From annual literary festivals and monthly book clubs to the Kass Judaic Library, the Bender JCC believes the literary arts have the power to educate, enlighten, and engage. Explore everything we have to offer book lovers at the Bender JCC.

Book Chat with John Vine: “A Parkinson’s Primer”

Sunday, April 23 | 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Goldman Art Gallery

Join us for a discussion & book signing with John Vine, as he discusses his new book, A Parkinson’s Primer. The book is about diagnosis for new patients with low symptom presentation. Written from the patient’s perspective, this nontechnical guide is essential reading for all newly diagnosed patients and their loved ones.

You can purchase a copy of the book at this event. Click here for more details about this FREE event!

Brunch & Bridge with Betsy Lerner

Friday, May 12 | 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Grab your gal pals, bridge club, canasta crew, daughters, mothers, aunts and all the fabulous women in your life because we’re having pre-Mother’s Day brunch with Betsy Lerner! The men in your life are, of course, also welcome!

In The Bridge Ladies: A Memoir, Betsy Lerner finds herself taking part in her mother’s fifty-year-old bridge game learning about the stories behind the women she’d known her whole life.

Click here to secure your seat and a copy of Lerner’s memoir today!

Martha Hall Kelly: Lilac Girls

Thursday, June 22 | 7:00 PM

In Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly has crafted a remarkable novel of unsung women and their quest for love, freedom, and second chances — in the midst of the World War II. It is a story that will keep readers bonded with the characters, searching for the truth, until the final pages.

Join Martha Hall Kelly, the NY Times Bestselling Author, for an evening revolving around her amazing novel.

Click here to save your seat and a copy of Kelly’s book today!

Lessans family annual book festival

Coming back in 2017

Our annual festival returns with an astounding array of authors and programs exploring storytelling through words, music and images. Among this year’s innovative programs, you’ll find a special nonpartisan Election Day talk featuring a local author, an adult coloring workshop, spoken word storytelling performances, a community-wide read, and an art exhibit connecting storytelling and visual arts. Join us to engage with those telling their stories and be inspired to connect with your own.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For information on making a donation to the book festival or sponsoring an author event, please contact Jennifer Smith at 301-348-3778 or

Kass Judaic Library

The Kass Judaic features new and classic Jewish books. The Library is currently closed for reorganization and will be moving to another location within the Bender JCC. Questions about the Kass Judaic Library? Contact Jennifer Smith at 301-348-3778 or

Book Clubs

Looking for fellow book lovers? The Bender JCC boasts three book clubs spanning fiction to history, biography to contemporary issues. All book clubs meet at the Center. No registration is necessary.

NCJW Book Club

The National Council of Jewish Women book club meets every 4th Thursday of the month at 12:30 PM  Women and men are welcome to attend.  For further information, email Norma Krupenie at

Books & Fellowship

Books and Fellowship is a Jewish (yet all interested persons are welcome, regardless of religious affiliation) singles group 45+ which meets on Sundays between 10:00 AM and 12:00 noon. Twice monthly, we have lively discussions about books, movies, and/or topics.  Afterwards, we go out to lunch at a nearby restaurant. For further information email Jay at

Hadassah Book Club

Created for Jewish women that love a good read, the Hadassah Book Club features a diverse selection of books and the opportunity to make new friends. The club’s selections—a mix of fiction and nonfiction books by Jewish authors and/or with Jewish themes—are all readily available in paperback or at the Kass Judaic Library. For more information, email Ellen at

Interested in learning more about book clubs at the Bender JCC? Contact Jennifer Smith at 301-348-3778 or

Questions about literary arts at the Bender JCC? Contact us!

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