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Save the date for the 2017 Jewish Family & Children's Service Benefit.
Each spring, Jewish Family & Children’s Service hosts the annual Benefit, our largest fundraising event of the year. Funds raised ensure that resources are available to support the innovative and comprehensive programs that JF&CS provides the community. Each day brings new challenges, from young parents in crisis and families facing financial emergencies to isolated elders and people with disabilities in need of help. JF&CS assists individuals and families in need regardless of their background or ability to pay.
Join us as we pay tribute to this year’s honoree Ellie Svenson, a longtime supporter of JF&CS and a leader through her many years serving on the Board. Ellie’s passion and drive to help others have inspired her family and friends to become involved with JF&CS as well.
When: Thursday, March 2, 2017
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Castle at Park Plaza
130 Columbus Avenue, Boston
Honoring: Ellie Svenson
Presented by Don Meyer, Director, Sibling Support Project
Sibshops reflect a belief that our communities need to acknowledge the difficulties faced by brothers and sisters of children with special needs and provide them with the opportunity to connect with each other in the same way that many parents of children with special needs have benefited from sharing their experiences.
Open to interested participants across New England including adult siblings, parents, grandparents, and family members of children/teens as well as professionals, organizational staff who wish to facilitate a Sibshop in their local community, and social workers who work with families that have siblings as part of the family.
A Sibling's Perspective: Interviews with Don Meyer and Seven Young Siblings
If you are interested in your typically developing sibling participating in the demonstration sibshop, coordinated by Don Meyer during the conference, we are looking for children ages 8-13 year old to participate in Friday's Demonstration Workshop. During the Demonstration Sibshop, adult participants will put on their jeans, tee-shirts, and sneakers to join Don Meyer as he conducts a Sibshop for a group of 8-to-13 year old local brothers and sisters. This workshop provides participants with the materials and a first hand account of what they will need to start, plan, and conduct the activities for their own Sibshop group in their community. The Demonstration Sibshop can also be the “kick-off” for an on-going program in the host community. Following the Sibshop, trainees will debrief and finalize plans for creating Sibshops in their own communities. Email Doreen Cummings at email@example.com to sign up to participate.
The primary goal of this workshop is to train new Sibshops facilitators and administrators as well as adult siblings, service providers, and parents. During the two days of the Sibshop training, these participants will learn about sibs’ lifelong concerns, find out how to organize a local Sibshop, and experience what a Sibshop is as they join Don and local young brothers and sisters for a four-hour demonstration sibshop. Trainees who would like to become a Sibshops facilitator must attend both days of the Sibshops training. Upon completion of the two-day training, they may (upon registration) start their own local Sibshop.
The secondary goal of this workshop is to educate parents, service providers, and others about sibs’ ever-changing issues across the lifespan. This is an audience interested in sibling issues but not necessarily interested in how to run a Sibshop. This audience attends the first day of the two-day training.
View a typical two-day Sibshops training schedule.
When: Thursday, May 4 and Friday, May 5
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Leventhal-Sidman JCC
333 Nahanton Street, Newton
Day 1 Only: Parents/Students - $110, Professionals - $160
Days 1 & 2: Parents/Students - $160, Professionals - $210
Please contact Doreen Cummings at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Offered by Jewish Family & Children's Service in collaboration with the Massachusetts Sibling Support Network and thanks to generous funding from the Ruderman Family Foundation.
A welcoming place for people living with memory changes.
Join guest artist Diana Suskind as we explore “Stonework Play,” which involves using stones to create original, temporary designs that may inspire stories. Diana developed this creative medium while teaching in Nepal. Since then, she has shared it with groups in many parts of the US and abroad. As always, no experience needed!
10:00 a.m. - noon
Where: JF&CS Headquarters
1430 Main Street, Waltham
Cost: There is no charge, but donations are gratefully accepted.
For more information, please contact Beth Soltzberg at email@example.com or 781-693-5628.
JF&CS collaborates with other organizations to make Memory Cafés more widely available in our region. View the directory of Memory Cafés in Greater Boston.
Meet with an Educational Advocate from JF&CS Disability Lifespan Solutions to review your child's IEP, discuss concerns, and develop strategies to address those concerns. Come prepared with your top two concerns and make sure to bring a copy of your child's current IEP, recent evaluations, and progress reports. We'll discuss what may improve the IEP based on information provided by you, the parent/guardian, and help you understand the role of an Educational Advocate and determine if you may benefit from working with one.
When: Thursday, October 27
Individual 50-minute sessions begin at the top of every hour from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $25 per session. Scholarships available.
Registration required: Please contact Wendi Hutchinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-.693-1216.
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.
The JF&CS Center for Early Relationship Support® and the Massachusetts March of Dimes is offering parents whose babies or young children spent time in the NICU an opportunity to share their experiences, listen to each other, and join in community. In small groups parents will have the chance to hear others' voices about expectations, loss, surprises, and challenges of the journey of parenting a child born prematurely or under special circumstances. These parent-centered groups will be led by a clinician from the JF&CS Oliver, Ian and Serenity Wolk Fragile Beginnings program.
Who: Parents whose babies and young children had a NICU experience
When: Thursday, April 7
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Babies in arms welcome.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, please contact Wendy Hurwitz at email@example.com or 781-693-5623.
This evening is offered by the Fragile Beginnings Preemie Parent Alliance of the JF&CS Oliver, Ian and Serenity Wolk Fragile Beginnings program and the Massachusetts Chapter of the March of Dimes.
Join JF&CS Shoulder to Shoulder to kick off summer with a day of family fun! Enjoy a BBQ with other military families followed by a Lowell Spinners game. Kids will also have full access to the Foul Ball Zone activity area during the game.
When: Sunday, June 26
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. | BBQ
5:05 - 8:00 p.m. | Game
Where: LeLacheur Park
450 Aiken Street, Lowell
Registration required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
1430 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02451