When my children were preschool age, I took them to the J for fun Jewish-themed events. Now, with the j. family ambassador program, there are even more ways to connect and more events closer to where I live. The program presents a great way to engage children and to get to know other Jewish families who live nearby.
One of our j.family ambassadors, Michelle Leichty, a Northern Virginia native, serves the areas of Aldie, South Riding, Chantilly, Fair Lakes, Centreville, Gainesville, Manassas, and Haymarket. She welcomes parents of babies/toddlers who are younger than 36 months old with a j.baby bag or j.toddler tote, treats them to a coffee talk, connects them with neighborhood resources, and helps them meet other local families raising Jewish children. She also introduces and includes them in local Growing Jewish Families programming.
Michelle has three children of her own. Professionally, with more than 15 years of human resources experience, she truly enjoys working with people, helping them, and supporting their needs. Other passions include traveling, hiking, running, cooking and baking – and making challah!
Michelle enjoys working at the J, because in her opinion, every staff member is very kind and genuinely happy to be there. In her role, she really believes that she is making a difference and building community- one family at a time. She often meets families similar to her own in South Riding (where she resides), who know very few other Jewish families. She is excited to see them become more connected to their local Jewish community by helping them meet other local families and introducing them to programs. The connections she makes is what Michelle feels makes her position truly rewarding!
Our j.family ambassadors are here for you. Whether delivering j.baby bags, chatting over coffee or joining you at a playdate, j.family ambassadors are terrific new-parent neighborhood resources. For more details and to find your local j.family ambassador, please visit the j.family ambassadors page on our website.