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jBaby Chicago Parent Ambassadors

jBaby Chicago Parent Ambassadors are members of the new parent community. They are excited to meet and welcome new parents, listen and share stories, and connect you to other families in the neighborhood and other opportunities in the Jewish community. Ambassadors are a great resource for neighborhood programs, classes and playgroups as well as current JUF Young Family programs including: PJ Library and JUF Right Start.

Email one of our Parent Ambassadors and take them up on their offer to go out for coffee, or meet up at a play space or park. jBaby Chicago Parent Ambassadors also have jBaby Chicago swag to welcome your new baby or toddler - so be in touch to get yours!

Not in your neighborhood or suburb yet? Keep checking back – we hope to be there soon!

Meet Our
City North Parent Ambassadors

Sarah Levine Miles

Sarah Levine Miles

Sarah grew up in Colorado and has lived in Chicago since 2008. She lives in Ukrainian Village with her husband, Jon, son, Sam, and two cats, Damen and Fuzzbucket.

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Nikki Lubesnick

Nikki Lubesnick

Nikki Lubesnick grew up in Winnetka and now lives in Lakeview with her husband, Mike, and son, Dylan. She received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from...

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Sammy Pepper

Sammy Pepper

Sammy Pepper grew up in northern New Jersey. She attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where she met her husband, Micah...                 

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Ashley Portman

Ashley Portman

Ashley Portman grew up in Northbrook and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduation, Ashley returned to Chicago bringing with her a passion for...

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Jackie Rassner

Jackie Rassner

Jackie Rassner grew up in Naperville and attended undergrad at Bradley University. After spending two years working for Hillel in upstate New York she received her MSW at the University of Michigan ...

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Rachel Simon

Rachel Simon

Rachel Simon grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Psychology. She worked for ten years in retail store and district ...

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Meet Our
Suburban Parent Ambassadors

Melissa Rose

Melissa Rose

Melissa Rose grew up in Buffalo Grove and lives there now with her husband Dave, her two boys Dylan and Nathan (22 months apart!), and their dog Charlie...

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Shira Rozgovich

Shira Rozgovich

Shira Rozgovich grew up in Riverwoods, Illinois. She graduated from Syracuse University with degrees in Political Science, Religious Studies and ...

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Heather Schwartz

Heather Schwartz

Heather grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis and moved to Chicago after graduating from the University of Kansas. She now lives in...

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Melanie Steindler

Melanie Steindler

Melanie Steindler grew up in Wilmette and is now raising her own children there with her husband, Dan. She received..

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Aly VanderPlas

Aly VanderPlas

Aly VanderPlas was born and raised in Northbrook and currently resides in Buffalo Grove with her husband, Ben, sons, Jacob and William, daughter Delilah and dog, Jed...

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Nikki Wallenstein

Nikki Wallenstein

Nikki Wallenstein is originally from Buffalo Grove and now lives in Deerfield with her husband Bill, son Josh and daughter Jordyn. For ten years she taught middle school English...

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Meet Our
Western Suburban Parent Ambassadors

Samantha Fishbein

Samantha Fishbein

Samantha was born and raised on Long Island, New York and moved to Chicago four years ago where she met her husband Adam. Right before her son was born...

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“My child’s preschool has the most nurturing environment. My daughter became a different person, gained confidence, excelled in her social skills and absolutely loves being there.”

JUF Right Start Family

Upcoming Events


Parent-Tot Classes at Temple Beth Israel Sunday, October 22, 2017 9:00 AM More info
Mazel Paws Sunday, October 22, 2017 9:00 AM More info
Camp Am Yisrael Sunday, October 22, 2017 9:30 AM More info
New Moms Connect Thursday, October 26, 2017 10:00 AM More info