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What Do I Say to My Kids?

What Do I Say to My Kids?

Tips on having conversations on the aftermath of a tragedy

Carlos A. Bermeo. LCSW, NBCCH – Director of JFCS Clinical Services

On the morning following the tragic and senseless shooting that took place in Vegas many parents found themselves asking the same what’s and how’s to explain to their children what happened and  offer comfort and a sense of safety.

While many parents struggled to find what to say to their children, others opted to say nothing or avoided the conversation in hopes that this will shield their children.  In efforts to provide some help to the parents, here are some suggestions for broaching the issue with your children, being mindful of the ability of your child to take in and comprehend information…

  • With younger children (preschool and kindergarten): Let them take the lead in the conversation, make sure your child knows you are there to answer any questions. The issue does not need to be brought up unless a child hears about it first
  •  With older children (elementary school): Parents should be more direct.  Parents should preemptively help their child know about the tragedy and share basic details and leave the door open for them to ask questions.  Note that they may initially say that they are ok but that does not mean that you shouldn’t talk about it.
  • With teenagers: Parents should have a more detailed conversation with children. Start by asking questions like, “Have you heard about this?” and “What do you think about this?” to find out what they know and what may be bothering them.
  • Children want to know if they are safe.  Talk about creating a safety plan with your child and what to do in an emergency.
  • Adults should not to say everything is okay, that it happened somewhere else , and it will not happen here. This may seem like it is comforting to a child however it is not the truth.  This varies for where your child is developmentally.
  • Although these suggestions are for talking to your children, parents and adults cannot forget about their own care.  Take time to reflect and for time for self-care.  You cannot help your child cope if you yourself cannot.

If you need help talking with your children, or your child needs guidance, contact the JFCS Counseling Department at 856-424-1333.

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Seeing it Through Together” –LowVision Support Group

Workshop

October 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

JFCS Main Offices1301 Springdale Road, Ste. 150 
Cherry Hill , NJ 08003 United States + Google Map

Low Vision Support Group  “Seeing it Through Together” –  Workshop with The New Jersey Commission for the Blind October 16, 2017 at JFCS  1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ  Meets twice monthly from 1-2:30 PM for the next 12 months. Choose any workshop or group you want – $6 / visit RSVP By September 30 to Hilary Gould at 856-424-1333, EXT 1016 or email Hgould@jfedsnj.org Funding Provided by Jewish Community Foundation.

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Dementia Caregivers Support Group

October 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Arden Courts2700 Chapel Avenue West 
Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08002 + Google Map

Dementia caregivers support group at Arden Courts. Attendees will experience an open and compassionate group where you can discuss concerns, stressors, and topics only caregivers understand.  Respite care provided for your loved one while you attend. For more information or to register, contact Sharon Nadler, LSW at 856-424-1333, xt 1173, or email Snadler@jfedsnj.org

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Right In Our Backyard Addiction Awareness and Prevention Program

October 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Bell Oaks Middle School256 Anderson Ave 
Bellmawr, New Jersey 08031 + Google Map

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Bellmawr School District Bell Oaks Middle School Bellmawr, NJ 7pm Sponsored by Gregg B. Wolfe in Memory of Son Justin and Camden County Board of Freeholders

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Cafe’ Connection – a Memory Cafe’

October 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Katz JCC1301 Springdale Road 
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States + Google Map

Cafe’ Connection – a  Memory Cafe’ is a social gathering for anyone affected with memory challenges an their care partners.  Please join us on October 19th at 10 AM – Noon to enjoy coffee, conversation, a creative experience with a guest artist, and learn about community resources. A lunch and passes to the Movement and Motivation wellness class at Katz JCC will also be offered to attendees for later that day. To register, contact Reva Farenback-Brateman at 856-424-1333, Ext. 1184. Grant…

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Affordable Healthcare Enrollment Assistance

October 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

JFCS Rt 70 Offices Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 + Google Map

Navigator Exchange Program – Affordable Healthcare Enrollment Assistance  10 AM – 2 PM JFCS Route 70 Offices Email Mseligman@jfedsnj.org to register to attend, or call 856-424-1333.  This program is facilitated by the Center for Family Services.

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Right in Our Backyard Addiction Awareness and Prevention Program

October 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Audobon High School350 Edgewood Avenue 
Audubon, New Jersey 08106 + Google Map

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 Audubon High School 350 Edgewood Avenue Audubon, NJ 08106 7pm Sponsored by Gregg B. Wolfe in Memory of Son Justin and Camden County Board of Freeholders  Find out more »

 

 

NOVEMBER 2017

Low Vision Support Group “Seeing it Through Together”

November 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

JFCS Main Offices1301 Springdale Road, Ste. 150 
Cherry Hill , NJ 08003 United States + Google Map

Low Vision Support Group  “Seeing it Through Together” November 1, 2017 at JFCS  1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ  1-2:30 PM  FEE:  $6  RSVP By  October 31st to Hilary Gould at 856-424-1333, EXT 1016 or email Hgould@jfedsnj.org Funding Provided by Jewish Community Foundation

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Project Rainbow – For LGBTQ Teens and Allies

November 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Katz JCC1301 Springdale Road 
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States + Google Map

Project Rainbow  November 2, December 14 and January 18 Katz JCC – 7-9pm, Room 201 Free & Open to Teens in Grades 7th-12th A supportive and inviting environment for teens who identify as LGBTQ and allies! For information call Sara Sideman email Ssideman@jfedsnj.org   A collaboration with JCC. Funding provided by Gesher Philanthropy Initiative, JCC Camps, and Jewish Women’s Foundation

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Cafe’ Connection – a Memory Cafe’

November 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Katz JCC1301 Springdale Road 
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States + Google Map

Cafe’ Connection – a  Memory Cafe’ is a social gathering for anyone affected with memory challenges an their care partners.  Please join us on November 9th  at 10 AM – Noon to enjoy coffee, conversation, a creative experience with a guest artist, and learn about community resources. A lunch and passes to the Movement and Motivation wellness class at Katz JCC will also be offered to attendees for later that day. To register, contact Reva Farenback-Brateman at 856-424-1333, Ext. 1184. Grant…

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Low Vision Support Group “Seeing it Through Together” – Workshop

November 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

JFCS Main Offices1301 Springdale Road, Ste. 150 
Cherry Hill , NJ 08003 United States + Google Map

Low Vision Support Group  “Seeing it Through Together” –  Workshop with The Cherry Hill Police Department November 13, 2017 at JFCS  1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ  1-2:30 PM Cost: $6 RSVP By October 31st to Hilary Gould at 856-424-1333, EXT 1016 or email Hgould@jfedsnj.org Funding Provided by Jewish Community Foundation

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Thanksgiving Cooking Project – Volunteers Needed!

November 15 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Congregation Beth El8000 Main Street 
Voorhees, NJ 08043 United States + Google Map

Volunteers needed to prepare and package meals for seniors and those who are homebound for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Cooking volunteers must be 12 years or older to participate.   Two shifts are available: Cooking – 5-6:30 pm Assembling & Packing – 6:30-8:00 pm To register to volunteer, please fill out the form below.

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Thanksgiving Meal Delivery – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

November 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 pm

Congregation Beth El8000 Main Street 
Voorhees, NJ 08043 United States + Google Map

Volunteers needed to deliver meals for seniors and those who are homebound for the Thanksgiving Holiday.   Please fill out the form below to register to volunteer for this event.

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Dementia Caregivers Support Group

November 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Arden Courts2700 Chapel Avenue West 
Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08002 + Google Map

Dementia caregivers support group at Arden Courts. Attendees will experience an open and compassionate group where you can discuss concerns, stressors, and topics only caregivers understand.  Respite care provided for your loved one while you attend. For more information or to register, contact Sharon Nadler, LSW at 856-424-1333, xt 1173, or email Snadler@jfedsnj.org

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DECEMBER 2017

12th Annual JFCS Dubrow Vocational Celebration Breakfast

December 1 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Katz JCC1301 Springdale Road 
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States + Google Map

We invite you to attend the 12th Annual JFCS Dubrow Vocational Celebration Breakfast, celebrating empowerment, independence and seeing others in the full light of their potential.    Please join us to celebrate the inspiration that  embodies our JFCS Special Needs Supported Employment Program.   December 1, 2017, 8 AM Katz JCC Social Hall    For more information, please contact Barb Abrams at 856-424-1333 or email Babrams@jfedsnj.org. Thank you to Rande Dubrow, Jen and Jim Weiss, Rachel and Kevin Smith, and Stacey and Jon Gelman, for their continued support of this event and…

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JFCS Volunteer Gift Wrap

December 3 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Katz JCC1301 Springdale Road 
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States + Google Map

Help wrap gifts for the client families of JFCS and the children of Chai Lifeline, and volunteer for this special opportunity at: Katz Jewish Community Center (JCC) 1301 Springdale Road Cherry Hill, NJ Room 202 of the Katz JCC For More Information, contact Andi Loew at aloew@jfedsnj.org

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Low Vision Support Group “Seeing it Through Together”

December 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

JFCS Main Offices1301 Springdale Road, Ste. 150 
Cherry Hill , NJ 08003 United States + Google Map

Low Vision Support Group  “Seeing it Through Together” December 6, 2017 at JFCS  1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ  1-2:30 PM  FEE:  $6  RSVP By  November 30th  to Hilary Gould at 856-424-1333, EXT 1016 or email Hgould@jfedsnj.org Funding Provided by Jewish Community Foundation

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JFCS/ Chai Lifeline Hanukkah Party

December 10 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Katz JCC1301 Springdale Road 
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States + Google Map

Assist as a volunteer for JFCS and Chai Lifeline at a special holiday party for children who are battling illness.   Social hall of the Katz JCC 11 AM – 1:30 PM For more information, contact Andi Loew at aloew@jfedsnj.org

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Cafe’ Connection – A Memory Cafe’

December 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Katz JCC1301 Springdale Road 
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States + Google Map

Cafe’ Connection – a  Memory Cafe’ is a social gathering for anyone affected with memory challenges an their care partners.  Please join us on December 14, at 10 AM – Noon to enjoy coffee, conversation, a creative experience with a guest artist, and learn about community resources. A lunch and passes to the Movement and Motivation wellness class at Katz JCC will also be offered to attendees for later that day. To register, contact Reva Farenback-Brateman at 856-424-1333, Ext. 1184.…

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Cafe’ Connection – a Memory Cafe’

December 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Katz JCC1301 Springdale Road 
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States + Google Map

Cafe’ Connection – a  Memory Cafe’ is a social gathering for anyone affected with memory challenges an their care partners.  Please join us on December 14  at 10 AM – Noon to enjoy coffee, conversation, a creative experience with a guest artist, and learn about community resources. A lunch and passes to the Movement and Motivation wellness class at Katz JCC will also be offered to attendees for later that day. To register, contact Reva Farenback-Brateman at 856-424-1333, Ext. 1184. Grant…

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Project Rainbow – for LGBTQ Teens and Their Allies

December 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Katz JCC1301 Springdale Road 
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States + Google Map

Project Rainbow   December 14 and January 18 Katz JCC – 7-9pm, Room 201 Free & Open to Teens in Grades 7th-12th A supportive and inviting environment for teens who identify as LGBTQ and allies! For information call Sara Sideman email Ssideman@jfedsnj.org   A collaboration with JCC. Funding provided by Gesher Philanthropy Initiative/ JCC Camps, and Jewish Women’s Foundation

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Low Vision Support Group “Seeing it Through Together” – Worksop

December 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm      

JFCS Main Offices1301 Springdale Road, Ste. 150 
Cherry Hill , NJ 08003 United States + Google Map

Low Vision Support Group  “Seeing it Through Together” –  Workshop with the Cherry Hill Library December 18th,  2017 at JFCS  1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ  1-2:30 PM Cost: $6 RSVP By November 30th to Hilary Gould at 856-424-1333, EXT 1016 or email Hgould@jfedsnj.org Funding Provided by Jewish Community Foundation

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Dementia Caregivers Support Group

December 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Arden Courts2700 Chapel Avenue West 
Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08002 + Google Map

Dementia caregivers support group at Arden Courts. Attendees will experience an open and compassionate group where you can discuss concerns, stressors, and topics only caregivers understand.  Respite care provided for your loved one while you attend. For more information or to register, contact Sharon Nadler, LSW at 856-424-1333, xt 1173, or email Snadler@jfedsnj.org   Find out more »

 

 

 

 

 

JANUARY 2018

 

Cafe’ Connection – a Memory Cafe

January 11, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Katz JCC1301 Springdale Road 
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States + Google Map

Cafe’ Connection – a  Memory Cafe’ is a social gathering for anyone affected with memory challenges an their care partners.  Please join us on January 11 at 10 AM – Noon to enjoy coffee, conversation, a creative experience with a guest artist, and learn about community resources. A lunch and passes to the Movement and Motivation wellness class at Katz JCC will also be offered to attendees for later that day. To register, contact Reva Farenback-Brateman at 856-424-1333, Ext. 1184. Grant… Find out more »

 

Right In Our Backyard Addiction Awareness and Prevention Program

January 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Timber Creek High School501 Jarvis Rd 
Sicklerville, NJ 08081 + Google Map

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Gloucester Township Timber Creek Regional High School Sicklerville, NJ 7pm Sponsored by Gregg B. Wolfe in Memory of Son Justin and Camden County Board of Freeholders

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Project Rainbow – For LGBTQ Teens and Allies

January 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Katz JCC1301 Springdale Road 
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States + Google Map

Project Rainbow  January 18 Katz JCC – 7-9pm, Room 201 Free & Open to Teens in Grades 7th-12th A supportive and inviting environment for teens who identify as LGBTQ and allies! For information call Sara Sideman email Ssideman@jfedsnj.org   A collaboration with JCC. Funding provided by Gesher Philanthropy Initiative, JCC Camps, and Jewish Women’s Foundation

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Right In Our Backyard

January 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Right in Our Backyard Addiction Awareness and Prevention Program Wednesday, January 24 from 7-9 PM

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Loss of Child Support Group Begins Oct 4

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Car Wash to Support JFCS SAIL Special Needs Program August 20

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New Additions and Exciting Events for JFCS Special Needs Programs

Zumba, Zinburger, and more!  That’s what the participants of the JFCS SAIL (Supports to Achieve Independent Living) Special Needs Program are up to this summer, and it is thanks in part to the newest addition to the JFCS family, SAIL Coordinator Kimberly Liebovitz, MSS, LSW.

Kimberly joined the JFCS team in June, and she brought along her enthusiasm and passion to share with the many SAIL members, who enjoy social and recreational offerings through the program.

“When I saw there was an opportunity for me to work at JFCS with the special needs population to support young adults in their social and community functioning,  I was beyond thrilled.   I knew that JFCS was one of the few local programs that helped support families in transition to adulthood and becoming independent. I then saw the opening for SAIL, and I thought it would be such a a blessing for me to be able to continue my work of supporting families and students after their graduation,” says Kimberly.

We are excited to have Kimberly, who will be responsible for developing and planning the monthly activities for SAIL,” says Barbara Abrams, Director of the JFCS Special Needs Program. “Kimberly has hit the ground running, coming up with many new and innovative program ideas to keep the SAIL participants engaged and interested. SAIL currently has 45 active members who are always eager to try new things, so this is a great match!”

Kim worked as a school social worker, school counselor and as a child study team coordinator, which has provided her with experience to understand the needs of SAIL clients.

“It is not only my goal to help create fun activities for the SAIL participants, but to help participants build new friendships. One of the major benefits of having friends is that they improve our lives. They help us develop a sense of sharing, be it tangible things or just inspirational or motivational words of wisdom,” says Kimberly.

In addition to Kimberly, the JFCS Special Needs Program also welcomed Robin Cohen as the Soups and Sweets Special Needs Culinary Training Program Coordinator.  “I was drawn to the position because I was looking to incorporate my teaching skills with my passion for cooking and baking … and this is that job,” says Robin. “As a former special education teacher, Soups and Sweets allows me to see what happens to young adults with learning needs after their high school education is completed. It is rewarding to watch them obtain culinary skills and know that there is employment in their future.  The positive environment, the dedicated staff, and the volunteers inspire me to provide the best possible opportunities to our students.”

Robin was a member of the JFCS special needs job coaching team for the past year, prior to assuming her new role. “Robin came to JFCS after spending her 39-year career as a special education teacher, mostly for the Mt. Laurel School District. Upon her retirement, she knew that she wanted to stay working with individuals with special needs,” said Barbara.  “Robin brings a great deal of spirit, wisdom, and experience baking to her new position and we look forward to having her in our Soups and Sweets kitchen.”

JFCS is excited to see the strides the programs will make with Kimberly and Robin as part of the team.  Stay tuned!

**We invite you to learn more about information about SAIL Program, by visiting here!

For the brand new, delicious High Holiday catering menu brought to you by the Soups and Sweets Special Needs Culinary Training Program, visit here, and place your order!

 

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation In Summer…

Food insecurity is a family’s inability to deliver enough food to live a nourishing lifestyle. 1 in 8 people in the United States battle with hunger and the ability to provide nutritious foods at the dinner table.  Thousands in Southern New Jersey rely on the JFCS Betsy and Peter Fischer Food Pantries each year to do just that.

Six out of seven low-income children who eat a free or reduced-price school lunch during the academic year do not get that free meal during the summer. The absence of a meal in the middle of the day can be more detrimental to a growing child than one might believe. Children who lack proper eating habits often have low blood sugar, have trouble focusing, and do not have nutrients that children require to retain good health. With help from the good Samaritans of Southern New Jersey, JFCS can help make sure that no child has to go hungry this summer.

Summer food insecurity facts are quite staggering. Here are just some that resonate*:

  • New Jersey ranks 12th in the nation in the percentage of eligible children who received a free lunch last summer, according to a report released Tuesday.
  • 57,000 children in Southern New Jersey are food-insecure.
  • Families no longer visit “emergency food” sources for temporary relief; they rely on food pantries as a supplemental food source
  • 53% of households report having to choose between food and paying for medicine in the past 12 months; 29% face this choice every month
  • 68% of households report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities in the past 12 months; 24% face this choice every month.
  • One out of every 3 people who are hungry in New Jersey is a child.
  • About 1 of every 5 children in New Jersey is hungry.

Food insecurity can happen so quickly, due to unexpected events or accidents. Many families find it is an ongoing battle to choose between paying bills and buying healthy food.  Most of the time the family has to choose to pay bills.  In addition to regular pantry items, JFCS is asking farmers and gardeners to share their surplus with our clients during these summer months, via the JFCS Gardens For Good produce donation program. The importance of fruits and vegetables is essential, as they contain vital vitamins, minerals and contain fiber.

JFCS wants your help to make a difference for these families by donating items to our pantry.

Pantry Items Most Needed 

Cereal

Oatmeal

Rice

Juice

Snacks (pretzels, granola bars, crackers)

Tomato Sauce

For more information on our needs for our food pantry, please contact Andi Loew aloew@jfedsnj.org.

*Map the Meal Feeding America Study, 2014

 

 

JFCS SAIL Special Needs Program Car Wash Fundraiser – August 20!

JFCS SAIL Car Wash

Sunday, August 20th @ 10:00am – 12:00pm

The car wash will take place on August 20th, 2017 from 10:00am – 12:00pm! It will be held in the parking lot of JCFS 1721 Springdale Road Cherry Hill, NJ 08003. All donations will support JCFS Special Education SAIL program!

Spaghetti Under the Stars Fundraiser by Catelli Duo for JFCS

 Former Soviet Union Holocaust Survivors Receive Support and Socialization Programs

Serving Holocaust Survivors is not only our honor at JFCS, it is a passion and commitment that we have held steadfastly to for decades.  It is our mission to make sure that no one affected by the atrocities of the Nazi regime is left without proper services and care to which they are entitled.

A segment of the Survivor population, from the Former Soviet Union (FSU), are helped by JFCS through various services and social programs, and are invited each month to Café Europa, which is a luncheon open to Holocaust Survivors.  Recently, a grant was given to JFCS through the Jewish Community Foundation to specifically support the FSU Survivors further, and bring them a special event that honors their traditions.

In response to significant outreach efforts, JFCS has had an increase in the numbers of FSU Survivors in the past few years.  JFCS senior services staff, always striving to educate themselves more deeply in the unique traditions of clients, reached out to other JFCS organizations nationwide who service this population, to learn even more about cultural norms of those from the FSU.  They also attended webinars and researched local venues that celebrate Russian culture.  It is of the utmost importance for the staff to seek guidance on continuing to build the trust of the FSU population, and understand the significant dates of history related to the FSU Survivors, as they are different than those of the Eastern European Survivors.

“We have served this population starting with their resettlement, but this grant has helped us to gain even more education to better understand Russian culture, which helps to deepen the bonds developed between clients and staff,” says Wendy Cohen-Klier, MSW, LSW, CDP, a Geriatric Social Worker at JFCS says. “Additionally, culturally-specific invitations were specially sent out to FSU Survivors, inviting them to a luncheon at the Palace Royal restaurant. At this event, they will have lunch and be entertained in Russian style, to celebrate the heritage of their homeland.”

“JFCS’ support for the FSU Survivor population has allowed many of the Survivors to continue to live in their homes with help, instead of moving into a nursing facility. It is the goal of JFCS to service them with dignity and cultural appropriateness,” says Wendy.

JFCS currently assists over two dozen FSU clients by providing homecare services, case management, counseling, transportation, food programs, adult day care, and home response systems, funded by the The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

For those receiving support from JFCS, the impact goes further than tangible services.  For many, it provides socialization, more independence, and comfort in their golden years.

JFCS encourages the community to help identify those who may benefit from the funds allocated for Holocaust Survivors.  JFCS is committed to assisting all Holocaust Survivors, as much as possible.  Please call our offices at 856-424-1333 to find out more about our support services.

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