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.

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!

>>Apply to become a Community Connector!

NEW! We are thrilled to announce the new Russian Speaking Connectors 2018-2019! We are looking for Russian-speaking parents who are excited about finding other Russian-speaking Jewish families. Together we will build a community that answers our needs, provides a Russian-speaking environment for our kids, understands the coolness of Russian books for kids and shares our love of borsch and Olivier salad.

>>Apply to become a Russian Speaking Community Connector!

Meet our Russian Speaking Community Connectors:

Polina2.jpgPolina Mirskiy
Born in Moldova, and raised in Israel, Polina is now Baltimore’s favorite Skin Care Specialist to the stars. She followed her heart to the USA and is now a proud wife and mother of 3 beautiful children. She and her husband Denis are fierce community supporters. They each own their own business here locally in Baltimore and are frequent participants in local events. Her devotion to Judaism, Israel, and Russian community and her outgoing personality galvanize her involvement in our plan to bring together the Russian and Jewish community at future events.

Viki.jpgViki Krupkin

A Ukrainian born, Israeli raised, now Baltimore’s own socialite. A wife and mother of 2 who exudes energy and friendliness in abundance. Described by her husband and friends as a “social platform” Viki’s passion and talent are in bringing people together. Her love for Israel and Judaism mixed with her Russian roots create a convergence of energy that enable her to be the ultimate connector of people. Her vision is to bring the entire Russian Jewish community together for events to enjoy each other’s company, share in laughter, and make sure no member of the Russia/Jewish Community is left out of the Facebook photos which are sure to be posted!

Please contact our connectors directly to get CONNECTED!

Kate Babus Cohen lives in Lutherville with her husband Zachary and their son Gabriel. She is a proud stay at home mom after teaching elementary school for nine years. Kate loves playing field hockey with the Baltimore Field Hockey Association and has helped organize fall and summer league play, socials, and fundraisers. She has recently began volunteering at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital and is excited to fundraise for their annual gala. Kate looks forward to connecting with you over homemade desserts or out at one of her favorite places, Stone Mill Bakery. For programming in Lutherville-Timonium, email Kate.

Melissa%20Cohen%20Orban.jpgMelissa Cohen Orban lives in Phoenix, MD with her husband Dave, daughter Ryleigh and their kitty Jakey. Melissa attended college at the University of Maryland, College Park and participated in the National Student Exchange Program at the University of Arizona. After falling in love with the West Coast, she moved to San Diego, California to experience a new culture and lifestyle. Melissa quickly made meaningful connections, hosted large group outings and made lifelong friends. She ran 20 miles per week soaking in the sun and the beautiful Mission Bay views. Eight amazing years passed by and Melissa knew it was time to move back to Baltimore to be with her family and settle down. Melissa now works full-time in software sales while also spending time at home with her daughter. Melissa enjoys attending concerts, spending time with her sister, niece and nephew at their pool and binge watching tv shows with her husband. She looks forward to connecting other Phoenix families to the Jewish Community. For events in Hunt Valley (Phoenix), email Melissa.

Heather%20Gorin.jpgHeather Gorin lives downtown in Canton with her husband, Mike, one year old daughter Reese and cockapoo Duchess. Heather grew up in Miami, Florida and Mike grew up in Hewlett, New York. Heather and Mike met at the University of Michigan. Go Blue! After college they moved to Miami to attend graduate school (Heather studied law and Mike studied medicine) at the University of Miami. Go Canes!  Heather stayed behind in Miami when Mike matched for his urology residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital to continue working as a commercial litigator at a Miami law firm (and because she couldn’t fathom leaving the warm weather). She split her time between Miami and Baltimore for five years. Heather finally made the move to Baltimore full time in 2015 when they made the decision that Mike would stay at Hopkins as an attending urologist. Heather left the law firm and moved in-house as the North American corporate counsel for a Danish manufacturer.  She works in the White Marsh area. The Gorins enjoy going for walks along the promenade and trying new restaurants. They are excited to meet other Downtown Jewish families and to make Downtown Baltimore their home! For programming in Downtown Baltimore, email Heather.

Kate%20Cohen%20Pic.jpgLauri Greenberg is so excited it be the Carroll County connector. She has lived in Sykesville  for over 6 years and loves it! She has a nearly 6 year old daughter and a 3 year old  son. They keep her busy as a sahm, but in her younger days she was a psychotherapist! Lauri loves creating fun filled events and bringing Jewish families together! She hopes to see you at an event very soon. For events in Carroll County, email Lauri.


Melissa%20Parish%20Pic.jpgMelissa Parrish lives in Hampstead with her husband Josh, 1 year old son Noah, and their dog Simba. She is a culinary school graduate with a degree in baking and pastry arts, but now works from home to be with her son. Melissa spent much of her childhood as a member of Jewish youth groups and loves to teach others about what it means to be a part of a Jewish community. In her free time she enjoys baking, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family. For programming in Carroll County, email Melissa.

Julie%20Siegal.jpgJulie Siegel lives in Lutherville with her husband Alex, daughter Anna and son Ethan. She is originally from Baltimore and moved back home after living out of state. She enjoys being with her family and friends, and scouting out the family-friendly activities our area has to offer. She is a labor and employment lawyer at Miles & Stockbridge in Baltimore. For events in Lutherville-Timonium, email Julie.

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