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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.

J Play & Family Engagement Programs




challah kids handsChallah Tots

Winter dates coming soon!

Join the Bender JCC of Greater Washington for preschool-friendly challah making, activities, and a PJ Library story time in preparation for Shabbat.



Krispy Kreme Donut HolesDreidels and Donuts

December 15 | 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Spin into Krispy Kreme for Hanukah themed Arts & Crafts and Storytime with your J Play, PJ Library, and Shaare Torah friends. You’ll also get a little sweet treat to kick off your holiday celebrations! Click here for more info

Dunkin Donut MunchkinsDreidels and Donuts II

December 20 | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Spin into Dunkin Donuts for Chanukah themed Arts & Crafts and Storytime with your J Play, PJ Library, and CESJDS friends. Click here for more info.

one-dark-night-coverHebrew Story Time

January 15 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Hebrew story time is a recurring program run by the Israeli House-Washington and the Bender JCC. Click here for more information.




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Supermarket (Service) Sweep

January 24 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Meet up at Harris Teeter (11845 Old Georgetown Rd, North Bethesda, Md, 20852) for a Super Market Sweep style program with a giving twist. Click here for more info.

High-quality, expertly-selected, and kid tested.

Jewish Bedtime Stories & Songs

What is 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!

Sign up today!

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.

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!

There’s something about this place...where lifelong friendships begin. Your gift today will enrich lives and sustain a warm and welcoming center for Jewish life in our community. Donate at benderjccgw.org/donate.