From classes to trips to just being social, the Bender JCC is a hub for busy seniors. Encouraging active minds, active bodies, and community engagement, the Center leads the way in Montgomery County for seniors that want to live life to the fullest. Explore the many ways seniors enjoy the Bender JCC.

Click here for the November-December 2016 Coming of Age Calendar Booklet!

Questions about senior activities and programming at the Bender JCC? Contact us!

Share the Love, Share the Light

Share the Love Event

November 15 - December 15

Help seniors stay safe in their homes this winter. During colder months, power outages are more common. The Bender JCC is collecting FLASHLIGHTS and BATTERY-OPERATED CANDLES for community seniors who participate in our satellite lunch program now through December 15.

Please look for the collection box in the lobby area and consider donating to Share the Love, Share the Light.

#SharetheLove, #SharetheLight

Coming of Age in Maryland

Coming of Age in Maryland offers monthly activities, excursions, and special events to members aged 60 and over. Activities include theater, museums, lectures, performances, “Food and Fun” restaurant outings that feature a game component, an annual health and wellness expo, and much more. Learn more about the Bender JCC’s Coming of Age in Maryland program. For more information, contact Frieda Enoch at 301-348-3809 or

Coming of Age in Maryland Programs

Adult Living & Learning

The Bender JCC offers a comprehensive range of educational programs that stimulate minds, help members maintain a healthy lifestyle, and encourage community and social engagement. Explore Adult Living & Learning programs at the Bender JCC.


In the Bender JCC’s continuing effort to care for members in body, mind, and spirit, the Center offers a number of wellness programs and activities for individuals of all ages, with an emphasis on aging and senior wellness.

The Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington Internal Light Low Vision Support Group for Senior Adults – Join us to hear the latest research on cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and more as well as learn from one another on ways to improve our quality of life.

This group meets on the 2nd Monday of the month at the Ring House, 1801 E. Jefferson St., Rockville, MD 20852 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Contact Debbie Sokobin for more information at 301-348-3760 or


The Bender JCC depends on the time and dedication of its enthusiastic volunteers. Each year, over 500 members donate their time and expertise in every facet of the Center. Volunteering not only enables participants to give something back to their community, but it provides opportunities to meet new people, share talents, and have fun. For information about volunteering at the Bender JCC, contact Stacy Katz Olivera at 301-348-3889 or

Selma Sweetbaum Senior Satellite Programs

Tuesdays @ the J

Meals on Wheels Member Badge Every Tuesday at the J!

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. | Chair Exercise

11:00am – 12:00 p.m. (noon) | Program of the day. Check schedule below for details.

12:00 p.m. (noon) – 1:00 P.M. | A delicious kosher meal followed by an enlightening, educational, or entertaining program.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Yiddish Conversation Group

Come for any one part or all of the day. This program is free, other than the $5 suggested donation for lunch.

For more information, contact Stacy Katz Olivera at 301.348.3889 or

***In the event of inclement weather, if Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) have a delayed opening or are closed, we will NOT run a program that day***


Tovah Kasdin, J.D. – Director, ElderSAFE Center

Lunch: Salmon Croquette

Sivan Azouri – Shlichah – Israeli Emissary

Lunch: Chicken Marsala

Les Bergen: Spies, Soldiers, and Pols: Jewish Southerners in Mr. Lincoln’s City

Les Bergen, of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, will discuss how the Jewish Families of Washington navigated the divisive issue of secession during the Civil War.

Lunch: TBD

Games, Clubs & Interest Groups

Note: We are taking a hiatus from offering Bridge classes until further notice.

From singers on stage to singers in the shower, all senior singers are welcome at the Bender JCC senior adult chorus. Led by Frieda Enoch, the chorus entertains at Jewish holiday celebrations and special events. If you love to sing, you’re welcome to join!

Chorus is returning on Tuesday, October 13, 2015! Practices will meet every Tuesday, 1-2 p.m. at the Bender JCC in Room 126. Contact Frieda Enoch at 301-348-3809 or


History lovers unite every fourth Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Bender JCC in a club devoted to all things historical. All history buffs welcome! For more information, contact Debbie Sokobin at 301-348-3760 or

Triple letter. Double word. There’s nothing like an old-fashioned game of Scrabble. Get your fix with the Bender JCC Scrabble Club every Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Center. New players are always welcome. Contact Meryl Trachtman 301.348.3808 or

Learn the ancient game of Mah Jongg, including strategies, etiquette, and rule. Meet other players or form your own group. For more information, including class dates, fees, and more, contact Meryl Trachtman at 301-348-3808 or

Now that you know the rules, learn the strategy and etiquette that will make you a better and more in-demand player.

This class focuses on strategies and choosing hands when playing Mah Jongg. This class is also for participants who took a beginner class and know the basics of the game. For more information, including class dates, fees, and more, contact Meryl Trachtman at 301-348-3808 or

Let’s Get Social

Created for older singles, this active group is for people who like to exchange ideas and meet others. Talk, schmooze, and make lasting personal connections. Participants aged 50+ are welcome!

Meets the fourth Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m at the Bender JCC. You will be directed from the Front Desk upon arrival. $3 per person will be collected at the events. For more information or to be placed on the group e-mail list, contact Meryl Trachtman at 301-348-3808 or or Linda Silversmith at

There is no Mix ‘N Mingle program in December

Thurs. Jan. 26, 2017 @ 7:30 pm SHARP
Cost: $3 Per Person
Topic: TBD

Tuesdays, 1 – 2:30 p.m. and Wednesdays, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Men are invited to this weekly get-together to meet new friends and discuss topics of interest such as current events, politics, and health. This program is free but registration is requested by contacting volunteer facilitator Herb Heldman at 301.881.1989 or or Debbie Sokobin at 301.348.3760 or

Mondays, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm

If you want to meet new friends, do some social networking, and discuss topics such as politics, religion, marriage, and life in general, consider joining this group led by volunteer Enid Portnoy. For more information, contact Debbie Sokobin at or 301.348.3760.

The New Friends is a group of single women and men 60+. The purpose of this group is to make new friends, plan social activities, and share common interests. New Friends meets the first Friday of the month at noon, and is free with membership. For more information, contact Debbie Sokobin at 301-348-3760 or

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