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

 

President’s Day at the J Monday, February 18th - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Barnes & Noble Storytime Wednesday, February 20th - 10 - 11 a.m.
Challah Tots February Thursday, February 28th - 4:00 PM
Family Purim Party Sunday, March 17th - 4:00 PM
Story Pirates – Second Show Added Sunday, March 17th - 1:00 PM
Challah Tots March Thursday, March 28th - 10:00 AM
Challah Tots April Thursday, April 25th - 4:00 PM
Challah Tots May Thursday, May 30th - 10:00 AM

President’s Day at the J

Monday, February 18th
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Free RSVP

Join us for a day fit for a President-We’ll show “The Lorax” 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.

This event is free – RSVP requested.

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

Barnes & Noble Storytime

Wednesday, February 20th
10 - 11 a.m.

Free RSVP

Monthly
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

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.

  • February 20 | 10 – 11 AM

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

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Challah Tots February

Thursday, February 28th
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 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)

  • February 28 | 4 – 5 PM
  • March 28 | 10 – 11 AM
  • April 25 | 4 – 5 PM
  • May 30 | 10 – 11 AM

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.

Family Purim Party

Sunday, March 17th
4:00 PM

Purchase Tickets

Family Purim Party

Sunday, March 17 | 4 – 5 PM

After Story Pirates, join us in your costumes for a Family Purim Party with hamentaschen making for taking home, mask making, and tumbling around in the Wasserman Family gym.

Tickets $5 per family

For more information, please email Lauren Dworkin  or call her at 301-348-3837

 

Story Pirates has added a second show!

Stories by children from Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and Bender JCC Early Childhood Center are brought to life on stage by the Story Pirates’ professional and hilarious improv actors – brimming with music, costumes and sets. Story Pirates first received national attention in 2008 when comedian Jon Stewart called the ensemble “crazy entertaining” on CNN.

Since that time, they’ve been described as a “mix between School House Rock and Monty Python,” and the New York Times called the group a “theatrical treasure.”
Learn how Story Pirates encourages kids to write and be creative.

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

 

 

Challah Tots March

Thursday, March 28th
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 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)

  • March 28 | 10 – 11 AM
  • April 25 | 4 – 5 PM
  • May 30 | 10 – 11 AM

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.

Challah Tots April

Thursday, April 25th
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 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)

  • April 25 | 4 – 5 PM
  • May 30 | 10 – 11 AM

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.

Challah Tots May

Thursday, May 30th
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 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)

  • May 30 | 10 – 11 AM

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.