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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 Parent Ambassadors 

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Alice Mintz

Alice Mintz and her husband Thomas, lifelong Chicagoans, blend the heritage of their family with the vibrancy of the city's Hyde Park/Woodlawn community...

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Marissa Rhines

Marissa grew up in Old Town and now lives in West Town. It appears she can’t get too far away from the city.

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Emily Ribot

Emily grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago and has lived in the city since graduating the University of Illinois in 2015...

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Kelsey Rosenfeld

Kelsey has been a resident of Chicago for over 10(!) years now, and currently lives in the Ravenswood neighborhood with her husband, Ben...

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Talia Treece

After moving all over the country as child, Talia has called the Chicago land area home since graduating from Indiana University in 2007.

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Jessica Zipkin

Jessica lives in Lakeview with her two kids and husband. She grew up in South Florida, went to university in Ohio and moved ...

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Whitney Ash Zucker

Born and raised in Lincoln Park, Whitney returned to Chicago in 2021 after living in New York City for 10 years...

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Meet Our
Suburban Parent Ambassadors

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Shimra Barnett

Shimra  was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She met her husband in college in New York City. They spent 5 wonderful years in Lakeview before ...

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Anna Baron

Anna grew up in Russia and moved to the Northshore suburbs when she was 10-years-old.

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Lisa Gluskin

Lisa Gluskin

Born and raised in Wilmette, Illinois, Lisa now lives with her husband, Adam, 3-year-old daughter, Lauren, and baby, Daniel ...

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Lauren Koenig

Lauren Koenig

Lauren grew up in Oakwood, Ohio and moved to the Chicago suburbs in 2016. She lives in Buffalo Grove with her husband, Adam, and daughters, Leah and Becca.

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Kimberly Schulte

Kimberly Schulte

Kimberly and her husband Alan live with in Deerfield with their 4-year-old daughter Maya and baby Ziva.

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Jane Ulitskaya

Jane Ulitskaya

Jane grew up in Chicago and Glenview and now lives in Northbrook with her husband Ari, their infant son Andre, and Aussie-mix Mollie.

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Leah Venus

Leah grew up on the north side of Chicago (Lincoln Square) and now lives with her husband, Scott...

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“My daughter loved her program. The instruction was fabulous. She was given a wonderful education. I loved all the Jewish values that she learned. We love the nurturing and fun staff. The Jewish education is amazing.”

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