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, annual health and wellness expo, and so much more.

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

Lifetime of Perspective Virtual Exhibit Tuesday, August 17th -

July 1 through August 17



For the second year in a row, the Bender JCC and Kaplan Family are proud to present the Lifetime of Perspective Exhibit virtually. The challenges and uncertainty of the last 18 months remind us of the importance of art as a tool for processing, understanding, expression, and healing. This year’s exhibit is a testament to the enduring power of art and its incredible ability to bring us together. We hope you enjoy this virtual exploration of paintings, photographs, sculptures, and much more created by our talented amateur artists aged 65 and better.

Before you tour the online exhibit, we want to thank 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 commitment to this exhibit and dedication to the artists is unwavering. Each year she returns to the exhibit with energy and passion. We could not be more grateful to her.

We also want to extend a warm thank you to the Kaplan Family, our generous sponsors of A Lifetime of Perspective, and their ongoing support and enthusiasm for the project.

We look forward to returning the exhibit to our beautiful Goldman Art Gallery. In the meantime, please enjoy this incredible virtual installment of A Lifetime of Perspective



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.