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Free BRCA Gene Webinar – December 20

Sharsheret will present a free national webinar, “BRCA Genetics In The News: What Do I Do Next?” on Wednesday, December 20th, at 8 p.m. EST.

The webinar features Sharsheret’s own Genetics Program Coordinator, Peggy Cottrell, MS, CGC, who will explore the latest critical genetics research, decode BRCA and other genetic  mutations, and help us understand what steps we need to take next. A Sharsheret peer supporter will share her personal story and a live question and answer session will follow the presentation.

To register for the webinar or to share the webinar with others in your network, click here.

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Sexual Predators Have Many Faces

… The use of power and force, whether it be by a high-powered Hollywood executive or a college student, shows no boundaries…

 By Lori Garber

What do Ashley Judd and Terry Crews have in common?  A 5’ 6” actress and  a 6′ 3″ actor and former NFL football player weighing 240 lbs?   Both have been sexually assaulted by Hollywood executives.  Both are victims.   They recently came out and  publicly told their stories of abuse and humiliation.  Sexual predators have many faces and do not discriminate;  the use of power and force, whether it be by a high-powered Hollywood executive or a college student, shows no boundaries.  In the wake of Harvey Weinstein, courage, it seems, is what is needed to stop it from happening.

 

During an interview with Helen Benedict, professor of journalism at Columbia University, she spoke with NPR host Michael Martin.  Benedict said of sexual predators, “The impulse is pretty much the same – to abuse power. You make yourself feel powerful by degrading others. It’s the same impulse that torture is used. You know, most torturers use sexual humiliation as part of their tools to torture.”

 

Crews felt powerless.  He tweeted, “Who’s going 2 believe you? (few) What r the repercussions? (many)  Do u want 2 work again? (Yes) R you prepared 2b ostracized? (No)”.  James Van Der Beek, another actor, recently revealed that he  was also a victim of sexual assault, and said in a tweet,  “I understand the unwarranted shame, powerlessness & inability to blow the whistle.  There’s a power dynamic that feels impossible to overcome.” Many victims of sexual assault are afraid to speak up because of fear of negative consequences. 

 

As the voices of the Hollywood elite, both males and females, are taking the forefront against sexual harassment, assault, and rape, it is now more than ever, imperative for those in college, where sexual assault and rape are rampant, to speak up and have the courage to do something even when there is concern about the consequences because if they fail to do so, the the abuse will never end.

 

ATTEND THE #WETOO EVENT ABOUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT on NOVEMBER 28 at 7 PM. 

COMMUNITY LEADERS. REAL CONVERSATION. IMPORTANT DISCUSSIONS. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 

Register by Nov 22 here: www.jfcssnj.org/wetoo

 

 

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 »

 

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 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.

 

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.

 

Little Hands Make a Difference- Intergenerational Volunteer Experience

Patient Partners Program Accepting Volunteers & Clients!

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TO BECOME A RECIPIENT OF PATIENT PARTNERS SERVICES, OR TO BECOME A PATIENT PARTNERS VOLUNTEER, CALL SUZI ABRAMS, RN at 856-424-1333, EXT. 1085. Or email sabrams@jfedsnj.org

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