J Play

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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

Check out our NEW fall dates!

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

Sukkah Express: Barnes & Noble Storytime
Sukkah Express: Barnes & Noble Storytime

Thursday, October 13 2016
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
Climb aboard the Sukkah Express and help Engineer Ari prepare for Sukkot! Join the Bender JCC and PJ Library at Barnes & Noble for fun arts and crafts and storytime.
 Click here for more info

forestFun in the Forest!

November 10 | 10 – 11 a.m.

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 PJ Library® story time, songs, and exploration around the center. At the center you can listen to songbirds sing overhead. Crawl through a cave. Feel the fur of woodland animals, and enjoy the fragrances of local plants! Click here for more info


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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@jccgw.org or 301-348-3848 with any questions, suggestions, or just to help out!