Engaging Families with Young Children

The connector program launched in April 2014 and we are now in our fourth cohort of connectors. The program is a one to two-year experience that provides individuals with opportunities to find and connect with others, develop their own leadership skills and immerse themselves in the Jewish community. Connectors have the opportunity to participate in a variety of Jewish programs, activities, trainings and functions throughout the community to cultivate and deepen relationships with individuals and families attending such programs.

Please contact Julie Wohl or 410.735.5027 if you are interested in learning more about the program and opportunities available for Cohort 5!

Our connectors are friendly, excited, passionate and committed individuals that devote time and energy to this project and to young families interested in getting more involved with Jewish life, activity, and community.

>>Check out this video to learn more about the CJE Community Connectors!

We're looking for connectors for Cohort 5!
>>Apply to become a connector!

Please contact our connectors directly to get CONNECTED!

AdesLauren Ades lives in Lutherville with her husband Jon, daughter Ellie, and their dog Harper.  Lauren is born and bred in Baltimore and has deep roots in the Jewish community in Baltimore serving on the Board of Directors of the Associated and past Co-Chair of IMPACT.  Lauren is a Corporate and Real Estate Attorney at Pessin Katz Law in Towson.  She sees herself as a relationship builder and what she enjoys most is connecting people to their passions whether it be in the Jewish community or in her job.  In her free time (which admittedly is scarce) Lauren enjoys exercising, reading, and taking walks around her neighborhood with Ellie and Harper. For programming in Lutherville, email Lauren


Amy Goldberg lives in Towson with her husband Ben and baby boy Asher. She moved to Baltimore in 2008 to attend school at Baltimore Hebrew University where she completed her Masters in Jewish Education and Jewish Communal Service. Amy is both professionally and personally involved in the Baltimore Jewish community. She worked as a Jewish teen professional for several years before starting in her current position at Beth El Congregation's Berman Lipavsky Religious school. Amy and her husband Ben were the first co-chairs of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation's Chai Life 20s and 30s group. 

In her free time in Baltimore, Amy enjoys visiting the National Aquarium, talking walks around Towson, and rooting for the Orioles. Amy looks forward to connecting with families in the Towson area and creating engaging and enriching Jewish programs. For programming in Towson, email Amy

carly%20greenberg.jpgCarly Greenberg lives in Mt. Washington with her husband Jeff and two daughters, Blake and Madelyn. A native with very deep roots in Baltimore, Carly has a passion for connecting people to all of the great things our community has to offer. With a career in the hospitality industry and background in event management, Carly makes sure that no one ever leaves a party hungry or without a goody bag and that each and every guest has a fun and memorable experience. For programming in Pikesville/Mount Washington,  email Carly

medium_CJE%20Pic.jpgOriginally from Phoenix, Arizona, Justin Harvey moved to Baltimore with his wife Stacy in June of 2013.  His interview with T. Rowe Price was his first time ever visiting Baltimore but his leap of faith quickly paid dividends as he and Stacy have found a wonderful community living downtown.  Since moving to Baltimore the Harvey family quickly expanded to include a big mutt Murray and two young daughters - Talia and Arielle.    When Justin isn’t working you can usually find him working out at CrossFit Federal Hill, playing in intramural sports leagues, hanging out with the girls in Federal Hill Park, or rooting against the local sports teams - go Steelers!. For programming in Downtown Baltimore, please email Justin.

Harvey Family

Raised on Long Island, Stacy Harvey moved to Baltimore with her husband, Justin in June 2013.  Career opportunities in both her field, pharmaceutical sales and his, finance brought them to this gem of a city. They made their home on the Inner Harbor and quickly adopted a puppy, Murray, their now 75-pound mutt named for their previous neighborhood, Murray Hill Manhattan.  They welcomed their daughter, Talia as they rang in the New Year on December 31, 2014.

Stacy spends as much time outside as possible.  She can often be found pushing Talia in the stroller while walking Murray, ultimately trying to hit her Fitbit step goal for the day.

Baltimore has been warm and welcoming to Stacy and Justin in the short time they have lived here.  She hopes to help others find their community as they explore the city and Jewish family life together. For programming in Downtown Baltimore, email Stacy

small_image1.JPGJayne Havens lives in Lutherville with her husband Jonathan, son Sid, and daughter Ivy. A native Baltimorean who excitedly returned to the area in 2015, Jayne is passionate about spreading the word about the best the area and its thriving young Jewish community has to offer. A former high-end social and corporate event planner with DC's top catering company, Jayne continues to bring a creative perspective and fresh vision to everything from family gatherings to life cycle events to charity galas, and everything in between. In her spare time, she most enjoys cooking, watching reality tv and visiting Baltimore attractions such as the aquarium or zoo with her four-year-old. For programming in Lutherville, email Jayne

medium_Jill%20Manko.jpgJillian Manko lives in Sparks with her husband, Gene, and two daughters, Talia and Stella. After spending a year abroad in Israel, she knew she had to either make Aaliyah or teach others to love Israel and to embrace our Jewish culture. While completing college she returned to Beth El Congregation in Baltimore, the synagogue where she was raised. There she became the Director of Youth Groups and taught in the Preschool, Hebrew School, and B'nai Mitzvah Department. This year she is excited to start a new position as Director of Education at the Bolton Street Synagogue. 

Jillian loves finding ways to personalize each person and family's Jewish experience while teaching Jewish traditions and honoring Jewish values. For programming in Hunt Valley, email Jillian

medium_olia.jpgOla Meleshka lives in Pikesville with her husband Gary and their daughter Zoey. Born in Belarus, she grew up in Israel. Ola received her Bachelor of Science in biotechnology from Bar Ilan University. After receiving her MBA from Heriot-Watt University, she worked several years in the pharmaceutical industry as a product specialist. Ola moved to Baltimore area two years ago after meeting her husband in Israel. She is currently spending a few years at home with her daughter and enjoys taking her to different activities. Ola enjoys decorating houses, swimming and discovering new culinary places. For programming for Pikesville Russian-speaking families, email Ola


Someya Poverni lives in Quarry Lake with her husband Eugene (a Pikesville native) and their shi-shon Parker. The couple recently welcomed their daughter Sloane to the family in May. Someya is a "Pikesville" transplant having moved from the D.C. area.  Someya works for the Department of Defense. She holds a Master’s Degree and is currently pursuing a law degree at American University, Washington College of Law. Someya enjoys meeting new people, bringing people together and spending time with family and friends. Someya is creative and energetic and loves planning events and fundraising for numerous charities  that support children and adults with disabilities. Someya enjoys traveling , practicing yoga , cycling and her new favorite activity is taking Sloane and Parker for lengthy walks throughout Quarry Lake.  Someya became a connector to help others navigate the world of young motherhood in greater Baltimore. Interested in exploring what the local Jewish community has to offer new Mom's? Just call or email - Someya's looking forward to connecting with you! For programming in Pikesville, email Someya.


Laurie Rosen lives in Pikesville with her husband Mike, daughter Ruby, and their dog Bentley. Laurie was born and raised in Pikesville and always knew she wanted to raise her family here. She has a large extended family who all reside in the area – there are 10 nieces, nephews and cousins all under 12! She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware (go Blue Hens!) and received her Masters at Towson University. A former elementary school teacher, Laurie now works in finance while also spending time at home with her daughter. Laurie loves taking Ruby to music, gym and swim classes and can often be found at the Quarry Starbucks. Laurie enjoys time with her family, going for walks and binge-watching TV shows. For programming in Pikesville/Mount Washington, email Laurie

medium_Kim%20Wynn.jpgKimberly Wynn grew up in Boca Raton, Florida and first moved to Baltimore in 2010 with her husband, Jason. Since then they've had Zachary (nearly 4) and Asher (1 year old) and adopted their cavachon pup Lucy. Kimberly and her family live in Pikesville, where they have felt welcomed to the Baltimore Jewish community with open arms. 

Kimberly received her MBA with Honors in International Business from The George Washington University, and her BBA from Emory University's Goizueta Business School. Kimberly has spent much of her career at AARP, where she most recently served as a consultant and, prior to that, a business development executive.  She currently serves on the Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League where she was recently appointed as the Deputy Vice Chair of the Geographic Committee. She considers herself a foodie and enjoys trying new restaurants and cooking with her friends and family. For programming in Pikesville/Mount Washington, email Kimberly

CJE is an agency funded by THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.