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.
Areas Served: Annandale, Oakton, Vienna, West Falls Church
Rebecca Greene has been a longtime participant in Growing Jewish Families and is excited to join the team as a j.family ambassador. She is the proud mother of a 2-year-old son and is active in the community as the founder of two successful moms' groups for infants and toddlers. Additionally, she volunteers at her son's preschool as a room parent and serves on the school's parent-teacher association. Previously, she worked at the Jewish Social Service Agency as a social worker and received her master's degree in social work from Catholic University. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys writing, creative projects, gardening, volunteering and ballroom dancing. Email Rebecca: [email protected].
Areas Served: Ashburn, Herndon, Leesburg, Reston, Sterling
Julie Koppel lives in Ashburn with her husband and her three children. Julie grew up in Connecticut and attended George Washington University, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in speech communication and journalism. Prior to moving to Ashburn, Julie spent 12 years living outside of Cleveland. She has a background in communications, marketing and has worked part-time teaching a science class for pre-school age children. Julie enjoys working with people and helping them adjust to life changes — as she has done herself several times! She also loves spending time with her family, traveling, cooking, baking, hiking and reading. Email Julie: [email protected].
Areas Served: Centreville, Chantilly, Gainesville, Manassas, South Riding
Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Michelle has lived in Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun Counties. She enjoys providing fun and educational opportunities for her children, as it helps her build friendships and community for both parents and children. With more than 15 years of diverse human resources experience, Michelle enjoys working with people, helping them and supporting their needs. Other passions include traveling, hiking, running, cooking and baking – including making challah! Email Michelle: [email protected].
Areas Served: Burke, Fairfax, Lorton, Springfield
Originally from Potomac, MD, Julie moved to Fairfax three years ago. She teaches middle school Judaics and runs a Jewish learning program for teens. Julie also spent four years living and studying in Israel and recently received a certificate in Jewish philosophy and pedagogy from the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. She also holds an MA from Siegal College of Judaic Studies in Jewish Education as well as a BA from the University of Maryland in women’s studies. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, healthy cooking, being outdoors, knitting, herbal medicine, poetry, music, studying Torah and spending time with her husband and their three children. Email Julie: [email protected].
Areas Served: Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, McLean
Melissa grew up in Northern New Jersey and attended the University of Michigan, where she received a bachelor’s degree in economics. In 2001, after obtaining her MBA from University of California at Berkeley, she moved to the D.C. area where she worked in the housing finance industry for many years. For the last few years, she and her family have lived in McLean, where their two sons attend elementary school. When she’s not completing Lego® projects or doing kitchen science experiments, Melissa likes to exercise, cook, volunteer at school, try new restaurants, and meet friends for coffee. She is excited to be a j.family ambassador because she enjoys meeting new people and is hoping to strengthen connections within the local Jewish community. Email Melissa: [email protected]
The j.family ambassadors program is wholly funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and its United Jewish Endowment Fund.
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