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

Shavuot Grandfriend Cooking Together Program
May 27 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Eating dairy foods is an essential part of celebrating Shavuot (a springtime harvest holiday that also celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai). We love ice cream and want to make it with you! Grab a grandparent or special grownup friend, have them meet you on our zoom call, and make Ice Cream in a bag.

You will need: 1 cup half and half, 1.5 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tbsp sugar, ice, 1/4 cup salt, and two Ziploc bags (1 small, 1 large)

Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYqceCtrTIoHN3FAqVOfoQMofhA9r3OwB_q

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC and PJ Library in Greater Washington and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.


VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Building a Parent Community in Quarantine
Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

As if preparing to become a parent wasn’t stressful enough, pandemic precautions bring new uncertainties and require creative thinking around how to build community and get support. Rabbi Shira Stutman of Sixth & I and Miriam Szubin, Director of the EDCJCC Parenting Center, invite you to a wide-ranging workshop for brand-new parents and parents-to-be, touching on subjects like reconfigured relationships, managing uncertainty, Jewish life cycle rituals, and creating virtual and socially distanced support networks. Study Jewish texts and be in community with people who have some of the same questions, even if we don’t have all the answers.

This event is presented in partnership with Sixth & I

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Estate Planning 101 for New Families and Couples
Jun 18 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

These days, so much is out of our control. In the midst of this pandemic, there is no better time to educate yourself about estate planning for you and your loved ones. Taught by Andrew Friedman, an estate planning attorney and first-time father-to-be, this hour-long virtual meeting will cover the basics of estate planning, what documents you need (wills, trusts, powers of attorney), how to protect your family in case of unforeseen circumstances, and how you can execute your Will and estate planning documents while practicing “social distancing.” Bring your questions!

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.