J Play

Family Engagement with the Bender JCC & PJ Library

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.

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.

J Play & Family Engagement Programs

 

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! Enroll here!

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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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

Challah Tots April – Passover Edition Thursday, April 25th - 4:00 PM
Buzz Around at Busy Bees Wednesday, May 1st - 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Swing, Stretch, Snacks & Stories at the Rio Monday, May 6th - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Barnes & Noble Storytime May Wednesday, May 15th - 10:00 AM
JFamilies Shabbat Shabbang Friday, May 17th - 5:45 - 8:00 PM
Beach Babies (And Kid’s Too!) Thursday, May 23rd - 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Challah Tots May Thursday, May 30th - 10:00 AM
Celebrating 50 years Sunday, June 2nd - 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Pick n’ Picnic Wednesday, June 5th - 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Challah Tots April – Passover Edition

Thursday, April 25th
4:00 PM

Free RSVP

Join the Bender JCC for preschool-friendly matzo pizza making, Passover activities and a PJ Library story time. Whole Foods will provide the ingredients, you bring your creativity to make the perfect pizza to take home and bake for Passover!

Need an assist with your Passover prep? Check out Whole Foods Market Passover catering menu here.

We request that you download Whole Foods Market’s App in order to continue enjoying this free program.

Whole Foods Market 11355 Woodglen Dr, Rockville, MD 20852: (Partnered with PJ Library)

  • April 25 | 4 – 5 PM
  • May 30 | 10 – 11 AM

Please register all adults and children attending the event. Please do not bring outside food or beverage to this programFor more information, please e-mail Jennifer Radosh.

Buzz Around at Busy Bees

Wednesday, May 1st
10:30 - 11:30 AM

Free RSVP

Buzz around Busy Bees with the Bender JCC and PJ Library! Join us for a fun-filled morning of PJ Library® story time, crafts, light snacks, and exploration around the center.

Cost: Register for free and pay $15 at the door.
Registration Required for Discount

Location:
Busy Bees Chevy Chase
11 Wisconsin Circle Bethesda, MD 20815

Please register all adults and children attending the event. For more information, please e-mail Jennifer Radosh.

Swing, Stretch, Snacks & Stories at the Rio

Monday, May 6th
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Free RSVP
The playground at the RIO Washingtonian Center | 9811 Washingtonian Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Come stretch out with J Play and PJ Library! Pam Kaufman, Bender JCC’s resident toddler yoga teacher, will lead caregivers and tots in some fun, easy-to-do yoga – no prior experience required.

Enjoy light snacks and stories for the kiddos. If the tots have any energy left (and they always do), feel free to swing around on the playground, too! Please register yourself and your child(ren) in advance.

For more information contact Jennifer Radosh or call 301.348.3848.

Barnes & Noble Storytime May

Wednesday, May 15th
10:00 AM

Monthly
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Barnes & Noble, 12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

Admission is free.

Join the Bender JCC and PJ Library at Barnes & Noble for Storytime, Snacks, and Arts & Crafts.

Please register yourself and your child(ren) in advance.

  • May 15

For more information contact Jennifer Radosh at 301.348.3848 or jradosh@benderjccgw.org

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JFamilies Shabbat Shabbang

Friday, May 17th
5:45 - 8:00 PM

Purchase Tickets

Join us at the Bender JCC to welcome Shabbat with a BANG!
All families with young children are invited to Shabbat Shabbang! No JCC Membership required. This is a program designed to create a community of new and old friends (older siblings welcome!). We will share in a seasonally-inspired gourmet meal and dessert and then participate in a creative and enriching craft and entertainment program that will be fun for both children and parents.

Purchase your discounted tickets before May 10.

Parents: Please be sure children are supervised at all times.

Event Cost for tickets purchased before May 10:
-$11 per adult
-$7 per child age 2+
-Under 2, Free
-$40 for families of five or more

 

Ticket prices go up May 10.

EVENT DETAILS

Schedule of Events:
5:45 p.m. Appetizers in the Atrium and welcoming of families into each room
6:00 p.m. Shabbat blessing recited
6:10 p.m. Buffet opens
6:30 p.m. Craft and entertainment (A great time for adults to eat while kids play!)
7:00 p.m. Dessert in the Lobby and Shabbang with Open Gym and a DJ Dance Party

 

 

For more information, contact Lauren Dworkin or call 301-348-3837.

Beach Babies (And Kid’s Too!)

Thursday, May 23rd
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Free RSVP

Put on your sandals and let the sand tickle your toes at the Pike and Rose Beach!

Enjoy light snacks, arts and crafts, and PJ Library stories for the kiddos.

Pike and Rose Beach 11580 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, MD, 20852

 

Challah Tots May

Thursday, May 30th
10:00 AM

Free RSVP

Join the Bender JCC for preschool-friendly challah making, activities and a PJ Library story time in preparation for Shabbat. Whole Foods will provide the dough, you bring your creativity to make the perfect challah to take home and bake for Shabbat!

We request that you download Whole Foods Market’s App in order to continue enjoying this free program.

Whole Foods Market 11355 Woodglen Dr, Rockville, MD 20852: (Partnered with PJ Library)

  • May 30 | 10 – 11 AM

Please register all adults and children attending the event. Please do not bring outside food or beverage to this programFor more information, please e-mail Jennifer Radosh.

Celebrating 50 years

Sunday, June 2nd
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM


Party like it’s 1969!
Please join us for a free fun-filled community celebration on:

Sunday, June 2 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Bender JCC
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD

LIVE MUSIC BY: Meredith Seidel + Soul Fusion

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

  • Moon Bounce
  • Tye-Dye Station (shirts provided for kids)
  • Face Painting
  • Balloon Artists
  • Tattoo Station
  • Cupcakes*
  • Antique Cars
  • Games
  • Hamburgers, Veggie Burgers and Hotdogs available for purchase*
  • Selfie Station

*Dietary Laws Observed

Pick n’ Picnic

Wednesday, June 5th
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Free RSVP

Location: Butlers Orchard (22222 Davis Mill Rd, Germantown, MD)

Cost: FREE, Pay only for what your pick we would just like a count of those attending.

Come join the JPlay, Shaare Torah, and PJ Library at Butler’s Orchard for strawberry picking.  Activities will include:

  • Pick-Your-Own-Strawberries (Pay for what you pick)
  • Picnic at Farm Park Picnic Area (Bring your own lunch – we’ll have some light snacks)
  • Giant Slides
  • Nature Trail
  • Farm Park Animals
  • PJ Library themed Arts & Crafts 

For more information, contact Jennifer Radosh or call 301.348.3848

 

*The date is subject to change based on weather and/or harvest.

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