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Congregation Or Chadash Social Action

PJs and Books

The Or Chadash Social Action Committee is holding a PJ and Books Drive for at risk kids.  After Yom Kippur and its Rise Up Against Hunger event, we will start collecting new sets of pajamas and new books appropriate to children the same age as the pajamas. We will then donate them to a wonderful organization (since 2001) called Pajama Program: Good Nights Are Good Days.

Details about the organization are at https://pajamaprogram.org/.

The Pajama Program directors have indicated that there is a particular need for pjs (and books) for older age groups: 6-12 years old and 13-18 years old. We hope to collect 50 sets of pajamas and books.  Starting right after Yom Kippur, a bin will be placed in the lobby. Just place the pjs and books in it.  Please be sure to put the PJs in a bag, so that the sets won't get separated.


If you would like to make a financial contribution to the PJ+Books drive, please mail or bring a check to the temple office made out to Congregation Or Chadash, and write “PJ Program donation” in the memo line or in an attached letter.

For the 6-12 age group: 

Books by Mo Willems:

The Pigeon Books 

  1. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! 
  2. The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! 
  3. The Pigeon Loves Things That Go! 
  4. The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too! 
  5. Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! 
  6. The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! (I Really Do!) 
  7. The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? 
  8. The Pigeon Needs a Bath! (I Do Not!) 
  9. The Pigeon HAS to Go to School (Come On!) 

Elephant & Piggie Series 

  1. Today I Will Fly! 
  2. My Friend is Sad 
  3. There Is a Bird on Your Head! 
  4. I Am Invited to a Party! 
  5. I Love My New Toy! 
  6. I Will Surprise my Friend! 
  7. Are You Ready to Play Outside? 
  8. Watch Me Throw the Ball! 
  9. Elephants Cannot Dance! 
  10. Pigs Make Me Sneeze! 
  11. I Am Going! 
  12. Can I Play Too? 
  13. We Are in a Book! 
  14. I Broke My Trunk! 
  15. Should I Share My Ice Cream? 
  16. Happy Pig Day! 
  17. Listen to My Trumpet! 
  18. Let's Go for a Drive! 
  19. A Big Guy Took My Ball! 
  20. I'm a Frog! 
  21. My New Friend Is So Fun! 
  22. Waiting Is Not Easy! 
  23. I Will Take a Nap! 
  24. I Really Like Slop! 
  25. The Thank You Book

Books by Dav Pilkey 

  1. Dog Man Series
  2. Captain Underpants Series 

Books by Rachel Renee Russell

  1. Dork Diaries Series

Misadventures of Mac Crumbly Serie

For the 13-18 age group:

  1. Losing It by  Erin Fry
  2. The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
  3. It Wasn’t Me by  Dana Alison Levy
  4. Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich
  5. Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt
  6. When by Victoria Laurie
  7. Nikkie on the Line by Barbara Carroll Roberts
  8. King of the Bench by Steve Moore *This is a series, so any of these books are great and loved by boy readers
  9. Scream Site by Justina Ireland
  10. Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus
  11. Swing by Kwame Alexander
  12. Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  13. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  14. Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes
  15. Empty by Suzanne Weyn
  16. One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
  17. Rebound by Kwame Alexander
  18. Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  19. The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
  20. The Perfect Score by Rob Buyea
  21. The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
  22. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  23. My Life as…(series) by Janet Tashjia *This series (4 books) is good for readers who struggle
  24. Wishtree by Katerine Applegate
  25. Solo by Kwame Alexander
  26. Booked by  Kwame Alexander
  27. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  28. Same but Different by Holly Robinson Peete
  29. Ghost (a series) by Jason Reynolds
  30. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  31. OC Daniels by Wesley King
  32. Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks
  33. House Arrest #1 by  K.A. Holt
  34. Knock Out    #2 by K.A. Holt
  35. A Knight Divided by Jennifer Nielsen
  36. Salt to Sea by Ruta Sepetys

The organization has indicated that it will not accept activity, coloring, library, gently used, or “like new” books.  Only new books and PJ sets will be accepted.

On Sunday October 27, at 12 noon, we will come together to count and sort the pjs and books and box them up to be brought to the drop-off location.  

Please review the available slots and click on the button to sign up.  We appreciate all of your help in reaching our goal for this special project.

Thank you!

Created by:   Nancy Thorner
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Available Slot

PJs for Girls Ages 6-12 S,M,L(4,4,2) (10)

Need 4 small,4 medium, 2 large

4 of 10 slots filled
Ralph Locke (2)
Girls Small (Carters size 7)
Lona Farhi (2)
Girls Carters size 7

PJs for Boys Ages 6-12 size S,M,L(4,4,2) (10)

Need 4 small, 4 medium, 2 large)


PJs for Girls Ages 13-18(adult S,M,L) 6,6,3 (15)

Need 6 adult small, 6 adult medium and 3 adult large

2 of 15 slots filled
Susie Gellert
1 adult small
Susie Gellert
1 adult medium

PJs for Boys Ages 13-18(adult S,M,L)6,6,3 (15)

Need 6 adult small, 6 adult medium, 3 adult large


Books for girls ages 6-12 (10)

2 of 10 slots filled
Lona Farhi
There Is a Bird on Your Head!
Ralph Locke
I Broke My Trunk

Books for boys ages 6-12 (10)


Books for girls ages 13-18 (15)


Books for boys ages 13-18 (15)

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