News & Event
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.
For more information, please contact Beth Soltzberg at email@example.com or 781-693-5628.
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.
1:00 - 3:00 P.M.
Where: JF&CS Headquarters
1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451
Contact Art Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-693-1336 with questions.
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.
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.
This year, we said goodbye to one of Israel’s most beloved actresses, Ronit Elkabetz, who died at the age of 51. Elkabetz starred in many Boston Jewish Film Festival favorites including The Band’s Visit, Late Marriage, and most recently, Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem. We pay tribute to Elkabetz’s life and work with To Take a Wife, the first film in the trilogy that Elkabetz directed with her brother Shlomi. The film takes place in Haifa in 1979 and Viviane is working as a hairdresser, raising three children, and unhappily married to her controlling husband, Elisha. But despite her desire to break free, her traditional Moroccan brothers want her to stay married and devote herself to her household instead of to her own ideas about love and happiness.
When: Sunday, November 13
Where: West Newton Cinema
1296 Washington Street, West Newton
Visit the Boston Jewish Film Festival website for more information.
Join co-chairs Danielle Darish, Rachel Glazer, and Jill Kramer for this free event: create Passover-themed arts and crafts projects that will be given to older adults at the annual JF&CS Passover Seder.
When: Sunday, March 13
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Where: JF&CS Headquarters
1430 Main Street, Waltham
Activities are geared towards children 10 and younger, but we invite your whole family to attend. You and your family are also welcome to join us to distribute these gifts at the JF&CS Passover Seder on Sunday, April 17.
To RSVP, please contact Raquel Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-693-5036 by March 9, 2016.
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
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.
1430 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02451