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
Brian Grossbard
703.537.3041 program

Barri DeFrancisci

Dance Coordinator
Brenda Forsley

Community Engagement

Community Engagement Director
Laurie Albert

Community Engagement Coordinators

Samantha Brown

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. 

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
Sundays, February 8, March 8, 29, May 3
Fee: Free
RSVP:, 703.537.3045

Location II: My Gym Chantilly
4300 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly
Friday, March 13, Time TBA
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.

For all programs below, please RSVP to, 703.537.3045.

Location I: Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North Street, Fairfax
Mondays, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11
Fee: Free

Location II: Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke
Wednesdays, January 21, February 18, March 11, April 15, May 20
Fee: Free

Location III: Chantilly Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly
Sunday, January 11, 1:30pm Thursdays, February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7
Fee: Free

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!

Location I: Whole Foods, Vienna
143 Maple Avenue E., Vienna
Thursdays, February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7
Fee: Free
RSVP 3 days prior to the event

Location II: Whole Foods, Fair Lakes
4501 Market Commons Drive, Fairfax
Thursdays, February 19, March 19, April 16, May 21
Fee: Free
RSVP 3 days prior to the event

Location III: Whole Foods, Arlington
2700 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington
Wednesdays, January 28, February 25, March 25, April 29, May 27
10:30am–11:30am (please note slightly later start time)
Fee: Free
RSVP 3 days prior to the event

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, Friends & Food — Let’s Eat Together!

For all programs below, please RSVP three days prior to the event to, 703.537.3045.

Gather around the table — schmooze and laugh over dinner, dessert or drinks with families from your neighborhood. Need a break from your regular routine? Looking for ways to connect with other families? Come out for dinner. Bring friends and make new ones, too!
Fee: Free admission; each family pays their own tab

Location III: Whitlow’s on Wilson, 2854 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201
Wednesday, April 22, 5:30pm

Location IV: Chantilly (TBA)


Havdallah Hootenanny

Date & Location: TBA
Warm up your vocal chords, stretch out your hands and get ready for a fun Havdallah celebration — a ceremony we perform at the end of Shabbat to mark the beginning of a new week. Join us as we welcome a new week with the sights and smells of Havdallah with candle lighting, crafts, and of course a PJ Library® story time!

Birthday Party for the Trees: Tu B’Shevat Celebration

For all programs below, please RSVP three days prior to the event to, 703.537.3045.

Celebrate the holiday of Tu B’Shevat, as we throw a birthday party for trees! This is the time when we plant trees and eat fruits that grow in Israel. Join us for fun as we learn about the holiday through tree-related crafts, activities, songs, a PJ Library® story time and of course — snacks!

Please see this flier for more details.

Location and Time:  Merrifield Garden Center, 12101 Lee Highway, Fair Oaks, 2:00- 4:00pm
Sunday, January 25
Fee per family: $10/ $7 member
Code: #5791 RSVP 3 days prior to the event by calling 703.323.0880 or through your J account. You DO NOT have to be a J member to attend. Contact Jennifer D or Sam with any questions.​

Pre-Purim Fun! Parades, Masks, Groggers (noise makers), and Stories, Oh My! 

For all programs below, please RSVP three days prior to the event to, 703.537.3045.

Purim is here — it’s time to party! We’ll make Purim puppets and other crafts, enjoy a PJ Library® Purim story and conclude with a Purim parade! Get in the spirit, come dressed in your favorite costume, and get ready for tons of fun (Don’t have a costume? No problem!We’ll have everything you need to make a beautiful crown to wear).

Location I:
Location and Time: TBA
Sunday, March 1
Fee per family: $10/ $7 member
Code: #5793
RSVP 3 days prior to the event

Location II:
Gainesville/Manassas area (TBA)
Time: TBA
Fee per family: $10/ $7 member
Code: #5794
RSVP 3 days prior to the event

Who’s Coming to Dinner? Mock Passover Seder

Stay tuned for date, time, location.

Join us for the sights, smells and symbols of Passover. The Passover Seder is a celebration of freedom, commemorating the Jewish people’s release from slavery in Egypt. Join us for a relaxed mock (practice) Seder as we read books, learn about the purpose of Passover, sing songs, learn prayers, drink grape juice, and learn about the symbols of the holiday.
Fee: Free

Passover Paint (Your Own Pottery) Party (Multiple locations and dates in April)

For all programs below, please RSVP three days prior to the event to, 703.537.3045.

Come paint a Seder plate, Elijah’s cup or something special for your Passover table! 
Fee: Each family pays for their own pottery and paint time

Location I: Paint Your Heart Out, 125 Mill Street, #7 Historic Occoquan, VA 22125                 
Saturday, March 7 
minimum number of participants required to paint

Location II: Clay Café, Chantilly, 13894 Metrotech Drive, Chantilly, VA 20151
Monday, March 23

Location III: TBA

Passover Theme

Thursday, April 9, 4pm
Location: Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn, VA
Have fun learning about the holiday of Passover (a symbolic celebration of freedom). Enjoy a PJ Library® story time, discussion of the holiday, sharing of traditions, and arts and crafts.Fee: FreeRSVP 3 days prior to the event