J Play


Family Engagement with the Bender JCC & PJ Library

With Covid health restrictions limiting our in-person abilities, all family engagement programs including Bender-Dosik Parenting Center classes will be linked on this Jplay page.

What is J Play?

The Bender JCC of Greater Washington, along with PJ Library, welcomes Montgomery County families to join us for fun-filled Jewish experiences both inside and outside the walls of the Bender JCC.  Through play dates, community events, and holiday celebrations we aim to connect families and build friendships in their geographic area (Play dates occur throughout MoCo, not just Rockville).

The Bender JCC embraces and welcomes the diversity of our community and encourages everyone to seek meaning and fulfillment by participating in our rich programming inspired by our Jewish heritage.  We open our doors to everyone, including people of all backgrounds, religions, abilities and sexual orientations, and interfaith couples and families. Inclusion permeates our Center.

Bond with your little ones in a nurturing and hands-on environment and connect with new families at the Bender-Dosik Parenting Center!

Our parenting center provides activities, classes, and educational opportunities for the whole family. Celebrate Jewish holidays, cultivate essential developmental skills, create play-filled memories, and much more in a warm, welcoming community.

What else can families with young children do at the Bender JCC?

From our renowned preschool and camp programs to our resource-packed parenting center, children and families thrive at the Bender JCC. The Bender JCC provides activities, classes and educational opportunities for the whole family.  Celebrate Jewish holidays, cultivate essential developmental skills, and create play-filled memories and much more.  The Bender JCC also offers a fantastic fitness experience for your young ones. Children can make a splash in our indoor and outdoor pools, run around in our children’s play gyms, and take entry-level sports, arts, dance, and music courses.

Looking for Preschool Sports? Click here

PJ Library

Parents of small children know that stories are for more than just bedtime. The wonderful habit of ending your child’s busy day by reading together inspired this popular national program funded in part through the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Greater Washington families raising Jewish children between the ages of 6 months and 8 years old. Subscriptions (one per family) are offered on a first-come, first served basis. Invite friends, family, and neighbors to join in as well!

High-quality, expertly-selected, and kid tested.

Join a growing global community of more than 200,000 PJ Library families throughout North America and Israel and sign up today!

Visit PJ Library of Greater Washington to learn more about our local PJ Library Community.

Keshet Sfarim

Keshet Sfarim is an IAC enrichment program for families with children ages 2-8. To cultivate a connection to Judaism, this program brings together Hebrew language learning with Israeli culture through hand-picked children’s books. During the school year, families will receive books carefully selected by educators, and delivered to their homes once a month.

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דרך טיפוח הקשר ליהדות
.התכנית מפגישה בין למידת השפה העברית לתרבות הישראלית באמצעות ספרי ילדים שנכתבו על ידי מיטב הסופרים הישראלים
במהלך השנה ישלחו ישירות לבית אחת לחודש ספרי ילדים מטובי הסופרים אשר נבחרו בקפידה על ידי אנשי חינוך

Visit Keshet Sfarim to learn how to sign up.

Please contact Jennifer Radosh, our Family Program Coordinator, at jradosh@benderjccgw.org or 301-348-3848 with any questions, suggestions, or just to help out!

Join us for free weekly events like Mini-movers, Storytime and Shabbat Playdate!

Weekly Activities From JPlay 


MLK Jr. Day of Service Monday, January 24th - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
VIRTUAL Bim Bom Bag Mezuzahs, Hamsas, and Candles, Oh My! Thursday, January 27th - 4:30 PM
VIRTUAL Growing Grasshoppers Sunday, January 30th - 11:00 AM
IN-PERSON Big Messy Art Sunday, February 6th - 4:00 PM
VIRTUAL Estate Planning for Expecting Families and Families with Young Children Wednesday, February 23rd - 8:00 PM
IN-PERSON CORDUROY @ Imagination Stage Tuesday, November 29th -

MLK Jr. Day of Service

Monday, January 24th
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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In-Person MLK Jr. Day of Service – POSTPONED from Monday, January 17 due to impending weather conditionsMonday, January 24 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM | $8 per personSpend your Day of Service with the Delivering Good Network at the Bender JCC! We will be putting together Oral Care Kids for Comfort Cases and Manna Smart Sacks for MCPS Elementary Students.Comfort cases provide children, ages infant -19 years old who are entering the foster care system, with a bag filled with essential needs as well as comfort items. We will be making a kit of toothbrushes and other oral care essentials for the children.In partnership with MANNA and the Montgomery County School System, we will help fill the weekend meal gap for students. Volunteers will help organize and pack bags with shelf-stable items that will be handed out by local elementary schools.Your ticket price covers the cost of the supplies! SSL hours available.This event will be held outside and socially distanced in accordance with Montgomery County guidelines. Children over 2 will be required to wear masks. Children 15 and under must be supervised by an Adult.


VIRTUAL Bim Bom Bag Mezuzahs, Hamsas, and Candles, Oh My!: Explore Jewish Themes & Holidays with the Bender JCC!

Cost: $18 (Please purchase 1 ticket per child)

Registration: Zoom link will be sent out 24hrs prior to the program.

The Bender JCC presents a bagtastic and exciting opportunity to learn about Jewish customs and holidays through arts & crafts, stories, and discussions. When you sign up, we will hand-deliver* Jewish-themed arts & crafts activities to your door to work on independently with your kid(s). A few days later we will get together over zoom and share our creative crafts, read a story, and learn cool facts about the Jewish topic. This program is perfect for children 3+ years old.

• Sign up deadline: Wednesday, January 19th

• Receive your bag by: Tuesday, January 25th

• Zoom accompaniment program: Thursday, January 27, 4:30 PM

*Contactless deliveries are for Montgomery County zip codes only, if we cannot access your home from the outdoors, please email Jennifer Radosh at jradosh@benderjccgw.org and we will make arrangements. Please contact Jennifer Radosh if you have any questions.

VIRTUAL Growing Grasshoppers

Sunday, January 30th
11:00 AM


VIRTUAL Growing Grasshoppers

Sunday, Jan 30 | 11:00 AMSunday, Feb 13 | 11:00 AMSunday, Feb 27 | 11:00 AM

You can sign up for as few or as many sessions as you like!

Cost: Free
Where: zoom

Is your little one on the move and no longer content to just sit on your lap and play? We are looking for some grasshoppers who like to wiggle, jiggle, and move! Join our J Family Ambassadors to get those wiggles out with music, stories, dancing, and more! A great way to spend your morning and meet other families for some FUN!

Most enjoyed by age 12-24months (or crawlers)

This program is brought to you by Edlavitch DCJCC, Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families and Bender JCC; funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

IN-PERSON Big Messy Art

Sunday, February 6th
4:00 PM

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IN-PERSON Big Messy Art
Sundays February 6 – March 13 | 4:00 – 4:30 PM

Cost: $120 (6 classes)

Where: Bender JCC Art Studio B

Big Messy Art is bundling up for the winter and is now indoors! Lilach Cohen-Holden, a local art and yoga teacher, will lead your little ones through a fantastic art experience.

Each class begins with a storytime featuring a popular style of art. Then we move into a caregiver-assisted art project using fun family-friendly materials. At the end of each class, your child will have a work of art to showcase in their home! All materials will be provided in the class.

This class is best suited for children 3 to 6 years old.

Caregivers are required to stay for the entirety of the program. Space in the room is limited, so we can only allow one caregiver per family.

Masking INDOORS for children and staff is REQUIRED.

If you have any questions, contact Jen Radosh at jradosh@benderjccgw.org.

Jeremy Rachlin chairs the Estate and Trust Practice Group at the Bethesda, Maryland law firm of Bulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld

VIRTUAL Estate Planning for Expecting Families and Families with Young Children
Wednesday, February 23 | 8:00 PM | Cost: Free

Where: You will receive a zoom link after you register

These days, so much is out of our control, but there is no better time to educate yourself about estate planning for you and your loved ones. As the parent of a middle school-aged daughter, Jeremy Rachin finds tremendous professional satisfaction in working with families to develop an estate plan that provides reassurance and peace of mind and communicating in an easy-to-understand, non-legalese way.

Jeremy will cover the basics of estate planning, what documents you need (wills, trusts, powers of attorney), and how to protect your family in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Don’t forget to bring your questions! There will be lots of time for Q & A.*

About Jeremy Rachlin:

Jeremy Rachlin chairs the Estate and Trust Practice Group at the Bethesda, Maryland law firm of Bulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld. Jeremy provides estate planning, trust administration, estate litigation, and probate services to clients across the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia. Jeremy has repeatedly been recognized by Bethesda Magazine as a top estates attorney in Montgomery County, by Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine as amongst the top 5% of Maryland attorneys annually since 2012, and as a top estate and trust attorney in the peer-reviewed Best Lawyers In America.

Jeremy’s e-mail: jrachlin@bulmandunie.com
Jeremy’s direct line: (301) 656-1177 x305

If you have any questions about this program, contact Jen Radosh at jradosh@benderjccgw.org.

*Please be advised Jeremy is not licensed in VA and may not be able to answer state-specific questions.

Presented by the Bender JCC, Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia’s Growing Jewish Families, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and PJ Library.


IN-PERSON CORDUROY @ Imagination Stage

Select times between DECEMBER 11, 2021 – JANUARY 24, 2022

This holiday season, give the gift of theatre and make memories with your family and friends. Join us IN PERSON to see CORDUROY at Imagination Stage! Get $5 off per ticket if you purchase before November 29, using code JFamilly at checkout**.

About the show:

  • Based on the “Corduroy” and “A Pocket for Corduroy” books by Don Freeman
  • Licensed by CBS Consumer Products
  • Adapted for the Stage by Barry Kornhauser
  • Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer

We all need a friend, and Lisa is instantly drawn to the perfectly imperfect teddy bear on display at the department store. If only she can convince her stressed-out mother to buy Corduroy for her! Meanwhile, Corduroy is determined to find his missing button and become worthy of going to a real home. After the store has closed, he goes on a hilariously destructive search–with the Night Watchman in comical pursuit. Full of mischief and clowning, this story of unconditional love captures both the humanity and the merriment of the holiday season.

ASL-interpreted performance, sensory-friendly performance, and several socially distanced performances are available.

*This discount may not be combined with any other offer
**Discount not good on previously purchased tickets.