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

Book Fest in Your Living Room Presents JODI PICOULT, The Book of Two Ways: A Novel Wednesday, September 23rd - 8:00 PM
Passport J: Polin Museum Thursday, October 8th - 5:00 PM
Coffee and Kibbitz Monday, October 26th - 10:30 AM
Virtual Lecture: Jews of Ireland Tuesday, October 27th - 2:00 PM

Wednesday, September 23 | 8:00 pm EST

Brought to you by the JCC Literary Consortium
Book Fest in Your Living Room Presents
JODI PICOULT, The Book of Two Ways: A Novel
In Conversation with Judy Blume, New York Times Bestselling Author and Owner, Books & Books, Key West
ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A

Tickets: $36 includes one copy of The Book of Two Ways (includes shipping) Click Here to Purchase Tickets:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light comes a riveting novel about the choices that alter the course of our lives. Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She’s on a plane when the flight attendant makes an announcement: Prepare for a crash landing. Thoughts flash through her mind. The shocking thing is, the thoughts are not of her husband but of a man she last saw 15 years ago: Wyatt Armstrong. Dawn survives the crash, but so do all the doubts that have suddenly been raised. She has led a good life. Back in Boston, there is her husband, Brian, their beloved daughter, and her work as a death doula, in which she helps ease the transition between life and death for her clients. But somewhere in Egypt is Wyatt Armstrong, who works as an archaeologist unearthing ancient burial sites, a career Dawn once studied for but was forced to abandon when life suddenly intervened. And now, when it seems that fate is offering her second chances, she is not as sure of the choice she once made. After the crash landing, the airline offers the survivors transportation to wherever they want to go. The obvious destination is to fly home, but she could take another path: return to the archaeological site she left years before, reconnect with Wyatt and their unresolved history, and maybe even complete her research on The Book of Two Ways—the first known map of the afterlife. As the story unfolds, Dawn’s two possible futures unspool side by side, as do the secrets and doubts long-buried with them.

About the Author

Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels, including A Spark of Light, Small Great Things, and My Sister’s Keeper. She is also the author, with daughter Samantha van Leer, of two young adult novels, Between the Lines, and Off the Page. Picoult lives in New Hampshire.

Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium

Passport J: Polin Museum

Thursday, October 8th
5:00 PM

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PASSPORT J: A Virtual Trip to Warsaw’s Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Thursday, October 8 | 5:00 PM | Cost: $10

Meet Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Polin Museum’s chief curator, who will take us on a virtual tour of her work curating the Jewish experience. BKG as she is called, was featured in the film RAISE THE ROOF, which premiered and won the Audience Choice Award at the 2016 Seattle Jewish Film Festival.

Coffee and Kibbitz

Monday, October 26th
10:30 AM


Coffee and Kibbitz
Mondays, September 21 – 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

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