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May/June 2017

Shlomit & RebbeSoul

at Israel Fest Partnership with IAC (Israeli American Council)

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Israel Fest

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CEO’s Message

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Board Chair’s Message

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Annual Meeting

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IMAGINE: A Night Supporting Scholarships at the J 5 Health & Fitness

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Children, Youth, Teens & Camp 7 Arts & Culture

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Adults

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Health & Wellness Expo

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Summer Classes

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Contributions

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Upcoming Events

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Cover photo: Shlomit & RebbeSoul will perform at Israel Fest on May 21. Please see page 2 for more information. Photo by Dina Bova

Summer Class Registration is now open for members and opens May 15 for the general public. Please see page 10.

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CENTER STORY Partnering with IAC to Enhance Jewish Life in Our Community By Andrea Kronzek When our community comes together at the Bender JCC on May 21 at Israel Fest 2017, presented by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, the Israeli American Council (IAC) is one of the many area organizations that will have played a part in coordinating and implementing this celebration of the State of Israel’s 69th birthday. Look for IAC’s shesh besh (a game similar to backgammon) tournament and community artists’ fair.

Strengthening the bond between the United States and Israel is accomplished, says Ronit Gudes Totah, regional director for the Israeli-American Council, through community building and leadership, promoting love of Israel and America, active citizenship, Israeli Jewish traditions and the Hebrew language.

the next generation to the community, their Jewish identity, the Hebrew language and their shared love for the State of Israel and the US-Israel bond.”

Bender JCC President and CEO Michael Feinstein says that Israeli Americans and Jewish Americans have so much to give to each other. “By creating this vehicle “The IAC brings its full range of programs for these two unique communities to and community tools, and the ability to come together, we can enrich American bring ‘modern Israel’ here, providing new Jewish life in so many ways.” energy and insight to what Israel today is all about,” states Ronit. “The Bender JCC provides experience in community engagement, a wide range of programs and a vibrant facility.

Recently, we have teamed up with IAC, a national organization committed to engaging Israeli-Americans and connecting them to the Jewish-American community, and to strengthen the USIsrael bond. By establishing a center, called Merkaz, at the Bender JCC, IAC, “Both organizations share the same which has an office in Washington, DC, goals of increasing the participation and will have a site for their programming. activism in Jewish life, and connecting

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Bender JCC present

SUNDAY, MAY 21 11 AM-3 PM Join us for music, crafts, food and family activities! Shlomit & RebbeSoul will perform at 11:30 AM.

benderjccgw.org/israelfest CENTER SCENE EDITORIAL STAFF Treva Bustow, Chief Marketing Officer | Mauricio Garcia, Production Artist/Design | Andrea Kronzek, Editor

For information on advertising in Center Scene, please contact Treva Bustow at 301.348.3750 or tbustow@benderjccgw.org.

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.

Center Scene assumes no responsibility for the kashrut status of products advertised.

Inclusion permeates our Center. Inclusion is belonging.

Center Scene, the magazine of the Bender JCC of Greater Washington, is issued monthly from September through June. The Center is a member of the Jewish Community Centers Association of North America, a beneficiary agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and receives support from the United Way and Combined Federal Campaigns.

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ALL ARE WELCOME

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LEADERSHIP OFFICERS Felicia K. Gottdenker, Chair of the Board of Directors Heidi Hookman Brodsky, Chair-Elect Helen Rubin, Administration/Finance Chair & Treasurer Arthur Polott, Development Chair Adam Polsky, Membership & Programming Chair Holli Beckerman Jaffe, Governance Chair Noam Fischman, General Counsel Andrew Chod, Secretary Brian Gaines, Assistant Secretary Matthew Weinberg, Assistant Treasurer Lisa Gunty, Ombudsperson IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Bradley C. Stillman BOARD OF DIRECTORS Brent Berger, MD Randi K. Meyrowitz Mindy Berger Jill Myers Robert I. Black Tracy Bloom Schwartz Nathan Bortnick Reed Sexter Andrew Bridge Andrew P. Shulman Elana Fine Dale Singer Brett Friedman Maurice “Mac” Samuel Gallo VerStandig Ron Gorfinkel The Honorable Jeff Toby Gottesman Waldstreicher Meredith Jacobs Sharon Zissman Rami Kandel COUNCIL OF ADVISORS Daniel H. Abramowitz Michael Smith Liss David S. Bender Lawrence Mann Stuart Bindeman Alan Meltzer Dean Eisen Pamela Nadell, PhD Bernard Forseter Robert Phillips Greg Friedman Howard Ross The Honorable Julie Silver Douglas F. Gansler Kathy Sklar Toni Goodman Marc Solomon Eric Kassoff Robin Taub Michael Kay Michael E. Winer Mark Lerner Susan Zuckerman Jeffrey Linowes PAST PRESIDENTS Morris Cafritz z”l Steven D. Lustig Marcella E. Cohen Philip N. Margolius Scott M. Cohen Col. Benjamin Ourisman z”l The Honorable Sydney M. Polakoff Stuart E. Eizenstat Richard B. Reff, M.D. Barry P. Forman Leo Schlossberg z”l z”l Rosalie B. Gerber Burnett Siman z”l Michael S. Gildenhorn Beth C. Sloan Col. Julius Goldstein z”l Charles E. Smith z”l Simon Hirshman z”l Andrew M. Stern Lesley Israel Bradley C. Stillman Rosalyn Levy Jonas John D. VerStandig Edward H. Kaplan Bernard M. Weisz z”l Joel S. Kaufman Bernard S. White z”l z”l Harry King Morton H. Wilner z”l Fred Kogod z”l Donald E. Wolpe Robert P. Kogod z”l Samuel Lehrman of blessed memory Harry M. Linowes EXECUTIVE TEAM Michael Feinstein, Chief Executive Officer Treva Bustow, Chief Marketing Officer Debra L. Cooper, Chief Financial Officer Amy I. Gantz, Chief Operating Officer Tom Rogers, Human Resources Director Adam Tennen, Chief Development Officer EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR EMERITUS Robert H. Weiner z”l

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Towards an Israeli-American-Jewish Identity Message from Michael As our building and facilities renovations ethnic, multi-cultural society, our identities reach completion over the next several reflect our many affiliations with our months, I am looking forward to refocusing Jewishness being but one aspect. on our real construction business — building Jewish identity, creating Our partnership with the IAC recognizes the community and enriching lives. For me, that importance of bringing Israeli Americans is why the JCC exists and why together with American Jews I do the work I do. I believe we and Jews of other backgrounds can best accomplish all three of for more frequent social these goals when we connect interactions and learning Jews of different backgrounds opportunities in order to better and traditions with each other, understand each other’s culture with Israel and with the broader and worldview and take steps to community through programs create a shared Jewish identity. rooted in Jewish values. With Michael Feinstein, President & CEO When we open ourselves to that intention in mind and understanding our similarities following a year of successful teen, holiday and differences, and valuing each other and communal program partnerships, for who we are and what we bring to the I am excited to share with you that we community, we strengthen our community officially entered a joint venture with the and enrich our lives. Israeli American Council (IAC) DC Chapter to establish an IAC Center (Merkaz) at the Already we are in the second year of Bender JCC. offering IAC’s Eitanim program which brings together Israeli-American and JewishHosting the IAC Merkaz is a natural step in American teens to develop leadership, our efforts to better serve the multiplicity entrepreneurship and critical-thinking of communities that come together at skills. It is amazing to see how these teens the Bender JCC. This partnership will interact and how they express their ideas leverage both IAC programming and JCC about their Jewish heritage with each other. programming and facilities to create The IAC Center is already offering a range of more opportunities for encounters among additional programs for adults and families Jews from Israel who have made their with more forthcoming. We are working home here, Jews from America, Russia together, along with the Jewish Federation, and other countries who live here and to make Israel Fest, here at the Bender JCC members and participants of other faiths on May 21, a celebration of Israel at 69 that and backgrounds. will be enriching for the entire community. Today, identity can be understood as the product of the social encounters that we have. In a recent article, Rabbi Darren Kleinberg, Ph.D. (author and head of school of Kehilla Jewish High School in Palo Alto, California) states that, “Identity is not a psychological category that describes who one ‘is,’ but rather it is a sociological category that describes one’s affiliations, or encounters.” This would suggest that the more social interactions we have with different people, the more our own identity reflects overlapping characteristics. As Jews living in this country’s diverse, multi-

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LEADERSHIP Looking Back with Pride and Thanks Message from Lisie It is hard to believe that it has been almost two years since I became the board chair of the Bender JCC. A lot has happened since then. Most notably, we went from being called the JCC of Greater Washington to the Bender JCC of Greater Washington. But many other milestones have passed. We completed renovations on the Bender Early Childhood Center, the indoor pool and the locker rooms. We held our first multifaith film festival. We have partnered with more organizations than ever before to offer outstanding programs that are first in class. I could not be more proud to have served our J in this way. It has been a long journey

for me. When I finish my chair position, I will have been on this board for 14 years. It has filled my heart and my soul to have been so involved here. Whether it was watching my own children participate in programs or attending the Dinner of Champions, there has never been a moment that I haven’t been honored to be a part of this wonderful place. The Bender JCC Board of Directors is comprised of people from all walks of life. I have benefited greatly from knowing each and every one of them, both past and present. The people who work at the Bender JCC are a special and rare breed.

They are giving and kind and so motivated by our mission. It has been a pleasure getting to work alongside them all of these years.

Lisie Gottdenker, Board Chair

Filling the slot that I will leave empty is Heidi Brodsky, a wonderfully capable woman who the Bender JCC is lucky to have! I want to thank everyone who has supported the Center over the years. We wouldn’t be where we are without all of you!

Please join us for the

BENDER JCC 2017 ANNUAL MEETING VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION AWARDS BOARD INSTALLATION Monday, June 12 | 18 Sivan 5777 | 7 PM 2017 Nominating Committee Report Nominating Committee Brad Stillman, Chairman Mindy Berger | Nathan Bortnick | Jessica Chod* Adam Polsky | Aimee Robins* | Andy Shulman *Community representative

Officers Heidi Brodsky Brian Gaines Andrew Chod Andy Shulman Noam Fischman Sharon Zissman Felicia Gottdenker

Chair, Board of Directors Treasurer Assistant Treasurer Secretary General Counsel Ombudsperson Immediate Past Board Chair

Nominated and assigned to the third year of a three-year term ending 6/30/2018 Nathan Bortnick*

Jenny Shtipelman

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Nominated and assigned to the second year of a three-year term ending 6/30/2019 Brett Freidman Meredith Jacobs Holli Beckerman Jaffe Adam Polsky Helen Rubin Matthew Weinberg* Nominated for a Three-Year Term ending 6/30/2020 Elana Fine Samuel Gallo Lisa Gunty Jill Myers Arthur Polott* Dale Singer Jenny Shtipelman**

Continuing Board Members (Terms ending 6/30/2018) Mindy Berger Ron Gorfinkel Rami Kandel Tracy Bloom Schwartz Reed Sexter Jeff Waldstreicher Board Members Concluding Service Brent Berger Rob Black Andy Bridge Toby Gottesman Randi Meyrowitz Brad Stillman Mac VerStandig

*Appointed to the Executive Committee **Nominated as new member to the Board

Incoming board member Jenny Shtipelman is a senior vice president, commercial relationship manager with EagleBank, where she focuses on expanding and supporting the bank’s clients in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. She received her BBA from the George Washington University. Jenny has a Small Business Consulting Certification, a Financial Management Certification from Cornell University, and an ActionCFO Advisor Certification. She serves on the board of the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association of Washington, D.C. DC Commercial Real Estate Women Association honored her with an Esprit de Corps Award in 2008 for her contributions to the organization. Jenny was voted one of the top 100 bankers in the Greater D.C. area by readers of Smart CEO magazine. She is an active member of CADRE and several other nonprofit and industry trade organizations in the Washington, D.C. area.

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T Proceeds will benefit the Bender JCC’s scholarship fund. Requests for scholarships far exceed our resources. Your generosity helps make the Bender JCC accessible to everyone who wants to participate. To read about our honoree, Bruce Lane, and to register, please visit benderjccgw.org/imagine. Event Chairs

Thursday, May 25 6:30 PM Honoring Bruce Lane

Event Committee

Robin London Jeffrey Z. Slavin

Benjamin Ourisman Memorial Award for Civic Achievement

The event will begin at 6:30 PM at the Bender JCC with a brief program followed by a strolling dinner reception, entertainment and dessert.

Heidi and Michael Brodsky Jodi and Scott Cohen Robin and Todd Galkin Lisa and Murry Gunty Honorary Chairs Cathy and Michael Gildenhorn Jessica and Michael Isen Leslie Lane Ellen and Stuart Lessans Courtenay and Ed Wallach

benderjccgw.org/imagine

We Gratefully Acknowledge our Event Supporters Cushman & Wakefield/Bruce Pascal Yvonne and Jeffrey Distenfeld The Andrew and Jami Fireman Family Wendi and Daniel Abramowitz Foundation Lisa and Marc Abrams Laurie and Jerry Friedman Gary and Pennie Abramson Charitable Alma and Ambassador Joseph Foundation Gildenhorn Anonymous Cathy and Michael Gildenhorn The Bender Family Foundation Lisie and Michael Gottdenker Carol and Gary Berman Janice and Richard Grossman Heidi and Michael Brodsky Robin Hettleman and Matthew Robert and Carol Burman Family Weinberg Foundation & Courtenay and Ed Leslie and Samuel Kaplan Wallach Eric Kassoff/Wilkes Artis Linda and James Cafritz Robert and Arlene Kogod Family Colonial Parking, Inc. Foundation

Barrie and David Kydd Leslie and Bruce Lane Ellen and Stuart Lessans Robin and Jeremy London Minkoff Development Corporation Nauticon Imaging Systems The Ourisman Family Bronfman E.L. Rothschild Amy and Harris Schwalb Sanford and Doris Slavin Foundation Susan and Brad Stillman Helene Weisz and Richard Lieberman Janyse and Bernie Weisz

Reflects gifts of $1,800 or more as of April 19, 2017.

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HEALTH & FITNESS Member Appreciation Pool Party

Summer Pool Memberships

Wednesday, June 14* 5-8 PM *Rain date: Thursday, June 15

Please join us for a pool party with music, games, giveaways, food and fun in honor of our wonderful members! Food will be served from approximately 6:15 to 7 PM, while supplies last. Dietary laws observed. For more information about the pool party, please call 301.348.3800.

Enjoy the outdoor pool and experience the whole fitness center and everything the Bender JCC has to offer. • Fully-equipped fitness center • Full-court basketball and racquetball • Outdoor and indoor pools • Personal Training • 100+ group exercise classes offered weekly • Babysitting services Individual and family summer memberships are available from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Visit the Bender JCC for a tour today, or contact membership for details at 301.348.3800 or membership@benderjccgw.org.

Outdoor Pool Schedule

FREE Running Clinic

Thursday, May 4 | 7:30-9:30 AM Want to improve your running? Avoid injury? Find out what may be causing those aches and pains? Rachel Miller, PT, OCS, RRCA certified running coach, and the physical therapists at ProAction Physical Therapy will offer individual running assessments to Bender JCC members. You must sign up for a time slot by calling 301.881.2273.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

May 27-Sept 4 7 AM-8 PM 6-9 AM & 1-8 PM 6-9 AM & 1-8 PM 6-9 AM & 1-8 PM 6-9 AM & 1-8 PM 6-9 AM & 1-8 PM 7 AM-8 PM

Outdoor Pool Holiday Schedule Memorial Day | Monday, May 29 7 AM-6 PM Independence Day | Tuesday, July 4 7 AM-6 PM Labor Day | Monday, September 4 7 AM-6 PM

MEMBERSHIP SPECIAL Refer a Friend

3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament Sunday, June 4

Save the date for the inaugural Arthur H. Silverman 3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament for players age 18+. Watch for details at benderjccgw.org or contact Susan Fischer at sfischer@benderjccgw.org.

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Refer a friend to the Bender JCC and get one month free when they join! Your friend will save 50% off the initiation fee.

benderjccgw.org/refer-a-friend

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CHILDREN, YOUTH, TEENS & CAMP Join the Camp JCC Staff Family

Every Summer Has A Story

Readers’ Pick, Best Summer Day Camp

CAMP JCC 2017

CAMP JCC 2017

Session 1 Session 2 June 26–July 7 (no camp July 4) July 10–21

Session 3 July 24–August 11

May 1 – Required Forms Deadline | June 7 – Parent Orientation | June 25 – Family Open House

Summer Kids Club Aleph Week | June 19–23 Bet Week | August 14–18 Gimmel Week | August 21–25

Applications are now open to all. At the time of application, member rates require a family level membership in good standing through summer 2017.

For more information, please call 301.348.3883 or send an email to campjcc@benderjccgw.org.

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We are looking for enthusiastic, passionate, creative and dependable teachers, college students, teens, moms and dads for the positions of unit head, head counselor, counselor, specialist, swim instructor and nurse. Apply online at benderjccgw.org/camp. For more information, please contact campjcc@benderjccgw.org.

Parking Lot Alert Please note that the East Jefferson Street entrance will be closed to traffic June 26 through August 11 from 8:30 to 9:15 AM and from 3:30 to 4:30 PM in order to safely accommodate our campers as they arrive and depart. We apologize for any inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

GOLDMAN ART GALLERY EXHIBIT

Jewish Education through Jewish Education through the Arts

Window into How Young Children See the A Arts

For children in kindergarten through 5th grade Sundays | 9:45 AM-12 PM | September through May Arts Alive could be the next step in your child’s Jewish Journey! This unique Jewish education program fosters positive Jewish identity, nurtures a love for Jewish life and learning, and inspires a passion for the arts from a young age. Students explore Jewish holidays, culture, values, traditions, Israel, Torah and Hebrew through the arts and interactive experiences that create memorable learning experiences. Visiting arts educators and performers visit our community on a regular basis. Our warm and nurturing environment is inclusive of families from all levels of Jewish observance and experience. Arts Alive was a 2016 recipient of the JCCs of North America “Kol HaKavod” Excellence Award for exemplary initiatives. For more information about Arts Alive, contact Director Lisa Arber at larber@benderjccgw.org.

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Children have the ability to easily see the awe, beauty and detail that we as adults often miss. Partnering with the children in this appreciation elevates the ordinary to the extraordinary for all of us. Our days in the preschool are filled with hitorerut — moments when we are awakened to what exists beyond what is in front of us. Hitorerut brings us discovery, insight and wisdom. In this Goldman Art Gallery exhibit, each class will make visible how the learning they do is inspired by the world around them and their unique ways of seeing.

Kids After School Registration for fall 2017 opens May 22. benderjccgw.org/kas | 301.348.3767 G R E AT E R

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POLINGER ARTISTS OF EXCELLENCE CONCERT SERIES

Bender JCC Kreeger Auditorium

June 4, 2017 3:30 p.m.

Presented by:

Bender JCC School of Dance

Sunday, June 4 | 3:30 PM

Matt Haimovitz & Christopher O’Riley Cello + Piano Sunday, May 7 | 7 PM* *Note early start time Cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O’Riley (host of NPR’s From the Top) will perform all five of Beethoven’s glorious cello sonatas in a program entitled “Beethoven, Period.” On a fortepiano for the early sonatas and a 20thcentury Steinway concert grand for the late period sonatas, Haimovitz and O’Riley will present an illuminating voyage of discovery back to the birth of the cello/piano genre.

The Bender JCC School of Dance presents this annual concert that highlights our students performing in a variety of styles, including ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap and hip-hop. Tickets are $12 for members and $15 for the general public. To purchase tickets, please visit benderjccgw.org. For more information, please contact Debbie Clark at 301.348.3777 or dclark@benderjccgw.org.

Tickets are $31 for individuals under age 40, $36 for adults age 62+, and $41 for all others. To purchase tickets, visit benderjccgw.org/concerts or call the box office at 301.348.3872.

2017-2018 POLINGER ARTISTS OF EXCELLENCE CONCERT SERIES 46TH SEASON | SUNDAYS AT 7:30 PM Subscribe online at benderjccgw.org/concerts 301.348.3779 Rachel Barton Pine Violin

Gryphon Trio Piano Trio

Lise de la Salle Piano

Escher Quartet String Quartet

Tempest Trio & Daniel Getz Piano Trio + Viola

Shanghai Quartet & Alexander Fiterstein String Quartet + Clarinet

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The Hadassah/Bender JCC book group is always open to new members. For details, contact Ellen Elow-Mintz at 301.897.2796 or ellenlovesbooks54@gmail.com.

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Thursday, May 11 | 1 PM “Safekeeping” by Jassamyn Hope

April 15, 2018

May 6, 2018

Read Now, Discuss Later

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Thursday, June 15 | 1 PM “The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem” by Sarit Yishai-Levi


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8th Annual HEALTH & WELLNESS EXPO Presented by the Bender JCC’s Coming of Age in Maryland (CoA) Co-Sponsored by the Jewish Residents of Leisure World

HIGHLIGHTS • 50 + Exhibitors • Health Screenings

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• “Head-to-toe” Massages

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ENTERTAINING & INFORMATIVE WORKSHOPS

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Expo: 10 AM-2 PM PRIZASTIC ES! Leisure World | Clubhouse 1

11-11:45 AM • Yoga for Arthritis • De-Stress with Mindful Meditation 12-12:45 PM • The Arts: Healthy for the Brain, Body & Soul • Zumba Gold 1:00-1:45 PM • Hidden Layers of Famous Artworks

• Grand Prize: iPad Mini • Photo Favors

GRAND FINALE CONCERT

• Caricatures Drawn

Leisure World | Clubhouse 2 JAZZ SWING KLEZMER

Premiere Sponsors

3-4 PM | Fee: $7 Seth Kibel Quintet

Jenny Langer

Seth Kibel

Supporting Sponsors

“1st rate, award-winning musicians! Music interpreted with energy & passion!”

Featuring Blues & Jazz vocalist Jenny Langer To Pre-purchase Concert Tickets Leisure World Residents: buy at E&R General Public: go to benderjccgw.org or call CoA at 301.348.3832.

VISION MATTERS 2017

To Drive or Not to Drive: Keeping Your Keys?

Monday, May 15 | 12:30-3 PM At Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus – Gilchrist Hall

Learn about the effects of aging eyes on our ability to drive, and possible options for keeping the keys. Co-sponsored by Montgomery County Department of Aging & Disability Services, Prevention of Blindness Society, The Senior Beacon and Lions Club, this event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Debbie Sokobin at 301.348.3760 or dsokobin@ benderjccgw.org.

Make a Difference as a Mentor Monday, May 8 11 AM-12 PM

Mentoring relationships have powerful effects on mentees, mentors and by extension, society at large. Join us to learn more about MentorPrize, a clearinghouse of mentoring opportunities in the Greater Washington area that can help you find a good match. Please join us for this free program which is sponsored by the Bender JCC’s Women’s Connections. Light refreshments will be served. For more information or to RSVP, contact Debbie Sokobin at 301.348.3760 or dsokobin@ benderjccgw.org.

Open to the community

Be matched with an experienced study partner.

Wed. Evenings, 8-9pm

At the Bender JCC, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD

STARTING WED. MAY 17

1ST SESSION MAY 17 - JULY 19.

Join any time.

NO COST. REGISTRATION REQUIRED To register or for more information, please contact Rabbi Hillel Shaps at hshaps@gwckollel.org or 347.869.9361

REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED

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Swim Lessons Waterbabies

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9-9:30 AM

Swim Lessons Watertots

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Jun 25-Aug 13

9:30-10 AM

$96/$115 $96/$115

Swim Lessons Level 1

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3-5 yrs

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Jun 25-Aug 13

10-10:30 AM

$96/$115

Swim Lessons Level 2

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4-6 yrs

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Jun 25-Aug 13

10:30-11 AM

$96/$115

Swim Lessons Level 3

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4-7 yrs

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Jun 25-Aug 13

11-11:30 AM

$96/$115

Swim Lessons Level 4

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6-14 yrs

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Jun 25-Aug 13

11:30 AM-12 PM

$96/$115

Pre-team Swim Club

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6-14 yrs

M & TH

Jun 26-Aug 10

4-5 PM

$125/$162

Mid-day Masters

16797

18+ yrs

M&W&F

Jun 19-Sep 1

12-1 PM

$189 (members only)

HEBREW CLASSES Rivka Degani: 301.348.3810 or rdegani@benderjccgw.org Advanced Hebrew

16730

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Jun 21-Jul 26

7-9:30 PM

$160/$160

Intermediate Hebrew

16729

14+ yrs

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Jun 21-Jul 26

7-9:30 PM

$160/$160

Intensive Beginning Hebrew

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14+ yrs

Tu & Th

Jun 15-Aug 1

7-9:30 PM

$350/$350 $25/$30

BENDER-DOSIK PARENTING CENTER Lauren Dworkin: 301.348.3837 or ldworkin@benderjccgw.org Story Time

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10-11 AM

Story Time

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Apr 27-Jun 22

10-11 AM

$25/$25

Leaping Back

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18+ yrs

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May 3-24

9:45-11 AM

$85-$95

Summer Story Time

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0-4 yrs

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Jun 28-Aug 8

10-11 AM

$25/$30

Summer Story Time

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0-4 yrs

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Jun 29-Aug 10

10-11 AM

$25/$25

Mommy and Baby Yoga

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11:15 AM-12 PM

$45/$50

Shabbat Shalom Playgroup

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10-11 AM

Free/register at benderjccgw.org/parenting

Hot Date! Summer Playtime

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10-11 AM

$20/$25

Hot Date! Summer Playtime

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Jun 6-Jul 25

10-11 AM

$20/$25 $99/$149

FITNESS Dawn Hubbard-Powell: 301.348.3891 or dhubbard-powell@benderjccgw.org Tai Chi for Balance & Strength

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11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Parkinson's Yoga

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Jul 6-Aug 31

1-2 PM

$55/$55

Parkinson's Punch

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1-2 PM

$55/$55

TRAINING Dahhia Smith-Johnson: 301.348.3894 or dsmith-johnson@benderjccgw.org Women's Self Defense

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Jun 15-Jul 6

6-6:45 PM

$100/$145

XFIT

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Jun 4-25

9-9:30 AM

$110/$130

XFIT

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Jul 2-23

9-9:30 AM

$110/$130

Core and More

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Jun 5-Jul 19

8:45-9:30 AM

$140/$155 $140/$155

Core and More

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M&W

Jun 5-Jul 19

5:30-6:15 PM

JR Strength

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10-14 yrs

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May 3-24

4:30-5:30 PM

$95/$115

JR Strength

16789

10-14 yrs

W

Jun 7-28

4:30-5:30 PM

$95/$115 $95/$115

JR Strength

16788

10-14 yrs

W

Jul 5-26

4:30-5:30 PM

JR Strength

16790

10-14 yrs

W

Aug 2-23

4:30-5:30 PM

$95/$115

PK Fitness - Parent and Kid Workout

16750

5-11 yrs

Su

Jun 4-Jul 16

9-9:30 AM

$100/$125

PK Fitness II - Parent and Kid Workout

16782

5-11 yrs

Su

Jul 23-Aug 27

9-9:30 AM

$100/$125

TRX

16418

14+ yrs

Th

May 4-25

10:30-11:15 AM

$110/$130

TRX

16745

14+ yrs

Th

Jun 8-Jul 13

10:30-11:15 AM

$110/$145

Fitness 101

16320

13+ yrs

W

May 3-24

8:30-9:30 AM

$95/$115

Fitness 101

16544

13+ yrs

W

May 3-24

6-7 PM

$95/$115

Fitness 101

16786

13+ yrs

M

Jun 5-26

6-7 PM

$95/$115

Fitness 101

16787

13+ yrs

M

Jul 10-Aug 7

6-7 PM

$95/$115

SOS Fall Prevention

16778

45+ yrs

Th

Jun 8-Jul 6

10:45-11:30 AM

$110/$130

SOS Fall Prevention

16799

45+ yrs

Th

Jun 8-Jul 6

1-1:45 PM

$110/$130

SOS Fall Prevention

16800

45+ yrs

Th

Jul 13-Aug 10

10:45-11:30 AM

$110/$130

SOS Fall Prevention

16779

45+ yrs

Th

Jul 13-Aug 10

1-1:45 PM

$110/$130

Women with Weights

16718

16+ yrs

M&F

Jul 10-Aug 21

9:30-10:30 AM

$140/$155

18+ yrs

Th

Apr 20-Jun 15

8-10 PM

$80/$100

ADULT SPORTS Anthony Hunter: 301.348.3852 or ahunter@benderjccgw.org Mamanet League

16792

KARATE Susan Fischer: 301.348.3891 or sfischer@benderjccgw.org Lil Dragons Karate

16714

3-5 yrs

W

Jun 28-Aug 8

3:15-3:55 PM

$140/$165

Kid Tiger Karate

16691

5-8 yrs

W

Jun 28-Aug 8

4-4:45 PM

$140/$165

Beginner/Intemediate Karate

16692

7-18 yrs

W

Jun 28-Aug 8

4:45-5:30 PM

$140/$165

Advanced/Black Belt Karate

16715

7+ yrs

W

Jun 28-Aug 8

5:30-6:15 PM

$140/$165

30+ yrs

W

May 3-Jun 14

10:30 AM-12:30 PM

$125/$145

6-10 yrs

W

Jun 28-Aug 8

4:15-5:15 PM

$155/$165

ADULT ART Debbie Sokobin: 301.348.3760 or dsokobin@benderjccgw.org Ceramics Spring Class - ALL

16771

YOUTH ART Sarah Weissman: 301.348.3767 or sweissman@benderjccgw.org Paint & Draw: Budding Artist

16793

DANCE Debbie Clark: 301.348.3777 or dclark@benderjccgw.org Lyrical Class I

16748

11-18 yrs

Th

Jun 22-Jul 13

5-6:15 PM

$72/$80

Just Jazz! Intermediate/Advanced

16747

13+ yrs

Tu

Jun 22-Jul 13

6:15-7:30 PM

$72/$80

MUSIC Private music lessons are offered year-round for students 5+ years. Contact Janet Getz at 301.348.3779 of jgetz@benderjccgw.org.

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6125 Montrose Road • Rockville, MD 20852 • benderjccgw.org • 301.881.0100


CONTRIBUTIONS Thank You for Your Support To make a tribute gift, please visit benderjccgw. org/tribute or contact Katya at 301.348.3855 or katya@benderjccgw.org. The following list includes gifts received from March 16 through April 19. CAMP R. Andrew Helgeson “Heart of Gold” Memorial Endowment Fund for Camp JCC Counselor Awards • in memory of “our son, Andrew” by Rita and Richard Helgeson • in memory of Andrew Helgeson’s yahrzeit on May 25th. We miss you and cannot believe it is 12 years already. by Jennifer, Rita and Richard Helgeson • in memory of what would have been Ida Weiss’ birthday May 24th (maternal grandmother of Andrew) by Rita and Richard Helgeson • in honor of Jennifer Helgeson for all of her accomplishments by Rita and Richard Helgeson • get well wishes to Rita Helgeson by Jennifer and Richard Helgeson • in honor of Richard Helgeson by Jennifer and Rita Helgeson • in honor of Rita and Richard Helgeson’s anniversary May 17th by Jennifer Helgeson and Stew Latwin • in honor of Dr. Jennifer Helgeson and LT Stewart Latwin (USN) by Rita and Richard Helgeson • in honor of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Day in Maryland, May 25, 2017, in memory of Andrew Helgeson’s yahrzeit declared by Governor Larry Hogan by Rita, Richard and Jennifer Helgeson • in honor of Khristin Carroll’s birthday May 14th by Rita, Richard and Jennifer Helgeson • in honor of Julia Reider’s birthday May 24th by Rita, Richard and Jennifer Helgeson • in honor of Robert Weiss’ birthday May 24th by Rita, Richard and Jennifer Helgeson • mazel tov to Matthew and Susan Goldhar Ornstein on the birth of their son Max, proud grandparents Dr. Julius Goldhar and Anita Goldhar by Rita and Richard Helgeson • mazel tov to Rabbi Philip, Rebecca, and Hannah Weintraub on the birthday of Eliana Devora by Jennifer, Rita and Richard Helgeson • warm thoughts and wishes to Jean Lauer by Rita and Richard Helgeson • get well wishes to Jerry Simon, father of Andrea Kronzek by Rita, Richard and Jennifer Helgeson • in memory of Brian Shawn Scott, father of LT Evan Scott and Mrs. Elizabeth Scott by Jennifer Helgeson and Stew Latwin

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• in memory of Golden Gongbao Peer, grandfather of Roland and Jan Peers by Rita and Richard Helgeson and Jennifer Helgeson and Stewart Latwin • in honor of Judy and Stephen Beardsley by Rita and Richard Helgeson and Jennifer Helgeson and Stew Latwin Jane Hulman Camp Scholarship Fund • in memory of Lois Tigert by Jerry Hulman Camp JCC Inclusion Program • in honor of my bar mitzvah by Sammy Polott CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS Marc Goodman Memorial Endowment Fund for Sports Activities for Children • in memory of Alice Dustira by Leslie and Eddie Shear CULTURAL ARTS Vera and Ralph Deckelbaum Music Endowment Fund • in honor of Bob Goldberg’s speedy recovery by Vera and Ralph Deckelbaum • in honor of Linda Ackerman’s speedy recovery by Vera and Ralph Deckelbaum EARLY CHILDHOOD Bender Early Childhood Center • in honor of Sammy Polott becoming a bar mitzvah by Carol Nelkin Toni Goodman Early Childhood Discretionary Fund • in memory of Allen Youngman’s mother by the Booths and the Goodmans • in memory of Anne Kaye Benvenuto’s mother by Toni and Earl Goodman Marc Jeffrey Streidel Memorial Playground Fund • in memory of Bruce Riddle by Robin and Glenn Streidel

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SENIOR ADULTS Senior Adult Programs • in memory of Kandy Hutman’s sister by Debbie Sokobin • in memory of Svetlana Danshes’ father by Debbie Sokobin SPECIAL NEEDS Dinner of Champions • in honor of Brian Pearlstein by John VerStandig TEEN PROGRAMS Richard B. Reff, M.D. Maccabi Youth Games Endowment Fund • in honor of Luke Citron’s bar mitzvah by the Booths and the Goodmans VOLUNTEER SERVICES Jacob Siegel and Sarah Siegel Sacks Memorial Fund for Volunteer Services • in loving memory of Jake Siegel, father of Jane; grandfather of Joni, Jeff and Julie; great grandfather of Jake, Helly, Mark and Mike; and great great grandfather of Zoe Jane by Jerry Hulman

Donate your vehicle and support three agencies. • jewish Foundation forfor • Jewish Foundation GroupHomes Homes group • Bender JCC • jewish community center Greaterwashington Washington ofofgreater • Jewish Councilforfor the Aging • jewish council the aging

GENERAL SUPPORT Annual Fund • in memory of Judy Perry’s mother by the Goodmans and the Booths • in memory of Debbie Cooper’s father by Lisa Epstein; Suzanne and Michael Feinstein; Jodi Shulimson • in honor of Bernice Bernstein by Gretchen Koch • in honor of Amy Gantz and Lenny Cheatham’s wedding by Jodi Shulimson; Debbie Sokobin

B E N D E R

JEWISH FAMILY LIVING AND LEARNING Jewish Experiences for Families and Children • in memory of Flavia Gaulter by Jeri Smith

Contact Adam Tennen 240.283.6000 at 301.348.3815 or

atennen@benderjccgw.org www.car-j.org

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UPCOMING EVENTS MONDAY, MAY 1

7-9 PM Hate Crime Prevention Forum. 301.348.3778

THURSDAY, MAY 4

7:30-9:30 AM Free Running Clinic (page 6)

SUNDAY, MAY 7

7 PM Concert: Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O’Riley (page 8)

MONDAY, MAY 8

11 AM-12 PM Mentoring Workshop (page 9) 1-2:30 PM Coming of Age meets at Temple Beth Ami with entertainment by Cantaré Latin American Music Duo. $7. 301.348.3832

TUESDAY, MAY 9

11 AM Free mini-concert with pianist Alon Goldstein. 301.348.3779.

THURSDAY, MAY 11

1 PM Hadassah/Bender JCC Book Group: “Safekeeping” (page 8)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

2:30-4 PM Alzheimer’s Association Memory Café meets at the Bender JCC. Contact Lindsay Vajpeyi at 240.428.1342 or lvajpeyi@alz.org. 8 PM Biblical Archaeology Lecture: “Life and Death at Nemea.” 301.348.3760

THURSDAY, MAY 18

10 AM-2 PM Health & Wellness Expo at Leisure World (page 9)

SUNDAY, MAY 21

11 AM-3 PM Israel Fest (page 2)

MONDAY, MAY 22

9:45-11 AM Parenting workshop on healthy eating with Dr. Daniel Shapiro. 301.348.3837

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24

3:30 PM Dance School concert (page 8) 3 vs. 3 basketball tournament. 301.348.3892

THURSDAY, JUNE 8

1:30-3 PM Coming of Age meets at Shaare Tefila with Steve Friedman presenting a Broadway musical lecture. $7. 301.348.3832 7 PM Bender JCC Annual Meeting (page 4)

301.348.3760

Tuesdays Bender JCC in Rockville

TUESDAYS

Thursdays Har Tzeon Congregation in Wheaton

1:30-3 PM Coming of Age meets at Leisure World. Documentary: “Germans & Jews.” 301.348.3832

THURSDAY, JUNE 15

1 PM Hadassah/Bender JCC Book Group: “The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem” (page 8)

HEALTH & FITNESS HOURS Monday-Thursday | 5:30 AM-10:00 PM Friday | 5:30 AM-8:00 PM Saturday | 7:00 AM-8:00 PM Sunday | 7:00 AM-8:00 PM

WEEKLY ONGOING PROGRAMS MONDAYS

2nd & 4th Wednesday of Each Month Har Tzeon Congregation in Wheaton

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28

The building closes ½ hour after H&F closes.

Mondays Ring House in Rockville

1st & 3rd Wednesday Of Each Month Young Israel Shomrei Emunah Congregation in Silver Spring

12:30-3 PM Coming of Age Food & Fun at Hunan Delight restaurant in Olney. $20. 301.348.3832 7 PM Literary Arts event: An evening with Martha Hall Kelly, author of “Lilac Girls.” $40 (includes book). 301.348.3756. 7:30 PM Mix & Mingle Coffee House for singles age 50+. Topic: estate planning and elder law. $3. 301.348.3808

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14

Memorial Day 7 AM-6 PM H&F hours Offices & preschool closed

SELMA SWEETBAUM SENIOR SATELLITE PROGRAM

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SUNDAY, JUNE 4

5-8 PM Member Appreciation Pool Party (page 6)

MONDAY, MAY 29

12:30-3 PM Vision Matters 2017 (page 9) 9:45-11 AM Parenting workshop on temperament with Dr. Daniel Shapiro. 301.348.3837

THURSDAY, JUNE 22

Shavuot 5:30 AM-10 PM H&F hours Offices & preschool closed

THURSDAY, MAY 25

MONDAY, MAY 15

1-2:30 PM Coming of Age meets at Temple Beth Ami with Daryl Davis and Seth Kibel. $7. 301.348.3832.

THURSDAY, JUNE 1

MONDAY, JUNE 12

10:30 AM-12:30 PM Literary Arts Talk & Brunch with Betsy Lerner, author of “The Bridge Ladies.” $40 (includes book). 301.348.3756

MONDAY, JUNE 19

Shavuot 5:30 AM-10 PM H&F hours Offices & preschool closed

1:30-3 PM Coming of Age meets at Shaare Tefila with Cissa Paz, Brazilian singer and song writer. $7. 301.348.3832 1:30-3:30 PM History Club. 301.348.3760 6:30 PM IMAGINE: A Night Supporting Scholarships at the J (page 5) 7:30 PM Mix & Mingle Coffee House for singles age 50+. Topic: travel. $3. 301.348.3808

FRIDAY, MAY 12

WEDNESDAY, MAY 31

11 AM Women’s Connections 1-2:30 PM Senior Chorus/Song Circle 1 PM Men’s Discussion Group 1-3 PM Free Drop-in Mah Jongg 2:30 PM Chess

WEDNESDAYS

10-10:30 AM Storytime Singalong. Age 5 and under with parent/caregiver 2:15 PM Men’s Discussion Group

6125 Montrose Road • Rockville, MD 20852 • benderjccgw.org • 301.881.0100

THURSDAYS

1 PM Scrabble 3 PM Drop-in Discussion in Hebrew

FRIDAYS

10-11 AM Shabbat Shalom Age 6 mos.-3 yrs. 10 AM-12 PM Chess

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