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 September & October

 

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

Upcoming Coming of Age sponsored events

Food N’ Fun: Mykonos Grill Thursday, October 6th - 12:30 - 3:00 PM
Canasta Wednesday, October 12th - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cinema J Matinee @ Leisure World: iMordecai Thursday, October 20th - 1:30 PM
Cinema J: iMordecai Thursday, October 20th - 7:00 PM
J Talks: Peace, Politics & Plutonium: The Impact of Israel’s Election Monday, October 24th - 2:00 PM
Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience Tuesday, October 25th - 9:30 AM
Food N’ Fun: Strathmore Mansion Tea Tuesday, November 1st - 12:30 - 3:00 PM
Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum Monday, November 7th - 9:30 AM
Cinema J @ the Bender JCC: The Human Factor Thursday, November 17th - 7:00 PM
J Talks: Man of Schmear Tuesday, November 29th - 2:00 PM
Cinema J: One More Story Thursday, December 8th - 7:00 PM
Cinema J @ Leisure World: One More Story Tuesday, December 13th - 1:30 PM

Food N’ Fun: Mykonos Grill

Thursday, October 6th
12:30 - 3:00 PM

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Food N’ Fun: Mykonos GrillOctober 6, 2022 | 12:30 – 3:00 PM | $36Let’s Do Lunch!Join CoA for a 3-course lunch at Mykonos Grill in Rockville. After lunch, we will play a fun trivia game where prizes will be awarded! You won’t want to miss this!What is Coming of Age? A Bender JCC 60+ adult program, welcoming all, engaging the community, offering trips, lectures, films, concerts, and more…..Questions? Contact Frieda Enoch, fenoch@benderjccgw.org or 301-348-3832

Canasta

Wednesday, October 12th
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Canasta Classes

  • Canasta – Wednesdays | 10:00 AM -12:00 PM – 10/12,10/19, 10/26 and 11/2

$70 – Members | $85 – General Public

The old craze is new again and Canasta is hot! It is one of the most popular and loved card games with an exciting mix of strategy, luck, and skill. This 4 session class will be taught by our very popular instructor, Michele Heffner, and is designed for those new to the game or individuals who’d like to brush up on their skills. Learn the rules, strategies, and scoring with a hands-on play of this intriguing and challenging game. This class will be taught in person at the Bender JCC. *Space limited to 8 participants.

For more information or to register go to contact Marcie Blackman at 301-348-3808

Cinema J Matinee @ Leisure World: iMordecaiThursday, October 20 | 1:30 PM | $10 in advance/ $12 at the doorEnglish | Feature | USA, 2022 I 1h 42mScreening Location: Leisure World Clubhouse II, 3300 N. Leisure World Blvd., Silver Spring MD, 20906A heart-warming movie based on a true story, iMordecai stars Academy Award-nominated and two-time Emmy-winning actor Judd Hirsch (star of the Emmy-winning sitcom Taxi, Ordinary People, Independence Day) as Mordecai Samels and Academy Award-nominated actress Carol Kane (Hester Street) as his wife, Fela, both survivors from Poland, who are now living in Miami. Their son, Marvin (Academy Award-nominated actor Sean Astin, The Lord of the Rings), is an ambitious cigar maker trying to support his own family while still being there for his aging parents. But when Mordecai’s ancient flip phone breaks, he starts to take lessons from Nina (newcomer Azia Dinea Hale), a young employee of Ultratech. She tutors Mordecai on his new iPhone, opening him up to all kinds of novel experiences and adventures, which makes him feel like a kid again. An uplifting comedy and a love letter to the city of Miami, iMordecai urges us all to live the one life we have to the fullest.**Proof of vaccination is required to attend all in-person films at the Bender JCC**

Cinema J: iMordecai

Thursday, October 20th
7:00 PM

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Cinema J: iMordecaiThursday, October 20 | 7:00 PM | $12English | Feature | USA, 2022 | 1h 42mScreening Location: Bender JCCGW – Kreeger TheaterA heart-warming movie based on a true story, iMordecai stars Academy Award-nominated and two-time Emmy-winning actor Judd Hirsch (star of the Emmy-winning sitcom Taxi, Ordinary People, Independence Day) as Mordecai Samels and Academy Award-nominated actress Carol Kane (Hester Street) as his wife, Fela, both survivors from Poland, who are now living in Miami. Their son, Marvin (Academy Award-nominated actor Sean Astin, The Lord of the Rings), is an ambitious cigar maker trying to support his own family while still being there for his aging parents. But when Mordecai’s ancient flip phone breaks, he starts to take lessons from Nina (newcomer Azia Dinea Hale), a young employee of Ultratech. She tutors Mordecai on his new iPhone, opening him up to all kinds of novel experiences and adventures, which makes him feel like a kid again. An uplifting comedy and a love letter to the city of Miami, iMordecai urges us all to live the one life we have to the fullest.**Proof of vaccination is required to attend all in-person films at the Bender JCC**

J Talks: Peace, Politics & Plutonium: The Impact of Israel’s ElectionMonday, October 24 | 2:00 PM | $10Location: Leisure World Clubhouse II, 3300 N. Leisure World Blvd., Silver Spring, MD 20906We are honored to welcome our guest speaker, Gil Hoffman, a regular analyst on CNN and other news outlets. Israel’s elections will be held on Nov. 1 and Mr. Hoffman will provide an insider’s look at the impact of this election and what’s at stake for Israel and the United States.Questions? Please contact Frieda or Lindsay, our CoA staff: fenoch@benderjccgw.org or call: 301-348-3832What is CoA? A Bender JCC adult program, welcoming all, engaging the community, offering trips, lectures, films, concerts, and more…

Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience | National Geographic MuseumTuesday, October 25 | $45 (Immersive Museum Experience & ‘Door-to-door Transportation) | Optional Boxed Lunch-$15*Proof of Vaccination Required to Attend*“Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience” is a cinematic immersive exhibition that takes guests on a journey to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. Innovative video projections and soundscapes transport visitors to Egypt, where they experience the country’s ancient wonders, meet the gods of the underworld, join explorers who continue to study the mysteries of his tomb, and travel with this legendary pharaoh on his quest for immortality.Transportation is included, add on lunch for an additional $15Two bus pickup locations:9:30 AM from Leisure World10:00 AM from the Bender JCCQuestions? Please contact Frieda or Lindsay, our CoA staff: fenoch@benderjccgw.org or call: 301-348-3832What is CoA? A Bender JCC adult program, welcoming all, engaging the community, offering trips, lectures, films, concerts, and more…..

Food N’ Fun: Strathmore Mansion Tea

Tuesday, November 1st
12:30 - 3:00 PM

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Food N’ Fun: Strathmore Mansion TeaNovember 1, 2022 | 12:30 – 3:00 PM | $32Join CoA for a Specialty Tea at The Strathmore Mansion: Rat Pack Tea Featuring Joe Martone on piano & vocals.A throwback tea with jazzy “Rat Pack” music from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr.Limited space is available, don’t wait to make your reservation!Transportation is not provided for this event. We will meet at the mansion at 12:30 PM.**Please note- The Strathmore requires masks to be worn when not eating or drinking**Questions? Contact Frieda or Lindsay at 301-348-3832What is Coming of Age? A Bender JCC 60+ adult program, welcoming all, engaging the community, offering trips, lectures, films, concerts, and more…..

CoA Excursion | Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum | Monday, November 7 | $36Two bus pickup locations:9:30 AM from Leisure World10:00 AM from the Bender JCCAfter a lengthy closure, the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC is reopening, and Coming of Age will be one of the first groups to visit the brand new exhibitions. Explore how we took flight, how we fly today, how one gets to the Moon, how air and space connect us all, and much more in the eight new galleries.After touring the museum, we will stop by the Mars Café for lunch (purchase your own), or you can bring lunch to eat on the bus on the return home.*Proof of Vaccination Required to Attend*Questions? Please contact Frieda or Lindsay, our CoA staff: fenoch@benderjccgw.org or call: 301-348-3832

Cinema J: The Human FactorThursday, November 17 | 7:00 PM | $12English | Documentary | USA, 2019 | 1h 48mScreening Location: Bender JCC – Kreeger AuditoriumWith unprecedented access to the foremost American negotiators, THE HUMAN FACTOR is the behind-the-scenes story from the last 25 years, of how the United States came within reach of pulling off the impossible –securing peace between Israel and its neighbors. Today, the need to learn from past mistakes couldn’t be more urgent.REVIEWS:“Deeply wise. A stirring argument for the power of humanity. Mr. Moreh’s technique is quietly dazzling.”– Joe Morgenstern, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL“As significant as it is drop dead fascinating, offering not only intimate personal stories but also potent insights into what went wrong so many times in that most incendiary part of the world.”– Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES**Proof of vaccination is required to attend all in-person films at the Bender JCC**Questions? Contact Coming of Age staff at 301-348-3832

J Talks: Man of Schmear

Tuesday, November 29th
2:00 PM

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J Talks: Man of Schmear- The Secret History of Judaism & Comic BooksTuesday, November 29 | 2:00 PM | $10Location: Leisure World Clubhouse | Ballroom, 3700 Rossmoor Blvd. Silver Spring, MD 20906Superheroes and comic books have been ingrained in our society for nearly a century…but why? And where does the connection to Judaism and folklore come into play? In this two-hour interactive workshop, you’ll learn about how the superheroes and characters you’ve seen in comics, movies, and television are interwoven through both Jewish and American societies, and why that plays such an important part in both cultures. You’ll also come away with actions that you can take to ensure this history is remembered and preserved. From Superman to The Avengers and every cape in between, this session will show you the secret history of Jews and comic books!Josh Steinhouse is a professional educator and uses his degree in American Studies, a career in Learning & Development, and 30-plus years of collecting comics to teach and interact with audiences about the influence, impact, and importance of the comic book and superhero medium in our society.Questions? Please contact Frieda or Lindsay, our CoA staff: fenoch@benderjccgw.org or call: 301-348-3832What is CoA? A Bender JCC adult program, welcoming all, engaging the community, offering trips, lectures, films, concerts, and more…

Cinema J: One More Story

Thursday, December 8th
7:00 PM

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Cinema J: One More StoryThursday, December 8 | 7:00 PM | $12Hebrew with English Subtitles | Feature | Israel, 2021 | 1h 31mScreening Location: Bender JCC – Kreeger AuditoriumAn ambitious young journalist, Yarden, is put to the test when her boss (who also happens to be her lover) assigns her to do a story about blind dating in hopes of chasing ratings. Even cynical young millennials believe in true love, right? Yarden’s not so sure but proceeds on her boss’s promise to publish her first novel if she writes the piece.One More Story is the directorial debut from Israel’s beloved comedian and TV personality, Guri Alfi, and was based on Omer Barak’s bestseller, “Wedding Rush,” which received the highest price ever paid for movie rights in Israel. With a great score, the film is a fun-filled ride as we share the journey of Yarden’s complicated dating history while waiting to discover if true love is to be found. Romantic comedy, Israeli style!(Adult content: sexual situations)Official Selection: Chicago Jewish, Boston Israeli film festivals“Love has become shorter than the Tishrei holidays…But precisely because of the cloak of cynicism, and the realization that the knight on the white horse, or the cooperative scooter, will no longer come, One More Story hits the spot.” –Editor, The Observational

**Proof of vaccination is required to attend all in-person films at the Bender JCC**Questions? Contact Coming of Age staff at 301-348-3832

Cinema J @ Leisure World: One More StoryTuesday, December 13 | 1:30 PM | $10Hebrew with English Subtitles | Feature | Israel, 2021 | 1h 31mScreening Location: Leisure World Clubhouse II, 3300 N. Leisure World Blvd. Silver Spring, MD 20906An ambitious young journalist, Yarden, is put to the test when her boss (who also happens to be her lover) assigns her to do a story about blind dating in hopes of chasing ratings. Even cynical young millennials believe in true love, right? Yarden’s not so sure, but proceeds on her boss’s promise to publish her first novel if she writes the piece.One More Story is the directorial debut from Israel’s beloved comedian and TV personality, Guri Alfi, and was based on Omer Barak’s bestseller, “Wedding Rush,” which received the highest price ever paid for movie rights in Israel. With a great score, the film is a fun-filled ride as we share the journey of Yarden’s complicated dating history while waiting to discover if true love is to be found. Romantic comedy, Israeli style!(Adult content: sexual situations)Official Selection: Chicago Jewish, Boston Israeli film festivals“Love has become shorter than the Tishrei holidays…But precisely because of the cloak of cynicism, and the realization that the knight on the white horse, or the cooperative scooter, will no longer come, One More Story hits the spot.” –Editor, The Observational

Questions? Contact Coming of Age staff at 301-348-3832