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

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

Altered Books: Quarantine Stories Monday, July 13th - 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Virtual Discussion: Stress Management — Beyond Sleep, Diet & Exercise Friday, July 17th - 10:30 AM
Lifetime of Perspective Virtual Exhibit Monday, August 17th -
Virtual Lecture: Art of Modigliani Wednesday, August 19th - 1:30 PM
Coffee and Kibbitz Monday, August 31st - 10:30 AM

Altered Books: Quarantine Stories

Monday, July 13th
3:00 - 4:00 PM

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Dates: Monday July 13, 20, 27
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
Cost: $20 (includes all 3 sessions)

These crazy days of quarantine and pandemic may have you on edge. Studies show creativity, crafting and self-expression really can soothe the soul! So join us for this 3-part series where local artist Denise Feldman will guide us through reimagining an old hardback book into a ‘holder’ of your stories. Then we’ll make decorative handmade tags to document your gratitude, affirmations, notes to self—or use them to simply add decoration to your altered book. We’ll finish the series with prompts to help you tell your stories in whatever form feels right. The end result is a personalized, handmade keepsake that captures your memories, stories, hopes and dreams. Your beautiful creation will easily sit open on display on a shelf, table, desk or entryway.

Friday, July 17 | 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Cost: $5

COVID-19 got you stressed? During these challenging and uncertain times, we search for meaningful, practical tools to handle our stress. Zach Lehman, a mental health professional, will lead us in this discussion.

This seminar provides insight into the three factors that most impact our ability to manage stress. A wide range of strategies and approaches will be provided that can be used to manage stress effectively.

*We recommend you bring a pen and paper to take notes if you wish.

ZACH LEHMAN is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked at the Jewish Social Service Agency for the past 20 years. In addition to leading group discussions about mental health wellness, Lehman also provides individual therapy for children, teens, and adults who are in need of help with issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, and other challenges.


July 1 through August 17


This year our Lifetime of Perspective exhibit may look a little different, but you will still find delightful paintings, sculptures, photographs and so much more by talented amateur artists age 65 and better. It was important to JCC staff and the Kaplan family that even during this unprecedented time of uncertainty and physical distancing we still feature the annual Lifetime of Perspective exhibit. In fact, now more than it ever it seems our community could use a dose of the warmth and connection we have come to associate with this beloved gallery show. We hope you enjoy our very special virtual presentation of  A Lifetime of Perspective. 

Before you tour the online exhibit, please take a moment to watch two short videos.

The first is by Kandy Hutman, who has been at the helm of this exhibition since its inception, first as a staff member and then as a volunteer. Her passion for this show and dedication to the artists only increases with each passing year. We are truly grateful to her for working tirelessly to transform this year’s exhibit to a virtual platform.

The second video is from Jessica Kaplan and is delivered on behalf of the entire Kaplan family. We are incredibly grateful to the Kaplan family, our generous sponsors of  A Lifetime of Perspective, and their ongoing support and enthusiasm as we transitioned to this year’s virtual exhibit.

We hope you enjoy the collection and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Goldman Art Gallery for  A Lifetime of Perspective’s 23rd year in 2021.



About A Lifetime of Perspective 

From the Exhibition Sponsors 

David Berliant, father and grandfather, was an avid “Sunday painter;” his wife, Eve, was his most devoted fan. Their love of art has been passed down to us, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In their honor, we want senior artists to have the opportunity to display their talent and share it with their loved ones. From the family of David and Eve Berliant: Deena Berliant Kaplan, Jerome A. Kaplan, Karen E. Kaplan, Jessica M. Kaplan, Joseph Youcha, Carolyn K. and Steven H. Bernstein.

This Exhibit is Supported By 

The Berliant-Kaplan Endowment Fund. Additional support for this and other Gildenhorn/Speisman Center for the Arts (GSCA) programs is provided by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. The Bender JCC is also supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the County Executive’s Ball for the Arts and other private sources.

Senior Adult Programs at the Bender JCC 

The Bender JCC of Greater Washington sponsors an extensive range of activities for older adults — including kosher lunches, classes, lectures, excursions, educational and cultural programs, programs for visually impaired senior citizens, ESOL and citizenship classes for immigrants, educational seminars, cultural programming, self-directed groups, volunteer opportunities, exercise and health education — as part of its ongoing commitment to wellness and the welfare of adults in the community. The Center is a home away from home for thousands of senior adults. In addition to programs at our Rockville location and Ring House, the Bender JCC sponsors senior adult programming in Silver Spring.

Virtual Lecture: Art of Modigliani

Wednesday, August 19th
1:30 PM

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Wednesday | August 19
1:30 PM
Cost: $8

Join us for THE ART OF MODIGLIANI which explores the remarkable life and artworks of this Italian-Sephardic Jewish artist.

His brief life left a legacy of intellectual bravado, brilliant art, and mysterious death. A melodramatic and romantic legend has grown up about him, yet his art endures as pure genius. Presented by Nancy Kotz of Jewish Art Education, dedicated to educating the wider world on the contributions of the Jewish visual arts to Jewish civilization.

Nancy Kotz has worked for a variety of museums and nonprofits including the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Business from Skidmore College.

Coffee and Kibbitz

Monday, August 31st
10:30 AM


Coffee and Kibbitz
Mondays, June 15 – August 31 | 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.

Learn more about our phased reopening!