Parent Connectors

Carrie W.

Northern Westchester
Bedford
Carrie W.
Northern Westchester
Bedford
Carrie lives in Bedford with her husband and three children (3, 5 & 8). She is an active volunteer at her temple and children's schools. Carrie loves spending time outdoors, getting together with friends, being creative, exercising, and cooking. Having grown up in Westchester, and having always been involved in the Jewish community, she is excited to now be a part of the team that helps bring PJ Library to Bedford and surrounding towns!

Michelle D.

Northern Westchester
Chappaqua
Michelle D.
Northern Westchester
Chappaqua
Michelle moved to Chappaqua 5 years ago and is the proud mom of her daughter, Ayla (age 7) and son, Charlie (age 4). She is an active volunteer for the United Jewish Agency (UJA) of Northern Westchester, Chappaqua School Foundation (CSF), and on various committees at her son’s preschool and daughter's elementary school. Michelle enjoys working out and playing tennis.

Jamie L.

Rivertowns
Ardsley
Jamie L.
Rivertowns
Ardsley
Jamie has lived in Ardsley with her family for six years, and is excited to share her favorite spots and activities in the Rivertowns as Parent Connector there. She enjoys spending her time volunteering at her four year old son's preschool and organizing playgroups and classes for her one year old pandemic baby. She squeezes yoga and meditation into her days whenever possible, and loves unwinding with a good book. She is looking forward to connecting!

Melanie G.

Suffolk County
Huntington
Melanie G.
Suffolk County
Huntington
Melanie (Mel) lives with her husband, two-year-old son Ben, and maltipoo Sophie in Greenlawn. They enjoy spending time with family and friends and often visit Heckscher Park. Mel is excited to be in her second year as a PJ Library Parent Connector for the Huntington area to help plan programs for families including storybook read alouds, holiday celebrations, and more!

Elena O.

Eastern Queens
Rego Park, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Briarwood, Glendale, Russian Speaking
Elena O.
Eastern Queens
Rego Park, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Briarwood, Glendale, Russian Speaking
My name is Elena and I am a PJ Library Parent Connector for Russian-speaking Jewish families in Eastern Queens. My husband and I just celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary and we have two beautiful girls. We love movies and fun family activities. I am originally from Russia and have been following my husband from state to state for his job until we came to New York four years ago. I love my neighborhood and the people I met here. I try to be involved in my kids' school and you can often see me at Forest Park talking to other parents.
Connecting with other Russian-speaking Jewish Families created many meaningful relationships. Celebrating holidays together, enriching our lives in many ways, helping each other out--these are just a few reasons why it is so important for me to be a PJ Library parent connector. I am looking forward to meeting you and your families here in Eastern Queens.

Lena K.

Williamsburg
Russian Speaking
Lena K.
Williamsburg
Russian Speaking
My name is Lena, my husband's name is Max, and our daughter Gina is turning 6 on New Year's Eve! I'm originally from Ukraine, but as a family, we've always lived in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (and in the Poconos of Pennsylvania for the past two summers). We live on the waterfront, where we like to have picnics and playdates, and enjoy the majestic views of the Manhattan skyline. So far, we've been focusing on local events where kids are entertained -- we've had Russian-language puppet shows and singalongs -- but we're also beginning to explore "Mamas' Nights Out" and "Papas' Nights Out" events as a way for more parents to get to know each other and do fun workshops around mindfulness, culture, and volunteering. Feel free to reach out if you want to suggest or join an event, or just to say hi!

Natasha L.

South Shore of Long Island
Russian Speaking
Natasha L.
South Shore of Long Island
Russian Speaking
My name is Natasha and I am the PJ Library parent connector for Russian-speaking parents on the South Shore of Long Island. I love meeting new people and look forward to organizing more get togethers to celebrate our culture and the Jewish holidays! Some previous events include pumpkin painting and moms' yoga night. In addition to being a connector, I am a pharmacist. I have two active boys, 2 and 5 years old, who keep my husband and me very busy. We live in Merrick and enjoy outdoor activities. We’re always looking to meet families in local parks.