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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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NEW! PJ Our Way for ages 9-11!

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.


Get Crafty This Month By Making Your Own Gifts and Costumes

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D on't forget to RSVP by Feb. 28 for this fun-filled night at the Omaha Children's Museum! Join our host families for all your favorite exhibits plus a dairy dinner and creative Purim activities. Email your reservations or call (402) 334-6463

Host Families 
Adam and Abigail Kutler + Sam & Henry
Matt and Stephanie Beneda  + Shalom, Judah & Eliyana
Andy and Teresa Ruback  + Max & Chloe
Brandon and Kari Tauber  + Taylor, Tori & Halle
Other Events & Resources in Your Community: 
PJ Books This Month
Parent Reads

7 Gifts in a Jar to Make with Kids for Purim
Exercising fine motor and close reading skills, math skills, and trying out new foods. What could be better?   Check it Out>> 
How to Talk to Kids About
Help prepare your children to cope with discrimination and intolerance by being open about it. Read More>> 

Making Your Own Costume
Just in time for Purim, here are a few simple, easy, costumes to create, inspired by PJ Library books! Each of these costs $20 or less to create and can be accomplished with no sewing whatsoever. Get Crafty>>
Big Matzo News
If you see one of the special PJ Library Yehuda Matzo boxes, snap a photo of your child with it, and share it with us on social media. Follow us on for upcoming details on our "Spot the Matzah" giveaway! 
Celebrate Jewish Women's History Month with these PJOW Selections
How can you make Jewish Women's History Month relevant for your tweens? Inspire kids to hear women's voices through their powerful words with these four PJ Our Way books. 
Hello PJ Library family!

Got questions? New to the community or looking to make connections with other families? Just wanna chat? Be in touch with me, your program professional! I'd love to meet you and learn more about what you'd like to 
see Omaha's PJ Library programming look like.

Jennie Gates Beckman
Jewish Federation of Omaha
 Director of Community Engagement & Education
402-334-6445 | 

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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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