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.

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!



Child CPR Wednesday, January 29th - 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
President’s Day at the J Monday, February 17th - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
JFA Shabbat Shabbang Friday, February 21st - 5:45 - 8:00 PM

Child CPR

Wednesday, January 29th
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Register for CPR

Every parent and/or caregiver should know how and when to administer CPR. In this class you will become Red Cross certified in CPR for children ages 1-12 years old.

For more information, contact Lauren Dworkin at 301.348.3837 or ldworkin@benderjccgw.org.



President’s Day at the J

Monday, February 17th
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Join us for a day fit for a President-We’ll show “The Secret Life of Pets 2” in the Kreeger and work as a together as a community in the Social Hall making dog toys for a local animal shelter from 10am-12pm.

Schedule of Events

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Service Project

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Secret Life of Pets 2

This event is free – RSVP requested.

For more information or questions please contact Lauren Dworkin or call 301-348-3837

Camp Play Date

Monday, February 17 | 12:00 – 3:00 PM


Join us for a fun-filled afternoon Camp Play Date with Camps Airy & Louise, Capital Camps and Camp JCC from 12-3pm! There will be music, crafts, and inflatables.


For questions or more information contact Phil Liebson or call 301-348-3880

JFA Shabbat Shabbang

Friday, February 21st
5:45 - 8:00 PM

Purchase Tickets

Join us at the Bender JCC to welcome Shabbat with a BANG!

Families participating in the JFamily Ambassador program and the Bender-Dosik Parenting Center are invited to Shabbat Shabbang, a program designed to create a community of new and old friends. We will share in a seasonally-inspired gourmet meat meal 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 February 14.

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

Event Cost for tickets before February 14:
-$11 per adult
-$7 per child age 2+
-Under 2, Free
-$40 for families of five or more
Event Cost for tickets :
-$13 per adult
-$8 per child age 2+
-Under 2, Free
-$45 for families of five or more



Schedule of Events:
5:45 PM Appetizers in the Atrium and welcoming of families into each room
6:00 PM Shabbat blessing recited
6:10 PM Buffet opens
6:30 PM Craft and entertainment (A great time for adults to eat while kids play!)
7:00 PM 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.