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This Fall at Jewish Family Service…


Upcoming programs from Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts

Today’s Teens: Growing Towards Tomorrow
Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing!
Leader Heather Sullivan will meet with sixth and seventh grade girls monthly, as they navigate the complexities of adolescent life, build self-esteem, develop leadership skills and Jewish identity. For more information, contact Amy Siege, MSW, LICSW, (413) 737-2601.

Letting Go with Love and Confidence: Raising Responsible Self-Sufficient Teens in the 21st Century
This book is written by renowned author Kenneth Ginsburg who will read and lead a discussion on Monday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Springfield Jewish Community Center.  This event is included in the Jewish Book Festival at the JCC.  For registration information, please contact the JCC, (413) 739-1715.

Both programs are a part of “Today’s Teens: Growing Towards Tomorrow,” a collaborative initiative of Sinai Temple, Temple Beth El, Springfield Jewish Community Center and Jewish Family Service to respond to adolescent issues.

JFS Senior Link Program
A new Caregivers Support Group starts an eight-session on Wednesday, Nov. 2, facilitated by Professor Sara Weinberger.  The Wednesday evening group will meet from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. until Dec. 21 at the new JFS wing at the Jewish Community Campus, 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield.  Join other caregivers and focus on the issues surrounding care giving.  Pre-registration is necessary; the registration fee is $80.00.

Creating Meaning and Joy for Your Holidays
The holidays can be stressful times, but even more so when you are a caregiver. How do you make Thanksgiving, Chanukah and other holidays meaningful for you and your family? Can you find balance and enjoyment with heightened social activities? Find the answers at Creating Meaning and Joy for Your Holidays with Marcia McKenzie, M.Ed. of the Alzheimer’s Association. Learn how to de-stress your life so that you can enjoy the season with meaning on Tuesday, Nov. 1.  This program is offered twice, at 10 a.m. and at 7 p.m. at the new JFS wing at the JCC.  Pre-registration is strongly recommended. This program is free and is co-sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association and Jewish Family Service.

Jewish Life Enrichment Program
Jewish Family Jam is one of the upper valley’s most popular programs for parents/caregivers and toddlers. Join Felicia Sloin for an hour of song, dance and play with other parents and infants and toddlers up to age 3 on Wednesdays, October through June, 10:30-11:45 a.m. at Lander Grinspoon Academy, 256 Prospect St., Northampton. Pre-registration is recommended, $25 registration fee.

Jewish Women’s Song Circle offers an opportunity to experience joy, healing, self-expression, community and inspiration. Join us each month as we explore our Jewish connections through song, chant, and meditation with Felicia Sloin. Singing experience and knowledge of Hebrew are not necessary.  This class meets monthly on Sunday evenings, 7-8 p.m., or near the new moon, at Cradle, located in Thorne’s Marketplace, Main Street, Northampton. Pre-registration is recommended; this program is free.

JFS Counseling Department
Living with Loss is a support group open to anyone who has lost a loved one. This group meets on the second and fourth Mondays, 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with Deborah Stier, Ph.D., at the new JFS wing at the Jewish Community Campus, 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield. There is no fee.

Domestic Violence is also a Jewish issue. JFS offers resources, referrals, individual and family support, safety planning and legal advocacy. You are not alone. Contact JFS at (413) 737-2601 or the Shalom Task Force at (888) 883-2323.

For more information on any of these programs or to register, please contact Joanna Aviles, (413) 737-2601 or email JewishLife@jfswm.org. Visit our website, www.jfswm.org.

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