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.

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!

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

Tuesday Community Story Time & Show and Tell Tuesday, May 26th - 9:30 AM
Thursday Community Story Time & Show and Tell Thursday, May 28th - 4:00 PM
Virtual Shabbat Playgroup Friday, May 29th - 10:30 AM
Virtual Shir a Song Thursday, June 4th - 10:00 AM
Barnes & Noble Storytime June Wednesday, June 10th - 10:00 AM
Challah Tots June Thursday, June 25th - 10:00 AM

Community Story Time and Show & Tell
Tuesdays, April 21 – May 26 | 9:30 AM

We may be apart, but we are not alone.

Welcome to storytime and show and tell! Please join me for some exciting storytime from your own living room. Have your little ones dress up or show off an arts & craft project.  Please sign up at least 24hrs in advance, and we’ll email you a quick and fun project to present at show & tell.

COST: FREE

A ZOOM link will be provided approximately 24 hours before the event so you have time to work on your show and tell project.

Dates:

Tuesday | April 21
Tuesday | April 28
Tuesday | May 5
Tuesday | May 12
Tuesday | May 19
Tuesday | May 26

Questions? Please contact Jen Radosh here.

Community Story Time and Show & Tell
Thursdays, April 23 – May 28 | 4:00 – 4:30 PM

We may be apart, but we are not alone.

Welcome to story time and show and tell! Please join me for some exciting story time from your own living room. Have your little ones dress up or show off an arts & craft project.  Please sign up at least 24hrs in advance, and we’ll email you a quick and fun project to present at show & tell.

COST: FREE

ZOOM link will be provided approximately 24 hours before the event so you have time to work on your show and tell project.

Dates:

Thursday | April 23
Thursday | April 30
Thursday | May 7
Thursday | May 14
Thursday | May 21
Thursday | May 28

Questions? Please contact Jen Radosh here.

Virtual Shabbat Playgroup

Friday, May 29th
10:30 AM

Free RSVP

COMMUNITY SHABBAT PLAYGROUP
Fridays, April 17 – May 29 | 10:30 AM

We may be apart, but we are not alone.

Join us online for a virtual Shabbat Playgroup. Spend a fun-filled morning celebrating Shabbat. Learn about customs, traditions and prayers through, music, movement and storytelling.

COST: FREE

ZOOM link will be provided day of event.

Dates:

Friday | April 17
Friday | April 24
Friday | May 1
Friday | May 8
Friday | May 15

Friday | May 22

Friday | May 29

Questions? Please contact Lauren Dworkin here.

 

Virtual Shir a Song

Thursday, June 4th
10:00 AM

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Thursdays, June 4 – July 9 | 10:00 AM

Shir a Song classes are unique — they aim to blend secular songs with fun Shabbat and Jewish holiday songs as we cycle through the year. In class, we use fingerplays and hand motions, rhythmic chants, percussion instruments, props, dance and small and large movement to create a lively, musical community for the 45 minutes of class exposing your little one to a variety of rhythms and tonalities. We wiggle and giggle, move and groove, sing, and ding.

Zoom link will be sent once registration is processed.

Barnes & Noble Storytime June

Wednesday, June 10th
10:00 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.

  • June 10

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

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Challah Tots June

Thursday, June 25th
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!

Free registration coming soon.

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)

  • June 25 | 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.

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