Contacts for Parenting & Family

Family Services Department

Director
Amy Brinko
703.537.3039
Amy.Brinko@jccnv.org

Accounts Manager
Adi Eilat Crowley
703.537.3077
Adi.Crowley@jccnv.org

Early Childhood Services
Fairfax - JCCNV

Director
Amy Vermillion
703.537.3038
Amy.Vermillion@jccnv.org

Early Childhood Learning Center Director
Amit Hickman
703.537.3051
Amit.Hickman@jccnv.org

ECLC Program Coordinators
Laura Cooper
703.537.3065
Laura.Cooper@jccnv.org

Kelsey Lanza
703.537.3086
Kelsey.Lanza@jccnv.org

Jewish Values and
Culture Coordinator

Debbie Blonder
703.537.3067
Debbie.Blonder@jccnv.org

ECS Programming and
Events Coordinator

Juliana Quinteros-Mian
703.537.3016
Juliana.Quniteros@jccnv.org

Early Childhood Services
Alexandria - Beth El Hebrew Congregation

Director
Dina Backer
703.537.3084
Dina.Backer@jccnv.org

Early Childhood Learning Center Assistant Director
Ali Kerlin
703.537.3084
Alison.Kerlin@jccnv.org

School-Age Services & Camp Achva

School-Age Services Director
Joelle Kelenson
703.537.3091
Joelle.Kelenson@jccnv.org

School-Age Services Assistant Director
Jessica Vandell
703.537.3096
Jessica.Vandell@jccnv.org

School-Age Services Coordinator
Conor Dibble
703.537.3097
Conor.Dibble@jccnv.org

Camp Achva Director and Teen Community Liaison
Nori White
703.537.3041
Nori.White@jccnv.org

j.dance program

Director
Barri DeFrancisci
703.537.3037
Barri.DeFrancisci@jccnv.org

Dance Coordinator
Brenda Forsley
703.537.3057
Brenda.Forsley@jccnv.org

Community Engagement

Community Engagement Director
Laurie Albert
703.537.3064
Laurie.Albert@jccnv.org

Community Engagement Coordinator
Jennifer DeAngelis
703.537.3045
Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org

JCCNV Community Shlicha
Dana Kalishov
703.537.3034
Dana.Kalishov@jccnv.org

Upcoming Events

JCCNV: A Great Fit for Me!

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When school is out...

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Join us when school is out for teacher work days, holidays, and during inclement weather when area schools are delayed or closed!

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Singles Calendar

Growing Jewish Families

For more information about any of the programs mentioned below, contact Community Engagement Coordinator, Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org, (703) 537-3045.

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: http://jconnect.org/resources/new-baby-information.

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, October 5, 10am–11:30am
Sunday, December 7, 10am–11:30am
Fee: Free
RSVP: Jennifer.Kanarek@jccnv.org, (703) 537-3019

Location II: My Gym Chantilly
4300 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly
Sunday, September 21, 4pm-5:30pm
Thursday, December 11, TBD
Fee: Free
RSVP required 3 days prior to the event: Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org, (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 www.shalomdc.org/PJLibrary

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, October 20, November 10, December 8
10:30am–11:30am
Fee: Free
RSVP: Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org, (703) 537-3045

Location II: Burke Centre Library
Wednesdays, October 15, November 19, December 17
10:30am–11:30am
Fee: Free
RSVP: Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org, (703) 537-3045

Location III: Chantilly Library
Fridays, November 7, December 5
11:30am–12:30pm
Fee: Free
RSVP: Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org, (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, October 2, November 6, December 4
10am–11am
Fee: Free
RSVP 3 days prior to the event: Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org, (703) 537-3045

Location II: Whole Foods, Fair Lakes (4501 Market Commons Drive, Fairfax, VA)
Thursdays, September 18, October 23, November 20, December 18
10am–11am
Fee: Free
RSVP 3 days prior to the event: Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org, (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).

Apples & Honey for a Sweet New Year!

Sunday, September 21, 1pm–2pm
Location: Chantilly Library

Listen to some fabulous PJ Library® stories, get creative with apple artwork and move and groove to holiday music!
Fee: Free
RSVP 3 days prior to the event: Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org, (703) 537-3045

Shaking It Up for Sukkot!

Tuesday, October 7, 4pm–5pm
Location: Ashburn Library

Have fun learning about the holiday of Sukkot (a time of harvesting). Enjoy a PJ Library® story time, build your own mini-sukkah (a 3-sided temporary structure) and shake the lulav (special branches) and etrog (a fruit).
Fee: Free
RSVP 3 days prior to the event: Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org, (703) 537-3045

Stretch in the Sukkah!

Sunday, October 12, 10am–11:30am
Location: Gesher Jewish Day School 4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax, VA

Put on some comfy clothes and join us for a morning of relaxation and fun. This preschool-friendly yoga class for the entire family will be led by a certified yoga instructor in the surroundings of a beautiful sukkah (3-sided temporary structure). Enjoy PJ Library® stories, make a craft, share a festive snack and end the morning with a high spirited drumming circle!
Fee per family: $15/ $10 member
Code: #5416
RSVP: Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org, (703) 537-3045
Click here to download the registration form and flier.

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: Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org, (703) 537-3045

Chanukah Lights and Legos®!

Ages: 6–10
Sunday, December 7, times
TBA Location: TBA

Chanukah is here — it’s time to light up the night! Be sure to join us to get ready for the holiday by building your very own Lego® menorah to take home and use! Space is very limited — register early for one of the sessions below.
Fee: $15/ $10 member
RSVP: Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org, (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: Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org, (703) 537-3045