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

Virtual Make Room for Matzah
Apr 5 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Make Room for Matzah

Join us for virtual Passover workshop to get ready for Passover and learn more about this tradition for your family. Make items to enliven your seder with hands-on projects, plus songs, stories and use-at-home guides.  Ms. Ellie will be joining us for the song session at 11:00 am!  Best for ages 2-6, though all are welcome.  Get your questions answered in our “4+ Questions” portion at 11:30 am.

We will be sending a Zoom link and other online resources to all those registered for the event on Friday, April 3rd.

Co-sponsored by PJ Library in Greater Washington, Edlavitch DCJCC, Love and Religion – An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and their Partners, the Capital Jewish Museum and JFamily Ambassadors at EDCJCC (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.)Love and Religion logo

JFamily Brunch / Discussion – Raising Kids in an Interfaith family / Predominantly Non-Jewish Community
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for a brunch and discussion about the challenges of raising Jewish Children in an interfaith family / predominantly non – Jewsh community.

The brunch is adult focused but childcare/kids program will be available in another room.

The discussion is geared toward interfaith families but ALL Families are welcome. 

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.

JFamily Coffee & Convo – Newborn Addition
Apr 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Grab a coffee and chat with other parents of newborns ages 0-6 months at this laid-back get-together.

Shoshana will be hosting this event.

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.