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.Quinteros@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
Brian Grossbard
703.537.3041
Brian.Grossbard@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 Coordinators

Samantha Brown
703.537.3019
Samantha.Brown@jccnv.org 

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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Summer Camps

PJ LibraryŽ

Jewish Bedtime Stories & Songs for Families

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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.  

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.

For all programs below, please RSVP to Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org, 703.537.3045.

Location I: Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North Street, Fairfax
Mondays, January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11
10:30am–11:30am
Fee: Free

Location II: Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke
Wednesdays, January 21, February 18, March 11, April 15, May 20
10:30am–11:30am
Fee: Free

Location III: Chantilly Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly
Sunday, January 11, 1:30pm Thursdays, February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7
10:30am–11:30am
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, January 8, February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7
10am–11am
Fee: Free
RSVP 3 days prior to the event

Location II: Whole Foods, Fair Lakes
4501 Market Commons Drive, Fairfax
Thursdays, January 15, February 19, March 19, April 16, May 21
10am–11am
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

 

All 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 Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org, 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 I: Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint, 22000 Dulles Retail Place, Ste. 100, Sterling, VA 20166
Monday, January 12, 5:30pm

Location II: Uncle Julio’s, 14900 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge, VA 22191
Sunday, January 18, 5:30pm

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!
Fee: FREE

Birthday Party for the Trees: Tu B’Shevat Celebrations

For all programs below, please RSVP three days prior to the event to Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org, 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!

Location and Time: TBA
Sunday, January 25
Fee per family: $10/ $7 member
Code: #5791 RSVP 3 days prior to the event

Location and Time: TBA
Sunday, February, 1
Fee per family: $10/ $7 member
Code: #5792
RSVP 3 days prior to the event

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 Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org, 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 Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org, 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
6:15pm−8:15pm
minimum number of participants required to paint

Location II: Clay Café, Chantilly, 13894 Metrotech Drive, Chantilly, VA 20151
Monday, March 23
5pm−7pm

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