Mini Mitzvah Playdate

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Sunday, December 4, 2016
Princeton Playspace, 745 Alexander Road, Princeton

Join JFCS and TJC’s Mini Mitzvah Corps for a Mini Mitzvah Playdate! Build breakfast bags for seniors then stay and play at Princeton Playspace. Bring a Kosher food donation and receive $5 off the admission price! (Normally $15/child, $10 with food item).

See the flyer for all the details, or contact Lisa Adler at or 609-987-8100.

Take Control of Your Life

empoweredwomenTake Control of Your Life: Empowering and Educating Women to Deal With Life’s Challenges

Join us on Sunday, November 6th for an intimate breakfast with guest speakers Edana Desatnick, MBA, Executive Coach & Educator and Melissa Rosen, Director of National Outreach, Sharsheret.

Sunday, November 6, 2016
10:00 – 11:30AM
Shalom Torah Academy
639 Abbington Drive, East Windsor

$15 registration fee, open to the public. Click here to register!

SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age


We are thrilled to present SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time.

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span?  Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.

As seen on Good Morning America

Watch the Movie Trailer

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 6:30 PM
Chapin School, 4101 Princeton Pike, Princeton, NJ  08540
Tickets: $10/Adult, Kids 10+ free. We are SOLD OUT! Looking forward to seeing you all there for a great event!

The Klez Dispensers

klezdispensersThe Klez Dispensers will entertain you with their signature state-of-the-art, swinging American-style Klezmer.  Open to the whole community and free refreshments following performance.

Presented by JFCS, Greenwood House & Congregation Beth Chaim

Sunday, September 18 at 3:00 p.m.
Congregation Beth Chaim
329 Village Road East, Princeton Junction, NJ

Advance Registration (Click Here to register online!)
General ~ $10
Seniors (55+) ~ $7
Kids (under 12) ~ $7
Life & Legacy Members ~ $7 (includes preferred seating)

New Picnic Tables!

picnicbenchesThanks to Kenny Pepper, the JFCS staff now has brand new picnic tables for lunches and outdoor meetings. Kenny, a member of Boy Scout Troop 66 from West Windsor completed the project as part of his Eagle Merit Badge requirement. Pictured here are Lara Wellerstein, Director of Community Programs and Services and Kenny Pepper.

Coping With Tragic Loss

Dear Community Member,

At JFCS we were saddened to hear of the tragic events in Robbinsville on 4/19.

How do we cope with such terrible news? We are all filled with disbelief and each one of us will process and cope with the information in different ways. As a community service agency, it is our hope at JFCS that this message brings you some needed guidance and direction to help your family deal with the events of the day.

Adolescents and children cope with grief differently. We recommend:

  • Talking to your children in order to minimize sensationalism or misinformation.
  • Children should be given information appropriate to their developmental level.
  • Limiting exposure of televised viewing of the details of this accident.
  • Limit accessing information on social media, to avoid overstimulation.
  • Sticking to regular routines as much as possible, to create a sense of normalcy.
  • Most importantly, they need to know they are safe and loved.

Regardless of your age, we all need to take the time to process this loss and share our feelings with others. However as a community, we can help our students and colleagues affected by this loss by being patient, responsive and sensitive to their reactions.

Our Counseling team would like you to know that our services are available to anyone who feels the need to meet with a therapist. We can be reached at
609-987-8100 X 102.

Additional information regarding crisis counseling can be found on Robbinsville’s Board of Education website,

In closing, from all of us at JFCS, our thoughts are with the Robbinsville Community.

With warm regards,
LInda F. Meisel, Executive DirectorAndrea LoPresti, Director of Clinical Services