Coming of Age in Maryland

CoA Programs (Coming of Age in Maryland) offers monthly activities, excursions, and special events to members aged 60 and over. Activities include theatre and museum trips, lectures, concerts, and annual signature events such as the health and wellness expo and a New York City overnight trip.Opportunities abound for socializing, learning and entertainment. We hope you’ll join us to make friends and enjoy new experiences, including:

  • Free CoA membership
  • Monthly Cinema J Film Screenings at both the JCC and Leisure World
  • “Food ‘n’ Fun” meals and games at local restaurants
  • Social work support from our partner, JSSA
  • Financial assistance for Bender JCCGW memberships for qualifying individuals
  • Transportation provided for excursions

Programs for Active Adults Around Town | November, 2023 – January, 2024

For more information, contact Frieda Enoch at 301.348.3809 or visit our Arts & Culture section for author discussions, gallery exhibits, and concerts sponsored by the Bender JCC.

Upcoming Coming of Age sponsored events

In-Person Mah Jongg Monday, March 4th - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sip & Share Sisterhood Monday, March 4th - 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Cinema J: Bella! Tuesday, March 5th -
Coming of Age Excursion: National Portrait Gallery Wednesday, March 13th - 11:30 AM
CoA Excursion: 2-Day Fun & Fabulous Overnight Trip to NYC! Wednesday, March 27th -
CoA Coffeehouse: Bacharach & Broadway Thursday, April 11th - 7:00 - 8:30 PM

In-Person Mah Jongg

Monday, March 4th
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Beginner Mah Jongg Classes
Mondays | 10:00 AM-12:00 PM | March 4 – March 25
$90 / members | $100 / public | In-person

Come have fun and learn to play American Mah Jongg, an exciting four-player tile game with Chinese origins. Using 152 tiles depicting Chinese characters and symbols, players pick and discard in turn to form combinations found on the National Mah Jongg League’s annual card of hands. Strategy, skill and luck are needed to be the first player to complete a hand and declare “Mah Jongg!” This 4-session class will be taught in person at the Bender JCC by Jamie Grauer. *Space limited to 8 participants.

For more information or to register go to contact Marcie Blackman at 301.348.3808.

*You will need to purchase a Mah Jongg card prior for the class.  Cards can be purchased at


Sip & Share Sisterhood

Monday, March 4th
1:00 - 2:00 PM

Alternating Mondays | 1:00 PM

Women’s group is back at the J for bi-monthly gatherings. Join us for a hot beverage and conversation every other Monday at 1:00PM. Sip & Share Sisterhood is a warm and welcoming get-together designed exclusively for women seeking connection, camaraderie, and stimulating conversations. Each session provides an opportunity to explore a variety of topics, from life experiences and current events to hobbies, travel, and more. Share your stories, listen to others, and engage in thought-provoking discussions.

Sip & Share Sisterhood will meet on the following dates:

  • March 4 – Please register for our inaugural gathering!
  • March 18
  • April 1
  • April 15
  • May 6
  • May 20
  • June 3
  • June 17

Cinema J: Bella!

Tuesday, March 5th

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English | Documentary | USA, 2023 | 102 minutes

Bella!, Jeff Lieberman’s well researched and beautifully crafted documentary, highlights Abzug’s accomplishments as a political tour de force, a fearless feminist and a fighter for equality and justice. In interviews from Gloria Steinem and Hillary Clinton to Shirley MacLaine and Barbara Streisand, she is praised for her chutzpah, dedication, and impact as a role model.

The film is an irresistible love letter to New York and to Abzug, the quintessential New Yorker, with her no-nonsense Bronx charisma, her colorful hats, and her bold and gutsy voice.

Bella! is a beautiful tribute to this extraordinary woman.

In 1970, in a male-dominated era, Bella Abzug challenged the status quo, leading a successful campaign in Manhattan that took her to Congress. Known for her iconic hat and Bronx confidence, Bella championed women’s credit cards, LGBTQ equality, and diverse leadership. She aimed to shatter the Senate’s boys’ club and become New York’s first female mayor, facing opposition from various fronts, including the Nixon Administration, CIA, FBI, and The New York Times. This comprehensive look into Abzug’s life includes home movies, audio diaries, new footage, and interviews with Barbra Streisand, Lily Tomlin, Gloria Steinem, Maxine Waters, and more.

Choose from two Screenings:

Cinema J Matinee @ Leisure World
Tuesday, March 5 | 1:30-3:00 PM | $10 in advance / $12 at the door
Leisure World Clubhouse II
3300 N. Leisure World Blvd., Silver Spring, MD 20906

Cinema J @ The Kreeger Theater
Thursday, March 7 I 7:00–9:00 PM I $12
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD 20852

For more information, please contact Frieda Enoch at or 301-348-3832.

Wednesday, March 13 | $45

Join your Coming of Age friends for an exclusive docent-led tour of the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibit Star Power: Photographs from Hollywood’s Golden Era by George Hurrell. 

Transportation will be provided from two pick-up locations:

  • 9:45 AM from Leisure World
  • 10:15 AM from the Bender JCC

About the Exhibition

Widely regarded as the preeminent Hollywood portrait photographer of the 1930s and 1940s, George Hurrell (1904–1992) created definitive, timeless images of many of the most glamorous figures of filmdom’s golden era. Hurrell began his Hollywood career in 1930 as a photographer for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the studio (founded in 1924) that claimed to have “more stars than there are in heaven.” With a keen eye for lighting effects and artful posing, he developed a style of presentation that magnified the stars and influenced popular standards of glamour. Advancing rapidly to become MGM’s in-house portraitist, he produced memorable images of film royalty, from Joan Crawford and Clark Gable to Spencer Tracy and Greta Garbo. He established his own studio on Sunset Boulevard in 1933, where he continued to photograph actors for MGM as well as those under contract with other major studios. After closing his studio in 1938, Hurrell concluded the decade as the head of photography for Warner Bros.

Selected from the National Portrait Gallery’s collection by senior curator of photographs Ann Shumard, this exhibition features golden-era portraits that reveal Hurrell’s skill in shaping the images of Hollywood’s brightest stars.

“Oh, the places you’ll go…”

Wednesday – Thursday | March 27-28, 2024
$1,195/pp Double Occupancy; Add-On: $100 for Single Occupancy Room

Join your Coming of Age crew for a 2-day fun and fabulous trip to New York City! Highlights include:

  • Broadway’s The Neil Diamond Musical: A Beautiful Noise
  • Dinner Cruise
  • Museum of the City of New York – private docent-led tour
  • Overnight stay at the Intercontinental Times Square
  • Surprise bonus tour
  • All meals included (boxed lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch, and snacks)

Choose from two pick-up locations:

  • 8:00 AM | Bender JCC
  • 8:30 AM | Leisure World

Registration opens December 28, 2023. Limited space available – don’t wait! 

*Please note that the itinerary is subject to change.
**Please be aware that there will be walking involved – wear comfortable shoes!
QUESTIONS? Please contact Frieda Enoch or Lindsay Frankel at, or call 301-348-3832.

CoA Coffeehouse: Bacharach & Broadway

Thursday, April 11th
7:00 - 8:30 PM

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$32 | Bender JCC

The food. The ambience. The camaraderie. The MUSIC!

The Steve Washington Quartet presents music inspired by Burt Bacharach and his influence on Broadway. Popular music is forever changed by the impact of composer, arranger, and conductor Burt Bacharach and his songwriting partner and lyricist Hal David. In this intimate salute we will enjoy tunes by the iconic duo as well as music from beloved Broadway shows, such as South Pacific and Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along.

But first, let’s eat:

Heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and wine precede the concert.

Who is Steve Washington? 

Steve Washington has been performing for more than 40 years with humble beginnings in Princeton University singing groups and theatrical productions. After Princeton, Steve performed professionally in local and regional theatre. A highlight was working under the direction of world-renowned producer Cameron Mackintosh himself in a production of “Hey, Mr. Producer.” Shifting focus to music, Steve began cultivating a jazz-infused body of work including standards, big band, R&B, funk, Latin & Brazilian presenting at the area’s most popular venues including Blues Alley, the Atlas Theater, the Carlyle Club, Mr. Henry’s, the Katzen Arts Center, AJACs, etc. In the last 15 years or so, Steve sharpened his focus on jazz & big band, and in late 2015 released “Right to Love” featuring the Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra which still enjoys international airplay and attention. A full-house CD Release at the famed Metropolitan Room in NYC followed and resulted in an invitation to perform quarterly the following year. In 2018, appearances beyond the DMV included a couple of month-long tours in Russia which resulted in “SkyLark,” a 2018 CD recorded in Moscow with the Sergey Vasiliev Trio.

In 2020, Steve performed three live-stream concerts courtesy of Blue House Studio’s “Covid Sessions” series. More recently, Steve was invited to perform at the 2023 Wilmington NC Jazz Festival as the opening artist, and the following week Steve joined the Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Rockville, MD, as featured vocalist. Steve recently appeared at the Barns at Wolf Trap, the Birchmere Music Hall, and Hamilton Live as one of the featured lead vocalists with Newmyer Flyer productions in concerts paying tribute to the music of Burt Bacharach and Hal David and DC’s legendary Cellar Door. With four-plus decades of entertaining behind him, Steve Washington is perhaps busier than ever and continues to share his music with audiences throughout the DMV and beyond. Steve looks forward to more adventures in music and entertainment.

For more information, call or email:
301.348.3832 |