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.
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!
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
UPCOMING J Play EVENTS
|IN PERSON Ice Cream Social||Wednesday, May 19th - 4:30 PM|
|Delivering Good||Monday, May 24th - 12:00 - 2:00 PM|
|VIRTUAL Monday Mini Movers||Monday, June 7th - 9:00 AM|
|IN PERSON- Music Together Summer 2021||Saturday, June 26th - 10:00 AM|
IN-PERSON Ice Cream Social
Tuesday, May 11 (sold out) OR 19 (sold out) | 4:30 – 5:00 PM
Where: Front Lawn of the Bender JCC
I scream, you scream, we all scream, for ice cream with our Wandering J “Ice Cream” truck. Bring a blanket and join us for some music, bubbles, and stories!! We’ll wrap up the program with a cool sweet treat!! This program is best suited for children under 6. EVERYONE IN THE FAMILY MUST REGISTER.
Social distancing, limited class size, along with other safety guidelines will be followed during class. All kids over 2 and caregivers 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 Health Screener Form the morning of the program.
If you have any questions, contact Jen Radosh at email@example.com.
Monday, May 24th
12:00 - 2:00 PM
“Food is the fastest way to reveal our sense of community.” Jose Andres
Delivering Good is a partnership between the Bender JCC, the Montgomery County Food Council, and Montgomery County School System designed to deliver food packages directly to county residents who are unable to travel to other distribution sites.
Volunteers will sign up to help organize produce and shelf-stable items to be delivered to residents’ homes. This is a fabulous opportunity for families, teens needing SSL hours, and anyone looking for ongoing Tikkun Olam(Healing the World).
This project will take place inside the JCC and will abide by all County Covid Safety guidelines. Due to space restrictions, if you plan to attend as a family, each family member must be registered separately.
- Monday, May 24 | 12:00-2:00 | Food Prep
- Tuesday, May 25 | 4:00-6:00 | Food Packing
- Monday, June 7 | 12:00-2:00 | Food Prep
- Tuesday, June 8 | 4:00-6:00 | Food Packing
- Monday, June 14 | 12:00-2:00 | Food Prep
- Tuesday, June 15 | 4:00-6:00 | Food Packing
VIRTUAL Monday Mini Movers
Mondays | 9:00 AM
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
IN PERSON! Music Together Summer
June 26- August 7
Build on your child’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement and learn the skills to support the natural process of music development. This class will be held inside our social hall and have limited registration to follow County Covid guidelines. All participants over 2 will be required to wear masks and health screening upon arrival.
Pricing per family depends on how many children are enrolled: 1st Child is $175, 2nd Over 8 Mo. is $125, and the 3rd Over 8 Mo. is $62.
Please contact Lauren Dworkin with any questions.