JFamily Ambassadors

JFamily Ambassadors

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

If your family is raising a Jewish newborn or child up to 6 years old, one of our JFamily Ambassadors is here to welcome your growing family into our DC Jewish community! The JFamily Ambassador Program, which is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund, works to make meaningful connections and engagement opportunities for families with young children (0-6 years old) living throughout the District.

Through one-on-one meetings with you, monthly celebrations and programs organized around Jewish holidays and values, we will be your concierge and connector to Jewish life in DC. Our number one goal is to help you connect with other parents and develop meaningful Jewish experiences for you and your children.

Your neighborhood JFamily Ambassador is ready to meet with you and your family over coffee (our treat!) at a play space, a park, or virtually to learn about you and your interests. Each family will also receive a welcome gift of our favorite hand-picked gear! Please fill out this short survey and we will be in touch soon!

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.Jewish Federation Logo

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Upcoming Events

Jun
26
Sat
OUTDOOR park meet up: Turkey Thicket Playground And Spray Park
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us for an Outdoor Shabbat park meet up at Turkey Thicket Playground and Spray Park. Come meet your neighbors, let the kids burn some energy and enjoy some Yummy snacks. All family members over 2 years old must be wearing masks at all times. PRE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

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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.
Jun
27
Sun
OUTDOOR Park Meet-Up: Lafayette Rec Center
Jun 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come out and meet your fellow Jfamily neighbors at Lafayette Rec Center (5900 33rd St. NW, near Lafayette Elementary School). All family members over 2 years old must be wearing masks at all times. PRE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

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
5
Mon
OUTDOOR meet up at the National Arboretum
Jul 5 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Join us for an Outdoor meet up/hike at The National Arboretum to celebrate Independence Day Observed. Come meet your neighbors, let the kids burn some energy and enjoy some yummy snacks. Meet in front of the Arbor House Gift Shop building.

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
15
Thu
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Parenting Without Power Struggles
Jul 15 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

“You need to eat four more pieces!” . . . “Bedtime NOW” . . .  “NO!  I do it!”  If this sounds familiar, you are not alone.  Power struggles are maddening for parents, and, it turns out, not good for children either. Putting these struggles in a developmental context, this workshop will provide strategies for how to encourage your child’s growing need to assert independence while still maintaining your control and authority. Struggles around mealtime, potty training, cooperation and others will be addressed. Led by Claire Lerner, licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist.

Jul
28
Wed
Welcoming Jewish Children
Jul 28 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

How do I welcome my baby into the Jewish community? What’s a mohel and how do I find one? How are the welcoming rituals similar and different for boys and girls? When and how do I announce the baby’s name?  Join EDCJCC Children and Families staff Lindsay Kagin and Miriam Szubin — who have welcomed two girl and three boy babies between them — for a virtual workshop on Jewish rituals, traditions, and options for a bris (a Jewish religious male circumcision ceremony) and simchat bat (celebration of a daughter). You’ll walk away with information, resources, and connections to a community of other parents-to-be of Jewish babies.


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Who is your neighborhood ambassador?

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!).


Originally from Long Island, Ross Diamond 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.

Zip codes served: 20004, 20005, 20009, 20036, 20037


Shoshana ParkerShoshana Parker 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!

Zip codes served: 20007, 20008, 20015, 20016, 20057


Stephanie Milbergs was born in Washington, DC and grew up just outside of the city in Northern Virginia. She attended the University of Virginia for her undergraduate studies and later earned an MBA in Sustainable Business from Presidio Graduate School. Stephanie began her professional career in DC and then moved to Brooklyn, NY to pursue work in the private sector and higher education. She also spent significant time in the Seattle area for her graduate studies and her first post-MBA job was in the Bay Area. Stephanie and her husband returned to DC in 2015 and settled in the Brookland neighborhood which they absolutely love. They are enjoying raising two young boys in the city and never grow tired of visits to the National Arboretum. Stephanie finds meaning in connecting with other families raising Jewish children and infusing Jewish culture into everyday life.

ZIP codes served: 20001, 20010, 20011, 20012, 10017, 20018, 20064


Photo of Valerie Bluesteine, a white woman with dark hair wearing a black top and a gold necklace Valerie Bluestein lives in the Navy Yard neighborhood of DC with her husband, Max, and toddler, Brody. She grew up in the DC area and attended the University of Maryland, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. After many years working in event planning and public relations in DC and Bethesda, Valerie translated her passion for community to residential real estate sales. As a native Washingtonian, real estate agent, and mother, Valerie is excited to help others discover this incredible city from a parent’s perspective.

ZIP codes served: 20002, 20003, 20019, 20020, 20024, 20032