Our j.family ambassadors are here for you. Whether delivering j.baby bags, chatting over coffee or joining you at a play date, j.family ambassadors are terrific new-parent neighborhood resources.
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Vered Harary Koslow
Areas Served: Annandale, Oakton, Vienna, West Falls Church
Vered was born and raised in Israel. She loves her roots in Israel and served as a commander in a special unit in the Israeli Air Force. After service, she trained as a C.P.A. and worked as an accountant for Ernst & Young (Israel) for several years. She has passion for fitness, movement and is an experienced Pilates instructor. She is a proud mother of two small children and loves to explore nature and discover new places with her family and friends. She moved with her husband and children from Israel to Rochester, MN several years ago and they have recently moved to Northern Virginia. Both their children are in the JCC early childhood program and they are very proud to join our JCC community.
Email Vered: Vered.Hararykoslow@jccnv.org
Areas Served: Ashburn, Herndon, Leesburg, Reston, Sterling
Julie Koppel lives in Ashburn with her husband and her three children. Julie grew up in Connecticut and attended George Washington University, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in speech communication and journalism. Prior to moving to Ashburn, Julie spent 12 years living outside of Cleveland. She has a background in communications, marketing and has worked part-time teaching a science class for pre-school age children. Julie enjoys working with people and helping them adjust to life changes — as she has done herself several times! She also loves spending time with her family, traveling, cooking, baking, hiking and reading.
Email Julie: Julie.Koppel@jccnv.org
Areas Served: Centreville, Chantilly, Gainesville, Manassas, South Riding
Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Michelle has lived in Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun Counties. She enjoys providing fun and educational opportunities for her children, as it helps her build friendships and community for both parents and children. With more than 15 years of diverse human resources experience, Michelle enjoys working with people, helping them and supporting their needs. Other passions include traveling, hiking, running, cooking and baking – including training others on how to make challah! She especially loves meeting new families over coffee, connecting area families, hosting indoor and outdoor play dates, attending Divas and Diners and more!
Email Michelle: Michelle.Leichty@jccnv.org
Areas Served: Burke, Fairfax, Lorton, Springfield
Originally from Potomac, MD, Julie moved to Fairfax three years ago. She teaches middle school Judaics and runs a Jewish learning program for teens. Julie also spent four years living and studying in Israel and recently received a certificate in Jewish philosophy and pedagogy from the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. She also holds an MA from Siegal College of Judaic Studies in Jewish Education as well as a BA from the University of Maryland in women’s studies. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, healthy cooking, being outdoors, knitting, herbal medicine, poetry, music, studying Torah and spending time with her husband and their three children.
Email Julie: Julie.Rezmovic-Tonti@jccnv.org
Areas Served: Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, McLean
Melissa grew up in Northern New Jersey and attended the University of Michigan, where she received a bachelor’s degree in economics. In 2001, after obtaining her MBA from University of California at Berkeley, she moved to the D.C. area where she worked in the housing finance industry for many years.
After living in D.C. for more than a decade, she and her growing family moved to Northern Virginia. Since September 2012, they have lived in McLean, where their two sons attend Chesterbrook Elementary School. As a j.family ambassador, Melissa most enjoys meeting growing Jewish families and connecting them with others who live in the same neighborhood. She gets excited about strengthening connections in her local Jewish community.
When she’s not completing Lego projects or doing kitchen science experiments, Melissa likes to exercise, cook, try new restaurants, and meet friends for coffee. She is also passionate about supporting childhood cancer research and related causes.
Email Melissa: Melissa.Weinstock@jccnv.org
The j.family ambassadors program is wholly funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and its United Jewish Endowment Fund.