News & Event
Let us welcome your family to the Jewish Community with a home visit, gift package, and resource guides to programs and events in your area. If you or your partner is Jewish and you have had or adopted a baby in the last six months, we would love the opportunity to meet you and your baby.
This program is a collaboration of Jewish Family & Children’s Service and Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston with generous support from CJP.
View a complete list of the communities served by this program.
To receive or refer a Welcome Baby! visit and for additional information, contact Laura Gerson, LICSW, Welcome Baby Coordinator at email@example.com or 781-693-5635.
Join the Vilna Shul in partnership with JF&CS for a relaxed and delicious kosher buffet dinner while meeting other families. Dinner is followed by spirited lay-lead singing in the Vilna Shul's historic sanctuary and an interactive tzedakah project. Kids will be making washcloth cupcakes for families receiving assistance from Jewish Family & Children's Service. Participants are also asked to bring a donation of diapers, as diapers are desperately needed by the agency to assist new mothers. After dinner, havdalah, and tzedakah, families can head over to the Myrtle Street Playground to continue the evening (weather depending).
When: Saturday, September 17
5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Vilna Shul
18 Phillips Street, Boston
Cost: $36/family, includes dinner.
For detailed directions to the Vilna, visit their website. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-523-2324.
Vilna’s Young Families Committee Chairs
Robyn Riseberg, MD
Abby Fierman & Mike Grossman
Margi Gad & Daniel Bley
Rebecca Koenigsberg & Ron Hibshoosh
Aliza & Judson Samuels
Aliza & Matthew Schneller
Geraldine & Gabe Sunshine
Nicole Zatlyn & Jason Weiner
Ilana Braun & Jed Weiss
This free bereavement support group welcomes any adult who has experienced the loss of someone significant in their life. Facilitated by Barbara Sternfield, MA, Program Specialist, Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller Center for Jewish Healing of JF&CS.
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Where: Temple Sinai of Sharon
25 Canton Street
To pre-register (required), please contact Marjorie U. Sokoll, MEd. Director, Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller Center for Jewish Healing at 781-693-5619.
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: JF&CS Headquarters
1430 Main Street, Waltham
To pre-register, please contact the group facilitator, Barbara Sternfield, MA, Program Specialist, at email@example.com or 781-693-5684.
These groups are available at no cost through the generosity of the George and Beatrice Sherman Family Charitable Trust.
This is a great way to bring the family together in a positive, healthy way this winder and spring for swimming, socializing, music, and a snack! Parents or caregivers attend to provide the needed care and siblings are welcome to attend, as well. Each week, families will be joined by the JF&CS Program Director and Music Therapist who will coordinate the swimming and music therapy.
All participants must complete and enrollment form before attending. $20 per family per session.
Please note: Parents and caregivers are required to attend the program, remain onsite, and provide the needed support and care for participants during all activities. Families can choose to send their participant/family member with a personal care attendant (PCA) or other type of care provider that they recruit so the service may be a respite for families.
When: Sundays, 11:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
January 8, 22, February 5, 12, 26, March 12, 19, April 2, 9, 23, May 7, 21, June 4, 11, July 9, 23, August 6, 13, September 10, 17, and 24
Where: Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center
333 Nahanton Street, Newton
RSVP required: Contact Sandy Slavet, Disability Resource Network Director, at 781-693-5023.
This support group for parents of multiples is offered by the Center for Early Relationship Support®. Come share the unique experiences of parenting more than one baby.
There will be no group on Tuesday, December 26. Meetings will resume their normal time, date, and location the following week.
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Eliot Church
474 Centre Street, Newton
FREE. Registration is not necessary, walk-ins welcome. For more information, please contact Diane Gardner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-693-1351.
The Center for Early Relationship Support® offers a free, weekly support group for mothers suffering from postpartum depression or anxiety. It provides moms with an opportunity to meet in a nurturing environment.
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
FREE. Registration preferred. Walk-ins welcome. For more information, please contact Debbie Whitehill at email@example.com or 781-647-JFCS (5327) x1925.
1430 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02451