Around Town


Backyard Theater for Kids

Thursdays in July | 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM

Enrich your little ones’ summer mornings with sunshine, music, and laughter at Strathmore’s Backyard Theater for Kids. This eclectic program is the perfect summer escape for busy families. Pack a picnic and enjoy live performances by highly esteemed and innovative family-friendly entertainers. From folk and jazz to the amazing sounds of the steelpan, Backyard Theater makes it easy to engage kids at every stage. We promise to keep both kids and parents entertained, so bring your family for a morning of inspiration and celebration!

Use promo code BENDERKIDS to reserve tickets to any of the 4 shows in July at the group rate $7.20 with no service fees!

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Two-part Lecture by Dr. Liliane Willens

The Three Waves of Jewish Migration to Shanghai, 1845-1941
Thursday, July 12 | 7:00 PM

Harbin – The Russian City in China, 1900-1950
Thursday, July 26 | 7:00 PM

Liliane Willens was born of Russian parentage in the former French Concession of Shanghai, China. She, her parents and siblings lived in Shanghai during World War II, and later, two years under the newly established the People’s Republic of China. When she immigrated to the US, she studied at Boston University where she received her B.S., M.A and a Ph.D. degree in French literature. She taught at Boston College and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Now retired, she gives talks on China in the US and overseas. Dr. Willens’ presentation will be followed by a Q&A and the signing of her book, Stateless in Shanghai.

$10 RSCC member, $15 non-member each lecture
$25 single RSCC membership at
RSVP by July 10 – Kent Wong, email:

MentorPrize seeks Mentors to serve the community

MentorPrize recruits mentors for various non-profit organizations in the Washington region that serve a broad range of constituencies — from at-risk-youth to immigrants struggling to gain a foothold in the job market. It is aggressively working to identify quality mentors for its partners, which is why it is reaching out to the Bender JCC community.

Research confirms that mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on mentees in a variety of personal, academic and professionals situations. The benefits extend to the mentors as well — improving their morale, communication skills, and emotional well-being.  But finding a meaningful mentoring opportunity can be daunting given the region’s dizzying array of programs. MentorPrize has taken the time to assess dozens of these programs. It is well-positioned to match you with a program that suits your interests and takes into account your time constraints and preferred location.

Go to for more information or fill out a MentorPrize application.  Are you ready to make a difference?

Disability Partnerships

Disability Partnerships is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Rockville, Maryland that seeks to improve the quality of life for persons living with physical disabilities. They created a survey on the health and wellness needs of the physically disabled in our area. Click here to take the survey.

IAC Eitanim

Innovate. Create. Lead. If you are a high school student and are interested in developing your leadership and professional skills while working with leading experts on tangible projects, you are IAC Eitanim! Learn from mentors in marketing, television news, and CEOs. Apply today by visiting!

For more information, contact: | 301-348-7308

Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts Master’s Program

at George Washington University is Currently Accepting Applications!

This is the only master’s program of its kind in the United States. We offer an intensive 13-month, cross-disciplinary curriculum combining coursework in Jewish cultural arts, experiential education and museum education. Graduates will be prepared for careers in Jewish museums and arts institutions, JCCs, college campus organizations, summer camps, and other innovative educational and cultural settings.

Qualified applicants receive up to 85% tuition support, thanks to the generous support of the Jim Joseph Foundation and George Washington University.

Partnering theory with practice, and the classroom with fieldwork, the EE/JCA curriculum enables students to become competent, creative, and reflective professionals. The program:

  • Inspires students to develop exciting and relevant programming for a range of audiences
  • Offers a year-long series of internships at cultural arts and educational institutions
  • Develops professional skills including budgeting, grant writing, workplace collaboration, and effective communication

*Applications need to be submitted by February 1 for funding consideration.

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