PJ Library and PJ Our Way in Monterey County

The PJ Library (PJ as in pajamas) provides your family with a FREE treasury of Jewish books and music. Children up to age 9 within Monterey County are eligible to subscribe.  It is easy to enroll!  To enroll click here or visit the PJ Library website to enroll.

PJ Our Way is for kids ages 8 ½ – 11 who are ready to graduate from picture books into chapter books.  Parents give their children permission to go on-line and choose their monthly book (it is NOT chosen for them, they must actively select a book each month).  Similar to PJ Library, the subscription is free. Go to the PJ Our Way website to enroll.

If you do not live with a young child, please pass the mailing on to someone else.  Whether you’re a parent, a grandparent, or friend of someone with young children, please help us share news of this special program with Jewish families throughout the Monterey County area who have children through age 9.  Are there children you love who live outside of this community?  You are welcome to purchase a gift subscription for them.  Please visit or call The PJ Library at (413) 439-1981 to find out the details.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Louise Riddell-Kaufman at or (831) 624-2015, Ext. 13.

Happy Reading! 

Our thanks go to the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, Women for Reform Judaism and the Hornik Family Foundation who underwrite this worthy program allowing your children their free subscriptions.


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Children ages 2 1/2 – 5, with a parent, are invited to celebrate the Jewish holidays on a monthly basis with experienced Early Childhood Educator, Chinanit Kershner.  The children will learn about the holidays with a PJ Library story and a craft.  Families are encouraged to sign up for the 9 month series at $40, but drop-in attendance is welcome at $10 for each program. Call the CBI office at (831) 624-2015 or email

Program Dates:  Saturdays from 10:30am – 12:00pm

High Holidays September 15, 2018
Shabbat November 3, 2018
Chanukah December 1, 2018
Tu B’Shevat January 26, 2019
PJ Storytime February 23, 2019
Purim March 16, 2019
Passover April 6, 2019
Yom Ha’atzmaut May 4, 2019
Shavuot June 8, 2019


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Looking for Jewish community?  A parenting discussion group?  Playtime for your little one?  It is all here in this acclaimed monthly program!

My Munchkin & Me meets one Sunday a month from 9:30 – 11:00.  This is a parallel program for parents and children.  Little ones either attend Religious School, or gather with Early Childhood Educator Kerri Goldberg and two assistants to create a craft and hear a story.  Parents meet together in a separate room to discuss parenting issues as presented in the “How to Raise a Jewish Child” by Anita Diamant and Karen Kushner.

The 7 month program series costs only $18 (thanks to the Harold Grinspoon Foundation), which includes the book as well as adult and children’s snacks. Drop-in participation is $5 per session.

Program Dates:  Sundays from 9:30am – 11:00am 

October 21
November 18
December 16
January 13
February 24
March 17
April 28