Please pardon our dust!
We are currently in Phase Two of the renovation which includes retiling the lobby area, the construction of additional restroom space in the hallway of the Bodzin Art Gallery, as well as the creation of a new lobby entrance to the Adult Lounge.
The facelift to the girls and boys bathroom in the preschool area is complete.
This week (week of November 3) the adult lounge is a priority. This includes removing the built-in shelves, constructing built-in storage for tables and chairs, relocating the projection screen, laying new carpet, and painting the walls. We're hoping that by week's end all but the doors off the lobby will be finished.
In the coming weeks, the new entrance to the auditorium will start to take shape and the work on the men's room will continue.
As the project progresses and we gain more specific information about timelines and completion or other unforeseen impact to our daily operation, we will keep you updated. Please know that our most important goal throughout this process is to maximize safety and minimize inconvenience for all of our members. We welcome your feedback or questions along the way, and thank you in advance for your patience during this phase of our growth.
We are excited to announce new additions to our mishpacha (family)!
Strategy & Development Director
We are very excited to announce that Michael Gribov joined our JCC family as our Strategy & Development Director (a new position). He will focus on our upcoming Capital Campaign, as well as expand our annual operating support from individuals, foundations and corporate sponsors.
Michael's background is diverse and fascinating. Here are a few highlights: He was born in Leningrad (former Soviet Union), and his family emigrated to the US in 1989. He holds a BA from Miami University (Oxford, OH) in Marketing and International Business, post-graduate studies at Cambridge (UK), and an MS in Strategic Planning and International Affairs from Georgetown. His professional experience has included various stints in Washington and Jerusalem working for governments and non-profit organizations, the past five years of which have been focused on development. Michael is a dual citizen, USA/Israel, and is fluent in three languages (Russian is #3). Michael and his wife Raquela live in Arlington with their two year old daughter, who also speaks three languages.
Barri DeFrancisci holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance from Muhlenberg College. Following graduation, she studied and performed with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel, under the direction of Rami Be’er. For the past two years, Barri held the position of Director of Dance at Coppermine Fieldhouse in Baltimore, MD, where she taught and managed dance classes for children ages 3 and up. She received her early training under merit scholarships at North Carolina School of the Arts, the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC, American Ballet Theatre, and the Baltimore Ballet. Barri has performed leading roles in classical works such as George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie and Marius Petipa’s Paquita, as well as works by contemporary choreographers Meredith Rainey, Charles O. Anderson, and Heidi Cruz-Austin.
Barri is also a leader in the Jewish Community, having founded the Baltimore JNFuture Young Leadership chapter, and is a strong advocate for Israel. Barri looks forward to bringing her passions for Dance and the greater Jewish community to the J!
Marketing Communications Coordinator
Renee Eder recently joined our J family. She will work part-time assisting with our digital media (social media, website, etc.) and public relations activities. She brings extensive marketing experience to the position.
Here’s a bit about Renee... She was born and raised in Rockland County, New York and has lived in Northern Virginia for 16 years. She attended Binghamton University, and received a bachelor’s degree in Applied Social Sciences in 1997. Upon graduation, Renee attended Syracuse University and received her master’s degree in 1998 in Consumer Studies, with a focus in marketing. She has done consulting work in marketing, public relations, branding, and website redesign at George Mason University and at various non-profits and for-profit companies in the D.C. area. Renee enjoys spending time with her husband, Marcus, and her two children, Emma (age 5 1/2) and Max (age 9 1/2). Her hobbies include running and weight training, being a devoted Washington sports fan, writing, and cuddling with her two miniature poodles, Penny and Moose.