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.

.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 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, August 25th - 9:30 AM
Magic Nathaniel’s Magic Class and Show! Wednesday, August 26th - 5:00 PM
Wednesday Community Story Time & Show and Tell Wednesday, August 26th - 11:00 AM
Virtual Shabbat Playgroup Friday, August 28th - 10:30 AM
Virtual Children’s Yoga & Mindfulness Wednesday, September 9th - 10:00 AM

Community Story Time and Show & Tell
Tuesdays, June 16 – August 25 | 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.

Dates:

Virtual Story Time – Tuesday’s at 9:30 AM

  • June 16th, 23rd – $5 for the month
  • July 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th – $10 for the month
  • August 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th – $10 for the month

Over the last couple of months it has been such a pleasure seeing many of your faces at our virtual storytime(s) and Shabbat playgroup. We are grateful to be able to continue these and many more virtual (and hopefully in-person) programs this summer. In order to ensure our sustainability, we will begin charging a nominal fee which will go a long way in helping our JCC community continue to thrive. Thank you in advance for all of your support!

Questions? Please contact Jen Radosh here.

Join Magical Nathaniel’s special 30-minute magic class and show! He’ll wow you with magic from his award-winning show and you will learn incredible and easy to do magic with materials you can find around the house! This interactive class is a great way to get the kids excited about learning magic that they can show to their friends or family on the next Zoom call.

Recommended for preschool age and up. Younger kids may need assistance from parents.

Don’t miss this fun online opportunity!

Please bring two rubber bands, two (preferably unsharpened) pencils, a nickel, and a dollar bill to the workshop.
COST: $12/Family

Learn more at https://www.magicalnathaniel.com/online-class/

Community Story Time and Show & Tell
Wednesdays, June 17 – August 26 | 11:00 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.

Dates:

Virtual Story Time – Wednesday’s at 11:00 AM

  • June 17th, 24th – $5 for the month
  • July 1st, 8th, 15th, 23rd, and 29th – $10 for the month
  • August 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th – $10 for the month

Over the last couple of months, it has been such a pleasure seeing many of your faces at our virtual storytime(s) and Shabbat playgroup. We are grateful to be able to continue these and many more virtual (and hopefully in-person) programs this summer. In order to ensure our sustainability, we will begin charging a nominal fee which will go a long way in helping our JCC community continue to thrive. Thank you in advance for all of your support!

Questions? Please contact Jen Radosh here.

Virtual Shabbat Playgroup

Friday, August 28th
10:30 AM

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COMMUNITY SHABBAT PLAYGROUP
Fridays, June 19 – August 28 | 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.

Over the last couple of months it has been such a pleasure seeing many of your faces at our virtual story time(s) and Shabbat playgroup. We are grateful to be able to continue these and many more virtual (and hopefully in-person) programs this summer. In order to ensure our sustainability, we will begin charging a nominal fee which will go a long way in helping our JCC community continue to thrive. Thank you in advance for all of your support!

ZOOM link will be provided the day of the event.

Dates:

  • June 19th, 26th – $5 for the month
  • July 3rd, 10th, 17th, – $10 for the month
  • August 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th – $10 for the month

 

Virtual Children’s Yoga & Mindfulness

Wednesday, September 9th
10:00 AM

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Wednesdays September 9 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

Learn more about our phased reopening!