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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.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 


Community Candle Lighting Monday, November 29th - 5:15 PM
VIRTUAL Bim Bom Bag (Hanukkah) Thursday, December 2nd - 4:30 PM
VIRTUAL Estate Planning for Expecting Families and Families with Young Children Wednesday, December 8th - 8:00 PM
Preschool Open House Sunday, December 12th - 9:30 AM
VIRTUAL Growing Grasshoppers Sunday, December 19th - 11:00 AM
IN-PERSON CORDUROY @ Imagination Stage Tuesday, November 29th -

Community Candle Lighting

Monday, November 29th
5:15 PM

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partial view of man lighting up candles in menorah on black background with bokeh lights on Hanukkah

Community Candle Lighting
Monday, November 29 | 5:15 – 5:45 PM | $5 Per Household

Light up your night with the Bender JCC! Don’t miss CEO Josh Bender’s musical performance and Menorah lighting. Stick around and stay warm as you enjoy your favorite Chanukah goodies and hot chocolate!

*Virtual option available for this and other community candle lightings all week long. Sponsored by the Bender JCCGW, Edlavitch DJCC, PJ Library, and Pozez JCC.

Register for IN Person candle lighting

Register for Virtual candle lighting

VIRTUAL Bim Bom Bag (Hanukkah)

Thursday, December 2nd
4:30 PM

Purchase Tickets

VIRTUAL Bim Bom Bag (Hanukkah):  Explore Jewish Themes & Holidays with the Bender JCC!
Zoom accompaniment program: Thursday, December 2nd, 4:30 PM   

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, November 24th
  • Receive your bag by: Monday, November 29th
  • Zoom accompaniment program: Thursday, December 2nd, 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.

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, December 8 | 8:00 PM | Cost: $15

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.


Preschool Open House

Sunday, December 12th
9:30 AM

I get so much joy from seeing my daughter run into school each morning, excited to see her teachers and friends. Each day is filled with new experiences that engage and inspire my child.

In-Person Preschool

Bender Early Childhood Center is currently open for in-person preschool.

Join us for an IN-PERSON Open House!
In-person: Sunday, December 12 | 9:30 AM (Adults Only)

Join us for a VIRTUAL Open House!
Virtual: Thursday, December 16 | 11:00 AM


6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD

Our Teachers Make the Difference

Join our Director Rabbi Sarah Meytin to learn more about the Sondra and Howard Bender Early Childhood Center.

We invite you to visit the preschool in-person or virtually, hear about our curriculum and values, tour the classrooms, and explore all that the Bender JCC has to offer your family.

• Reggio Emilia-inspired play-based curriculum
• Preschool for children 18 months – 5 years
• In-person program, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
• Free family membership with enrollment
• Conveniently located in Rockville, Maryland

Join us for a virtual or in-person Open House!
In-person: Sunday, November 14 | 9:30 AM (Adults Only)
Virtual: Wednesday, November 17 | 9:15 AM
In-person: Sunday, December 12 | 9:30 AM (Adults Only)
Virtual: Thursday, December 16 | 11:00 AM


VIRTUAL Growing Grasshoppers

Sunday, December 19th
11:00 AM


VIRTUAL Growing Grasshoppers

December 19 | 11:00 AM | Free
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 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 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.