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.
UPCOMING J Play EVENTS
Check out our new dates!
Join the Bender JCC of for preschool-friendly challah making, activities, and a PJ Library story time in preparation for Shabbat. Click here for more info.
Fun in the Forest – Tza’ar Ba’alei Chayim
March 30 | 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Let’s meet at the Curiosity Corner inside Meadowside Nature Center (5100 Meadowside Lane, Derwood MD – located in Rock Creek Regional Park) for a fun-filled morning of Tz’ar Ba’alei Chayim (kindness to animals) crafts, PJ Library® story time, songs, and exploration around the center. Click here for more information.
Lag B’Omer Bonfire Celebration
May 14 | 3:30 PM
Join Congregation Beth El and the Bender JCC at Locust Grove Park as we celebrate Lag B’omer with a bonfire and activities for families with kids ages 0-10. Click here for more information.
Sweet Summer Scoop – I Scream for Shavuot!
May 23 | 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Join Bender JCC, PJ Library, and Shaare Torah at Menchie’s (Montgomery Mall, 7101 Democracy Boulevard Bethesda MD 20817) to celebrate Shavuot with free craft & storytelling activities; and special frozen yogurt prices for attendees. Click here for more information.
Jewish Bedtime Stories & Songs
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!
Join a growing global community of more than 200,000 PJ Library families throughout North America and Israel and sign up today! Enroll here!
Visit PJ Library of Greater Washington to learn more about our local PJ Library Community.
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 email@example.com or 301-348-3848 with any questions, suggestions, or just to help out!
Featured PJ Book
3 Falafels in My Pita: A Counting Book of Israel
How many ways do we love Israel? Let’s count them...at least up until we reach the number 10!