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J-Family Ambassadors

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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Click here to read a great article that recently ran in Washington Parent magazine about the J-Family Ambassadors program.


Meet Your Local J-Family Ambassadors:

Tracy Baum
Areas Served: Burke, Fairfax, Lorton, Springfield
Tracy is so excited to join the J-Family Ambassador team. She and her husband both grew up locally and enjoy all that the region has to offer. She has two children, Magnolia and Hendrix, and they currently live in Newington, VA. Tracy works part-time as a physician liaison and enjoys being involved with her children’s activities. They enjoy live music, impromptu dance parties, road trips, having friends over, and spending time with loved ones. She is looking forward to learning more about your family and enjoying great events with you along the way.

Julie Koppel

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.

Michelle Leichty
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 playdates, attending Divas and Diners and more!  


Melissa Weinstock
Areas Served: Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, McLean
Melissa Weinstock grew up in Northern New Jersey and attended University of Michigan for undergrad, After obtaining her M.B.A from UC Berkeley, she moved to the Washington, 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.  

The J-Family Ambassadors program is wholly funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and its United Jewish Endowment Fund.

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