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 all ages.

 

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

I Am Sorry Day Wednesday, October 5th - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sukkah Village: Pizza In The Hut Friday, October 14th - 5:45 PM
Community Playhouse Build Sunday, October 16th - 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

I Am Sorry Day

Wednesday, October 5th
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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Celebrate the Jewish holidays with the Bender JCC at one of our super fun and festive community gatherings!All children are welcome: ideal for families with children ages 5 & under. This program is open to the general public.I’m Sorry DayWednesday, October 5 | 10-11:30 AM | $25-Adult, $15 Senior (60+), $10-Child, $0 Under 12mRSVP by October 2Teaching your little ones to say “I’m sorry” is a great way to begin explaining the holiday of Yom Kippur. Join us (outside and in-person) with early childhood music specialist Lisa Baydush for a 45-minute family-filled morning where we will explain this holiday in a tot-friendly musical way. After the music program, we encourage you and your family to stay and connect at our playground.Ticket Includes party park with Snacks, crafts, and activities to be used during the program and beyond!

Questions? Please contact Jennifer Radosh at jradosh@benderjccgw.org

Sukkah Village: Pizza In The Hut

Friday, October 14th
5:45 PM

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Celebrate the Jewish holidays with the Bender JCC at one of our super fun and festive community gatherings!All children are welcome: ideal for families with children ages 5 & under. This program is open to the general public.

Sukkah VillageFriday, October 14, 2021 | 5:45 – 8:15 PM | $35/FamilyRSVP by October 12This year Sukkah Village is a “Pizza in the Hut” Celebration! Each family will get a Pizza Party Pack of dinner, dessert, and drinks. After our time in the Sukkah, we will move under the stars to enjoy a family-friendly movie on our outdoor movie screen.Questions? Please contact Jennifer Radosh at jradosh@benderjccgw.org

 

Community Playhouse Build

Sunday, October 16th
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Celebrate Sukkot with a Community Playhouse Build
October 16 | 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Build custom playhouses for children in our community.

Join Bender JCC’s Delivering Good Network and Habitat for Humanity Maryland for a community-wide playhouse build! This Sukkot, help ensure our local children have a safe place to play.

  •  Sponsorship: Teams of 8 raise a minimum of $2,400.
  •  Age requirement: Ages 10+. Additional projects are available for children under 10.
  •  Location: The Bender JCC parking lot

Schedule:

  • 9:30 AM: Check-in
  • 9:45 AM: Welcome & Introduction
  • 10 AM – 3 PM: Playhouse Build
  • 12 – 12:30 PM: Lunch and Learn

Don’t delay – sign up today! Register your team

Join us on Sunday, October 16, 2022, at the Bender JCC for our Community Playhouse Build, an exciting new project with Habitat for Humanity Maryland (H4HM)! Volunteer teams will help build children’s playhouses to be placed in the yards of local H4HM homeowners. H4HM creates decent and affordable homeownership opportunities in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.

The Community Playhouse Build takes place during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. This holiday returns us to a time in Jewish history when the entire Jewish nation was homeless and wandering. It reminds us of the importance of having a home. Volunteering to build a Community Playhouse is a perfect way to celebrate Sukkot: you can help provide a safe space in the yards of Habitat homeowners for children to play and grow. This meaningful volunteer experience is suited for teens, college students, B’nai Mitzvot, couples, friends, and families. In addition to building the structures (ages 10+), painting projects will be available for younger children (ages 2-10).

WHY PLAYHOUSES?

Small in size, mighty in mission. Playhouses provide a special space where kids can foster their development, leadership, and creativity. Playhouses are built by sponsoring volunteer groups and are offered, at no cost, to Habitat homeowners, the children of local veterans, and active duty personnel.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

First, gather your team. Next, raise the minimum sponsorship amount of $2,400. Click here to become a fundraiser

Toolkits are available online to help with creative fundraising ideas!

HOW DO I START A TEAM? WHO CAN JOIN MY TEAM?

Anyone ages 10+ are welcome to create a team! You can volunteer as a Team Leader to organize a playhouse experience for your team. Playhouse builds are a fun, meaningful way to volunteer with colleagues and friends, all while raising funds for affordable housing in our community.

  • Inclusive | great for all skill and ability levels
  • Convenient | tools, training, and materials provided
  • Impactful | all funds support our local homebuilding mission

WHY DO YOU ASK FOR A DONATION?

Teams contribute a tax-deductible donation of $2,400 to offset the cost of materials and supervision and to benefit Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership programs and services. This support directly helps our new affordable home developments and allows us to provide affordable housing opportunities to families with limited incomes.

Don’t delay – sign up today! Register your team


Kids too little to build?
JOIN US FOR A TIKKUN OLAM PROJECT

Our Tikkun Olam Project is just for kiddos ages 2-9 to help make our playhouses brighter! We will be painting rocks and flower pots to add to our Habitat for Humanity Community Playhouses.  This project is sponsored by the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School.

REGISTER NOW