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Passover Seder Crash Course

Wednesday Evenings, March 14 & 21, 2018 | 7:30 – 8:00 PM

Experience a Passover like never before with the LINKS Passover Seder Crash Course at the Bender JCC! Explore Passover themes and make this year’s Seder more relevant, meaningful, and memorable for yourself and the whole family!

March 14 – The Lamb and the Lamborghini: Your Passover Will Never Be the Same! – Presented by Mr. Daniel Ratner
March 21 – Why are We Still Telling This Story? – Presented by Rabbi Hillel Shaps

For more information contact Rabbi Hillel Shaps at or 347-869-9361

70 Years of Israeli Music: A Tribute to Naomi Shemer

Thursday, March 22, 2018

7:30 PM – Join us for a sing-along and lecture on the life and work of Naomi Shemer, leading Israeli musician and songwriter, and one of the pillars of Israeli music as we know it today. We will talk about her songs, as well as unknown sides of her personality and life, and will review all of this alongside her relationship to major events in the history of modern Israel. The lecture will be in Hebrew, by Roy Rimshon, a scholar from Kibutz Kinneret.

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Big Sonia Screening

Saturday, March 24 | 4:00 PM

BlackRock Center for the Arts | 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, Maryland 20874

For years, Sonia Warshawski (90) has been an inspirational public speaker at schools and prisons, where her stories of surviving the Holocaust as a teenager have inspired countless people who once felt their own traumas would leave them broken forever. But when Sonia is served an eviction notice for her iconic tailor shop (in a dead mall), she’s confronted with an agonizing decision: either open up a new shop, or retire. For a woman who admits she stays busy “to keep the dark parts away”, facing retirement dredges up fears she’d long forgot she had, and her horrific past resurfaces. BIG SONIA explores what it means to be a survivor and how this affects families and generations. Will you let your trauma define you? Or will your past make you stronger?

This screening will be General Admission and seating is first-come, first served. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Patron Services team by emailing, or calling 240-912-1058.

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“More Than Just Mosaics: The Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee” with Dr. Jodi Magness

Sunday, March 25 | 7:30 – 9:00PM

B’nai Israel Congregation | 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852

This event is free and pre-registration is recommended at

The ancient village of Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee has gained fame for the excavations directed by Professor Jodi Magness. These excavations have brought to light the remains of a monumental Late Roman period (400s CE) synagogue building that is replete with stunning and unique mosaics. These mosaics include depictions of the biblical hero Samson, Noah’s Ark, the parting of the Red Sea, and the first non-biblical story ever discovered decorating an ancient synagogue. In this richly illustrated lecture, Professor Magness will describe these exciting finds, plus the discoveries made during the summer of 2017, including mosaics showing the building of the Tower of Babel, Jonah and the whale, and the Roman sun god Helios on a four-horse chariot.

Archaeologist Jodi Magness holds the Kenan Distinguished Professor chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the President of the Archaeological Institute of America. Dr. Magness is also the Excavation Director at Huquq in Israel’s Galilee. She has published ten books, including The Archaeology of the Holy Land, and dozens of articles. Professor Magness received her B.A. in Archaeology and History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Co-hosted by The Biblical Archaeological Forum, BASONOVA and B’nai Israel Congregation, and co-sponsored by The Foundation for Jewish Studies. Learn more at

Meet the Author: Armiger Jagoe

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Twinbrook Library | 202 Meadow Hall Dr, Rockville, MD 20851

Are you a senior interested in living your best life? Then this author event is for you! The purpose of Mr. Jagoe’s book, I Love Being Old, is to convince fellow seniors that the last phase of life CAN BE MADE THE BEST.  From the author “I think the book (my sixth) has proved to be effective because I strongly believe in this fact and my life confirms it. I am now enjoying the best phase of my life. I enjoy showing others how I am doing it and suggesting that they join me.”

Hate Speech and the Holocaust

Wednesday, April 15, 2018 | 2:30 – 6:30 PM

Temple Beth Ami | 14330 Travilah Rd, Rockville MD

Each year we join together as a Greater Washington community to remember the Holocaust at JCRC’s 2018 Community-Wide Commemoration. This year’s commemoration “Hate Speech and the Holocaust,” considers lessons that are ever more relevant to the actions we take today.

An opportunity for clergy: Some particularly meaningful parts of our program each year happen before the commemoration. “Unto Every Person There Is A Name,” (2:30 – 4:00pm) is the name reading ceremony coordinated by B’nai B’rith International around the world in cooperation with Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center. Dor L’Dor (3:00-4:00pm) is the intergenerational opportunity to bear witness to first person testimony by Holocaust survivors.

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Yom Hazikaron

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Bender JCC of Greater Washington | 6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD

Join us for Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day, יום הזכרון לחללי מערכות ישראל) community sing-along, in the loving memory of those who died protecting Israel.

Gran ​Fondo ​New ​York

Friday, ​April ​27, 2018

The ​world’s ​premier ​cycling ​series, ​Gran ​Fondo ​New ​York ​(GFNY), ​is ​coming ​to ​Jerusalem, Friday, ​April ​27. ​You ​can ​be ​part ​of ​this ​challenging ​and ​competitive ​event ​as ​you ​ride through ​the ​scenic ​roads ​of ​Jerusalem ​hills. ​The ​race ​begins ​at ​the ​Jerusalem ​Arena, ​from there ​you ​will ​ride ​just ​

outside ​Jerusalem’s ​Old ​City, ​among ​iconic ​landmarks ​dating ​back more ​than ​3,000 ​years. ​The ​Jerusalem ​streets ​will ​belong ​to ​you ​as ​you ​race ​to ​make ​your own ​history.JCC Members will receive a 10 percent discount on registration. You can read more about Gran Fondo here.

Psychotherapy & Judaism: How Jewish Wisdom Can Enhance Emotional Well-Being.

May 2, 2018 | 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Workshops and a panel discussion will highlight how Jewish perspectives can inform various approaches to psychotherapy. Co-sponsored by JSSA and the JCC, this conference will be at the Bender JCC of Greater Washington

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Giro D’Italia Big Start 2018 – Cycle Through Israel!

May 2- 9, 2018

Come see the Giro in the Holy Land!

  • Watch the first three Giro d’Italia stages
    in Jerusalem, along the Mediterranean
    and through the desert
  • Bike some of Israel’s most scenic routes
    and varied topographies
  • Fully-supported rides led by expert
    leaders with transport from start to finish
  • First class hotels
  • Breakfast daily and six dinners including
    festive Farewell Dinner
  • Bring own bike or rent aluminum/carbon
  • Specially designed group riding jersey
  • Space is limited

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Feasting, Fasting and Eating Disorders in the Jewish Community

May 16, 2018 | 8:00 AM – 1:15 PM

This seminar will begin with an examination of the intricate issues that may put Jewish girls and women at risk for developing disordered eating or an eating disorder. Attendees will be able to explore the complexity of eating disorder behaviors, review a clinically relevant screening questionnaire and expand their awareness of how some Jewish observances can influence the development and maintenance of an eating disorder for some individuals.

This seminar is open to all practitioners who treat Jewish clients or would like to learn more. Click here for more information & to register.

JCRC 80th Anniversary Gala

June 11, 2018

Join us at Congregation Har Shalom to celebrate the honorees and the accomplishments of the JCRC

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Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company Summer Intensive

July 8 – August 16

High school and university-aged dance students in the community are invited to join Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company this summer in Israel at the 2018 Summer IntensiveThe program takes place at the International Dance Village in Kibbutz Ga’aton which is situated in the Western Galilee of northern Israel and is hosted by Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company; widely recognized as one of the leading dance companies in the world. 

Dancers and dance students are welcome to enroll in either the 2-week, 4-week, or 6-week program.  All meals, accommodation, health insurance, registration fee, and field trips throughout Israel are included in the program fee.  The different options and dates are listed on the Summer Intensive page here.

 You can also read the Summer Intensive brochure here.

MentorPrize seeks Mentors to serve the community

MentorPrize recruits mentors for various non-profit organizations in the Washington region that serve a broad range of constituencies — from at risk-youth to immigrants struggling to gain a foothold in the job market. It is aggressively working to identify quality mentors for its partners, which is why it is reaching out to the Bender JCC community.

Research confirms that mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on mentees in a variety of personal, academic and professionals situations. The benefits extend to the mentors as well — improving their morale, communication skills and emotional well-being.  But finding a meaningful mentoring opportunity can be daunting given the region’s dizzying array of programs. MentorPrize has taken the time to assess dozens of these programs. It is well-positioned to match you with a program that suits your interests and takes into account your time constraints and preferred location.

Go to for more information or fill out a MentorPrize application.  Are you ready to make a difference?

Disability Partnerships

Disability Partnerships is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Rockville, Maryland that seeks to improve the quality of life for persons living with physical disabilities. They created a survey on the health and wellness needs of the physically disabled in our area. Click here to take the survey.

IAC Eitanim

Innovate. Create. Lead. If you are a high school student and are interested in developing your leadership and professional skills while working with leading experts on tangible projects, you are IAC Eitanim! Learn from mentors in marketing, television news and CEO’s. Apply today by visiting!

For more information, contact: | 301-348-7308

Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts Master’s Program

at George Washington University is Currently Accepting Applications!

This is the only master’s program of its kind in the United States. We offer an intensive 13-month, cross-disciplinary curriculum combining coursework in Jewish cultural arts, experiential education and museum education. Graduates will be prepared for careers in Jewish museums and arts institutions, JCCs, college campus organizations, summer camps, and other innovative educational and cultural settings.

Qualified applicants receive up to 85% tuition support, thanks to the generous support of the Jim Joseph Foundation and George Washington University.

Partnering theory with practice, and the classroom with fieldwork, the EE/JCA curriculum enables students to become competent, creative, and reflective professionals. The program:

  • Inspires students to develop exciting and relevant programming for a range of audiences
  • Offers a year-long series of internships at cultural arts and educational institutions
  • Develops professional skills including budgeting, grant writing, workplace collaboration, and effective communication

*Applications need to be submitted by February 1 for funding consideration.

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Audition for the Local JewKvox A Cappella Group

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