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

Oct
5
Mon
JFamily Challah Train
Oct 5 – Oct 31 all-day

Choo Choo! All aboard the challah train!

Join the JFamily team in connecting neighbors together with challah. A JFamily team member will start the train by dropping off a challah and a train bag to the first conductors home before Shabbat. The next week you pay it forward as the conductor by bringing challah to another neighbor, and then they become the conductor to pass it forward to the next neighbor. Everything you need to know about what to do, including challah recipes and places to buy challah will be in the train bag.

Click here to sign up!

Nov
2
Mon
Story Time: Election Day!
Nov 2 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join JFamily Ambassador Shoshana for our weekly virtual story time. This week we’ll be reading books about what it means to vote! Best for Kids 1 – 6 years old.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYlcOqpqj8rH9Ss87fzRLFvoOlN-jeIa_Wh

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.

 

Nov
4
Wed
JFamily Outdoor Turkey Decorating and Storytime
Nov 4 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Come join us in a small group for an outdoor Turkey Decorating and story. Families will receive a place to sit, a prepackaged Art Kit and time to socialize with others. We will set up stations 6ft + apart, only 3 kids at a time will be allowed and no items will be shared among the kids. Best for kids 2 – 6 years old. PRE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

This event will take place at Turkey Thicket, We will meet in the grass area near the corner of 10th St NE and Shepherd St NE

PRE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. – https://doodle.com/poll/5yf22dxs5kdzdaey?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link

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.

Nov
5
Thu
Cooking with the Kagins
Nov 5 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Join the Kagin family in making Bread in a Bag!

You will need:
1 gallon sized resealable plastic bag
3 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 packet yeast (rapid rise or regular)
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt (this can be to taste)

Loaf Pan Topping Suggestions (Optional): sprinkles, cinnamon and sugar, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, other spices of choice.

Recipe found here: https://busytoddler.com/2018/03/make-bread-bag-kids/

Register in advance for this meeting: https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpdeyrrz0uHNM8N-iGUsoZBIEaeToFUzY7

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.

Nov
6
Fri
Mezuzah Bim Boom Bag
Nov 6 all-day

The Edlavitch DCJCC presents a bagtastic and exciting opportunity to learn about Jewish customs and holidays through arts & crafts, stories, and discussions. When you sign up you will receive a Jewish themed arts & crafts activities to work on independently with your kid(s). A few days later we will get together over zoom and share our creative crafts, read a story, and learn cool facts about the Jewish topic.

This program is perfect for children 3+ years old.

Important Dates:

Sign up deadline: Wednesday, November 4

Pick up your bag at the EDCJCC between 12:15 and 12:45PM: Friday, November 6

Zoom accompaniment program: Thursday, November 12 @ 4 PM

 

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
Nov 6 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Join us for a virtual Tot Shabbat. Start out Shabbat with your JFamily friends including Mr. Ari! Bring your shabbat candles, challah and grape juices to join us in saying the blessings at the end. Note the new time of 4:00 PM for the winter months.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vduCqpj8pHtA-Ahfa1khrpLBMowcgwoQW

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.

Nov
9
Mon
Virtual Grandparenting Workshop: Intro to Compassionate Communication
Nov 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join grandparents from around the DMV as facilitator Amalia Phillips, life long Jewish educator turned compassionate listening coach leads this 4-part Grandparent workshop on compassionate communication and becoming a powerful peacemaker in your family.

This is a 4 part workshop that will take place on November 9, 16, 23 and 30th from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

This event cost $100 for an individual and $180 for a couple.

 

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!).

Zip Codes served: 20002, 20003, 20019, 20020, 20024; 20010, 20011, 20012, 20017, 20018; 20008, 20015, 20016


 

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!