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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 (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.

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, 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.

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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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!


Join us for free weekly events like Mini-movers, Storytime and Shabbat Playdate!

Weekly Activities From JPlay 

UPCOMING J Play EVENTS

IN PERSON- Music Together Fall 2021 Saturday, September 18th - 10:00 AM & 10:45 AM
IN-PERSON Big Messy Art (History) Sunday, September 19th - 10:00 AM
IN PERSON Books & Bubbles Monday, September 20th - 10:30 AM
IN-PERSON Rhythm ’N’ Ruach with Auntie A: Music ’n’ Yoga Thursday, September 23rd - 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
IN-PERSON Shabbat Playgroup Friday, September 24th - 10:30-11:00 AM
Cinema J: Sukkot Saturday, September 25th - 6:00 PM
In-Person Pick with PJ: Apple Picking Event Sunday, September 26th - 2:00 - 4:00 PM
VIRTUAL Baby Lap Time Sunday, October 10th - 8:30 AM
Virtual Potty Training with Sally Wednesday, October 13th - 8:00 PM
VIRTUAL Bim Bom Bag (Shabbat/Havdalah):  Explore Jewish Themes & Holidays with the Bender JCC! Thursday, October 21st - 4:30 PM
VIRTUAL Estate Planning for Expecting Families and Families with Young Children Wednesday, December 8th - 8:00 PM

IN PERSON- Music Together Fall 2021

Saturday, September 18th
10:00 AM & 10:45 AM

IN PERSON! Music Together Fall – CANCELLED

Saturdays September 18 – November 20
10-10:30 AM | Cost starting at $235 (Class 1)
10:45-11:15 AM | Cost starting at $235 (Class 2)

Where: Bender JCC Social Hall

Build on your child’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement and learn the skills to support the natural process of music development. All participants over 2 will be required to wear masks and fill out a health screener prior to arrival.

Pricing per family depends on how many children are enrolled:

  • $250/1st child, $235 (member pricing)
  • $200/Sibling over 8 months,
  • $100/3rd child over 8 months.
  • $0/ Siblings 8 months and younger and children 6 years and older at time of registration may attend free with 1st child tuition

There is a $50 nonrefundable curriculum fee.

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

IN-PERSON Big Messy Art (History)

Sunday, September 19th
10:00 AM

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IN-PERSON Big Messy Art (History!)

Sunday, September 19 – October 24 | 10:00 – 10:35 AM

Cost: $120 (6 classes)
Where: Bender JCC Outdoor Tent

Big Messy Art (History) is back in person this year! Megan, a local DC artist, will lead your little ones through a fantastic art experience.

Each class begins with a storytime featuring a famous artist. Then we move into a caregiver-assisted art project inspired by the artist 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.

Masking OUTDOORS for children and staff is OPTIONAL when social distancing CAN be maintained.
Masking OUTDOORS for children (over 2) and staff will be MANDATORY when social distancing CANNOT be maintained.

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

 

IN PERSON Books & Bubbles

Monday, September 20th
10:30 AM

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IN-PERSON Books & Bubbles

  • Monday, September 20 | 10:30 – 11:00 AM | $5 per child
  • Monday, September 27 | 10:30 – 11:00 AM | $5 per child
  • Wednesdays, October 6 – 27 |10:30 – 11:00 AM | $5 per child per class

Cost: $5 per child

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.

Masking OUTDOORS for children and staff will now be OPTIONAL when social distancing CAN be maintained.
Masking OUTDOORS for children (over 2) and staff will be MANDATORY when social distancing CANNOT be maintained.

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.

IN-PERSON Rhythm ’N’ Ruach with Auntie A: Music ’n’ Yoga
Thursdays, September 23rd – October 28th | 10:00 – 10:45 AM | $120 1st child, $90 a sibling

Where: Bender JCC Front Lawn

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.

Masking OUTDOORS for children and staff is OPTIONAL when social distancing CAN BE maintained.
Masking OUTDOORS for children and staff will be MANDATORY when social distancing CANNOT be maintained.

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

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

This event is partnered with PJ Library.

IN-PERSON Shabbat Playgroup

Friday, September 24th
10:30-11:00 AM

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IN-PERSON Shabbat Playgroup

Fridays September 24 – October 29 | 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.

There is limited registration so sign up early!!

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

Masking OUTDOORS for children and staff will now be OPTIONAL when social distancing CAN be maintained.
Masking OUTDOORS for children (over 2) and staff will be MANDATORY when social distancing CANNOT be maintained.

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

Cinema J: Sukkot

Saturday, September 25th
6:00 PM

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Sukkah Village

Saturday, September 25, 2021 | 6 -9:30 PM | $30/Family

RSVP by September 23

This year Sukkah Village is a “Pizza in the Hut” Celebration! Each family will get a Pizza Party Pack of dinner, dessert, and drinks. After our time in the Sukkah, we will move under the stars to enjoy a family-friendly movie on our outdoor movie screen.

Questions? Please contact Deb Rosenberg at drosenberg@benderjccgw.org

 

In-Person Pick with PJ: Apple Picking Event

Sunday, September 26th
2:00 - 4:00 PM

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In-Person Pick with PJ: Apple Picking Event
Sunday September 26 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Registration Deadline: September 20 at 11:59 PM
Cost: $25/family (Includes bag to pick one peck of apples)

Where: Waters Orchard
22711 Wildcat Rd., Germantown, MD

The Jewish Federation, PJ Library, Shaare Torah, and the Bender JCC are heading to the apple orchard to pick fresh, delicious apples for a sweet New Year! Get your Rosh Hashanah celebrations underway as we pick apples, have professional family photos taken, enjoy snacks and read stories together.

Last Day to Cancel Your Registration for a Refund: September 17 (After September 17, we cannot offer refunds on the registration price unless this program is cancelled due to the weather.)

Each family can purchase a ticket which includes a bag to store one peck (approximately 11-12 pounds) of apples. Additional bags may be purchased with cash from the orchard.

If you have questions or need assistance filling out this form, please contact Sarah Rabin Spira at sarah.rabinspira@shalomdc.org.

VIRTUAL Baby Lap Time

Sunday, October 10th
8:30 AM

VIRTUAL Baby Lap Time

Sunday | October 10 | 8:30 AM | Free

Sunday | November 21 | 8:30 AM | Free

Sunday | December 12 | 8:30 AM | Free

Register here

 

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.

Virtual Potty Training with Sally

Wednesday, October 13th
8:00 PM

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VIRTUAL Potty Training with Sally
Wednesday, October 13 | 8:00 PM | $15

Where: You will receive a zoom link 24 hours before the course.

Join Sally Neuberger LCSW-C and Potty coach (www.readysetgopotty.com) for a fast-paced workshop on how to potty training developmentally ready children in a three-day period. This coaching approach for parents of children ages 34-38 months includes a comprehensive handout as a guide. Sally’s 98% success rate over the past 20 years of potty coaching is based on only expecting children to be successful with a task when they have social/emotional, motor, and cognitive readiness.

Come prepared with questions!

Co-Presented by

  • Bender JCC of Greater Washington
  • Pozez JCC
  • Growing Jewish Families
  • PJ Library

 

 

 

 

If you have any questions, contact Jennifer Radosh.

VIRTUAL Bim Bom Bag (Shabbat/Havdalah):  Explore Jewish Themes & Holidays with the Bender JCC!

Cost: $18 (Please purchase 1 ticket per child)

The Bender JCCGW presents a bagtastic and exciting opportunity to learn about Jewish customs and holidays through arts & crafts, stories, and discussions.  When you sign up, we will hand-deliver* Jewish-themed arts & crafts activities to your door to work on independently with your kid(s).   A few days later we will get together over zoom and share our creative crafts, read a story, and learn cool facts about the Jewish topic.  This program is perfect for children 3+ years old.

  • Sign up deadline: Wednesday, October 13th
  • Receive your bag by: Monday, October 18th
  • Zoom accompaniment program: Thursday, October 21st, 4:30 PM

*Contactless deliveries are for Montgomery County zip codes only, if we cannot access your home from the outdoors, please email Jennifer Radosh at jradosh@benderjccgw.org and we will make arrangements.

Jeremy Rachlin chairs the Estate and Trust Practice Group at the Bethesda, Maryland law firm of Bulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld

VIRTUAL Estate Planning for Expecting Families and Families with Young Children
Wednesday, December 8 | 8:00 PM | Cost: $15

Where: You will receive a zoom link after you register

These days, so much is out of our control, but there is no better time to educate yourself about estate planning for you and your loved ones. As the parent of a middle school-aged daughter, Jeremy Rachin finds tremendous professional satisfaction in working with families to develop an estate plan that provides reassurance and peace of mind and communicating in an easy-to-understand, non-legalese way.

Jeremy will cover the basics of estate planning, what documents you need (wills, trusts, powers of attorney), and how to protect your family in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Don’t forget to bring your questions! There will be lots of time for Q & A.*

About Jeremy Rachlin:

Jeremy Rachlin chairs the Estate and Trust Practice Group at the Bethesda, Maryland law firm of Bulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld. Jeremy provides estate planning, trust administration, estate litigation, and probate services to clients across the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia. Jeremy has repeatedly been recognized by Bethesda Magazine as a top estates attorney in Montgomery County, by Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine as amongst the top 5% of Maryland attorneys annually since 2012, and as a top estate and trust attorney in the peer-reviewed Best Lawyers In America.

Jeremy’s e-mail: jrachlin@bulmandunie.com
Jeremy’s direct line: (301) 656-1177 x305

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

*Please be advised Jeremy is not licensed in VA and may not be able to answer state-specific questions.

Presented by the Bender JCC, Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia’s Growing Jewish Families, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and PJ Library.