We often hear the phrase "It takes a village to raise a child." jBaby Chicago is here to help Chicago's Jewish and interfaith families build that village together by providing access to resources both within and outside of Chicago's Jewish community to help new families navigate their early years together.
Signing up for jBaby Chicago is FREE! jBaby Chicago members receive:
- jBaby Chicago Swag: Receive a welcome gift bag from the Jewish community! Handpicked by our jBaby Chicago Advisory board, we've rounded up some of the best baby gear out there - and can't wait to give it to you! Baby and Tot swag available for children 24 months & under; one per family.
- Exclusive Programming: Have access to specialized classes and playgroups geared towards your baby and your life stage.
- Social Events: Meet like-minded Jewish families at jBaby neighborhood dinners or casual meet-ups in local parks and playspaces.
- PJ Library Subscription: Receive FREE high-quality, age-appropriate Jewish children's books & music each month through the PJ Library.
- Coffee Dates with jBaby Parent Ambassadors - Meet up with one of our jBaby Parent Ambassadors who can help you meet other new parents, find classes for you and your baby or just connect over being a new parent in Chicago.
- jBaby Top 5 - Stay up to date with our bi-monthly emails with information about events and programs at jBaby Chicago partner organizations.
- And so much more…
jBaby Chicago is part of JUF Young Families, a department of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, designed to connect families to young children to Jewish life.
Meet Our Leadership
jBaby Chicago Advisory Board
Becca Richards, Chair, jBaby Chicago
Rebecca Richards is the co-founder of dalla nonna llc, a jewelry company specializing in vintage-inspired pieces. dalla nonna has been featured on the Ellen DeGeneres show and E! News as well as in InStyle, People Style Watch, Real Simple, and US Magazine, among others. Rebecca also serves as a consultant advising families, foundations and nonprofits on next generation and multi-generational collaboration and engagement. Formerly, Becca served as Vice President of NGE Philanthropic Advisors and as the Executive Director of New York University School of Law's Graduate Tax Program.
Becca received her J.D. from Yale Law School and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a certified consultant with 21/64 and is one of the founders of the Slingshot Fund, a funding collaborative with over 40 next-generation investors. Becca currently serves on the board of the Maxine & Jack Zarrow Family Foundation and the Council on Foundation's Committee on Family Philanthropy.
Becca lives with her family in Lincoln Park.
Julie Brodsky is the Director of New Parent Engagement and is responsible for directing the Jewish Federation's new outreach and engagement program geared to new parents - parents of children 0-2 years. Julie graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington, with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, and a Jewish Studies Certificate. For 10 years she was employed at a synagogue pre-school where she taught in the classroom for 4 years and was the Assistant Director for 6 years. Julie began her career at JUF in 2011 when she was hired as the PJ Library Program Associate. She was promoted in 2013 to PJ Library Program Director and in 2014 to Director of New Parent Engagement. Julie lives in Deerfield with her husband, Harry and daughter Hailey.
Beth grew up in Ormond Beach, FL and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Event Management. After graduation, Beth started her career in Hotel Operations, working on the leadership teams of both the Front Office & Housekeeping. In June 2015, Beth and her husband Dustin, welcomed their daughter Hannah into their lives and decided to leave the hustle and bustle of downtown city life for the northern suburbs. jBaby has been a big part of Hannah's life as she started playgroups and classes at three months old. Beth is excited to introduce and welcome new moms & dads to the Jewish community!
Debbi Cooper is the Assistant Vice President, Young Family Engagement at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. She oversees jBaby Chicago, Chicago's PJ Library program which includes PJ on the Town and PJ Gives Back family programming and JUF Right Start. Debbi has been with JUF for over 10 years as a member of both the Planning & Allocations and Community Outreach and Engagement departments. Debbi has a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master's in Public Administration/Non-profit management from George Mason University. Prior to coming to JUF, Debbi was a consultant with the national fundraising firm Campbell & Company. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Aaron and their three children: Gabe, Judah and Noah.