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
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!
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 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
דרך טיפוח הקשר ליהדות
.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-348-3848 with any questions, suggestions, or just to help out!
UPCOMING J Play EVENTS
|I Am Sorry Day||Monday, September 28th - 9:30 AM|
|Say Sorry Day||Monday, September 28th - 11:00 AM|
|Silly Sukkah Storytime & Show with Rachel Packer||Friday, October 2nd - 4:00 PM|
|Sukkah Village||Sunday, October 4th -|
|Children’s Israeli Dance and Games!||Sunday, October 11th - 10:00 AM|
|Virtual Children’s Yoga & Mindfulness||Wednesday, October 14th - 10:00 AM|
|Tuesday Community Story Time & Show and Tell||Tuesday, November 24th - 9:30 AM|
|Virtual Shabbat Playgroup||Friday, November 27th - 10:30 AM|
$30 Virtual Ticket + Gift Bag
Teaching your little ones to say “I’m sorry” is a great way to begin explaining the holiday of Yom Kippur. Join us virtually 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.
We will deliver interactive holiday packs to your home ahead of time!
Packs include snacks, crafts, and activities to be used during the program and beyond!
Open to all ages, ideal for kids 5 & under. This event is open to the public.
*Please note: In order to fulfill bag delivery, Registration closes firmly on September 22 @11:59pm.
**Contactless deliveries are for Montgomery County zip codes only, if we can not access your home from the outdoors, please email us and we will make arrangements.
Questions? Please contact Lauren Dworkin or at 301-348-3837.
Say Sorry Day
$15 Virtual Family Ticket
We think 2020 should say sorry to us, but really, it’s never too late to say sorry. Join us online for our brand new interactive musical program with Songleader Ben Pagliaro. His hip-hop style and upbeat rhythms will connect you and your kids together at home with the spirit gratitude and reflection.
This program is designed for families with children ages 6-10
We will send you a Zoom link prior to the event.
Friday, October 2 | 4:00 PM
This program is Co-Presented by the Bender JCC of Greater Washington, Pozez JCC, and Edlavitch DCJCC.
Join Rachel Ornstein Packer for a silly and engaging performance of her book Sky High Sukkah-a PJ Library Selection. Her love of teaching and performing are the perfect combination for her storytime presentations which promise to be full of theatrics with healthy dose of shtick. Her book Sky High Sukkah is a delightful story about a city girl who wants to build a sukkah of her own and how her neighbors help her build it on the roof! You don’t want to miss it!
If you can, bring challah and juice. We’ll celebrate Shabbat at the end of the show with the blessings!
This interactive show is perfect for children 4 to 7 years old.
A Zoom link will be provided prior to the event
$15 per family
Want to celebrate Sukkot in a Sukkah with just your family but don’t have one at home? We’ve got you covered (literally)!
In order to maintain a safe distance, the Bender JCC invites your family to spend an hour relaxing and bonding in one of our Sukkot, reserved just for you!
There are 2 Sukkot available per hour, 1 family, per Sukkah.
A bag of goodies to decorate the Sukkah will be waiting for your family when you arrive. Pack a blanket, chairs, and a picnic for after decorating!!
See the ticket options below for time slots.
Please note, this program is non-refundable. Also, once you pick your time slot, you are unable to change your selection.
Questions? Please contact Lauren Dworkin
Sunday, October 11 | 10:00 AM
Sing, dance, and move to popular Israeli songs! You might even learn a couple of Hebrew words from familiar songs you already know.
Bring a scarf or something you can wave around. Make sure you have a safe space to move around in too!
This class will be lead by Orit Golan, an amazing preschool teacher, and yoga instructor. She has been leading virtual dance parties since this Spring.
This class is best suited for preschool-aged children along with a parent/caregiver/older sibling. This class will be taught in English.
A Zoom link will be provided prior to the event.
Wednesday, October 14th
Wednesdays through October 14 | 10 – 10:45 AM
Join Pam Kaufman, our resident yoga expert, for tools and strategies to help you and your little ones move, connect, and relax.
We’ll play games, sing songs, read stories, and more.
The practices are easily adaptable to other parts of the day and can help set a foundation for awareness, compassion, problem-solving, and much more.
This class is best suited for kids 0 to 5
DROP-IN classes now available. Contact Jennifer Radosh at email@example.com to register.
Community Story Time and Show & Tell
Tuesdays, September 15 – November 24| 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.
Virtual Story Time – Tuesday’s at 9:30 AM
Questions? Please contact Jen Radosh here.
COMMUNITY SHABBAT PLAYGROUP
Fridays, September 11 – November 27 | 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, and movement.
Please sign up at least 24hrs in advance, and we’ll email you the zoom link.