The Bender JCC wants to welcome parents raising Jewish children into our community!
Our Jewish Family Ambassadors (JFAs) are here to listen and share with you, and to connect you to other families and opportunities in our Jewish community.
Take a minute to fill out the information below to learn more, and get ready to meet the JFA in your area for coffee or at a play space or park (Our treat!). They can’t wait to get to know you!
You will also get a complimentary Welcome Baby Bag filled with goodies for children 0 – 36 months.
If you live in Montgomery County and are raising a Jewish child 3 and under, sign up here!
Meet Your Neighborhood Ambassadors!
Deborah Rosenberg (JFA – Rockville Potomac)
Areas Served: North Bethesda, Rockville, Potomac
Deb grew up in Rockville and Potomac. After she graduated from the University of Massachusetts, she returned to the area! She came back to Potomac in 2016 and is excited her kids will grow up here too. She spent 20 years in retail management and is currently home with her 2 young daughters which she calls full-time fun! As a JFA, she enjoys meeting growing Jewish families and connecting them with others who live in the area and also introducing young families to all of the things our area has to offer. In her free time, she enjoys baking, skiing, and trips to the beach!
Robin Ofner (JFA – Upcounty)
Areas Served: Ashton, Brookville, Clarksburg, Damascus, Derwood, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Montgomery Village, North Potomac, Olney, Sandy Spring
Robin grew up in New York, attended the University of Rochester and Carnegie Mellon University, and soon after moved to the DC area. After first living in Rockville, she moved to Clarksburg with her husband and two daughters. Robin and her husband own a web design business and Robin also tutors high school students in math and writing. She belongs to Temple Beth Ami in Rockville. Robin thinks it is so important for new parents to connect with each other. So as a family ambassador, Robin is excited to meet Jewish families in upper Montgomery County and connect them to each other. She plays the cello and is currently teaching her daughters to play.
Leah Markowitz (JFA – Bethesda Chevy Chase)
Areas Served: Bethesda, Cabin John, Chevy Chase, Glen Echo
Leah, her husband, 2 children, and their cat, live in Bethesda. A Detroit native and University of Michigan graduate, she lived in New York and Prague before moving to DC for her graduate degree in International Relations from The George Washington University. After working in international trade for the federal government for 11 years, Leah and her family moved to Boston for four years before returning to the DC area and settling in Bethesda. Now a stay-at-home mom, in her free time Leah enjoys running, yoga, reading, and fresh bagels. Having recently discovered the joys of iced coffee, Leah looks forward to meeting up at local cafes to help you make the important connections you need to support your families.
Ilana Weinberg (JFA – Takoma Park Silver Spring)
Areas Served: Silver Spring, Takoma Park
Ilana grew up in NJ, but after graduating from the George Washington University she began working in DC and never left. She lived in DC for over a decade with her cat, then her husband, and then their son before moving to Kensington with her family in 2018. As a program director for an international non-profit in DC, Ilana builds programs across the Middle East that foster more tolerant societies. She loves to travel and create meaningful new relationships for work and for fun. She also loves cooking, baseball, camping, animals and reading with her son. She is excited to connect with Jewish families in Montgomery County and help them explore all the amazing kid-friendly resources it has to offer!
Julie Brand (JFA – Kensington Silver Spring)
Areas Served: Aspen Hill, Burtonsville, Colesville, Kensington, Spencerville, Wheaton
Julie is a lifelong Montgomery County resident. She grew up in Olney and now lives in Garrett Park with her husband and two children. After studying education at the University of Maryland, she taught elementary school in Montgomery County Public Schools for ten years. She enjoys exercising, spending time with her family, and beach trips. Now as a stay at home mom, Julie is always on the lookout for fun events, activities, and playgrounds to check out with her kids, and likes sharing that information with others!
For questions about the Jewish Family Ambassador initiative, please contact the J Family Programs Director Jennifer Radosh or call 301-348-3848.