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!Jewish Federation Logo

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Upcoming Events

Apr
18
Sun
Monthly Meet-Up: Parents of Babies 0-12 Months
Apr 18 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

These informal, agenda-free get-togethers are a great way for families in various parts of DC to get to know and bounce ideas off of one another.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIoduusqz4iGt0ifcTnNqAgqFpIgESt_LhX

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.

Apr
19
Mon
Holiday Story Time Series: Earth Day
Apr 19 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join JFamily Ambassador Shoshana as she reads books in honor of the upcoming Earth Day! Best for Kids 1 – 6 years old.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrdeGtrDIoGdyX_lNN0Saz8UG_p5SLX-Sg

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.

Apr
21
Wed
Bim Bom Lag B’omer Bag
Apr 21 @ 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

We are excited to offer an exciting gift bag full of Lag B’omer 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 all about Lag B’omer.

Bag pick-up will take place on Monday April 19 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, April 21st at 4:30 PM. A zoom link will be sent out a few days before hand 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.

Apr
25
Sun
Baby Lap Time
Apr 25 @ 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/tZIpdu6prD4iHNLRqiaj7GDS2Lm-ToUEvmcc

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.

Apr
29
Thu
OUTDOOR Lag B’Omer meet up
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Join Lindsay Kagin at Kalorama Park for story time, an art project and a yummy snack. Best for kids 2 – 6 years old. 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.

VIRTUAL: Finding a Nanny 101
Apr 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Thursday, April 29, 11:00 AM
FREE but registration is required

Led by Sarah Marks, founder and president of Nannies by Sarah   

Join us online for the company of other new parents and a relaxed conversation about finding the right kind of childcare for your family.  Sarah Marks, founder and president of Nannies by Sarah, will discuss the pros and cons of different childcare options and the benefits of hiring a nanny. She will also share strategies for hiring a nanny that meets your family’s needs, paying special attention to the complexities of childcare in the age of Covid.  Bring your questions – we’ll spend a lot of time talking through participants’ specific situations.  Babies warmly welcomed!

May
2
Sun
STORYTELLING AND BREAKFAST TO GO
May 2 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

 

 

Are Sunday Mornings hard? Are you looking for something fun to do? Former jBaby Chicago Parent Ambassador, Honeymoon Israel Alum and author Arianna Brooks will join us to read her brand-new book My Mushy Matzah Ball and other fun books. We will have breakfast together on Zoom, read books and do some fun sensory play!

Registration includes 4 delicious bagels from Goldberg’s Bagels and cream cheese, iced coffee and a hot off the press copy of Arianna’s book as well as some fun sensory projects for your little ones!
This program is best for kids 0 -2 years old.
Pick up your breakfast bag between 9 – 9:30am on Sunday May 2nd and join us on zoom at 10am. Bag pick up will in Woodley Park and Brookland.
This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC and the Honeymoon Israel and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

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Who is your neighborhood 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, 20032


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