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How a Ambassador Can Help YOU!

Renee Eder on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Are you a new or expecting parent raising Jewish children in Northern Virginia? If so, a ambassador could be the person you are looking for to make connections with other families to chat about local Jewish family programming, the experience of becoming a parent, available resources, and more. 

The ambassadors program began when The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington awarded a  two-year grant to the JCCNV. This initiative, to make connections — one family at a time — gave the J the opportunity to hire five part-time “ambassadors” who are each assigned to a “zone” around Northern Virginia. Once relationships begin to form, the ambassadors program will help families become part of the larger community through the J’s very popular Growing Jewish Families network which provides ongoing programs and activities for families with young children up to 8 years old.

The ambassadors include: 

  • Rebecca Greene (Annandale, Oakton, Vienna, West Falls Church) 
  • Julie Koppel (Ashburn, Herndon, Leesburg, Reston, Sterling) 
  • Michelle Leichty (Centreville, Chantilly, Gainesville, Manassas, South Riding) 
  • Julie Rezmovic-Tonti (Burke, Fairfax, Lorton, Springfield) 
  • Melissa Weinstock (Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, McLean) 

For a bio of each of the ambassadors, please click here.  
How were the ambassadors selected? According to Eliza Berkon, ambassador and community engagement coordinator, "We have chosen ambassadors who have warm and welcoming personalities and who are eager to provide the support needed by the families to make connections to the Jewish community.”  

Laurie Albert, the J’s community engagement director, said that she is excited about the initiative that builds and fosters relationships between individuals, families, and the community. This program, and the J’s Growing Jewish Families program, help fulfill the J’s strategic plan to meet people where they are both within and beyond the walls of the JCC.

Ready to sign up? Our ambassadors are here for you. Whether delivering goody bags, chatting over coffee, or joining you at a playdate, ambassadors are terrific new-parent neighborhood resources. Click here to sign up, and you will receive: 

  • A goody bag for parents of children 1 year and under 
  • A coffee date with your neighborhood ambassador 
  • Our monthly digital newsletter 

The ambassadors program is made possible thanks to the generous support of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

For more information about the ambassador program, please visit the New Parents page on our website and read the article about the program in Washington Jewish Week

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