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!


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

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.

 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


Melissa 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. 


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

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.

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

Einat%20Ziv.jpgEinat Ziv lives in Towson with her husband Nadav and their 3 kids: Tamar (14), Eyal (12) and Yael (9 ). She moved to Baltimore from Israel in 2017 . Einat received her Bachelor's of Science in Biochemistry and Food Science from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her received her MBA from Ben Gurion University of the Negev. She worked for the last 16 years as a food technologist, Quality Assurance Manager at different food companies and as an auditor in Israel. When she arrived to America she felt  that her mission is to be involved in the Baltimore Jewish community by teaching Hebrew and connecting other to Judaism. In her free time, Einat enjoys traveling, working out, reading books and enjoying time with her family. She looks forward to connecting with families in the Towson area. For programming in Towson, email Einat.

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