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.

Lisa Bloch

Lisa 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.

Lauren Deutschman

Bio coming soon! 

Lauren Falkowitz

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Melissa Flayshman

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.

Miriam Glazer

Bio coming soon! 

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.

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.

Heidi Topaz

Bio coming soon!

Jodie Zisow

Jodie Zisow is originally from Pikesville and moved into Baltimore city in 1998 after graduating from Goucher College.  She currently works as an 8th-grade Spanish teacher at a Baltimore City Public School.  She has volunteered and done community organizing with many social justice groups including Jews United for Justice over the years and is an avid bicyclist and roller skater.  Jodie is dedicated to building a community of parents who want to support each other in anti-racism work in our communities.  Her family belongs to Hinenu: The Baltimore Justice Shtiebl congregation.  She lives in Hamilton Hills in northeast Baltimore City with her partner, their amazing 3-year-old, and now a small flock of chickens in their newly quarantine-times constructed chicken coop outback.For events in the Downtown Baltimore area, join their Facebook page or email Jodie.

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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Apply to become a Russian Speaking Community Connector!

Contact our connectors directly.

Irine Loybman

Irine Loybman: “I grew up in Latvia, Riga. I moved to the Sates 10 years ago and I met my husband. Now I am a happy wife and mother of two, a boy and a girl (1 and 2 years old). I enjoy traveling, listening to the different music, sports and tasty, good food.

I love Jewish heritage as practicing some parts of Jewish tradition makes me really happy and I am enjoying teaching my children Jewish values”.

Nelly Zhuravel

Nelly Zhuravel was born in Tashkent Uzbekistan and immigrated to Israel when she was six years old with her family. She grew up in the sunny city of Ashkelon and when she was a teenager her family decided to come to the US and immigrated to Baltimore. Currently, after living in Baltimore for 19 years, Nelly is a mother of two toddlers. She works full time in HR as a Senior Recruiter. Nelly is very passionate about the Jewish-Israeli culture and community engagement. She speaks Russian, Hebrew, and English and is excited to be the new connector for the Jewish Matryoshka Project.