Bender-Dosik Parenting Center

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Bond with your little ones in a nurturing and hands-on environment and connect with new families at the Bender-Dosik Parenting Center!

Our parenting center provides activities, classes and educational opportunities for the whole family. Celebrate Jewish holidays, cultivate essential developmental skills, create play-filled memories, and much more in a warm, welcoming community.

Events and activities include:

Jewish holiday celebrations Story time
Playgroups First-time parent education
Music classes And much more!

Parenting curriculum includes formal classes, lectures, discussion and support groups, as well as comprehensive parenting resources and referral materials.

All Are Welcome

The JCCGW 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. Inclusion is belonging.

Questions about the Bender-Dosik Parenting Center? Contact us!

The center is made possible by grants from the Bender Foundation and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.


Classes & ProgramsConnect with new families and bond with your little one in a nurturing and hands-on environment. The Parenting Center supports your young and growing family with fun and diverse programs. Spark interest, stimulate creativity, and enhance development through a variety of classes designed for infants, toddlers and parents.

Mommy and Baby Yoga

Sept 21-Nov 23, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Moms will learn mom-baby postures and massage techniques designed to promote bonding with each other and bring a sense of calm to baby. Strengthen, stretch and relieve stress while getting to know other moms and babies. Feel free to stop your practice to change a diaper, get some water, nurse, etc. No yoga experience is necessary.

Mommy Movie Mondays

Dec 7 & 21, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

If you have been staying away from movie theaters because you were afraid your infant would disrupt the audience, fear no more! Moms and their babies are invited to the JCCGW auditorium for a fun morning. The fee goes toward theater use, snacks, water, stroller parking and an audience who will not mind if your baby cries! Older children may be dropped off at J-Club, our babysitting service, for a fee. We hope to see you and your baby at a theater near you!

Gym and Swim Toddler Class (12m-3yr)

Nov 16-Jan 11, 10-11 a.m.
Sept 21-Nov 9, 10-11 a.m.

In the gym under the guidance of an experienced instructor, parents will lead children through gymnastics warm-ups, stretching, activities and apparatus – mats, beam, obstacle courses!  Children will work on balance and coordination, and will gain an overall sense of body awareness.  Immediately following their hard work in the gym, the class will move to the pool for a 30 minute Water Tots class. Parent and child learn together in the water. The water class utilizes basic swimming skills such as back float, kicking, reaching, blowing bubbles, and more. Parents will assist in each technique with your child. The skills learned in class will prepare your child for entry into Level 1.

Music Together Babies (0-1yr)

Sept 22-Dec 8, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Join us for a special music class that’s just for babies! This offering is a one-semester introduction to Music Together and is especially appropriate for infants who are not yet mobile. Meet other parents and learn fun and fascinating musical activities that you can recreate at home with your little one. Every child’s development benefits from early exposure to music and movement, so bring your baby to Music Together Babies and begin to nurture your baby’s musical development!

Music Together (1-5yr)

Sept 22-Dec 8, 9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m. & 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Did you know all children are musical? Build on your child’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement and learn the skills to support the natural process of music development. When registering more than one child per family for Music Together, please go to for the sibling rates.

Breastfeeding Support Group

Oct 13-Nov 17, 10-11 a.m.

Are you a brand new Mom or just new to breastfeeding? Have you discovered that breastfeeding is not as easy as you thought? Led by Bethesda Breastfeeding’s lactation consultants, join us for these intimate groups to share and learn in a friendly supportive atmosphere. Discussions are facilitated by an international board certified lactation consultant and broach many topics including postpartum adjustment, feeding, burping, sleeping, gas and colic, normal newborn behavior, soothing fussy babies and breastfeeding. Classes are focused on babies ages: 0-8 months. Expectant mothers are encouraged to attend a free New Mothers Breastfeeding Support Group prior to giving birth.

Bubbie and Zaydie Bootcamp

Dec 1, 7-9 p.m.

Making memories, supporting the new parents, and keeping your grandbaby safe are just a few of the topics discussed in this two-hour class designed to give you an opportunity to explore your wonderful, new role. Current trends in labor and delivery practices, infant care and feeding will be shared and taught by Holy Cross Registered Nurse Neva Powers.

Parenting with Confidence 1 and 2

Parenting with Confidence 1 – Oct 13, 7:15-9 p.m.
Parenting with Confidence 2 – Nov 10, 7:15-9 p.m.

Would you like to raise your children with less exhaustion and greater confidence? Are you tired of resorting to threats, bribes and endless arguing? Join Dr. Kay Abrams for a two-part series as she introduces options for addressing parenting challenges. In the first session, you will learn concepts and tools that will allow you to parent with calm authority. After taking home your new strategies, our second motivating session will allow you to bring your parenting challenges and learn to address them proactively, mindfully and with confidence. For parents with children age 1 to 10 years.

Story Time

Sept 16-Nov 11, 10-11 a.m.
Dec 2-Feb 3, 10-11 a.m.

Story Time is a joyful exploration of literature for children through song and movement, supporting early literacy and language in a developmentally-appropriate setting. Following Story Time, enjoy imaginative play, space to climb and explore, and age-appropriate toys.

Infant CPR

Nov 10, 6-9 p.m.

Every parent and/or caregiver should know how and when to administer CPR. In this class you will become Red Cross certified in CPR for infants from birth to one year. You will also learn techniques for babyproofing your home. Recommended for expectant parents or parents with babies up to one year.

Toddler Gym Class

Sept 9- Nov 11, 10-11 a.m.
Nov 18- Jan 20, 10-11 a.m.

This program is for children 12 months to 3 years old. Parents will lead children through gymnastic warm-ups and stretching, and then introduce them to gymnastics apparatus – mats, beam and obstacle courses all under the guidance of an experienced instructor!  Children will work on balance and coordination, and will gain an overall sense of body awareness.

Story Time

Sept 17-Nov 12, 10-11 a.m.
Dec 3-Jan 28, 10-11 a.m.

Story Time is a joyful exploration of literature for children through song and movement, supporting early literacy and language in a developmentally-appropriate setting. Following Story Time, enjoy imaginative play, space to climb and explore, and age-appropriate toys.

Shabbat Playgroup

Sept 11-Nov 20, 10-11 a.m.
Dec 4-Feb 5, 10-11 a.m.

Spend a fun-filled morning celebrating Shabbat and other Jewish holidays and themes. Learn about customs, traditions and prayers through art, music, movement and storytelling.



Parent and Community Education

First-time moms with babies 2 weeks-5 months. Parent And Community Education (P.A.C.E) is a special group that meets for eight two-hour sessions to discuss a variety of topics including eating, sleeping, crying, attachment, disposition and play. Time is also set aside for members to share experiences, ask questions and express concerns.