The Borscht Belt with Marisa Scheinfeld

Description: Time travel through American Jewish history and pop culture as we revisit the Borscht Belt – once home to about 500 hotels and 50,000 bungalows in the Catskill Mountains. This program is both a eulogy and a celebration to what was once called “the Jewish Alps.” Presented by Marisa Scheinfeld, author of The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland.

Marisa’s new book presents photographs of abandoned sites where resorts and bungalow colonies once boomed. Some of the structures have been lying abandoned. Other sites have since been demolished, or repurposed, making this book an even more significant documentation of a pivotal era in American Jewish History.

Date: Thursday, November 2 at 10:30am

Location: Congregation Beth Chaim (329 Village Rd East, Princeton Junction)

Cost: $7 per person + bring a non-perishable item for the Kosher Food Pantry

INFO/Register: See the flyer for more information & pay at the door

Brought to you by JFCS, Congregation Beth Chaim & The Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks

**Event open to all; Free refreshments; All proceeds will benefit the Yvette Sarah Clayman Kosher Food Pantry**


Coping with Addiction in the Family

Addiction hurts more than the addict. If you have a family member suffering or recovering from addiction, you too need support and tools to help them succeed in recovery. This workshop will help individuals facing consequences of a loved one’s addiction by:

  • understanding the biological & emotional aspects of addiction
  • learning to cope with addicts’ manipulation and denial
  • managing guilt, anger & sadness
  • learning to recognize what YOU can control

Date:  6 consecutive weeks starting Wednesday October 18
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Location: Jewish Family & Children’s Service (707 Alexander Rd, Suite 102, Princeton)
Payment: $35 per session, per participant*

Register / INFO: Andrea LoPresti LCSW, Director of Clinical Services or 609-987-8100

See the program flyer for this workshop here.

**Sliding Fee Scale Available based on need & New Participants must complete an intake interview prior to joining the group**

College Bound: A Group for High School Juniors & Seniors

New group for high school juniors & seniors preparing for college. High school juniors and seniors will be able to share experiences, navigate the stress of college applications & plan for life after high school. This group will not only help teens manage stress and expectations of the transition to college, but also will teach them how to understand and communicate to others better. For more information, see the program flyer here.

Date: Tuesday evenings beginning October 3rd
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Jewish Family & Children’s Service  (707 Alexander Rd. Suite 102, Princeton)
Cost: 6 sessions will be $210*

Register / INFO: Andrea LoPresti LCSW, Director of Clinical Services or 609-987-8100

**Payment Plans Available, May be covered by insurance/Medicaid**

Growing Older With Acceptance And Mindfulness

When: June 14th at 12:30pm

Where: Beth El Synagogue (50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor)

Details: “Growing Older With Acceptance And Mindfulness” will be presented by Andrea LoPresti, LCSW and Director of Clinical Services at JFCS. We’ll learn how to stay mindful in the present as well as how to reduce anxiety and regret. The program is open to all and there is a suggested donation of $5.00 per person.

RSVP is required by 6/9 to Beth Englezos at or 609-987-8100, ext. 126.

Pave Your Path

Starting mid April, come to a weekly social skills group for pre-teens, 11 to 13 years old! This group is facilitated by Dr. Alison Morgan who is a counseling psychologist specializing in helping children and adolescents learn effective and productive social skills. She has run groups at Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunswick and has been in private practice in Princeton Junction for more than 13 years.

Date: April 13 – May 25
Time:  Thursday afternoon from 4:30pm until 5:30pm
Location: 707 Alexander Road, Suite 102, Princeton NJ
Cost: 7 sessions $225*

*No one turned away due to inability to pay.
May be covered by insurance.
Pre-register required.

To see the program flyer click here. For more information contact Lara Wellerstein at 609-987-8100 or at

New participants must complete an intake assessment prior to group start. The intake has a cost of $50 which will be applied to the program fee if the group is a good fit.

J-Serve: Jewish Teens Serving The World

Join local Jewish 6th-12th grade teens for an International Day of Jewish Youth Service & National Mitzvah Day!

Earn community service hours by participating in J-Serve, Jewish teens serving the world. Do anything from cooking meals for those in need, or creating craft projects for sick kids to helping prepare the JCC camp facilities for the upcoming summer season!

Date: April 2, 2017
Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm


1. Adath Israel Congregation (1958 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville)
2. Beth El Synagogue (50 Maple Steam Road, East Windsor)
3. JCC Abrams Camp (148 Cedarville Road, East Windsor)
4. Congregation Beth Chaim (329 Village Road East, Princeton Junction)

To register visit

For more information contact Celeste at / 609-987-8100 ext. 210

Teen Mitzvah Brigade Shop & Stock Mitzvah Project

Join the Teen Mitzvah Brigade and do a good deed! Volunteer for March 30th or May 4th to fulfill your B’nai Mitzvah project or just to earn community service hours.

WHEN: Thursday March 30th & Thursday May 4th

SHOP: From 5:00pm to 5:45pm at Shoprite (3373 Brunswick Pike, Mercer Mall, Princeton)

STOCK: The Yvette Sarah Clayman Kosher Food Pantry from 5:45pm to 6:30pm (707 Alexander Road, Suite 204, Princeton)

RSVP to Lisa Adler at 609-987-8100 or by March 28th

Click here to see the event flyer