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

Jun
29
Mon
JFamily Shabbat in a Bag
Jun 29 @ 4:00 pm – Jul 12 @ 5:00 pm
Want to celebrate shabbat at home but don’t have what you need, JFamily is here to help. We will provide candles, grape juice, challah, cookies, Havdallah kit and book, snacks and a few art projects. The cost is $10 per bag. Social distance pickup will be at the EDCJCC on July 17th between 9am and 9:30am. Order deadline July 12th.
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.
Jul
6
Mon
Storytime: “Let’s Get Colorful” Edition
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Join your local JFamily Ambassador for a fun, virtual story time. Wear your favorite color as we read books all about colors!

Register in advance for this meeting: https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZclc-GgrTsrGNABT48gC8Yvyd2GCw1Xwz-f

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.

Jul
9
Thu
Cooking with the Kagins
Jul 9 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Join the Kagin Family this week as we make Apple Peach Crumb Bars!

If you want to bake at the same time as us you will need:
Dough:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, very cold
1 large egg

Filling:
2 1/2 cups fresh peaches, peeled and diced to ½ inch cubes (about 4-5 peaches)
2 1/2 cups Gala apples, peeled and diced to ½ inch cubes (about 3-4 apples)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Register in advance for this meeting: https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qcumpqzkvGtaWD19dcehgHAAS_fKwzwg6

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.

Jul
10
Fri
JFamily Tot Shabbat
Jul 10 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Join us for a virtual Tot Shabbat. Same great songs just a different place. Bring your shabbat candles, challah and grape juices to join us in saying the blessings at the end. Mr. Ari will be leading us this week in Tot Shabbat.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUsdu-qpj0jGdeh2PtjBdyY5O1PHC4CLM_H

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.

Jul
17
Fri
JFamily Tot Shabbat
Jul 17 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Join us for a virtual Tot Shabbat. Same great songs just a different place. Bring your shabbat candles, challah and grape juices to join us in saying the blessings at the end. Mr. Ari will be leading us this week in Tot Shabbat.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIuf-mvrT0rGN3DGg1xgWYe6bdROvGo2wfj

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.

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.