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 July Thursday, July 25th - 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Mall Monday Funday Monday, July 29th - 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Sweet Summer Series August Wednesday, August 7th - 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Celebrate Shabbat with a SPLASH! Friday, August 9th - 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Barnes & Noble Storytime August Wednesday, August 14th - 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Challah Tots August Thursday, August 22nd - 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Challah Tots July

Thursday, July 25th
10:00 - 11:00 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)

  • July 25 | 10 – 11 AM
  • August 22 | 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.

Mall Monday Funday

Monday, July 29th
10:30 - 11:30 AM

Free RSVP

Location: Westfield Montgomery Mall, 7101 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20817

Join Bender JCC and PJ Library for a fun-filled morning of PJ Library® story time and crafts. Light snacks will also be provided. Meet by the indoor playground located at the Sears entrance.

Please register all adults and children attending the event.

For more information, please e-mail Jennifer Radosh.

Sweet Summer Series August

Wednesday, August 7th
5:30 - 6:30 PM

Free RSVP

Please pre-register so that we can know how many people to expect.

The Bender JCC with be partnering up with PJ Library on its 6th annual Sweet Summer Series. There will be discounts on frozen treats, crafts, socializing, and PJ Library story time.

Don’t forget to bring a bathing suit and towel – there is a splash pad right outside the shop.

Cost: Free plus the cost of ice cream

August 7 | 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Location: Berrycup (Rockville Town Square)
36 Maryland Ave # B,
Rockville, MD 20850

For more information contact Jennifer Radosh or call 301-348-3848.

Celebrate Shabbat with a SPLASH!

Friday, August 9th
4:30 - 6:30 PM

Free RSVP

Free RSVP  (RSVP required for use of pool facilities)

Splash into Shabbat with the Bender JCC and Beth El! Join us for pool activities and a fun, musical, Kabbalat Shabbat experience by the pool! Extend the evening and bring a picnic dairy dinner for your family to enjoy.

Admission is free! Everyone is welcome!

This program is designed to be accessible to all children. As with all programs, if you or your child needs special accommodations, please contact us so that we can provide a successful experience!

*Food must be dairy or pareve (no meat, please).

Please remember to check our website for up to date program details and weather-related cancellations.

For more information about swimming, please contact Jennifer Radosh at 301-348-3848 or jradosh@benderjccgw.org.

For more information about the Shabbat program, please contact Geryl Baer at 301-652-2606 or gbaer@bethelmc.org.

Barnes & Noble Storytime August

Wednesday, August 14th
10:00 - 11:00 AM

Free RSVP

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.

  • August 14

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

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Challah Tots August

Thursday, August 22nd
4:00 - 5:00 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)

  • August 22 | 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.