New to the area and trying to figure out the lay of the land? Still looking for the right “fit” for your family in the Baltimore Jewish community? Or perhaps you are new to this whole parenting thing and itching to get out of the house and speak in full sentences.
The Macks Center for Jewish Education’s Parent Connectors can help you with all that and more. Whether by phone, email, or in-person over coffee, they are ready, willing, and exciting to help connect you to all sorts of new people, places, and things to do in the Baltimore area. In addition, they plan fun events designed to get you out of your house and connected with other parents and families, such as pumpkin picking, family havdalah programs, scotch tastings, yoga, and more. Get connected today!
Talia Abbott Chalew lives in Little Italy, in downtown Baltimore, with her husband and two sons. Talia works as an adjunct professor at Stevenson University and Kaplan University. She grew up in the Baltimore suburbs, and loves living and exploring downtown. She’s excited to meet other Jewish families, and help them navigate life downtown with kids, and all that goes along with that! Connect with Talia
Jessica Fink lives in Pikesville with her husband, Steve, and their two children. After receiving her Masters in Elementary Education from the University of Pennsylvania, she taught pre-kindergarten in Philadelphia, before moving to New York City to complete a Masters in Library Science at The Pratt Institute. She also taught pre-kindergarten at the Abraham Joshua Heschel School while in Manhattan. Upon finding out she was pregnant with her daughter, her husband convinced her to move to Pikesville, where he grew up. In between having children she taught third grade at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community Day School. She is currently spending a few years at home with her children and enjoys taking them to music and movement classes. In her free time she enjoys running and watching Ravens football or Orioles baseball with her husband. Connect with Jessica
Carly Greenberg lives in Mt. Washington with her husband Jeff and two daughters, Blake and Madelyn. A native with very deep roots in Baltimore, Carly has a passion for connecting people to all of the great things our community has to offer. With a career in the hospitality industry and background in event management Carly makes sure that no one ever leaves a party hungry or without a goody bag, and that each and every guest has a fun and memorable experience. Connect with Carly
Michael Kinstlinger has been involved in digital marketing since the phrase ‘Google’ was simply gobbledy-gook. He’s honored by the opportunity to use his skills to help grow and improve Jewish Baltimore. When he’s not working, he enjoys cooking, bar trivia, and convincing his 2 daughters that unicorns are real. Connect with Michael or find him on Facebook.
Olia Meleshko lives in Pikesville with her husband Gary and their daughter Zoey. Born in Belarus, she grew up in Israel. Olia received her Bachelor of Science in biotechnology from Bar Ilan University. After receiving her MBA from Heriot-Watt University, she worked several years in the pharmaceutical industry as a product specialist. Olia moved to Baltimore area two years ago after meeting her husband in Israel. She is currently spending a few years at home with her daughter and enjoys taking her to different activities. Olia enjoys decorating houses, swimming and discovering new culinary places. Connect with Olia.
Kobi Palombo lives with his wife, Dafna and their newborn twins, Romy & Jonathan in Hampden. Kobi and Dafna are both ‘Tzabar’- born and raised in Israel. Both Kobi’s degrees, in Business and Education were earned in Israel, as well. At the moment, between changing diapers and finding a way out from piles of bottles, wipes, swings and other unrecognized baby stuff, Kobi juggles with teaching for the Moed afterschool program in DC, developing an Israeli Community Gardens Organization and connecting families through the fantastic Ahava Baby Connectors Project. Kobi loves living his life in diverse-liberal locations and is still stunned by the opportunities Baltimore has to offer in that sense. He always seeks for new encounters, experiences, initiatives and adventures. Beer or Turkish coffee, Shabbat dinner or a friendly weekly visit – all seem like a proper laid-back excuses to initiate a conversation. Kobi would love to share his garden tomatoes & basil with you!
Connect with Kobi!
Nannette Herlands lives in Pikesville, MD with her husband, Wes, and their two children, Charlotte and James. Though born and raised in New York City, Nannette has embraced suburbia and now entertains the idea of a minivan! She has fallen in love with Baltimore and can’t wait to share her favorite spots and activities with other young parents in the area! With degrees in both Psychology and Nursing, she sees all experiences and interactions through a holistic lens. Nannette believes that coffee should be its own food group and is always looking for excellent sushi. Connect with Nannette!