News & Event
A welcoming place for people living with memory changes.
Join CC King, certified InterPlay leader, for improvisational movement and storytelling. Our theme will be this time of year, when days are short and star-filled nights are long – a time for stories and friends.
Friday, December 1
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Save the date for the 2018 Jewish Family & Children's Service Benefit.
Combined Jewish Philanthropies
THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2018
The Castle at Park Plaza
6:00 p.m. Cocktails
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Dinner and Program
Shari & Robert Cashman
Jill Cohen & Michael Savit
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.
For more information, please contact Jodi Chase at email@example.com or 781-693-1245.
When: January 31, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Congregation Kehillath Israel
384 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
For more information, please call Sue Spielman at 781-693-5659.
A monthly gathering in Marblehead for Holocaust survivors. Programs include movies, musical performances, and discussions.
Join us for a Chanukkah party with Rabbi David Meyer of Temple Emanu-El of Marblehead.
When: Wednesday, December 13
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Jewish Community Center
4 Community Road, Marblehead
Please let us know if you need transportation to this event. RSVP required to Inna at 781-693-5680.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
Recognizing 18 Extraordinary Advocates for People with Disabilities
A biennial event supporting JF&CS Services for People with Disabilities
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2017
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
The Westin Waltham
Leslie & Stephen Bernstein
Robin & Steve Scari
At this year's event we will recognize eighteen individuals or organizations that are extraordinary advocates for people with disabilities. Our community is blessed with many who support and embrace our clients and others with disabilities, foster their growth and independence, give them opportunities to live full, meaningful, and independent lives, and celebrate their accomplishments. We are excited to honor their contributions.
CHAI (Community Housing and Adult Independence) were the first program offerings of JF&CS Services for People with Disabilities. We have grown significantly and now also offer a full continuum of services for people with disabilities and their families including information and referral, care coordination and coaching, mental health counseling, day and employment services, supported housing, social and recreational groups, and Jewish programming.
Sponsorship opportunities available.
For more information, contact Raquel Morales, Special Events Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-693-5036.
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 2015 symposium, presented by JF&CS Alzheimer's/Related Disorders Family Support, explored community-wide adaptations that can improve livability and quality of life for the growing number of individuals and families affected by dementia.
Opening remarks by Massachusetts Secretary of Elder Affairs, Alice Bonner, PhD, RN.
1430 Main Street, Waltham
Lunch will be provided.
CEUs offered for social workers, RNs, and LMHCs.
Watch the recording of the symposium on the JF&CS YouTube channel.
Co-sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association of Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter and made possible by a generous grant from the Lebovitz Family Charitable Trust.
1430 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02451