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.

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

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 AM – 12:00 PM

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 2017 Member Badge Every Tuesday at the J!

10:00 – 11:00 AM | Chair Exercise

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (noon) | Program of the day. Check schedule below for details.

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

1:00 – 2:00 PM | 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***


Harvey Follender will speak about his ‘Travels in Asia.’

Lunch: TBD

Donoto Soranno, Tenor – Entertaining with Broadway Tunes.

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, the chorus sings a varied repertoire of Yiddish, Hebrew, and Latino tunes, as well as some Russian and American song favorites! If you love to sing, you’re welcome to join!

Chorus meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 1:00 – 2:30 PM.

Contact Frieda Enoch at 301-348-3809 or


Song Circle meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 1:00 – 2:30 PM, followed by refreshments.

Song sheets are provided and we sing mainly American folk songs.

The Jewish Chorus meets on all the other Tuesdays from 1:00 – 2:30 PM.

  • Song Circle is about the joy of singing.
  • All are welcome, regardless of experience or ability
  • Song sheets will be provided

The Song Circle is sponsored by the Bender JCC of Greater Washington’s Senior Adult Division and the Folklore Society of Greater Washington (

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

Bring your friends and play Mahj Jongg while meeting other Mah Jongg players.

Beginners must know the basics!

When? Tuesdays | 1:00 – 3:00 PM | Starting on January 10, 2017

Cost: FREE

For more information, contact Meryl Trachtman at 301-348-3808 or

Learn the ancient game of Mah Jongg, including strategies, etiquette, and rules.

Meet other players or form your own group.

When? Wednesdays | 2:00 – 4:00 PM | From April 26 – May 17

Cost: $60 for Bender JCC Members | $75 for General Public

Register for Wednesday Mah Jongg

For more information, 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 PM 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

Thursday, April 27, 2017 | 7:30 PM
“Sustainable Investing and the Impact on Environmental and Social Issues” – William Bruno, AXA Advisors

Upcoming Programs:

  • May 25 | Annual Travel Night returns!
  • June 22 | “Estate Planning and Elder Law” – Stephen Elville

General Meetings | Tuesdays, 1:15 – 2:45 PM and Wednesdays, 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Come for conversation and camaraderie! 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 thriving group meets twice a week.

For more information, check out the Men’s Club page or contact Debbie Sokobin at 301-348-3760 or

Mondays, 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Just for Women! 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