Library and enroll your children here.  The Jewish Federation of Omaha also offer activities for your family — because you’ve got to get out of the house and meet new people sometimes! 

Your children are learning about the world around them through the stories they hear. PJ Library books can bring Jewish ideas and inspiration for you and your children to share together. 

For any questions about new or existing subscriptions, or to get more involved in planning opportunities for Omaha families to come together, contact Director of Community Engagement & Education Jennie Gates Beckman at (402) 334-6445 or

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PJ Our Way is the next chapter of PJ Library for kids ages 9-11. With PJ Our Way, rather than receiving a specific book in the mail, kids can go to every month to choose the book they want to receive. Kids can also submit reviews and videos about the books. They can apply to be part of the national Design Team that has early access to PJ Our Way books and helps create content for the website. Any child age 9-11 living in the United States is eligible to sign up. Parents can enroll their child beginning when the child turns 8.5, up until the day before their 12th birthday. Parents can read through this FAQ page to learn more, click here.


Celebrate Summer with These Great Tips from PJ Library

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Dear PJ Library Parent,

Depending on the family, summer might mean a big change in routine, like summer camp and  long vacations, or maybe just a tiny one... weekends spent at the pool, camp-like activities at daycare, more watermelon and backyard cook-outs. This summer PJ Library is taking the opportunity to sit down and plan out an amazing year of programming - and we'd love your help. The first thing you can do is apply to host a PJ Get Together ... basically you can get reimbursed for up to $150 spent on a small PJ-inspired gathering for you and your friends.Second: join us for a parent focus-group to give input on what programs we'll take on in the 2017-2018 season. Looking forward to seeing you around town this summer!
Jennie Gates Beckman , 402-334-6445
Director of Community Engagement & Education
 Looking for a reason to have fun with friends
now that summer is here?!?
Top Family-Friendly Picks
Family Shabbat Dinner
Where: Temple Israel's outdoor amphitheater
When: Friday, June 9 @ 6 pm
Details: Looking to check out Temple Israel? Join us for songs, prayer, dinner and activities all geared towards families with kids 8 & under. All families welcome; dress for outside!
More info: Register by Tuesday, June 6th.
Beth El Shabbat in the Park
Where: Zorinsky Lake
When: Friday, July 7 @ 6 pm
Details: Bring a picnic dinner for services in the park; Beth El Synagogue will provide dessert.  All families welcome; dress for outside!
More info: This event is free but Beth El requests that you register online in advance.
Other Events & Resources in Our Community: 


  • Sunday, June 18, 3:30 p.m., JCC Family Storytime, (age 0-7 with an adult)
  • Wednesday, June 21,10 a.m., JCC Challah Tots, (age 0-5 with an adult)
  • Thursday, June 22, 10 a.m., JCC Challah Tots, (age 0-5 with an adult)
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    Help your tween find creative ways to make summer reading fun! Get great tips from members of PJ Our Way and sign up your child (ages 8.5-11) to get free books that will make summer reading enjoyable! Check It Out>> 
    A Special Thank You To Our Generous Donors: 

    The Dorothy and Myer S. Kripke Institute for Jewish Family Literacy
    Mort Richards Youth Program Fund
    Murray H. and Sharee C. Newman Supporting Foundation

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