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

Nov
2
Mon
JFamily Challah Train
Nov 2 – Nov 30 all-day

Choo Choo! All aboard the challah train!

Join the JFamily team in connecting neighbors together with challah. A JFamily team member will start the train by dropping off a challah and a train bag to the first conductors home before Shabbat. The next week you pay it forward as the conductor by bringing challah to another neighbor, and then they become the conductor to pass it forward to the next neighbor. Everything you need to know about what to do, including challah recipes and places to buy challah will be in the train bag.

Click here to sign up!

Nov
30
Mon
Story Time: Mitzvot Edition
Nov 30 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join JFamily Ambassador Shoshana for our weekly virtual story time. This week we’ll be reading books about doing mitzvot (good deeds)! Best for Kids 1 – 6 years old.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAufu6prTIiHNOgUBWQ2zAdDh0FeHi2c7_l

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.

 

Dec
5
Sat
Virtual Havdalah
Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

If you register by November 27th we will send you an envelope with spices, candles and the activity sheet enclosed. If you register after that time, please gather a candle with 2 wicks of more (or put 2 candle wicks together) spices and grape juice and print the activity sheet ( which will be emailed 2 days before the event).

Zoom link will be sent 2 days before the event.

This program is brought to you by Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital and the Edlavitch DCJCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

Dec
6
Sun
Make Room for Latkes
Dec 6 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Make your Chanukah de-light-ful at Make Room for Latkes! Receive a kit with supplies to play games, make a craft, and learn ways to make the Festival of Lights meaningful and joyful for your family. (Best for ages 3-8.)

Register by December 2 to receive a kit. Pick-up your activity kit, filled with goodies for the program and throughout the holiday, on Friday, December 4. Pick up will be on Friday, December 4th from 12:15 – 12:45pm at either the EDCJCC or Milton Gottesman North Campus. If this time or location does not work for you please email lindsayk@edcjcc.org to set up another time.

This program is a collaboration of PJ Library, the Edlavitch DCJCC, the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital, and Jewish Interfaith Couples.

Dec
8
Tue
Grandfriend Chanukah Celebration
Dec 8 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Gather around the menorah for a multi-generational event for kids and their “grandfriends.” We will make Chanukah-inspired churros and dipping sauces, hear a story, and celebrate joyfully together.

When you register, we will share the recipe and ingredients list to bake along with us.

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

Registration link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvdeusqzMoHdyOFARaugB-ApWHo3bHyBHD

Dec
9
Wed
Kids Chanukah Activity Bag!
Dec 9 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

Celebrate the Holidays with the EDCJCC! Grab our Chanukah at Home Holiday and Activity swag bag and get ready for a week of light and miracles. During our class on December 10th at 4pm we will share some of our art projects, read books together and sing some songs. This bag will include candles, dreidels, several Chanukah art projects, a few treats and a Tikkun Olam project.

Bag pick-up will take place on Wednesday, December 9th 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.

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.

Dec
10
Thu
8 Nights of Lights
Dec 10 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Join your friends at Bender JCCGW, Edlavitch DCJCC and Pozez JCC to light up Chanukah! Bring your Chanukiah (Menorah) to light with us.

NOTE: Candle-lighting on Friday, December 11 will occur at 4:30 PM before Shabbat and will be followed by a Shabbat candle lighting

Register for the zoom link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tde-hrzksHNQuEZEvGS6t5ACchYMsTE0-

This program is brought to you by Bender JCCGW, Edlavitch DCJCC and Pozez JCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

Dec
11
Fri
Chanukah Story time with guest author
Dec 11 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Join us for a Hanukkah with author Laura Gehl. She will be joining our playgroup and share her festive book!

Signed copies will be available for purchase through Politics and Prose for folks attending the Zoom program.

HAPPY LLAMAKKAH! By Laura Gehl
https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781419743146
CODE: SPECIAL10

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC, Bender JCC and Pozez JCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

Tot Shabbat
Dec 11 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Join the JFamily programs at Bender, Pozez and Edlavitch DC JCC’s for a fun Chanukah-themed Tot Shabbat. Ms. Ellie will be leading tot shabbat this week.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwscO2hqj0uHt2n7n5jr_dKQtFPfdNW1QYR

After Tot Shabbat join us for Eight Nights of Lights (https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tde-hrzksHNQuEZEvGS6t5ACchYMsTE0-) to light Chanukah candles and Shabbat candles with Sarah Rabin Spira from PJ Library.

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.

8 Nights of Lights
Dec 11 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Join your friends at Bender JCCGW, Edlavitch DCJCC and Pozez JCC to light up Chanukah! Bring your Chanukiah (Menorah) to light with us.

NOTE: Candle-lighting on Friday, December 11 will occur at 4:30 PM before Shabbat and will be followed by a Shabbat candle lighting

Register for the zoom link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tde-hrzksHNQuEZEvGS6t5ACchYMsTE0-

This program is brought to you by Bender JCCGW, Edlavitch DCJCC and Pozez JCC 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!).

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!