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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
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.
Substance use, misuse, and dependence impact the perinatal and early parenting period significantly. Rates of substance use disorders continue to rise in the population of women of child-bearing age. Mental health professionals, medical providers, and allied health professionals increasingly come into contact with mothers, fathers, infants, and alternate care providers who can benefit from improved practices. This course will offer a review of the latest research on the links between attachment theory, neurobiology, and addiction; opportunities to learn about the various ways of supporting families; and a forum in which conversations about complex policies, practice choices, and ethical dilemmas can be rich opportunities for growth.
Amy Sommer, LICSW is the Clinical Coordinator for Project NESST® (Newborns Exposed to Substances: Support and Therapy) and Project Bright at the JF&CS Center for Early Relationship Support®. She has provided extensive training on perinatal mood disorders in women with substance use disorders, as we as on using trauma-informed care to support staff and families caring for substance-exposed newborns. Ms. Sommer co-authored the 2015 Zero to Three article "Building a Model Program or Substance-Exposed Newborns and Their Families: From Needs Assessment to Intervention, Evaluation, and Consultation."
Providers from various disciplines who work with parents and infants impacted by parental substance use will find this course highly instructive. It will provide a rich learning opportunity for clinical social workers, psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, and allied health professionals, including addiction treatment professionals, visiting nurses, Early Intervention providers, and maternal health/mental health providers.
When: Tuesdays, September 6 & 20, October 11 & 25, November 8 & 22, December 6 & 20
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Where: JF&CS Headquarters
1430 Main Street, Waltham
Cost: $900 per person. 12-person class maximum.
An application for CEUs has been submitted.
Registration is required before the event. Space is limited. For more information or to register, please email IPTI@jfcsboston.org or 781-693-5652.
What "open" means in adoption, and how to best prepare and maintain connections in the best interest of the child and family.
These are just a few of the topics we will discuss, as we solve the challenges of open adoption and openness in adoption.
Hear from presenter Dr. Joyce Pavao, Ed.D, LCSW, LMFT, author, educator, and leading expert in the field of adoption training and consulting.
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: JF&CS Headquarters
1430 Main Street
RSVP required: Please contact Deb Shrier at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Save the date for the 2018 Jewish Family & Children's Service Benefit.
Combined Jewish Philanthropies
The Castle at Park Plaza
6:00 p.m. Cocktails
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Dinner & Program
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.
PURCHASE SPONSORSHIPS, TICKETS, AND ADS
Shari & Robert Cashman
Jill Cohen & Michael Savit
Fern J. & Joey Zang
Ami & William Danoff
The Hawk Foundation
The Mazzella Family Charitable Trust
Debra & Eitan Milgram
The Roberta & Stephen R. Weiner Family Foundation
Roberta & Stephen R. Weiner
Melissa Weiner Janfaza & Andrew E. Janfaza
Rita & Adam J. Weiner
Shari & Robert Cashman
Rita J. & Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation
Nancy & Mark Belsky, MD
Susan B. Kaplan
Scott K. Belsky
Gila K. Belsky
Melinda & James Rabb, MD
Susan & James Snider, MD
Amy & David Abrams
Riemer & Braunstein, LLP
Alison Wachtler Braunstein & Barry Braunstein
Danielle & Gregg Darish
Beth & Larry Greenberg
Helaine & Jim Hazlett and Karen & David Rosenberg
Lori & Frederic Leif
Nicole & Brian Clark
Margot & Jonathan Davis
Julie Lipsett & Stephen Feinberg
Linda & Michael Frieze
Penny & Lawrence Goodman
Ellyn & Mark Harmon
Jill & Jeff Karp
Jamie Grossman & Bob Kinder
Gail Rothenberg & John Levy
Debbie & Fred Margolis
Jessica & Chuck Myers
Lorri & Gordon Owades
Heidi & Lew Pearlson
Barbara Wasserman & Andrew Pearlstein
Jill Cohen & Michael Savit
Gail & David Schechter
Barbara & Edward Shapiro
Sandy & Jack Swartz
The Weinstein Family Foundation
Susan & Andrew Abraham
Jessica & David Aronoff
Deena & Michael Baker
Laurie & Rich Brownstein
Nanette & Jose Fridman
Lori & Stewart Karger
Beth Lebovitz Backer and Lisa & Stephen Lebovitz
Liz Durstine-Lipkind & Alan Lipkind
Beth & Eric Schlager and Amy & Robert Schlager
Roslyn & Richard Slifka
Susan & Aron Ain
Beth & Marc Andler
Judi & Matthew Appelstein
Suzan & Wayne Ushman
Sara & Michael Bernstein
Jennifer & Jeffrey Drucker
Kerry & Michael Epstein
Esther & Sergio Finkielsztein
Stephanie Elkind & Jay Freedman
Jacquelyn & Howard Furman
Angela & William Gordon
Laurie & Henry Kay
Robin Gross & Anthony Lehv
Marcia & Alan Leifer
Marsh McLennan Agency
Ginny & Roy McDowell
Sylvia & Benjamin Perlman
Leslie & Kenneth Pucker
Alyssa & Jay Rosenbaum
Lisa & David Sands
Risa Shames & Neil Silverston
Alexandra & Jody Simes
Karen & Stephen Sisselman
Gwen & Mark Snider
Harold & Milly Solomon
Amy & Andrew Sucoff
Lisa & Neil Wallack
Julie & Stephen Weil
Jackie & Alan Weinstein
Susan & Richard Wilk
Deanna & Sidney Wolk
Rimma & Michael Zelfand
For more information, please contact Jodi Chase at email@example.com or 781-693-1245
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
Babies in arms welcome.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, please contact Wendy Hurwitz at firstname.lastname@example.org 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