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Growing Jewish Families

For information and to RSVP to the programs below contact the community engagement coordinator listed with the event:, 703.537.3045, 703.537.3019

Please view our summer calendar for details about upcoming events.
Please view our July Growing Jewish Families newsletter.

Growing Jewish Families cultivates community by connecting a large network of families raising Jewish children in Northern Virginia by sponsoring play dates and community events, organizing neighborhood groups, and maintaining social networking groups on Yahoo and Facebook — all to help you connect and stay connected with families in your area. As a part of this network, you will have access to educational and social opportunities in your own backyard. You will receive regular e-newsletters chock full of educational information and links, announcements of upcoming local children’s programs, family events, and more.

Growing Jewish Families continues to broaden its reach to serve even more areas throughout Northern Virginia. Programming sites include the areas of Alexandria, Arlington, Ashburn, Burke, Chantilly, Centreville, Fairfax, Gainesville, Herndon, Manassas, Leesburg, Reston, and Sterling.

Maybe your family has recently grown, or your friends are just about to welcome a little one into their lives. Shalom Baby welcomes parents, their newborns and newly adopted children into the Northern Virginia Jewish community and invites families to our free, monthly Shalom Baby play dates. This is a wonderful way for you to meet new people, make new friends and learn about your Jewish community and resources available to you. Please contact Jennifer DeAngelis to register. For additional resources visit:

About Town – GJF Summer Series Tours and experiences all around town.

Thursday, July 9: Ashburn Library: How do they keep track of all those books?

Location: 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn, VA
Time: 4:30-5:30pm
Fee: Free
RSVP required to Jennifer

Tuesday, July 14: Great Falls Fire Station: Fire safety, sit in a rescue truck, and tour.

Location: 9916 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls
Time: 11am-12pm
Fee: Free, bring a picnic lunch
Contact Jennifer to join the tour

Tuesday, July 21: Whole Foods Vienna: Where does all that food come from?

Location: 143 Maple Avenue E., Vienna
Time: 2-3pm
Fee: Free
Contact Sam to join the tour

Tuesday, July 28: Springfield Post Office: See equipment, vehicles and computers.

Location: 7051 Brookfield Plaza, Springfield
Time: 1:00pm
Fee: Free
Contact Sam to join the tour


Rosh Hashanah Apple Picking Back to School Event

Stribling Orchard: Pick apples, make crafts, hear PJ Library stories and enjoy a day at the farm
Location: 11587 Poverty Hollow Ln, Markham, VA
Date and Time: Sunday, August 30, 10:30am
Fee: Free entrance; pay for your apples
Contact Sam or Jennifer to join us

Shalom Baby families become part of Growing Jewish Families, a large network of families raising Jewish children in Northern Virginia. If you know someone who is expecting a child, please let Samantha Brown or Jennifer DeAngelis know so we can officially welcome them into the Jewish community and invite them to be part of the Shalom Baby family.

Get Connected with Shalom Baby!
Ages: newborn–3 years old and their parents (siblings welcome)
Calling all moms and dads — play dates aren’t just for kids! While the kids play, the grown-ups get to schmooze and meet other families with young children. Come out and meet up with old friends, and make some new friends, too!

JCCNV Romper Room
Sundays, July 12, August 2
Fee: Free
RSVP:, 703.537.3045

PJ Library®

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is thrilled to offer PJ Library® (PJ, as in “pajamas”) to our entire community based on our successful Northern Virginia pilot! This program provides families raising Jewish children from 6 months–8 years old with a FREE treasury of Jewish books and music! As a gift from the community, every month, families enrolled in PJ Library® receive a high-quality, expertly-selected and kid-tested Jewish book or CD. 

Through the generosity of the United Jewish Endowment Fund, the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation, the Perlin Family Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is offering one subscription per family in the Greater Washington area on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have children 6 months–8 years old, we invite you to sign up today and join a growing global community of more than 500,000 PJ Library® families throughout North America and Israel. Then, invite friends and neighbors to enroll and share in the PJ Library® experience. To register, simply go to

Ongoing Programs

PJ Library® Book Buddies!

Moms, dads, grandparents and anyone who loves books — you are invited to bring your children to enjoy PJ Library® story time and arts and crafts. Check below for updates on special PJ Library® events happening throughout Northern Virginia.

For all programs below, please RSVP to, 703.537.3045.

Location I: Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North Street, Fairfax
There are no Book Buddies events this summer at Fairfax Library. See you in the fall!
Fee: Free

Location II: Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke
Wednesdays, July 8, August 19
Fee: Free

Location III: Chantilly Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly
Thursday, July 2
Fee: Free

Offered in collaboration with PJ Library® and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation

Challah Tots

Meet JCCNV Growing Jewish Families at Whole Foods for a fun-filled morning of preschool-friendly challah making, crafts, and a PJ Library® story time in preparation for Shabbat. Whole Foods will provide the dough, and you come with your creativity to make the perfect challah to take home and bake for Shabbat!

Location I: Whole Foods, Vienna
143 Maple Avenue E., Vienna
Thursday, July 2
Fee: Free
RSVP to Samantha

Location II: Whole Foods, Fair Lakes
4501 Market Commons Drive, Fairfax
Thursdays, June 18, July 16, August 20
Fee: Free
RSVP to Jennifer

Location III: Whole Foods, Arlington
2700 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington
Wednesdays, June 24, July 22, August 26
10:30am–11:30am (please note slightly later start time)
Fee: Free
RSVP to Samantha


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