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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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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

 

 

 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.

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

JFCS and JCC Special Needs Art Gallery Reception – Feb 8 at 6:30 PM

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

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Stepping Out Grand Prize Raffles

Four Amazing Prizes

Could be Yours!

Tickets just $36 each; proceeds

support JFCS of Southern New Jersey.

 Get yours by calling 856-424-1333 now!

 

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Package #1 – The Suite Life in Mexico

First-Class luxury resort vacation in Mexico – 7-night stay in Grande Master Suite in one of four Mayan Palace locations. Courtesy of Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe – Court Reporting & Litigation Support. Valued at $7,700

 

jewlery-img_3521 Package #2 –  Bling, Brilliance, & Beauty 

Brilliant 18K white gold and diamond necklace with diamond drop, .85 carat total weight courtesy of Billig Jewelers, valued at $2,200;  $1,000 gift card to Bernard’s Salon & Spa

 

The Ninth Hole of the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. as seen on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (Copyright USGA/John Mummert)

Package #3 – FORE a Great Cause!

Golf and lunch at the Merion Golf Club for 3 people, courtesy of Navigate

 

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    Package #4 – Put Yourself in a Great “Situation”

4 backstage passes to sit in the control room for the live production of CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer”; 2 night stay at Westin Georgetown Hotel;  $200 gift card to a restaurant of your choice

 

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$36 ticket is not tax deductable. No substitution of the prize will be made and no cash will be given in lieu of the prize.
Presence not required to win.

Patient Partners Program Accepting Volunteers & Clients!

CLICK ON BROCHURE BELOW TO PRINT OR ENLARGE.

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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