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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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

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
Fee: Free
RSVP:, (703) 537-3019

Location II: Burke Centre Library
Wednesdays, October 15, November 19, December 17
Fee: Free
RSVP:, (703) 537-3019

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!

Location I: Whole Foods (143 Maple Avenue E., Vienna, VA)
Thursdays, October 2, November 6, December 4
Fee: Free
RSVP 3 days prior to the event:, (703) 537-3019

Location II: Whole Foods, Fair Lakes (4501 Market Commons Drive, Fairfax, VA)
Thursdays, September 18, 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).

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:, (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:, (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:, (703) 537-3019

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) 537-3019

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:, (703) 537-3019

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