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.

.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!

 

UPCOMING J Play EVENTS

ECC Shabbat Shabbang Friday, September 20th - 5:45 - 8:00 PM
Challah Tots September Thursday, September 26th - 10:00 AM
Apples and Honeys Monday, September 30th - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
I Am Sorry Day Wednesday, October 9th - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sukkah Village Sunday, October 13th - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Challah Tots October Thursday, October 24th - 4:00 PM

ECC Shabbat Shabbang

Friday, September 20th
5:45 - 8:00 PM

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

Families participating in the Bender JCC Preschool 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 September 13.

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

Event Cost for tickets before September 13:
-$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

 

EVENT DETAILS

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.

 

Challah Tots September

Thursday, September 26th
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)

  • September 26 | 10 – 11 AM
  • October 24 | 4 – 5 PM

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.

Apples and Honeys

Monday, September 30th
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Need a place to go for Rosh Hashanah with your young kids?

Come celebrate the Jewish New Year with your little ones at a program that is designed for them! Join us and ShirSynergy’s Lisa Baydush for a 45-minute kid-friendly, music-filled Rosh Hashanah morning complete with apples, honey, and mini shofars!

The fun continues with snacks, kibitzing, and crafts. All children are welcome; ideal for families with children age 5 & under. This program is open to the general public.

Activities for the day:
10:00 – 10:45 AM Musical Family Program
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Snacks and Crafts
Tickets
$80 Family ticket – 4 or more
$30 Per Adult
$15 Per Child (1-18 years)
Free Under 2 years

Purchase Tickets

Questions? Please contact Lauren Dworkin or at 301-348-3837.

 

I Am Sorry Day

Wednesday, October 9th
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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A Clean Slate

Teaching your little ones to say “I’m sorry” is a great way to begin explaining the holiday of Yom Kippor.

Join us and ShirSynery’s Lisa Baydush for a 45-minute family-filled morning where we will explain this holiday in a kid-friendly and musical way for all to understand. Program followed by snacks, crafts and kibbutzing. Open to all ages, ideal for kids 0-5. This event is open to the public.

Activities for the day:
10:00 – 10:45 AM Musical Family Program
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Snacks and Crafts
Tickets
$80 Family ticket – 4 or more
$30 Per Adult
$15 Per Child (1-18 years)
Free Under 2 years

Purchase Tickets

Questions? Please contact Lauren Dworkin or at 301-348-3837.

 

Sukkah Village

Sunday, October 13th
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Purchase Tickets

Practice Mindfulness!

This year we will celebrate mindfulness at Sukkah Village!

Join us for a family yoga class, pita making, and storytime. Explore your senses at our 5 sukkot. Enjoy food and crafts inspired by sight, taste, touch, sound, and smell.

Activities for the day:
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PJ Library Story Time, music, Israeli artist boutique, and food! (for purchase)
Purchase Tickets
$5 Family Ticket

Questions? Please contact Lauren Dworkin or at: 301-348-3837.

 

Challah Tots October

Thursday, October 24th
4:00 PM

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)

  • October 24 | 4 – 5 PM

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.