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.

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Upcoming Events

Baby Lap Time
Mar 10 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

A virtual lap time experience for our youngest JFamily members and their care providers. These 25 minute experiences introduce songs, rhymes, and developmentally appropriate movement. Come build a bond with your baby while meeting other caregivers. This program is meant for the baby to be in their caregiver’s lap with their grownup actively involved.
(Best for Kids 0 – 18 months)

Register in advance for this meeting:

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.

RBG Book Club
Mar 14 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Are you a tween who is passionate about changing the world and did you receive either Who Was Ruth Bader Ginsburg? from PJ Our Way or I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark from PJ Library? Do you want to talk about her inspiring life and learn how you can follow in Justice Ginsburg’s footsteps? Join us to talk with other tweens about RBG’s legacy and how you can also advocate for justice. (Best for ages 8-12.)

Register at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUudeitpzwqGtMQwrWP_T9e71uoXzjtVSX7

This Women’s History Month program is a collaboration of PJ Our Way, Gesher Jewish Day School, the Capital Jewish Museum, Edlavitch DCJCC and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

Virtual Matzah Factory
Mar 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Receive everything you need to make your very own Matzah! (Note: This matzah is for educational purposes only and not Kosher for Passover.)

Join us for a hands-on Passover experience! You can choose to purchase a kit with all necessary supplies (matzah ingredients, rolling pin, apron, and Matzah Baker hat and special surprise activity!),or gather your own supplies at home and join us over Zoom for a Matzah Bakery workshop! Test your knowledge and leave with your very own Matzah!

Fun for all ages! (Adult supervision recommended)

Matzah Bakery boxes can be picked up from Woodley Park or on the Hill – 630 Massachusetts Ave. NE on Friday, March 12 from 12-4 or Sunday morning, March 14, from 10-1.

Delivery is also available anywhere on the Hill for a $5 fee.

This event is in collaboration with Chabad and JFamily.

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

Passover Story time with guest author
Mar 18 @ 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for a reading and discussion of the new book THE PASSOVER GUEST by Susan Kusel. Susan and Sean, the illustrator will be joining us for this fun event. (Best for Kids 3 – 8 years old)

THE PASSOVER GUEST is a fresh retelling of a classic I. L. Peretz story. It’s the spring of 1933 in Washington, D.C., and the Great Depression is hitting young Muriel’s family hard. Muriel assumes her family is too poor to hold a Passover Seder this year, but an act of kindness and a mysterious magician change everything. Susan and Sean, who are both from the D.C. area, did a tremendous amount of research to accurately capture Washington, D.C. in the 1930s.

Register in advance for this meeting:

Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia’s Growing Jewish Families, Bender JCC and the Edlavitch EDCJCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

Make Room for Matzah
Mar 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Make Room for Matzah

Sunday, March 21, 10:00  – 11:00 AM

Cost: $10/kit (recommend one kit per child, family max cost is $20), includes the program

$5 per family, just for the program (no kit)

Join us for virtual Passover workshop with PJ Library author and illustrator Alan Silberberg! He will premiere his hilarious new book, Meet the Matzah, and teach a doodling class to explore the foods and symbolism of Passover. Order a kit to have more fun Passover projects at home. Most appreciated by ages 4-7, though all are welcome.

Kit pick-up information:

DC locations – EDCJCC, Milton and Capitol Hill (address shared after registration) on Thursday, March 18, 12:15 ? 12:45 PM

VA location – Pozez JCC on Thursday, March 18, 12:15 ? 12:45 PM

MD location – Bender JCC on Thursday, March 18, 12:15 ? 12:45 PM

If you cannot make this time, please email Lindsay Kagin at lindsayk@edcjcc.org for another arrangement.

Kits need to be purchase by March 14th.

Co-sponsored by PJ Library Greater Washington, Love and Religion – An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and their Partners, Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital, Capital Jewish Museum, Bender JCC, Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families, and Jews United for Justice.

Parents of 2020/2021 Babies
Mar 21 @ 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Join us for our monthly new parent meet-up, these get-togethers have been very informal and a great way for families in various parts of DC to get to know and bounce ideas off of one another. This month we are going to brainstorm ideas for how to include our little ones in the Passover traditions.

Register at: https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/j/82255774233?pwd=VnloU3JSY2c5ZjNwSHYvR09XRUkvUT09

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.

Passover scavenger hunt!
Mar 22 all-day

Have fun for Passover! We’ve created a fun community-wide virtual scavenger hunt! If you choose to accept this challenge, you will be given a list of missions (things you may find at home, in your neighborhood, in your community or online) to complete using the free online app called Goose Chase. Our Chase will run from March 26th to April 5th. Sign up by March 22nd to reserve your spot!

During a Goose Chase scavenger hunt, you will be asked to complete missions that range from taking pictures to answering questions. All ages can participate in the hunt and the best way to win is through teamwork. The hunt is creative, interactive and fun. Think of it as a crazy game show and YOU are the contestant! The hunt will take you approximately 2 hours but you don’t have to do it all in one day. Leading up to the event, you will receive an email with a link to the app and instructions on playing.

Co-hosted by the Bender JCCGW, Edlavitch DCJCC, Pozez JCC of Northern VA, PJ Library, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

Holiday Story Time Series: Passover
Mar 22 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join JFamily Ambassador Shoshana as she reads books to celebrate the upcoming holiday of Passover. Best for Kids 1 – 6 years old.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtduyurzooG9V4bYegMe4DyFr9zhZbg4BW

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.

Bim Bom Passover Bag
Mar 23 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

We are excited to offer an exciting gift bag full of Passover themed arts & crafts activities to work on independently with your kid(s), a virtual place to share our creative crafts, read a story, and learn all about Passover.

Please note: In order to fulfill Bim Bom bag orders, registration closes firmly on March 18th at 11:30pm.

Bag pick-up will take place on Tuesday, March 23 between 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM at the EDCJCC. If this time does not work for you please email Lindsay Kagin at lindsayk@edcjcc.org to set up an alternative bag pick up/delivery.

The Zoom call will take place on Wednesday, March 24 at 4:30 PM. A zoom link will be sent out a few days before hand to all who purchased a bag.

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.

Grandfriend: Passover Edition
Mar 23 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Join us for a multi-generational event for PJ kids and their “grandfriends” to gather for Passover to share stories, create flowers, and celebrate togetherness.
If logging in from a separate home than your grandchild or your child’s grandparent, please register each person separately.

This program is a collaboration of PJ Library, the Bender JCC, Edlavitch DCJCC, HoneymoonIsrael, Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families, and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

** Register by March 15 to receive art materials in the mail. **

Register at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kd-yqrD4qHNytqBFRPhQIL9z9zHvzR7vz

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!