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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!



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

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

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Free Financial Consultations May 15

Stepping Out Grand Prize Raffles – Don’t Miss Your Chance to Win!


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“The Hunting Ground” Movie Screening Oct 20th: Time To Shine a Light On the Prevalence of Campus Sexual Assaults

It’s difficult to think or speak about. It sends chills down our spines when the thought of it crosses our minds, but the fact is that college sexual assault—and protection from it—is something that we need to address. To help raise awareness and shine a light on a “Yes Means Yes” legislation bill, the JFCS Project SARAH Domestic Abuse Program will host a screening of the movie “The Hunting Ground” on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Carmike Theaters in Voorhees.sexaul assault

“The Hunting Ground” documentary film is a startling—but necessary—expose of sexual violence on US college campuses, the institutional cover-ups, and the student survivors leading a movement for change. The screening of the film is scheduled as the “Yes Means Yes” bill, sponsored by Sen. James Beach, moves through the New Jersey Senate. The “Yes Means Yes” legislation seeks to replace the often-cited “No Means No” slogan which has been used in campaigns for sexual assault prevention, and that advocates say placed the burden on victims to prove they resisted. The bill will require higher education institutions to adopt an affirmative consent standard and numerous other policies regarding sexual assault in order to receive state funds for student assistance programs.

“This approach shifts the way sexual assault cases are investigated, and will change the way that rape is discussed and treated on college campuses,” said Beach (D-Camden). “It will create a more supportive environment and get rid of the notion that victims must have verbally protested or physically resisted in order to have suffered a sexual assault. This is about better protecting young people and changing the culture at our colleges and universities.”

Under the bill, in order to receive state funds for student assistance programs, the governing board of each institution of higher education must adopt a policy concerning sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking involving a student, both on and off campus. The institutions must also implement comprehensive prevention and outreach programs regarding the same issues.

“Rape culture is a real and palpable issue within every college— no one is immune. Not only do we have the responsibility to keep our daughters safe; we need to educate our sons to be leaders in the ‘no means no’ movement,” said Hilary Platt, coordinator for the JFCS Project SARAH Domestic Abuse Program. “Whether our children are in high school or college, parents can start the conversation; this documentary will give us the skills to do so.”

In a joint statement, The Hunting Ground screening event Co-chairs Heather Leibowitz and Hope Morgan said, “With October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are striving to bring critical awareness to our community. Last year’s event featuring Tanya Brown showed how adult women faced domestic violence issues. This important film shows another aspect of the disturbing trend on college campuses that our young people must face, and it is one that both male and female students need to understand.”

The must-see screening of “The Hunting Ground” (; PG-13) on Oct. 20 is open to the public for a donation of $15 for adults and $10 for students, and includes soda and popcorn. Tickets to be purchased in advance, here:  All proceeds support the JFCS Project SARAH Domestic Abuse Program. A special address by Sen. Beach will take place at the beginning of the screening, and attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A segment after the film.

Lara Barrett

Director of Communications & Marketing, JFCS – Cherry Hill

856-424-1333, xt 1165

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