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
16
Wed
JFamily and Chabad Reverse Sukkah Hop
Oct 16 @ 3:15 pm – 5:45 pm

Looking to celebrate Sukkot but can’t find the time? We will bring the sukkah to you. We will have a Lulav and Etrog, snacks and an art project for kids.

We will be at the corner of 25th and N (3:15 – 3:45PM), Petworth near park rd/ Monroe st/ Ne Hampshire Ave (4:15 – 4:30), and Marion Park, near 6 st and E st NE (5:15- 5:45). If you can’t find us call Lindsay at 616.293.3751.

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

Oct
17
Thu
JFamily Sukkah Party
Oct 17 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Come join the JFamily Ambassadors for a fun afternoon in the sukkah. We will have snacks and arts and crafts to enjoy.

Hosted by Ross.

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

Oct
19
Sat
JFamily and Kesher Israel Sukkah Hop
Oct 19 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Please join JFamily and Kesher Israel on Shabbat of Sukkot (October 19) for the annual Kesher Kids Sukkah Hop. You will receive the locations via e-mail.

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

 

Oct
20
Sun
JFamily Breakfast at Timber Pizza
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Come enjoy breakfast (Call Your Mother bagels) with parents and families from your neighborhood. There will be bagels, babka, and schmoozing. We’ll have some toys for sharing and plenty of opportunities to make friends. Each family can order coffee and/or more food at Timber. Each family pays for their own tab.

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

Oct
29
Tue
JFamily Parents’ Night Out Dinner
Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Take a break from your regular routine and connect with friends new and not-so-new. Come out for this relaxing social gathering — bring a friend, and make new ones too!

Check out this amazing restaurant in Mt. Vernon: shouk.com

Each parent pays their own tab.

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

Nov
11
Mon
JFamily Yoga Class
Nov 11 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Looking for a family yoga class? Come join us for JFamily yoga at Blue Bird SKy Yoga. They will have a great teacher for us and lots of fun. This is a great opportunity to spend time with your kids and meet other JFamalies. Class is best for kids 2-4 years old.

Nov
15
Fri
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.

Nov
17
Sun
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.

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.