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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 (Playdates 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, 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, 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!


UPCOMING J Play EVENTS

VIRTUAL Growing Grasshoppers Sunday, June 26th - 11:00 AM
Formula Drive Thursday, June 30th -
IN-PERSON Rhythm ’N’ Ruach with Auntie A: Music ’n’ Yoga Thursday, June 30th - Thursdays 10:00-10:45 AM
IN PERSON Books & Bubbles Wednesday, July 6th - 10:30 AM
IN-PERSON Big Messy Art Sunday, July 10th - 4:00 PM
In-Person Silly Soccer Sundays Sunday, July 10th - 9:30 AM
In-Person Baby & Me Yoga Tuesday, July 12th - 8:30 – 9:15 AM
VIRTUAL Baby Lap Time Sunday, July 17th - 8:30 AM
Shabbat Shabbang Friday, July 22nd - 5:30 - 7:30 PM
IN-PERSON Shabbat Playgroup Friday, July 29th - 10:30-11:00 AM
PJ Play Date: Mr. Popper’s Penguins Sunday, July 31st - 1:30 PM

VIRTUAL Growing Grasshoppers

Sunday, June 26th
11:00 AM

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VIRTUAL Growing Grasshoppers

  • Sunday, June 26 | 11:00 AM | Free
  • Sunday, Jul 31 | 11:00 AM | Free
  • Sunday, Aug 28 | 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 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.

Formula Drive

Thursday, June 30th

Formula Drive

May 24 – Ongoing

Starting May 24th, the Bender JCC will be a donation drop-off site for the Greater DC Diaper Bank. We are looking for unopened/unexpired formula. There are over 160 drop-off sites in this region, so if the JCC is out of your way, please go to whatever one is closest to you.

Thank you all in advance for helping families get the nutrition they need!!!

Please drop off donations in a large green bucket in the lobby.

For Questions, contact Jennifer Radosh at jradosh@benderjccgw.org.

 

IN-PERSON Rhythm ’N’ Ruach with Auntie A: Music ’n’ Yoga
Thursdays, June 30 – August 4 | 10:00 – 10:45 AM | $150 per child (Indoors)
Please email Jennifer Radosh if you are interested in a drop-in session.

Where: Bender JCC

Rhythm ’N’ Ruach partners with Yoga Yeladim (Kidding Around Yoga) to create joyful Jewish learning experiences through movement. Auntie A will delight you and your little ones with fun and familiar songs and yoga poses as well as brand new music and movements,  giving the whole family a Joyful Jewish experience.

This program is ideal for children from birth to 6 years old.

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

We will make our best effort to move the class indoors during inclement weather.

If you have any questions, Email Jen Radosh to register.

This event is partnered with PJ Library.

 

 

 


Our registration system works best using Google Chrome.

IN PERSON Books & Bubbles

Wednesday, July 6th
10:30 AM

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IN-PERSON Books & Bubble

Wednesdays, July 6 – July 27 |10:30 – 11:00 AM | $20 per child (4 sessions)

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.

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.


Our registration system works best using Google Chrome.

IN-PERSON Big Messy Art

Sunday, July 10th
4:00 PM

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IN-PERSON Big Messy Art
Sundays through June 26 | 4:00 – 4:30 PM | Contact Jen Radosh for drop-in options

UpcomingSundays July 10 – August 7 | 4:00 – 4:30 PM | $125 (Indoors)

Where: Bender JCC White Top (Outdoors)Don’t miss out on Big Messy Art!! 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. For indoor classes, space in the room is limited, so we can only allow one caregiver per family.

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


Our registration system works best using Google Chrome.

In-Person Silly Soccer Sundays

In-Person Silly Soccer Sundays
Sundays, July 10 – August 7 | 9:30 – 10:00 AM

Cost: $125 (5 classes)

Where: Bender JCC Outdoors

Looking to keep your energic tot active? Join Coach Melanie for silly OUTDOOR soccer fun.  Kids will learn age-appropriate skills that will keep your toddler engaged and foster a love for the game.

This program is best suited for children 2 and 3 years old.

Your child will need a soccer ball, water bottle, and comfortable shoes.

 


Our registration system works best using Google Chrome.

In-Person Baby & Me Yoga

Tuesday, July 12th
8:30 – 9:15 AM

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In-Person Baby & Me Yoga

Tuesdays July 12 – August 16 | 8:30 – 9:15 AM (August 9 skip date)
Location: Group Ex Studio C
Cost: $125 per adult / child pair

Includes parent-baby postures and massage techniques designed to promote bonding with each other and bring a sense of calm to the baby.  Strengthen, stretch, and relieve stress while getting to know other parents and babies.   Unlike other yoga classes that tend to be a bit more “serious,” feel free to stop your practice to change a diaper, get some water, nurse, etc.  Best for children under 1.

No yoga experience necessary.  Mats will be provided.  There’s something for everyone in this class.

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

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VIRTUAL Baby Lap Time

Sunday, July 17th
8:30 AM

Free RSVP

VIRTUAL Baby Lap Time

  • Sunday, July 17 | 8:30 AM
  • Sunday, August 28 | 8:30 AM

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.

Shabbat Shabbang

Friday, July 22nd
5:30 - 7:30 PM

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Shabbat Shabbang-SPLASH!Friday, July 22 | 5:30-7:30 PMRSVP by Thursday, July 21 at 12 PMJoin us at the Bender JCC to welcome Shabbat with a BANG and a Pool Party at the Bender JCC outdoor pool!Shabbat Shabbang is a program for young families, designed to create a community of new and old friends. The Whole Shabbang includes challah, juice, pizza, and dessert!Adults -$15Child-$10Please register each member of your family attending the program. The ticket price will adjust once you select the participant.Questions? Please contact Deb Rosenberg at drosenberg@benderjccgw.com

IN-PERSON Shabbat Playgroup

Friday, July 29th
10:30-11:00 AM

Free RSVP

IN-PERSON Shabbat Playgroup

Fridays through July 29th (skip days 6/17, 6/24, 7/1) | 10:30-11:00 AM | Free

Where: Bender JCC Front Lawn

Bring a blanket and join us for a fun-filled morning celebrating Shabbat. Learn about customs, traditions, and prayers through, music, and movement. 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.

Caregivers are required to stay for the entirety of the program.

Classes will move to the Parenting Center during inclement weather.

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

PJ Play Date: Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Sunday, July 31 | 1:30 – 3:30 PM

Location: Imagination Stage
4908 Auburn Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

Cost: $12 a person

Join other PJ Library families for a play date at Imagination Stage! Mr. Popper’s Penguins, based on the beloved children’s book, is a “musical play, featuring expert puppetry, depicts a wild and witty way to follow your dreams–and your convictions.” Connect with us before the show for a special gift! Best for ages 3-10.

This program is a collaboration of PJ Library, Bender JCC of Greater Washington, Edlavitch DCJCC, Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia, and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

If you have any questions about this program, contact Sarah Rabin Spira sarah.rabinspira@shalomdc.org.