The connector program is an exciting program designed to connect Jewish families with their neighbors all around the Baltimore area.  The program revolves around the work of “Connectors”, who spend two years working to build a network of Jewish families in their neighborhoods.  During their two years, connectors work to develop their own leadership skills and immerse themselves in the Jewish community. They create programming, play-dates and meet ups that allow them to cultivate and deepen relationships with individuals and families. Their goal, ultimately, is to help young families build connections with each other, with the larger Jewish community, and with Jewish tradition.

Please contact Rachel Plotkin or 410.735.5013 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.

Want to get CONNECTED?

Contact our connectors directly.

Kate Babus Cohen

Kate Babus Cohen lives in Lutherville with her husband Zach and their sons Gabe and Teddy. She is a proud stay at home mom after teaching elementary school for nine years. She spends most of her days planning play dates for her boys. Kate loves playing field hockey with the Baltimore Field Hockey Association and has helped organize league play, socials, and fundraisers. She volunteers for Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital’s annual storybook gala. Kate’s favorite part about being a connector is catching up with old friends and making new ones. Kate looks forward to connecting with you at one of her events. For programming in Lutherville-Timonium join their Facebook page or  email Kate.

Melissa Cohen Orban

Melissa Cohen Orban lives in Phoenix, MD with her husband Dave, daughters Ryleigh and Courtlyn, 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 daughters. Melissa enjoys attending concerts with Dave, traveling, 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 area families to the Jewish Community.

For events in Hunt Valley/Hereford Zone, join their Facebook page or email Melissa.

Lauren Falkowitz

Bio coming soon! 

Jamie Gill

Jamie Gill lives in Reisterstown with her husband Brian, daughter Ellie, and Chiweenie Penny Lincoln. Jamie attended Virginia Tech, where she studied Graphic Design, something she decided she wanted to study in the 10th grade! She is now a proud stay at home mom, who loves to do photography, craft, bake, travel, work on freelance design projects, and spend time with family and friends. Growing up in the Owings Mills area, she was a member of the Baltimore Hannah Senesh chapter of BBYO, and is familiar with life in Jewish Baltimore. Jamie loves to find good “adventures” around town to get into, and as a connector is excited to share her love of art with both moms and kids alike, as she connects to other young families in the area. For events in the Reisterstown/Owings Mills area, join their Facebook page or email Jamie.

Melissa Goldmeier

Melissa Goldmeier is originally from Columbus, Ohio. She moved to Baltimore in 2007 to attend law school, and currently works as an attorney for the Howard County Office of Law as a tort and land-use litigator. “Off-duty”, she volunteers with and is on the Board of Directors of Athletes Serving Athletes, a non-profit organization that pairs athletes with little to no mobility with able-bodied runners to compete in mainstream running events. She lives in Federal Hill with her husband, rambunctious twin boys, and an Airedale Terrier. For events in the Downtown Baltimore area, join their Facebook page or email Melissa.

Heather Gorin

Heather 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 events in the Downtown Baltimore area, join their Facebook page or email Heather.

Lauri Greenberg

Lauri Greenberg is so excited it be the Carroll County connector. She has lived in Sykesville  for over 6 years and loves it! She has a daughter and a son. They keep her busy as a stay at home mom, but in her younger days she was a psychotherapist! Lauri loves creating fun filled events and bringing Jewish families together! She hopes to see you at an event very soon. For programming in Carroll County, join their Facebook group or email Lauri.

Nina McHenry

Nina McHenry moved to the Baltimore area in 2015 from South Jersey and credits her new found love of Baltimore to the wonderful Jewish community that welcomed her. Nina currently lives in the Towson area with her husband Pat, son Micah, and 2 dogs. By day, Nina is an HR Manager at a physics consulting company but loves spending time with her family, gardening, baking and doing anything outside during her free time. Nina had moved around a lot before moving to Baltimore and knows how hard it is to find friends and a community when moving to a new place. Because of that she is passionate about meeting anyone new to the area and helping them to feel apart of this wonderful Baltimore Jewish community! For programming in the Towson area, join their Facebook page or email Nina.

Melissa Parrish

Melissa Parrish lives in Hampstead with her husband Josh, sons Noah and Carson, and their dog Simba. She is a culinary school graduate with a degree in baking and pastry arts, but now works from home to be with her boys. Melissa spent much of her childhood as a member of Jewish youth groups and loves to teach others about what it means to be a part of a Jewish community. In her free time she enjoys baking, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family. For programming in Carroll County, join their Facebook page or  email Melissa.

Rita Piel

Rita Piel was born in Ukraine and moved to Baltimore when she was 4 years old. She attended Beth Tfiloh, Summit Park, Pikesville Middle and High School. She attended Duke University for her undergraduate degree and the University of Maryand for Law School. She is now a lawyer at Fedder & Garten Professional Association, working primarily in the areas of Corporate (business contacts), Technology (software licensing), and Intellectual Property Law (trademark and copyrights). She lives in the Parke at Mount Washington with her husband, Hunter, FOUR boys, and their dog, Sophie. She loves connecting and engaging with people, going on nature walks, playing and coaching sports (soccer, basketball, and tennis), traveling and exploring new places, deep conversations, and planning events for the Jewish community. For programming in Pikesville & Mount Washington, join their Facebook page or email Rita.

Julie Siegel

Julie Siegel lives in Lutherville with her husband Alex, and children Anna and Ethan.  She’s Baltimore-bred and attended the University of Maryland for both college and for law school.  She lived in Delaware for three years, but knew that she wanted to come back to the Baltimore area once she had children.  She has loved raising her kids close to their extended family and taking them to the fun activities that Baltimore has to offer.  Julie enjoys meeting new people and is looking forward to continuing to build relationships with Jewish families in the area.

For programming in Lutherville-Timonium, join their Facebook group or email Julie.

Lisa Shell Bloch

Lisa Shell-Bloch lives in Owings mills with her husband Evan, and two girls Sophie and Chloe. A transplant from the San Francisco Bay Area, Lisa’s favorite thing about her new home-away-from-home has been the welcoming and warm Jewish community. As a new connector, she is excited to deepen those relationships and to make new ones with other individuals and families who can relate to the chaos and fun which life with toddlers brings! Lisa is now a proud stay-at-home mom but in her previous life was engaged in both San Francisco politics and advocacy and education related to the clean energy economy. When not chasing her kids around and bribing them to eat broccoli, you can find her at yoga or in the kitchen, baking up a post-broccoli treat! For programming in the Owings Mills/Reisterstown area, join their Facebook group or email Lisa.

Russian Speaking Connectors

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.

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Contact our connectors directly.

Polina Mirskiy

Polina 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 Krupkin

Viki 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!