Coming of Age in Maryland

Coming of Age Programs 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 so much more.

March – April  Coming of Age (CoA) Brochure
January – February Coming of Age (CoA) Brochure

We hope you’ll join us to make friends and enjoy new experiences, including:

  • Free membership
  • Bus excursions to local venues
  • Day @ the J, which includes use of the Health& Fitness facility, including the pool
  • Day @ the Ring, including a kosher three-course meal and an exciting program
  • Monthly “Food ‘n’ Fun” meal and entertainment at local restaurants
  • Social work support from our partner, JSSA
  • Financial assistance for JCCGW memberships and program participation for qualifying individuals
  • Transportation provided to select events for a nominal fee

For more information, contact Frieda Enoch 301.348.3809 or fenoch@jccgw.org.

Also visit our Arts & Culture section for movies, author discussions, gallery exhibits, and concerts sponsored by the Bender JCC.

Upcoming Coming of Age sponsored events

Coffee and Kibbitz Monday, October 26th - 10:30 AM
Virtual Lecture: Jews of Ireland Tuesday, October 27th - 2:00 PM
J-Talks: Jewhooing the Sixties – American Celebrity & Jewish Identity Thursday, November 12th - 2:00 PM
J TALKS: HARRY TRUMAN – A FRIEND OF THE JEWS? Wednesday, November 18th - 2:00 PM
Passport J: Tour of St. Petersburg Wednesday, December 2nd - 2:00 PM

Coffee and Kibbitz

Monday, October 26th
10:30 AM

Free RSVP

Coffee and Kibbitz
Mondays, October 26 – November 23 | 10:30 AM

Join us every Monday morning for this friendly open forum and wonderful way of connecting with others. We will chat via ZOOM about what is happening in our lives, get to know each other and build friendships. Each week a new topic will be discussed. This is a free session and open to all ages.

A Zoom link will be provided to participants a day before the event.

Please contact Marcie Blackman with any questions.

Virtual Lecture: Jews of Ireland

Tuesday, October 27th
2:00 PM

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VIRTUAL LECTURE: The Jews of Ireland
Tuesday, October 27 | 2:00 PM | Cost: $10

Please meet the Ambassador of Ireland to the United States of America, Daniel Mulhall, our guest speaker. He will share with us the fascinating history of the Jews of Ireland. Ambassador Mulhall will discuss the many parallels between the Irish and Jewish peoples, as well as relations between Ireland and Israel. We are honored to have him.

For more information contact Frieda Enoch at fenoch@benderjccgw.org

J-TALKS: JEWHOOING THE SIXTIES -AMERICAN CELEBRITY & JEWISH IDENTITY
Thursday, November 12 | 2:00 PM | Cost: $10

“Jewhooing” is a term applied to a prominent person who is of the Jewish faith, someone who elicits ethnic pride. Author David Kaufman profiles four icons, Sandy Koufax, Barbara Streisand, Bob Dylan and Lenny Bruce, who have been the subjects of “Jewhooing” since the 1960s, since their rise to fame. Kaufman will take us on an exciting journey, separating myth from fact to assess their influence on American popular culture, and on an American society that is markedly different in the 21st century from what it was six decades ago.
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You will receive the zoom link one day prior to the program. Please check your spam if you have not received it by the evening before the program. Please be respectful of the Bender JCC and do not share this link with anyone outside of your household. Thank you – looking forward to seeing you on Zoom!

Questions? Contact Frieda Enoch fenoch@benderjccgw.org

J-TALKS: HARRY TRUMAN – A FRIEND OF THE JEWS?
Wednesday, November 18 | 2:00 PM | Cost: $10

Against all odds, Israel became a state in 1948. This is the behind-the-scenes story of Harry Truman’s relationship with Zionist leaders and the “founding fathers” of Israel, including Ben Gurion, Chaim Weizmann, and Ambassador Abba Eban. Their efforts to establish statehood and secure U.S. support for Israel is a tale of high political intrigue. These important friendships would cement a vital international alliance, and displayed moral courage from one of the most unlikely champions of the Jewish people.  Please welcome Robert Watson, award-winning author, professor, historian, and media analyst for this gripping lecture with Q&A.

You will receive the Zoom link one day prior to the program. Make sure to check your spam if you have not received it by the evening before the program. Please be respectful of the Bender JCC and guest speaker by not sharing this link with anyone outside your household.
Thank you – looking forward to seeing you on Zoom!

Passport J: Tour of St. Petersburg

Wednesday, December 2nd
2:00 PM

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Passport J: Tour of St. Petersburg
Wednesday, December 2 | 2:00 PM | $10

Join us as we travel to St. Petersburg from the comfort of your couch! This tour is the perfect opportunity for you to see all the highlights of this gorgeous city of glorious royalty, majestic canal views, and onion-shaped domes. We’ll visit some Jewish heritage sites, see some incredible churches, and sneak into the Hermitage Museum, home of the royal family, where we will see some of their private rooms and reception halls. Plus, learn the secrets of Princess Anastasia in the cathedral where she is buried. All you need to do is turn on your Zoom and you are in Russia!

Olga Cardamone is a licensed tour guide from St. Petersburg Russia. She grew up in St. Petersburg and has been enchanted by museums and Russia’s rich history since she was a little girl, going on field trips to the Hermitage with her class. She has been working with guests from the US visiting Russia since 2012. Olga has been conducting virtual tours of Russia since April, providing guests with an easy way to “travel” during Covid.

You will receive the zoom link one day prior to the program. Please check your spam if you have not received it by the evening before the program. Please be respectful of the Bender JCC and do not share the link with anyone outside of your household. We look forward to seeing you!

Questions? Contact Deborah Wilbur at dwilbur@benderjccgw.org

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