Contacts for Parenting & Family

Family Services Department

Amy Brinko

Accounts Manager
Adi Eilat Crowley

Early Childhood Services
Fairfax - JCCNV

Amy Vermillion

Early Childhood Learning Center Director
Amit Hickman

ECLC Program Coordinators
Laura Cooper

Kelsey Lanza

Jewish Values and
Culture Coordinator

Debbie Blonder

ECS Programming and
Events Coordinator

Juliana Quinteros-Mian

Early Childhood Services
Alexandria - Beth El Hebrew Congregation

Dina Backer

Early Childhood Learning Center Assistant Director
Ali Kerlin

School-Age Services & Camp Achva

School-Age Services Director
Joelle Kelenson

School-Age Services Assistant Director
Jessica Vandell

School-Age Services Coordinator
Conor Dibble

Camp Achva Director and Teen Community Liaison
Nori White
703.537.3041 program

Barri DeFrancisci

Dance Coordinator
Brenda Forsley

Community Engagement

Community Engagement Director
Laurie Albert

Community Engagement Coordinator
Jennifer DeAngelis

JCCNV Community Shlicha
Dana Kalishov

Upcoming Events

JCCNV: A Great Fit for Me!

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Growing Jewish Families

For more information about any of the programs mentioned below, contact Community Engagement Coordinator,, (703) 537-3045. For the December calendar of events, please click here.

Growing Jewish Families cultivates community by connecting a large network of families raising Jewish children in Northern Virginia by sponsoring play dates and community events, organizing neighborhood groups, and maintaining social networking groups on Yahoo and Facebook — all to help you connect and stay connected with families in your area. As a part of this network, you will have access to educational and social opportunities in your own backyard. You will receive regular e-newsletters chock full of educational information and links, announcements of upcoming local children’s programs, family events, and more.

Growing Jewish Families continues to broaden its reach to serve even more areas throughout Northern Virginia. Programming sites include the areas of Alexandria, Arlington, Ashburn, Burke, Chantilly, Centreville, Fairfax, Gainesville, Herndon, Manassas, Leesburg, Reston, and Sterling.

Maybe your family has recently grown, or your friends are just about to welcome a little one into their lives. Shalom Baby welcomes parents, their newborns and newly adopted children into the Northern Virginia Jewish community and invites families to our free, monthly Shalom Baby play dates. This is a wonderful way for you to meet new people, make new friends and learn about your Jewish community and resources available to you. Please contact Jennifer DeAngelis to register. For additional resources visit:

Shalom Baby families become part of Growing Jewish Families, a large network of families raising Jewish children in Northern Virginia. If you know someone who is expecting a child, please let Jennifer Kanarek or Jennifer DeAngelis know so we can officially welcome them into the Jewish community and invite them to be part of the Shalom Baby family.

Get Connected with Shalom Baby!
Ages: newborn–3 years old and their parents (siblings welcome)
Calling all moms and dads — play dates aren’t just for kids! While the kids play, the grown-ups get to schmooze and meet other families with young children. Come out and meet up with old friends, and make some new friends, too!

Location I: JCCNV Romper Room
Sunday, December 7, 10am–11:30am
Fee: Free
RSVP:, (703) 537-3045

Location II: My Gym Chantilly
4300 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly
Thursday, December 11, TBD
Fee: Free
RSVP required 3 days prior to the event:, (703) 537-3045

PJ Library®

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is thrilled to offer PJ Library® (PJ, as in “pajamas”) to our entire community based on our successful Northern Virginia pilot! This program provides families raising Jewish children from 6 months–8 years old with a FREE treasury of Jewish books and music! As a gift from the community, every month, families enrolled in PJ Library® receive a high-quality, expertly-selected and kid-tested Jewish book or CD.

Through the generosity of the United Jewish Endowment Fund, the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation, the Perlin Family Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is offering one subscription per family in the Greater Washington area on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have children 6 months–8 years old, we invite you to sign up today and join a growing global community of more than 500,000 PJ Library® families throughout North America and Israel. Then, invite friends and neighbors to enroll and share in the PJ Library® experience. To register, simply go to

Ongoing Programs

PJ Library® Book Buddies!

Moms, dads, grandparents and anyone who loves books — you are invited to bring your children to enjoy PJ Library® story time and arts and crafts. Check below for updates on special PJ Library® events happening throughout Northern Virginia.

Location I: Fairfax Regional Library
Mondays, November 10, December 8
Fee: Free
RSVP:, (703) 537-3045

Location II: Burke Centre Library
Wednesdays, November 19, December 17
Fee: Free
RSVP:, (703) 537-3045

Location III: Chantilly Library
Fridays, November 7, December 5
Fee: Free
RSVP:, (703) 537-3045

Offered in collaboration with PJ Library® and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation

Challah Tots

Meet JCCNV Growing Jewish Families at Whole Foods for a fun-filled morning of preschool-friendly challah making, crafts, and a PJ Library® story time in preparation for Shabbat. Whole Foods will provide the dough, and you come with your creativity to make the perfect challah to take home and bake for Shabbat!
Click here to download the flier.

Location I: Whole Foods (143 Maple Avenue E., Vienna, VA)
Thursdays, November 6, December 4
Fee: Free
RSVP 3 days prior to the event:, (703) 537-3045

Location II: Whole Foods, Fair Lakes (4501 Market Commons Drive, Fairfax, VA)
Thursdays, October 23, November 20, December 18
Fee: Free
RSVP 3 days prior to the event:, (703) 537-3045

JCCNV Growing Jewish Families & PJ Library® Special Events

Member Discounted Program & Class Rates
The JCCNV offers member discounts on classes and programs. In order for membership rates to apply, membership must remain current throughout the duration of the class/program

clientuploads/Community Engagement/Boy Glasses.jpgAll of the programs below are recommended for children ages 2–8 years old and their parents (siblings welcome).


Family Yoga Morning

Sunday, November 9, 10:30am–noon
Location: TBD

Come in your comfiest clothes for a fun morning of stretching (no kvetching allowed!) in a family-friendly yoga class geared toward preschoolers and those that love them — taught by a certified yoga instructor! Enjoy listening to some PJ Library® stories and feast on a special snack with a delicious yogurt bar and fixings.
Fee per family: $12/ $8 member
Code: #5494
Register by Nov. 6:, (703) 537-3045

SOLD OUT- Chanukah Lights and Legos®!

Ages: 5–10
Sunday, December 7, 1pm-3pm
Location: JCCNV

Chanukah is here — it's time to light up the night! RSVP now and join us at the JCCNV to build (and take home) your own Lego Menorah and Dreidel, enjoy some Dreidel Ga Ga, a science project and PJ Library story time.
Space is very limited — registration opens November 1.
Fee: $15/ $10 member
RSVP:, (703) 537-3045

Menorahs, Dreidels and Miracles!

Wednesday, December 17, 4pm–5pm
Location: Ashburn Library

Have some Chanukah fun — enjoy PJ Library® stories, get crafty, and spin a dreidel (spinning top) or two!
Fee: Free
RSVP:, (703) 537-3045