Holiday & Center Celebrations

The Bender JCC celebrates Judaism throughout the year with a variety of holiday celebrations and observances, family and community gatherings, and festive workshops.

Center Celebrations

Center-wide and festive for the entire family, Center celebrations incorporate the entire Bender JCC community for celebrations featuring activities for everyone, from babies to bubbies.


Questions about Bender JCC holiday and Center celebrations? Contact us!

Family Fun Day Tuesday, December 25th - 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
MLK Jr. Day of Service Monday, January 21st - 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Family Fun Day

Tuesday, December 25th
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Come spend the day at the J!

Activity Schedule

Family Swim | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

  • Make a splash with your family in Bender JCC’s indoor pool. The slow lane (1/3 of the pool) will be dedicated to open swim.
    Where: Indoor pool on the lower level

Family Gym | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

  • Family Gym features colorful climbing, sliding and rolling toys for parent or guardian-accompanied children 18 months to 7 years old.
    Where: George Wasserman Gymnasium

Little Tot Play | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

  • The Bender-Dosik Parenting Center is a fantastic space for the smallest tots (3 and under) to climb and explore and play with age-appropriate toys.
    Where: Bender-Dosik Parenting Center (room 140)

Stories & More | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Join Gal Naor, Shlicha to the Bender JCC, for Storytime, and Arts & Crafts. This activity will be in both Hebrew and English.
    Where: Goldman Art Gallery


  • Come be entertained at the Kreeger Auditorium!  Seats are available on a first come first serve basis
    • 10:00 AM | Curious George (Run time: 30 minutes)
    • 10:45 AM | Aladdin (Run time: 91 minutes)

Lunch | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

  • Tovavi Falafel will be selling delicious lunches while supplies last!
    Where: Social Hall

Quiet Room | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Take a Break Room)

  • Need a quiet space to take a break? This room will have no music and just have crayons and paper to do some coloring. We ask people to refrain from using digital devices while here.
When you register in advance, you have a chance to win:
  • Free 1-month membership (new members only)
  • 3 personal training sessions (members only)
  • 1 free private swim lesson

Children under the age of 12 MUST be under adult supervision at the Bender JCC
*Please leave all strollers in the first hallway to the left (Art Studio A)

Contact Jennifer Radosh with questions at or 301-348-3848.








MLK Jr. Day of Service

Monday, January 21st
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Please join us for this event of service!

Spend your Day of Service at the J! Start the day at our Kids Mega Challah Bake service project with Chabad of Potomac, where we will make 2 challahs per person, one to keep and one to give to Interfaith Works ($15 fee). Baking will be followed by a dance performance and story reading inspired by the life of Martin Luther King Jr. in the Kreeger Theater (Free).

Challah Bake
  • 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Register for the Challah Bake

Dance Performance
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM

RSVP for the Dance Performance

For more information, please contact Lauren Dworkin at: 301-348-3837 or email