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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

Rebecca Halperin

Rebecca Halperin

Rebecca Halperin was born and bred in Southern California. Ten years ago she was swept up and away into this windy city that she loves. Currently, Rebecca teaches...

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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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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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Sarah Rose

Sarah Rose

Sarah Rose grew up in Northbrook, Illinois and now lives in North Center area of Chicago with her husband, Joe, and daughter, Elizabeth. She received her Bachelor's Degree ...

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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

Julie DiGuiseppe

Julie DiGuiseppe

Julie DiGuiseppe grew up in Buffalo Grove and is married to her college sweetheart, Tony. After living in the city for several years they moved back to Buffalo Grove to start their family...

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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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“PJ Library is a great program that introduced our young family to adorable, fun, Jewish literature!”

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