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LA jBabies

Are you expecting or do you have a new baby? Looking to connect with other families in Los Angeles raising Jewish children? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you need to meet with one of our LA jBabies Connectors so they can welcome your growing family into our community, help you build friendships, and engage in Los Angeles Jewish life.

Here’s how the program works. Families with babies born within the same 4-month period are grouped together. These playgroups meet monthly for 8 months to socialize, talk about building a Jewish home, and learn tips from baby development experts.

We’ve handpicked great swag for your baby and can’t wait to give it to you as a welcome gift (one per family)! All you have to do is meet with one of our LA jBabies Connectors and it’s yours.

LA jBabies Playgroups are open to gestational, non-gestational, foster, and adoptive caregivers with infants who feel connected to Judaism in some way, shape, or form. We welcome ALL parents, regardless of age, race, gender identity and expression, sexuality, ability, or family composition.

LA jBabies is made possible with the generous support of PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, in partnership with the Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation, and Jacki and Jeff Karsh.

If you have a child between the ages of 1-3 who subscribes to PJ Library and you are interested in meeting other families in your neighborhood, check out our PJ Library Community Connector program. Click here to find out more about this FREE program.



LA jBabies Community Connectors

Shuli Kupchan

Hi! My name is Shuli, and I am your LA jBabies Community Connector in the City. I am so excited to meet you and serve as a resource during this phase of life!  I was born and raised right here in West LA.  I have 3 little girls, Eloise, Lucy and Frankie.  Although I am a few years out from the newborn stage, I know what it’s like and what you’re going through!  My hope is that I can facilitate in connecting you with other families experiencing this new stage of life and help in any way I can.  My background is in Jewish education, serving as an ECC and lower grade school teacher for many years. I am excited to share my experience and learn along with you! I am so looking forward to connecting with you soon. Please feel free to email me at SKupchan@JewishLA.org.

Michelle Dryjanski

Hi! My name is Michelle, and I’m an LA jBabies Community Connector for Valley families. I am so excited to navigate this new parenting journey with you. I was born and raised in Los Angeles. After almost 10 years of working in the travel industry, I became a homemaker and had my first child, Lyla, in October 2021 – so I know exactly what you are experiencing. I find going through this special time with those in the same boat and creating your own village truly make a difference. I enjoy building relationships, planning events, and working with children. I love to spend time with my husband and daughter, cook, read, go to the beach, travel somewhere new and experience new cultures. I’m excited to meet you all! Please feel free to email me at MDryjanski@JewishLA.org.