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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 Mark Kirchhoff at or call 402-334-6463.

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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.

Members & Non Members, Ages 0-5 with an adult Meet with other Jewish and Interfaith families for a fun-filled morning of preschool-friendly challah making and story time in preparation for Shabbat. After braiding our challah and putting it in the oven to bake, we will enjoy story and craft time. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The program is now managed by PJ Library Omaha and is free for all thanks to a generous grant. New this year, once a month Challah Tots will take place at Friedel Jewish Academy, where families will experience a special activity with the innovations or art teacher while the challah bakes. Registration is required so we have the correct amount of dough. For more details and to RSVP, click here.



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