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

COMMUNITY VIRTUAL FAMILY SHABBAT Friday, April 3rd - 5:30 PM
Strollers, Snacks, and Stories May 19 Tuesday, May 19th - 10:00 AM
Challah Tots May Thursday, May 21st - 4:00 PM
Barnes & Noble Storytime June Wednesday, June 10th - 10:00 AM
Challah Tots June Thursday, June 25th - 10:00 AM

COMMUNITY VIRTUAL FAMILY SHABBAT

Friday, April 3rd
5:30 PM

We may be apart, but we are not alone.

Join us online for a virtual Shabbat, together.

Families participating in the Bender JCC Community are invited to a virtual community Shabbat filled with songs and blessings. Debi Roemer on the guitar, Phil Liebson, Camp JCC Director, Lauren Dworkin, Parenting Center Director, and Rabbi Sarah, ECC Director, to lead the blessings.

COST: FREE

Sign up to receive the Zoom link before the Community Virtual Family Shabbat
SIGN UP HERE
Questions? Please contact Lauren Dworkin at ldworkin@jccgw.org.  We are looking forward to celebrating Shabbat with you and your family

SPRING STROLLER, SNACKS, AND STORIES

Feel good with your friends and take a stroll with the Bender JCC at a park near you! Look out for the Wandering J van in the parking lot – that will be our starting spot. We’ll start with a 20 to 30-minute stroller walk followed with some snacks and PJ Library stories for the kiddos.
Location: Glen Echo Park 7300 Macarthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812
UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Tuesday, May 19 |  10 AM
    Glen Echo Park 7300 Macarthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812

In partnership with PJ Library

Challah Tots May

Thursday, May 21st
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 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)

  • May 21 | 4 – 5 PM
  • 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.

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.