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.

Jewish Bedtime Stories & Songs

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.

.8-2 למשפחות עם ילדים בגילאים  IAC קשת היא תכנית העשרה מבית
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!

 

UPCOMING J Play EVENTS

Tuesday Community Story Time & Show and Tell Tuesday, December 1st - 9:30 AM
VIRTUAL Sunday Mini Movers Sunday, December 6th - 10:30 AM
VIRTUAL Monday Mini Movers Monday, December 7th - 9:00 AM
8 Nights of Lights Thursday, December 10th - 5:30 PM
Bim Bom Bag (Chanukah):  Explore Jewish Themes & Holidays with the Bender JCC! Thursday, December 10th - 4:00 PM
Tot Shabbat Chanukah edition Friday, December 11th - 4:00 PM
Virtual Author Talk: Happy Llamakah Friday, December 11th - 11:00 AM
Chanukah in the Home Saturday, December 12th -
In Person Chanukah Candle Lighting Celebration at the J! Sunday, December 13th - 4:30 PM
Cooking with the Kagins Chanukah edition Monday, December 14th - 4:30 PM
Bite Sized Fun Tuesday, December 15th - 12:00 PM
Virtual Author Talk: The Ninth Night of Hanukkah Wednesday, December 16th - 4:00 PM
Afternoon Sillies Chanukah Edition Thursday, December 17th - 4:00 PM
IN PERSON Family Fun Day: Shabbat Playgroup Friday, December 25th - 10:00 AM
VIRTUAL Family Fun Day:  Family Movie Trivia! Friday, December 25th - 11:30 AM
VIRTUAL Family Fun Day:  Making Movie Time Snacks! Friday, December 25th - 10:45 AM
Bim Bom Bag Tu BiShvat:  Explore Jewish Themes & Holidays with the Bender JCC! Thursday, January 14th - 4:00 PM
Bim Bom Bag Chesed: Share the Warmth:  Explore Jewish Themes & Holidays with the Bender JCC! Thursday, February 11th - 4:00 PM

Community Story Time and Show & Tell
Tuesdays, December 1 – February 23, 2021 | 9:30 AM

We may be apart, but we are not alone.

Welcome to storytime and show and tell! Please join me for some exciting storytime from your own living room. Have your little ones dress up or show off an arts & craft project.  Please sign up at least 24hrs in advance, and we’ll email you a quick and fun project to present at show & tell.

Dates:

Virtual Story Time – Tuesday’s at 9:30 AM

Questions? Please contact Jen Radosh here.

VIRTUAL Sunday Mini Movers

Sunday, December 6th
10:30 AM

Free RSVP

VIRTUAL Sunday Mini Movers

Select Sundays December 2020 to February 2021 | 10:30 AM

Get those little tushies moving during our virtual Mini Movers class. Every other Sunday, our very own J Family Ambassadors, Julie and Robin, will sing songs, dance, read stories, and more to get your little one movin and shakin’.

Program Dates: 12/6/2020,12/20/2020, 1/10/2021, 1/24/2021, 2/7/2021, 2/21/2021

If you have any questions, contact Robin Ofner at rofner@benderjccgw.org.

VIRTUAL Monday Mini Movers

Monday, December 7th
9:00 AM

Free RSVP

VIRTUAL Monday Mini Movers

Mondays December 7, 2020 to February 22, 2021 | 9:00 AM

Cost: Free

Where: You will receive a zoom link 24hrs prior to the program

Get those little tushies moving during our virtual Mini Movers class. Every Monday, our very own J Family Ambassadors, Ilana and Deb, will sing songs, dance, read stories and more to get your little one movin and shakin’.

If you have any questions, contact Deb Rosenberg at drosenberg@benderjccgw.org.

 

8 Nights of Lights

Thursday, December 10th
5:30 PM

Free RSVP

8 Nights of Lights
December 10 – 17 | 5:30 PM

Cost: Free
Where: zoom

Join your friends at Bender JCCGW, Edlavitch DCJCC and Pozez JCC to light up Chanukah! Bring your Chanukiah (Menorah) to light with us.
NOTE: Friday December 11th’s lighting will occur at 4:30, before Shabbat, followed by a Shabbat candle lighting.

 

If you have any questions, contact Amy Lummer at amy.lummer@thej.org.

This program is Co-Presented by the Bender JCC of Greater Washington, Pozez JCC, and Edlavitch DCJCC.

Bim Bom Bag (Chanukah):  Explore Jewish Themes & Holidays with the Bender JCC!

Cost: $15 – Please purchase 1 ticket per child.

  • Sign up deadline: Wednesday, December 2
  • Receive your bag by Monday, December 7
  • Zoom accompaniment program:  Thursday, December 10, 4 PM

The Bender JCCGW 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.

Please contact Jennifer Radosh if you have any questions.

*Contactless deliveries are for Montgomery County zip codes only, if we can not access your home from the outdoors, please email Jennifer Radosh at jradosh@benderjccgw.org and we will make arrangements.

Tot Shabbat Chanukah edition

Friday, December 11th
4:00 PM

Free RSVP

Tot Shabbat Chanukah edition
Friday, December 11 | 4:00 PM

Cost: Free
Where: zoom

Join the JFamily programs for a fun Chanukah Themed Tot Shabbat.  A special guest musician will be leading tot Shabbat this week.

Chag Hanukkah Sameach!  If you have any questions, contact Lindsay Kagin at lindsayk@edcjcc.org.

 

This program is Co-Presented by the Bender JCC of Greater Washington, Pozez JCC, and Edlavitch DCJCC.

 

Virtual Author Talk: Happy Llamakah

Friday, December 11th
11:00 AM

Purchase Tickets

Virtual Author Talk: Happy Llamakah

Friday Dec. 11 @ 11am

Join us for a Hanukkah and Shabbat morning with author Laura Gehl. She will be joining our playgroup and share her festive book! Signed copies will be available through Politics and Prose for folks attending the Zoom program.

HAPPY LLAMAKKAH! By Laura Gehl
https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781419743146
CODE: SPECIAL10

Chanukah in the Home

Saturday, December 12th

Chanukah in the Home
Saturday, December 12 | All Day

Ideas Here: https://pjlibrary.org/hanukkah

Cost: Free

Looking for fun ways to celebrate Chanukah with your family and friends?  Check out PJ Library’s “Hanukkah Hub.” You’ll find everything you need to get ready for the Festival of Lights, including child-friendly versions of the Hanukkah story.

In-Person Chanukah Candle Lighting Celebration at the J!
Sunday, December 13 | 4:30 PM | Cost: $15 – Please purchase 1 ticket per child.

Light up your night at the J!  Join us for a candle lighting ceremony with goodie bags, games, storytime, and more!
Where: Front lawn at the Bender JCC

Please note the program may change based on inclement weather and county guidelines on social gatherings.

Everyone 2 and older will be required to wear a mask.

If you have any questions, contact Lauren Dworkin at ldworkin@benderjccgw.org.

Cooking with the Kagins Chanukah edition

Monday, December 14th
4:30 PM

Free RSVP

Cooking with the Kagins Chanukah edition
Monday, December 14 | 4:30 PM

Cost: Free
Where: zoom

Join the Kagin family, from the Edlavitch DCJCC, in making a Chanukah treat!
You will receive the ingredients and the recipe in advance of the program.
Chag Hanukkah Sameach!  If you have any questions, contact Lindsay Kagin at lindsayk@edcjcc.org.

This program is Co-Presented by the Bender JCC of Greater Washington, Pozez JCC, and Edlavitch DCJCC.

 

Bite Sized Fun

Tuesday, December 15th
12:00 PM

Free RSVP

Bite-Size Fun
Tuesday, December 15 | 12:00 PM
Cost: Free

Where: You will receive a zoom after you register

Bring your lunch or snack and have some fun with Melissa and Michelle! Pop-in and you will find Chanukah crafts, stories, and surprises. You will receive a supply list with your confirmation email.

If you have any questions, contact Amy Lummer at amy.lummer@theJ.org.

This program is Co-Presented by the Bender JCC of Greater Washington, Pozez JCC, and Edlavitch DCJCC.

Wednesday, December 16 | 4:00 PM

Join us for a Hanukkah afternoon as author Erica Perl shares her latest story. It’s Hanukkah, and Max and Rachel are excited to light the menorah in their family’s new apartment. But, unfortunately, their Hanukkah box is missing! Signed copies will be available through Politics and Prose for folks attending the Zoom program.

THE NINTH NIGHT OF HANUKKAH by Erica Perl
https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781454940883
CODE: SPECIAL10

Afternoon Sillies Chanukah Edition

Thursday, December 17th
4:00 PM

Free RSVP

Afternoon Sillies Chanukah Edition
Thursday, December 17 | 4:00 PM

Cost: Free
Where: You will receive a zoom after you register

Bring a snack and get those sillies out with Pozez JCC’s J-Family Ambassadors Tracy and Julie. Whether it is a puppet show, a craft or a special guest, Tracy and Julie will be there to end your day with a smile! Supplies needed will be included in your confirmation email. Chag Chanukah Sameach!

If you have any questions, contact Amy Lummer at amy.lummer@theJ.org.

This program is Co-Presented by the Bender JCC of Greater Washington, Pozez JCC, and Edlavitch DCJCC.

IN-PERSON Family Fun Day: Shabbat Playgroup
Friday, December 25 | 10:00 AM
Cost: $15 – Please purchase 1 ticket per child.
Where: Front Lawn at the JCC

Spend a fun-filled morning celebrating Shabbat IN PERSON!  Learn about customs, traditions, and prayers through, music, and movement.  Enjoy a special Shabbat goodie bag!

If you have any questions, contact Lauren Dworkin at ldworkin@benderjccgw.org.

 

VIRTUAL Family Fun Day:  Family Movie Trivia!
Friday, December 25 | 11:30 AM

Cost: Free
Where: You will receive a zoom link 24hrs prior to the program

Got all your fun family movies lined up for December 25th? Test your knowledge on your favorite kid’s movies in a game of kahoot trivia.

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

 

VIRTUAL Family Fun Day:  Making Movie Time Snacks!
Friday, December 25 | 10:45 AM

Cost: Free
Where: You will receive a zoom link 24hrs prior to the program

Getting cozy at home for a fun day of movie watching?  Sweeten your viewing experience with a creative and delicious movie day snack!!  We’ll give you a list of ingredients in advance and you and your child will cook along with us on zoom.

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

 

 

Bim Bom Bag (Tu BiShvat):  Explore Jewish Themes & Holidays with the Bender JCC!

Cost: $15 – Please purchase 1 ticket per child.

  • Sign up deadline: Wednesday, January 6
  • Receive your bag by Monday, January 11 
  • Zoom accompaniment program:  Thursday, January 14, 4 PM

The Bender JCCGW 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.

Please contact Jennifer Radosh if you have any questions.

*Contactless deliveries are for Montgomery County zip codes only, if we can not access your home from the outdoors, please email Jennifer Radosh at jradosh@benderjccgw.org and we will make arrangements.

Bim Bom Bag (Chesed: Share the Warmth):  Explore Jewish Themes & Holidays with the Bender JCC!

Cost: $15 – Please purchase 1 ticket per child.

  • Sign up deadline: Wednesday, February 3
  • Receive your bag by Monday, February 8 
  • Zoom accompaniment program:  Thursday, February 11, 4 PM

The Bender JCCGW 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.

Please contact Jennifer Radosh if you have any questions.

*Contactless deliveries are for Montgomery County zip codes only, if we can not access your home from the outdoors, please email Jennifer Radosh at jradosh@benderjccgw.org and we will make arrangements.