From classes to trips to just being social, the Bender JCC is a hub for busy seniors. Encouraging active minds, active bodies, and community engagement, the Center leads the way in Montgomery County for seniors that want to live life to the fullest. Explore the many ways seniors enjoy the Bender JCC.

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Questions about senior activities and programming at the Bender JCC? Contact us!



Coming of Age in Maryland

Coming of Age in Maryland offers monthly activities, excursions, and special events to members aged 60 and over. Activities include theater, museums, lectures, performances, “Food and Fun” restaurant outings that feature a game component, an annual health and wellness expo, and much more. Learn more about the Bender JCC’s Coming of Age in Maryland program. For more information, contact Frieda Enoch at 301-348-3809 or

Coming of Age in Maryland Programs

Adult Living & Learning

The Bender JCC offers a comprehensive range of educational programs that stimulate minds, help members maintain a healthy lifestyle, and encourage community and social engagement. Explore Adult Living & Learning programs at the Bender JCC.

Gateways ESOL Classes

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Gateways is a comprehensive program for speakers of other languages (ESOL). Immigrant seniors from several countries (predominantly the Former Soviet Union) learn English from a staff of dedicated volunteers. The Gateways program is made possible with support from the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy and The Marinus and Minna B. Koster Foundation, Inc.

ESOL 60+ years

Classes focus on English, daily life skills, reading and conversation. The students participate in excursions when the course of study allows. Contact Stacy Katz Olivera at 301-348-3889 or


Citizenship classes are offered at the Bender JCC through Baltimore City Community College.

Contact Yana Cascioffe at 410-580-2772 or


In the Bender JCC’s continuing effort to care for members in body, mind, and spirit, the Center offers a number of wellness programs and activities for individuals of all ages, with an emphasis on aging and senior wellness.

The Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington Internal Light Low Vision Support Group for Senior Adults – Join us to hear the latest research on cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and more as well as learn from one another on ways to improve our quality of life.

This group meets on the 2nd Monday of the month at the Ring House, 1801 E. Jefferson St., Rockville, MD 20852 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM



The Bender JCC depends on the time and dedication of its enthusiastic volunteers. Each year, over 500 members donate their time and expertise in every facet of the Center. Volunteering not only enables participants to give something back to their community, but it provides opportunities to meet new people, share talents, and have fun. For information about volunteering at the Bender JCC, contact Stacy Katz Olivera at 301-348-3889 or

Selma Sweetbaum Senior Satellite Programs

Tuesdays @ the J


Every Tuesday at the J!


  • 10:00 – 11:00 AM:            Chair Exercise with Marsha Bokman
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM:     Special Program
    (details provided by date below)
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM:               Lunch (Suggested $5 donation)
  • 1:00 – 2:30 PM:                 Senior Chorus and Song Session



June 4
Program: “What you Should Know about CPR” sponsored by Adventist HealthCare, Blood Pressure Check
Lunch Menu: Veggie Lasagna, Mixed Veggies, Tomato Salad

June 11
Program:   Mike Kravitz  “Favorite Jewish Songs”
Lunch Menu:  Hamburger with fixings, Oven Fries, Health Slaw


Tuesdays@theJ will not meet during the summer months.  We will resume our regular schedule in September.   Look forward to seeing you then!!!

For more information, contact Linda Wechsler or call 301-348-3893.


Games, Clubs & Interest Groups

From singers on stage to singers in the shower, all senior singers are welcome at the Bender JCC senior adult chorus. Led by Frieda, the chorus sings a varied repertoire of Yiddish, Hebrew, and Latino tunes, as well as some Russian and American song favorites! If you love to sing, you’re welcome to join!

Chorus meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 1:00 – 2:30 PM.

Contact Frieda Enoch at 301-348-3809 or


Song Circle meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 1:00 – 2:30 PM, followed by refreshments.

Song sheets are provided and we sing mainly American folk songs.

The Jewish Chorus meets on all the other Tuesdays from 1:00 – 2:30 PM.

  • Song Circle is about the joy of singing.
  • All are welcome, regardless of experience or ability
  • Song sheets will be provided

The Song Circle is sponsored by the Bender JCC of Greater Washington’s Senior Adult Division and the Folklore Society of Greater Washington (

Contact Frieda Enoch at 301-348-3809 or

History lovers unite every fourth Thursday at 1:00 PM at the Bender JCC in a club devoted to all things historical. All history buffs welcome!

For more information, please contact Stacy Katz Olivera at 301-348-3889 or

This course is for players who need a refresher.  It will cover the fundamentals of modern bidding, play of the hand and some defensive principles.

Instructor: Geri Dubin

Register for Brush-up Bridge

Learn the basics of this fun and challenging game, including rules, strategy and etiquette. We are offering two options for this class; on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Instructor: Francine Kranzberg

Register for Mah Jongg

For more information, please contact Stacy Katz Olivera at 301-348-3889 or

This class is designed for players who would like to learn the game of Canasta.

Register for Canasta

Let’s Get Social

Created for older singles, this active group is for people who like to exchange ideas and meet others. Talk, schmooze, and make lasting personal connections. Participants aged 50+ are welcome!

Meets the fourth Thursday of every month at 7:30 PM at the Bender JCC. You will be directed from the Front Desk upon arrival. $3 per person will be collected at the events. For more information or to be placed on the group e-mail list, contact Melanie Greenfield at 301-348-3807 or or Linda Silversmith at or Geri Posner at

Thursday, July 26, 7:30 PM

Lessons for Baby Boomers with Roberta Benor

Cost: $3


General Meetings | Tuesdays, 1:15 – 2:45 PM and Wednesdays, 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Come for conversation and camaraderie! Men are invited to this weekly get-together to meet new friends and discuss topics of interest such as current events, politics, and health. This thriving group meets twice a week.

For more information, check out the Men’s Club page

Mondays, 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Just for Women! If you want to meet new friends, do some social networking, and discuss topics such as politics, religion, marriage, and life in general, consider joining this group led by volunteer Enid Portnoy. For more information, please contact Stacy Katz Olivera at 301-348-3889 or

Sundays, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The new emphasis of our group is to discuss either a topic, movie, or book in the context of concerns that affect our lives and experiences. Our dialogues afford participants the opportunity to get to know one another and make new friendships.
We are a Jewish (yet all interested persons are welcome, regardless of religious affiliation) mostly singles group 50+ which meets twice a month on Sunday mornings.
Afterwards, we informally go out to lunch at a nearby restaurant.