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

Jan
1
Fri
Pajamuary!
Jan 1 – Jan 31 all-day

All month long, we will be collecting new pajamas (sizes 12-18 months, 2T, 3T & 4T) to donate to Martha’s Table so that their clients can be warm and cozy this winter, too.

Drop off new pajamas at Lindsay Kagin’s house – please email her at lindsayk@edcjcc.org for her address. For easier shopping, see a wishlist here of pajamas that will ship directly to Lindsay. All pajamas will be donated to Martha’s Table for distribution to families in need.

Close out “Pajamuary” with a Pajama Weekend celebration January 29-31! Feel free to join us for any or all of these programs, which are recommended for ages 1-6:
Friday, January 29: Pajamuary Tot Shabbat
Saturday, January 30: Pajamuary Havdalah
Sunday, January 31: Pajamuary Breakfast & Performance

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.

Jan
17
Sun
DC Preschool Parent Conversation
Jan 17 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Overwhelmed with what you saw at virtual school tours or maybe just at the thought of a school search during COVID? You’re not alone. Let’s come together and talk about the preschool process.

Children who turn three before October 1st, 2021 are eligible to apply for the DCPS public pre-kindergarten program for the 2021-22 school year. This competitive lottery can be stressful and confusing, even before the challenges of COVID. We will discuss practical strategies for selecting which schools to apply for through the public lottery, learn about what happens after results are revealed, and discuss questions from other parents. This program will be facilitated by the JFamily Ambassador, Ross Diamond, whose son is a virtual Pre-K 4 student at DCPS Garrison Elementary.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqdO6vqjgrGtdVCjdImi3zf65SFZ-l2QqG

This is a parent guided conversation, no school administration will be present.

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.

Jan
18
Mon
Holiday Story Time Series: MLK Day
Jan 18 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join JFamily Ambassador Shoshana as she reads books about the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr.! Best for Kids 1 – 6 years old.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvdOqqpjwsGdxLeSVsw4JygTcrsGaNSBf9

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.

Jan
24
Sun
Criss-Crossing Communities Tree-Athlon Challenge
Jan 24 @ 4:30 pm

We invite you to join our online criss crossing communities’ event – a Tu B’shvat celebration with games and challenges. Raise a toast and celebrate Tu B’Shvat in a playful way with missions, questions and community fun.

Best for Everyone, ages 0-120

Co-hosted by IAC Washington DC, Bender JCCGW, Edlavitch DCJCC, Pozez JCC and Weinstein JCC

Jan
25
Mon
Bim Bom Bag: Tu B’Shevat Edition
Jan 25 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

We are excited to offer an exciting gift bag full of Tu B’Shevat 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 cool facts about the birthday of the trees. (Best for kids 2-6 years old)

Please note: In order to fulfill Bim Bom bag orders, registration closes firmly on January 20 at 11:30 PM.

Bag pick-up will take place on Monday, January 25 between 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM. 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, January 27 at 4:30 PM. A zoom link will be sent out on January 25th 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.

Holiday Story Time Series: Tu Bishvat
Jan 25 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join JFamily Ambassador Shoshana as she reads books about the upcoming holiday of Tu Bishvat! Best for Kids 1 – 6 years old.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvdOytqj8tHNzPJGw-MLwWizDg6KxMJMhh

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.

Jan
26
Tue
Grandfriend Tu B’Shevat
Jan 26 @ 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

PJ Library kids and their “grandfriends” can join us for a multi-generational event for Tu B’Shevat (the Birthday of the Trees) to share stories, create a watercolor collage artwork and celebrate togetherness.

Sign up by January 19 to receive some art materials in the mail to use during the program.

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

DIY Tu B’Shevat Fruit and Cheeseboards
Jan 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Looking for a fun night-in activity?  Join the Edlavitch DC JCC and Honeymoon Israel for a fun night of cheeseboard making. Participants will learn about Tu B’Shvat and will be guided through making a holiday-inspired cheese and fruit board featuring some of the seven sacred species. During the interactive portion of the workshop we will cover what types of items to include on a cheeseboard, how to create a beautiful display, and how this knowledge can adapted for hosting in the post-covid future.

$12 per screen to participate. We will send out a list of items you will need to purchase if you would like to make the board along with us.

This Program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC, EntryPointDC Cooking Interest Tribe, Honeymoon Israel and JFamily at the Edlavitch DCJCC which is funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.
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Jan
27
Wed
Baby Lap Time
Jan 27 @ 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: https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqfuyvrD0vG93NKGkcCZD72gENkyix7Wwo

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.

Jan
29
Fri
Pajamuary Tot Shabbat
Jan 29 @ 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Grab your pajamas, your favorite stuffed animal, an instrument/noise maker, and your grown-up and join us for a fun PJ Tot Shabbat with your friends. Ms. Ellie will sing our favorite Shabbat songs with us and lead us in the Shabbat blessings at the end. If you would like to join along in the blessing, please bring your candles, grape juice, and challah!

To Register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwsceitqjoqE9xsZ9hgdvWnOpzVmj31IWXb

All month long, we will be collecting new pajamas (all sizes) to donate to local organizations so that their clients can be warm and cozy this winter, too. Find your local drop-off point, or the place to mail them, on our Padlet.

This initiative is a collaboration of the Bender JCC, Edlavitch DCJCC, Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families, Honeymoon Israel, Capital Camps, Agudas Achim, PJ Library, and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

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!