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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 (Playdates 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, 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, 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.

.8-2 למשפחות עם ילדים בגילאים  IAC קשת היא תכנית העשרה מבית
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.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

Apples and Honeys Monday, September 26th - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
VIRTUAL Bim Bom Bag (High Holidays): Explore Jewish Themes & Holidays with the Bender JCC! Thursday, September 29th - 4:30 PM
Pick with PJ: Apple Picking Event Sunday, October 2nd - 2:00 - 4:00 PM
I Am Sorry Day Wednesday, October 5th - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The Village: Baby, Let’s Do This Together! Wednesday, October 12th -
Sukkah Village: Pizza In The Hut Friday, October 14th - 5:45 PM
Virtual Potty Training with Sally Wednesday, October 26th - 8:00 PM

Apples and Honeys

Monday, September 26th
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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Celebrate the Jewish holidays with the Bender JCC at one of our super fun and festive community gatherings!All children are welcome: ideal for families with children ages 5 & under. This program is open to the general public.Apples and HoneysMonday, September 26 | 10-11:30 AM | $25-Adult, $15 Senior (60+), $10-Child, $0 Under 12mRSVP by Sept 22Celebrate the Jewish New Year (outside and in-person) with your little ones at a program that is designed just for them! Join early childhood music specialist Lisa Baydush for a 45-minute kid-friendly, music-filled Rosh Hashanah morning. After the music program, we encourage you and your family to stay for a service project to support families in Montgomery County. After the music program, we encourage you and your family to stay for snacks and playground fun.Ticket Includes party pack: Apples, honey, mini shofars, and interactive activities to be used during the program and beyondQuestions? Please contact Jen Radosh at jradosh@benderjccgw.org

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

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

Registration: Zoom link will be sent out 24hrs prior to the program.

The Bender JCC 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.

Jen Halpern, author of “The Stars will be my Nightlight”, will lead a special Storytime reading of her book.

• Sign-up deadline: Tuesday, September 20

• Receive your bag by: Friday, September 23

• Zoom accompaniment program: Thursday, September 29, 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. Please contact Jennifer Radosh if you have any questions.

Pick with PJ: Apple Picking Event

Sunday, October 2nd
2:00 - 4:00 PM

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Pick with PJ: Apple Picking EventSunday, October 2 | 2:00 – 4:00 PMCost: $30/family(Includes bag to pick one peck of apples)Where: Waters Orchard22711 Wildcat Rd., Germantown, MDHead to the apple orchard to pick fresh, delicious apples for Rosh Hashanah and Grandparents Day! We’ll celebrate together outside as we pick apples, have professional family photos taken, read stories, and do a mitzvah project (making cards for Jewish military service members). This program is a collaboration of The Jewish Federation, PJ Library, Bender JCC, Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia, Edlavitch DCJCC, and Shaare Torah.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.

I Am Sorry Day

Wednesday, October 5th
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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Celebrate the Jewish holidays with the Bender JCC at one of our super fun and festive community gatherings!All children are welcome: ideal for families with children ages 5 & under. This program is open to the general public.I’m Sorry DayWednesday, October 5 | 10-11:30 AM | $25-Adult, $15 Senior (60+), $10-Child, $0 Under 12mRSVP by October 2Teaching your little ones to say “I’m sorry” is a great way to begin explaining the holiday of Yom Kippur. Join us (outside and in-person) with early childhood music specialist Lisa Baydush for a 45-minute family-filled morning where we will explain this holiday in a tot-friendly musical way. After the music program, we encourage you and your family to stay and connect at our playground.Ticket Includes party park with Snacks, crafts, and activities to be used during the program and beyond!

Questions? Please contact Jennifer Radosh at jradosh@benderjccgw.org

The Village: Baby, Let’s Do This Together!
A new parenting class for first-time parents and their infants

Wednesday, October 12 – Friday, November 18
Cost: $300 per family

Becoming a new parent is one of life’s most exciting milestones, but it can also be exhausting, frustrating, and surprisingly lonely. So, we created The Village, a community of first-time parents going through the same things you are, at the same time. One-part support group, one-part parenting class, The Village unlocks a supportive and fun environment that can spark friendships that will last your – and your child’s – lifetime.

The Bender JCC welcomes you to six (45 minutes to 1.5 hours) classes which conclude with a very special Family Shabbat dinner. All classes are curated with you and your baby in mind.  Feel free to stop and change a diaper, get some water, nurse, etc.  If you need privacy, you will have access to adult locker rooms.

This class is best suited for first-time parents with a child between 0 and 6 months old.

Find your village today!

  • Messy Art:  Wednesday, October 12 | 9:00 – 9:45 AM
    Don’t have a moment to google baby keepsake ideas and run to an art supply store?  Lilach Cohen-Holden, a local art and yoga teacher, will lead you (and your baby) in a fantastic art experience.  At the end of the class, you will have a work of art to showcase in your home! All materials will be provided in the class.
  • MindfulnessThursday, October 20 | 9:00 – 10:30 AM
    This class covers the basic principles of mindfulness as a practice for real life as new parents. Learn the mindfulness tools to manage thoughts and emotions, and use basic breath work, meditation, and mindful perspective to approach common human experiences. Learn how to parent with acceptance, and find your resilience.  This class is taught by Gianna Vallefuoco; a local artist, entrepreneur, mindfulness teacher, and mom.
  • Yoga:  Tuesday, October 25 | 9:30 – 10:15 AM
    Strengthen, stretch, and relieve stress while getting to know other parents and babies.   Includes parent-baby postures and massage techniques designed to promote bonding with each other and bring a sense of calm to the baby.  No yoga experience is necessary.
  • Rhythm and Ruach:  Thursday, November 3 | 9:00 – 9:45 AM
    Rhythm ‘N’ Ruach uses high-energy music, movement, and instruments to encourage the joyfully Jewish learner.  Research has shown that music is an anchor in keeping people connected to their cultural identity.
  • Support Group:  Wednesday, November 9 | 9:00 – 10:30 AM
    Jennifer Udler, LCSW-C, will help you navigate common themes/conversations surrounding being a parent to a new baby.  Everything from feeding to your changing feelings, self-care, and work-life balance.  This is a great opportunity to share in a safe space guided by a clinician.
  • Family Shabbat Dinner:  Friday, November 18 | 5:30 – 7:00 PM
    What better way to conclude your experience than to share in a Family Shabbat Dinner?  Enjoy a night of good conversation, food, wine, and dessert with your new friends.  And most importantly you have a night off from doing dishes!

Bonus Activities:

PJ Library / Federation is gifting special Shabbat kits so you can easily celebrate Shabbat at home with your new friends.

Looking for other activities to do with your new friends?  Enjoy a complimentary day at the J! My favorite family-friendly activities include the indoor and year-round outdoor pool.


 

Sukkah Village: Pizza In The Hut

Friday, October 14th
5:45 PM

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Celebrate the Jewish holidays with the Bender JCC at one of our super fun and festive community gatherings!All children are welcome: ideal for families with children ages 5 & under. This program is open to the general public.

Sukkah VillageFriday, October 14, 2021 | 5:45 – 8:15 PM | $35/FamilyRSVP by October 12This 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 Jennifer Radosh at jradosh@benderjccgw.org

 

Virtual Potty Training with Sally

Wednesday, October 26th
8:00 PM

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VIRTUAL Potty Training with Sally

Wednesday, October 26 | 8:00 PM | $15 per household

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 train 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.