JFamily Ambassadors

JFamily Ambassadors

The Edlavitch DCJCC welcomes parents raising Jewish children into our community!

Does your family have a newborn or tot up to 36 months? Our JFamily Ambassadors are here to welcome your growing family into the Washington, DC Jewish community. Your neighborhood JFamily Ambassador will get to know your family, help you make connections, and help you engage in Jewish life in DC. We’re so excited to help you find your community!

A JFamily Ambassador will meet with you and your family over coffee (our treat!) or at a play space or park to learn about you and your interests. Each family will also receive a welcome gift of our favorite hand-picked baby and toddler gear!

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This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

Please fill out the sign up form at this link to be contacted by a JFamily Ambassador.

JFamily Sign Up

Upcoming Events

JFamily and EDCJCC Preschool Tot Shabbat
Nov 15 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join the JFamily Ambassadors and the Edlavitch DCJCC Preschool for Tot Shabbat program at the Edlavitch DCJCC. We will sing songs, read stories, and share snacks to bring in Shabbat. This kid friendly program is open to all, no JCC membership is required.

5:30pm – Tot Shabbat service

6:00pm – Snacks and social time

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

JFamily Happy Hour – Capitol Cider House
Nov 17 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join your local JFamily Ambassador for a nosh and a cider right before Thanksgiving. Come to celebrate all we have to be thankful for and honor the Jewish value of tikkun olam. Please bring boxes of tissues, full size packs of hand wipes, and bottles of hand sanitizer with pumps for the Lasalle Backus Education Campus, a preschool-8th school in NE DC near Fort Totten. All items are for their classrooms and directly benefit their students. Each family pays for their own refreshments.

Hosted by Erica

JFamily is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

JFamily cake pop making
Nov 20 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Want to learn how those delicous cake pops are made. Here is your chance! Getting creative with cake on a stick makes for the perfect activity that everyone will enjoy, both for the experience and the treats they’ll be taking away. Best for kids 2- 4 years old.

Hosted by Rachel

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

Tot Shabbat at WHC with JFamily
Nov 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for  Tot Shabbat at Washington Hebrew Congregation with JFamily on Friday, November 22 at 5:00 pm.

It’s a wonderful way for adults and children to meet new friends and connect with existing ones while experiencing the joy, music, and fun that our clergy infuse into our half-hour Shabbat service for young worshipers.

If you have questions about this evening or your registration, please contact Amy Sklaire at asklaire@whctemple.org or 202-895-6346.

This Tot Shabbat will be benefitting the Carrie Simon House. We are collecting items such as gift cards (restaurants and department stores), household items (paper towels, toilet paper, hand dish detergent, laundry detergent, sheets (twin size), towels (all sizes).

If you would like to know more about the Carrie Simon House, please visit the website http://www.carriesimonhouse.org/

JFamily Havdalah and Ice Cream
Dec 7 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Celebrate the end of Shabbat and the start of a new week with JFamily! The afternoon will include Havdalah set making, music & stories, delicious snacks (ICE CREAM) and a family Havdalah service!

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

Mamas’ Night Out: Barre and Bar with JFamily
Dec 12 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

You’re invited to join JFamily for a mamas night out! We’ll start with a special class at barre3 14th Street and end for drinks at The Smith. We have reserved several spaces in a class on Thursday, December 12th at 7:30pm. There is limited availability in this class, so sign up early to get your sweat (and mindfulness) on. Then we’ll head to The Smith for merriment from 8:30 until the papas call us home (or the bar closes at 10p, we can still shut a place down…on a weeknight!). Can’t make it to barre? Feel free to just join us at the bar. Learn more about barre3 below and sign up today.

If you’re attending barre3, tickets are required and cover part of the cost of the class, the rest is covered by JFamily. Each parent pays their own tab at The Smith.

What is barre3?

Barre3 is a 60-minute workout incorporating strength training, cardio and mindfulness. The class is designed to balance the body and leave you feeling energized happy and strong. Your instructor will also offer several adaptations of the postures so that the workout is truly accessible to anyone, including those with injuries, pre- or post-natal, and any shape, size, age, gender.


JFamily is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC and funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the United Jewish Endowment Fund.

Meet your JFamily Coordinator!

Lindsay KaginLindsay Kagin lives in Washington DC with her husband and two children. She grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and attended Michigan State University, achieving a bachelors in International Relations. Shortly after graduating, she found a new passion in teaching and went on to achieve a Masters in Special Education from American University and taught students in both private school and the DC Public School system for seven years. Since leaving full-time teaching almost two years ago, she has volunteered her time to work on Jewish programming for children at her synagogue and is now trying to connect Jewish parents with young kids with engagement outside of the synagogue walls. She generally enjoys the outdoors and vacation planning (usually for her family since she also enjoys traveling!).


Meet your neighborhood ambassadors!

Ross Diamond (Zip codes served: 20001, 20004, 20005, 20009)
Originally from Long Island, Ross moved to the DMV from Ottawa, Canada in 2012 to become the Hillel director at George Mason University. Ross and his wife Sarah moved into the District in 2015 just before the birth of their son. He transitioned to becoming a full-time primary parent in 2016 and has found Washington, DC to be an amazing place to raise a child. Ross enjoys discovering new weekly activities, playgrounds, and events in DC for him and his son, and sharing them with other parents to join in on the fun. His hobbies include brewing beer, mosaicing, playing board games, volunteering, and seeing live music.

Shoshana ParkerShoshana Parker (Zip codes served: 20007, 20036, 20037)
Shoshana lives in NW DC with her husband and two daughters. She grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and attended Barnard College, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and linguistics. She also holds an MBA, with a focus on leadership and management, from Boston College. Prior to becoming a JFamily Ambassador, Shoshana spent many years working in various sectors of the market research industry, from consumer packaged goods to corporate communications. Shoshana enjoys all the perks that DC city living has to offer, including long walks in Georgetown, cozy boutiques in Dupont Circle, and ice cream shops wherever her daughters spot them!

Jessica Katz (Zip codes served: 20002, 20003, 20019, 20020, 20024)
Jessica became passionate about Judaism teaching Sunday School after graduate school. In 2012, she moved to Jerusalem to study Mishna and Talmud at the Pardes Institute. Upon returning, she taught two-year-olds at the Edlavitch JCC. It was then that she met Matt while studying Torah at Temple Micah. She later taught “the big kids” at the Gan Shalom Cooperative Preschool where she still likes to visit and hosts the occasional “New Parent Schmooze.” She loves doing Shabbat with Matt and their son Caleb.

image of dark-haired woman, Erica, holding a babyErica Mutschler (Zip codes served: 20010, 20011, 20012, 20017, 20018)
Originally from New Mexico, Erica has lived in Albuquerque, D.C., Jerusalem, Beijing, and Chicago. Now, settled in D.C., Erica loves district-living with her husband and son. Before becoming a JFamily Ambassador, she attended American University and spent more than a decade working in communication and nonprofit fundraising marketing (often in Jewish organizations) before founding EFGM Creative, a freelance communication company. She and her family love to find the best coffee shops in their neighborhood (and anywhere they travel!) and she hasn’t met a baked good she doesn’t like. Erica loves to bake, go to barre classes, and go on walks with her son.

Rachel Kanter (Zip codes served: 20008, 20015, 20016)
Rachel lives in Washington, DC with her husband, son, and labradoodle. She is originally from New Hampshire, but has lived in DC since 2015 and intends to be a lifer. Rachel attended Yale College where she majored in Humanities, and has a Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Rachel was a classroom teacher for five years, and has focused her career on improving access to quality education for children in low-income communities. Rachel loves to sing, travel, eat at new restaurants, and play in the park with her son.