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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 

UPCOMING J Play EVENTS

VIRTUAL Growing Grasshoppers Sunday, July 25th - 10:00 AM
IN-PERSON Joanie Leeds’s All the Ladies Family Show Tuesday, July 27th - 11:00 AM
VIRTUAL Sweet Summer Series: Grandfriend Monday, August 2nd - 4:30 PM
IN PERSON Books & Bubbles Thursday, August 5th - 10:30 AM
IN-PERSON Rhythm ’N’ Ruach with Auntie A: Music ’n’ Yoga Wednesday, August 11th - 10:00 AM
VIRTUAL Baby Lap Time Sunday, August 29th - 12:30 PM
Apples and Honeys Tuesday, September 7th - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
I Am Sorry Day Thursday, September 16th - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
IN-PERSON Big Messy Art (History) Sunday, September 19th - 10:00 AM
Cinema J: Sukkot Saturday, September 25th - 6:00 PM

VIRTUAL Growing Grasshoppers

Sunday, July 25th
10:00 AM

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VIRTUAL Growing Grasshoppers

July 25th & August 15th | 10:00 AM | Free
You can sign up for as little 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 Tracy and Shoshana 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 Joanie Leeds’s All the Ladies Family Show

Tuesday, July 27th | 11 AM

When registering use the code PJJCC for $5 off orchestra seats!
Cost: Start at $12

Where: Wolf Trap Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22182

Join PJ Library and J Family Ambassador at this amazing Joanie Leeds concert! Aiming to inspire young girls and people of all ages and gender identities, Grammy Award-winner Joanie Leeds’s music celebrates influential women of yesterday and today with a passionate and honest serving of female empowerment folk tunes. Find VA’s J-Family Ambassador Julie after the show for a picnic and meet-n-greet!

Let us know you are coming by RSVPing here, or email us at FamilyAmbassadors@theJ.org.

If you have any questions, contact Sarah Rabin Spira at Sarah.RabinSpira@ShalomDC.org.

VIRTUAL Sweet Summer Series: Grandfriend

Monday, August 2 | 4:30 – 5:30 PM

Cost: free
Where: zoom

PJ kids and their “grandfriends” can be part of the Sweet Summer Series, too! Join us for a special afternoon of stories and fun.

If logging in from a separate home than your grandchild or your child’s grandparent, please register each person separately.

This program is a collaboration of PJ Library, the Bender JCC, Edlavitch DCJCC, HoneymoonIsrael, Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families, and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

 

IN PERSON Books & Bubbles

Thursday, August 5th
10:30 AM

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IN-PERSON Books & Bubbles

  • Thursday, August 5 |10:30 – 11:00 AM | $5 per child
  • Thursday, August 12 |10:30 – 11:00 AM | $5 per child

Cost: $5 per child

Where: Front Lawn of the Bender JCC

Bring a blanket and join us for some music, bubbles, and stories!!  We will also leave plenty of free time for families to hang out and get to know each other.  This program is best suited for children under 5.

Social distancing, limited class size, along with other safety guidelines will be followed during class.  All adults and children over 2 are required to wear a mask.

Caregivers will be required to stay for the entirety of the program.  We will also require caregivers to fill out a Bender JCC Daily Health Form the morning of every class.

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

IN-PERSON Rhythm ’N’ Ruach with Auntie A: Music ’n’ Yoga

Wednesday, August 11 | 10:00 – 10:45 AM | $5 a child

Cost: $5 per family
Where: Bender JCC Front Lawn

Rhythm ’N’ Ruach partners with Yoga Yeladim (Kidding Around Yoga) to create joyful Jewish learning experiences through movement. Research has shown that music and movement have been considered to be an anchor in keeping people connected to their Jewish Identity.  Trained Rhythm ‘n’ Ruach facilitators introduce songs and yoga poses that you will remember from your youth as well as brand new music and movements,  giving the whole family a Joyful Jewish experience.

Yoga and meditation have been considered for a long time as wonderful means of stress management. Kidding Around Yoga uses a system based on the classical study of yoga and transforms it into an experience for children to both introduce them to yoga as well as inspire them to develop a practice and give them tools to take into adulthood. Rhythm ‘n’ Ruach specializes in sharing Jewish values, music, and yoga with children from birth to 6 years old.

Masking OUTDOORS for children and staff is OPTIONAL when social distancing CAN BE maintained.
Masking OUTDOORS for children and staff will be MANDATORY when social distancing CANNOT be maintained.

Caregivers will be required to stay for the entirety of the program.

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

This event is partnered with PJ Library.

 

 


 

VIRTUAL Baby Lap Time

Sunday, August 29th
12:30 PM

VIRTUAL Baby Lap Time

  • Sunday | August 29 | 12:00 PM

Register here

 

Cost: Free
Where: zoom

A virtual lap time experience for our youngest J-Family members and their care providers. These 25-minute experiences introduce songs, rhymes, and developmentally appropriate movement. Come build a bond with your baby while meeting other caregivers. This program is meant for the baby to be in their caregiver’s lap with their grownup actively involved.

Best for Kids 0 – 18 months

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.

Apples and Honeys

Tuesday, September 7th
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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How good it will be to be together again!  Celebrate the Jewish holidays with the Bender JCC at one of our super fun and festive community gatherings! We are thrilled to offer our High Holiday programs in person again! 

All children are welcome: ideal for families with children ages 5 & under. This program is open to the general public. 

Apples and Honeys
Tuesday, September 7 | 10-11:30 AM | $30-Adult $15-Child
RSVP by Sept 2

Celebrate the Jewish New Year (outside and in-person) with your little ones at a program that is designed just for them! Join early childhood music specialist Lisa Baydush for a 45-minute kid-friendly, music-filled Rosh Hashanah morning. After the music program, we encourage you and your family to stay for a service project to support families in Montgomery County.

Ticket Includes party pack: Apples, honey, mini shofars, and interactive activities to be used during the program and beyond

Questions? Please contact Deb Rosenberg at drosenberg@benderjccgw.org

I Am Sorry Day

Thursday, September 16th
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Purchase Tickets

How good it will be to be together again!  Celebrate the Jewish holidays with the Bender JCC at one of our super fun and festive community gatherings! We are thrilled to offer our High Holiday programs in person again! 

All children are welcome: ideal for families with children ages 5 & under. This program is open to the general public. 

I’m Sorry Day
Thursday, September 16 | 10-11:30 AM | $30-Adult $15-Child
RSVP by Sept 13

Teaching 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 for a service project to support families in Montgomery County.

Ticket Includes party park with Snacks, crafts, and activities to be used during the program and beyond!

IN-PERSON Big Messy Art (History)

Sunday, September 19th
10:00 AM

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IN-PERSON Big Messy Art (History!)

Sunday, September 19 – October 24 | 10:00 – 10:35 AM

Cost: $120 (6 classes)
Where: Bender JCC Outdoor Tent

Big Messy Art (History) is back in person this year! Megan, a local DC artist, will lead your little ones through a fantastic art experience.

Each class begins with a storytime featuring a famous artist. Then we move into a caregiver-assisted art project inspired by the artist 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.

Masking OUTDOORS for children and staff is OPTIONAL when social distancing CAN be maintained.
Masking OUTDOORS for children (over 2) and staff will be MANDATORY when social distancing CANNOT be maintained.

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

 

Cinema J: Sukkot

Saturday, September 25th
6:00 PM

Cinema J Under the Stars: Sukkot Edition

Saturday, September 25, 6 PM

Details coming soon!

Questions? Please contact Deb Rosenberg at drosenberg@benderjccgw.org