Category Archives: Camden County

Speaking Out Against Abusers is Paramount

 

By Lori Garber

Courage to speak out against an abuser is paramount in combating sexual assault.  The question is whether the recent reversal of Obama-era college sexual misconduct rules will discourage reporting by victims at colleges and universities.  Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos,  set an interim guidance for  a higher standard of evidence for victims of  sexual misconduct against their abusers.  Her reasoning was to protect the accused from being punished without legal due process.

Under the Obama administration, the Department of Education urged universities and colleges to commit to the prevention of sexual assault and adequately and quickly respond to assertions of the victims of sexual misconduct under Title IX, a federal law prohibiting discrimination in education.  

The standard was a “preponderance of evidence”, where, if more than 50% of the evidence points to misconduct, the abuser would be punished.  DeVos proposes the standard to be  for the stricter, “clear and convincing” evidence, which requires proof that  it is highly probable that the claim is true. 

Critics argue the higher standard puts an undue and often virtually impossible burden on the victims.  Others argue for the rights of the accused.  No one wants a college student to be expelled, jailed or otherwise ostracized based on false claims, but it is imperative that  victims of sexual violence not be afraid to confront their accusers through the legal system and they may if they fear they cannot adequately prove the assault occurred.  At this time, even with  DeVos’ announcement, colleges and universities can still choose whether to use the stricter “clear and convincing” evidence standard or the lesser proof of “preponderance of the evidence”.

Universities have responded.  Syracuse University, University of Michigan and University of Tennessee are among the many institutions of higher learning who will …”continue to resist policies that limit victim protections and will continue with their current policies  addressing sexual misconduct,” indicated a SU official.  Students of sexual violence need the courage to speak out and are more likely do so if they know the administration supports and encourages them to identify and confront their abusers.  

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JFCS 2017-2018 CALENDAR! (UPDATED WEEKLY)

DECEMBER 2017

Low Vision Support Group “Seeing it Through Together” – Workshop December 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, JFCS Main Offices, 1301 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  Find out more »

Dementia Caregivers Support Group December 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Arden Courts, 2700 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 JCC, 1301 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 and 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.  Find out more »

Right In Our Backyard Addiction Awareness and Prevention Program January 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm,  Timber Creek High School, 501 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.  Find out more »

Project Rainbow – For LGBTQ Teens and Allies January 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Katz JCC, 1301 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 contact Beth Wynne at email bwynne@jfedsnj.org   A collaboration with Katz JCC. Funding provided by Jewish Community Foundation, Jewish Women’s Foundation,  Gesher Philanthropy Initiative/JCC Camps at Medford.   Find out more »

 APRIL 2018

Stepping Out with JFCS Annual Fundraiser 2018April 21, 2018 @ 8:45 pm – 11:30 pm,  Congregation Beth El, 8000 Main Street  Voorhees, NJ 08043 United States + Google Map  – Back by popular demand, the evening features the excitement of the B Street Band!  For information on sponsorships or donating auction items, please call Beth Wynne at 856-424-1333 or email bwynne@jfedsnj.org.  Find out more »

 

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.

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!

 

JFCS and JCC Present Project Rainbow End of Year LGBTQ Event – May 4

Justin Wolfe Memorial Birthday Event To Support Addiction Prevention – June 13

Please see full flyer below, and purchase your tickets for this event by going to www.justinforjustice.org.

 

Volunteer to Flag Veterans’ Graves on May 21st

See flyer below, or simply go to www.jfcssnj.org/flagging to register you and your family for this event.

JFCS News & Calendar

JFCS Calendar & News

August-December 2017

AUGUST 2017

Dementia Caregivers Support Group

August 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Arden Courts, 2700 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 »

 

  SEPTEMBER 2017

Volunteers: High Holiday Cooking Project

September 13 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Congregation Beth El, 8000 Main Street
Voorhees, NJ 08043 United States + Google Map

Volunteers needed for Rosh Hashanah cooking at Congregation Beth El for meals for seniors and those who are homebound. 5:00PM – 7:00PM  Congregation Beth El 8000 Main Street Voorhees, NJ TO REGISTER VISIT HERE:https://jfcssnj.org/high-holiday-community-cooking-registration-form  Find out more »

 

Cafe’ Connection – A Memory Cafe’

September 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Cafe’ Connection – a  Memory Cafe’ is a social gathering for anyone affected with memory challenges an their care partners.  Please join us on September 14th 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.…  Find out more »

 

Volunteers: Holiday Meal Delivery

September 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Temple Beth Sholom, 1901 Kresson Rd,
Cherry Hill , NJ 08003 United States + Google Map

Volunteers needed to deliver meals to seniors and those who are homebound. 9:30AM – 11:30AM Temple Beth Sholom 1901 Kresson Road Cherry Hill, NJ TO REGISTER, VISIT HERE:  https://jfcssnj.org/high-holiday-meal-delivery-registration-form  Find out more »

 

Dementia Caregivers Support Group

September 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Arden Courts, 2700 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 »

 

 OCTOBER 2017

Volunteers Needed: Community Food Sort for JFCS Pantries

October 1 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

JFED Commons, 1721 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States + Google Map

Volunteers are needed for the JFCS High Holiday Food Sort Sponsored by WCRE on October 1st. 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM  The Commons 1721 Springdale Road Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 REGISTER: To register, visit here: https://jfcssnj.org/high-holiday-community-food-sort-registration-form  Find out more »

 

Dementia Caregivers Support Group

October 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Arden Courts, 2700 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 »

 

NOVEMBER 2017

Thanksgiving Cooking Project – Volunteers Needed!

November 15 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Congregation Beth El, 8000 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.  Please contact Andi Loew at aloew@jfedsnj.org to register to volunteer!  Find out more »

 

Thanksgiving Meal Delivery – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

November 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 pm

Congregation Beth El, 8000 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 contact Andi Loew at aloew@jfedsnj.org to volunteer. Find out more »

 

Dementia Caregivers Support Group

November 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Arden Courts, 2700 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 »

 

 DECEMBER 2017

12th Annual JFCS Dubrow Vocational Celebration Breakfast

December 1 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Katz JCC, 1301 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…  Find out more »

   

JFCS Volunteer Gift Wrap

December 3 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Katz JCC, 1301 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 Meredith Cohen at Mcohen@jfedsnj.org    Find out more »

 

JFCS/ Chai Lifeline Hanukkah Party

December 10 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Katz JCC, 1301 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 Meredith Cohen at Mcohen@jfedsnj.org.  Find out more »

 

Cafe’ Connection – A Memory Cafe’

December 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Katz JCC, 1301 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.   Find out more »

 

Dementia Caregivers Support Group

December 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Arden Courts, 2700 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

 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. Find out more »

 

APRIL 2018

Stepping Out with JFCS Annual Fundraiser 2018

April 21, 2018 @ 8:45 pm – 11:30 pm

Congregation Beth El, 8000 Main Street
Voorhees, NJ 08043 United States + Google Map

Saturday, April 21st at Congregation Beth El at 8:45 PM. For more information, or to become an agency sponsor, please contact Beth Wynne.  Find out more »

 

JUNE 2018

Justin Wolfe Memorial Birthday Benefit

June 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Mansion, 3000 Main St
Voorhees Township, Nj 08043 + Google Map

Justin Wolfe Memorial Birthday Benefit to Support the JFCS Right In Our Backyard Addiction Awareness Program Monday, June 11th, 2018 at 6:00-9:00 PM. The Mansion, Voorhees, NJ   Find out more »

 SEPTEMBER 2018

JFCS ANNUAL MEETING

September 13, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States + Google Map

Celebrate our JFCS board, staff and volunteers! Katz Jewish Community Center Kresson & Springdale Roads Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08003 No charge to attend, but registration is required. Spouses and friends are welcome. For more information, please contact Beth Wynne at 856-424-1333, xt. 1179   Find out more »

 

Patient Partners Program is Accepting Volunteers and Clients!

This amazing program offers patient advocates to assist during doctor or medical appointments, helping to ease worry and assist in understanding of treatments, procedures and medical terminology.   Click here for more information! Or email Patient Partners Program Coordinator Suzi Abrams, RN at sabrams@jfedsnj.org  Program funding provided by Raymond & Gertrude R. Saltzman Foundation, Community Foundation of South Jersey Aging Innovation Fund,  Area VII Physicians Review Organization, Inc./HQSI, and Prime Homecare. 

 LIFE & LEGACY

JFCS is an organization selected to participate in the LIFE & LEGACY™ program. This program enables members of the JFCS community to remember JFCS in their estate plans, and is brought to our community though a partnership of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and The Jewish Community Foundation.    So far, 29 JFCS supporters have signed a letter of intent.  By making this commitment, they will help the agency to build endowment funds that will provide essential annual funding for generations into the future.  To see a list of all of our planned givers,  please visit HERE.  For more information on how you can become a LIFE & LEGACY donor, call Beth Wynne at 856-424-1333, xt. 1179 or email bwynne@jfedsnj.org.

Thank You to Our Sponsors…

As always, JFCS is thankful to all those who help support the agency mission to bring help and hope to our community. Visit our agency sponsors by clicking  HERE.

 

Affordable Healthcare Enrollment Assistance April 25th

Can You Be a “Helper in a Hurry” for JFCS? Join Our Team!

helpers-in-a-hurry

Every so often, we need pinch-hitters to fill in as volunteers to help us serve our clients.  We are starting a roster of folks who wouldn’t mind getting a call occasionally from us,  to see if they are available to help us in a pinch!

They are our Helpers in a Hurry!  

These are perfect volunteer opportunities for those with a flexible schedule and a willingness to help others!  See full flyer , and email Andi Loew at Aloew@jfedsnj.org to be on our team of Helpers in a Hurry!

 

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