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

JFCS Partners with Sharsheret

JFCS Greater Mercer County partners with Sharsheret as part of the Sharsheret Supports Program.

Sharsheret, a national not-for-profit organization supporting young women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds, facing breast cancer and ovarian cancer, is proud to announce Jewish Family & Children Service of Greater Mercer County of Princeton, NJ as a new Sharsheret Supports Partner.

The Sharsheret Supports program assists communities in developing and maintaining local, free breast and ovarian cancer programs and support groups. Sharsheret Supports combines local cancer resources with Sharsheret’s vast national expertise, and culturally-sensitive resource materials to enhance the support available to women and families facing cancer.

Through the Sharsheret Supports program, we will work with JFCS of Greater Mercer County to develop education and support programs tailored to the needs of the Princeton community and connect JFCS of Greater Mercer County with dozens of other Sharsheret Supports partners across the country.

“Since the launch of Sharsheret Supports in 2007, we have partnered with more than 60 Jewish organizations and cancer organizations across the country to develop and maintain local, culturally- relevant breast and ovarian cancer support and education,” said Director of National Outreach Melissa K. Rosen, “We are excited to add JFCS of Greater Mercer County to this list, and work closely with them to increase breast and ovarian cancer awareness within the greater Princeton area.” Together we will improve the quality of life for all Jewish women and families facing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

To learn more about JFCS breast and ovarian cancer programming, contact Linda Meisel at For more information about the Sharsheret Supports Program, contact Director of National Outreach, Melissa Rosen, at 866.474.2774 or Click here to visit the Sharsheret website.

2016 Internship & Scholarship Opportunities

JFCS is pleased to announce an internship and 3 scholarship opportunites for 2016:

JFCS announces the Rose & Louis H. Linowitz Mensch Award.  This is a merit-based award for a deserving High School senior who exemplifies what it means to be a mensch – a person of integrity and honor, a doer of good deeds, and an all-around good person.  Students must be nominated by a member of the community such as a Rabbi, educator, youth group advisor, secular school guidance counselor, teacher, parent, etc.  This $1,000 award is available to Jewish graduating High School seniors in Greater Mercer County.  This is not a need-based scholarship. Click here for an application!
Applications are due by April 30.

JFCS Internship Program AVODAH is an opportunity for currently enrolled college students to work in the Jewish Community obtaining skills and expertise in a dedicated field. Internships are available at local Jewish agencies in the Greater Mercer and Bucks Counties for the summer months and will typically be 20-25 hours a week. Acceptance into the internship program is based upon academic achievements, interests, experience, related skills, motivation, and availability. All applicants must submit a completed internship application and transcript. Click here for an application! For more information, contact Lara Wellerstein at 609-987-8100 or
Application Deadline: May 1

The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Mercer is offering book awards to college bound Jewish students who reside in the Princeton Mercer Bucks community.   Facilitated by Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) of Greater Mercer County, the scholarships are awarded based on financial need and students must be accepted and enrolled in a college or university for the fall semester.  Click here for an application!
Application Deadline: June 1

JFCS announces the availability of the Dr. Esther Wollin Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Monies from Dr. Wollin’s estate were designated to grant a scholarship to a full-time student who will be, or is already, attending Rutgers University.  Eligibility is limited to Jewish female students raised by their Jewish mother in a single-parent household in the Princeton Mercer Bucks Community.  Eligibility is based on financial need.  Interested applicants may obtain an application by contacting Lara Wellerstein at (609) 987-8100 ext. 104 or
Submission Deadline: June 1

For more information or to nominate a student, contact Lara Wellerstein at 609-987-8100 or

JCYF Bar Mitzvah Celebration!

Over 650 people joined the Jewish Community Youth Foundation’s (JCYF) annual Philanthropy Fair and Check Presentation Ceremony, held February 21 at Robbinsville High School. Over $61,000 was distributed to 27 programs by 170 area teens representing 18 Synagogues, 11 Middle Schools and 21 High Schools.

Highlights from the evening included a Bar Mitzvah celebration honoring those that have contributed to the success of JCYF during a special candle lighting ceremony.  Greenwood House: Robert and Natalie Marcus Home for the Jewish Aged was the recipient of the No Small Change grant, an initiative where spare change is collected at each meeting and the pooled money goes to an organization selected by senior class representatives.

Stephanie Blitzer of East Windsor, a junior at American University and a 2013 JCYF graduate, won the sixth annual JCYF Distinguished Alumni Award for her participation in many philanthropic and community service activities. She received a $360 award which she will donate toward HIAS, an organization that protects and advocates for the most vulnerable refugees, helping them build new lives and reuniting them with their families in safety and freedom.  Stephanie told the current JCYF participants: “Don’t wait until you graduate from JCYF to fully understand and appreciate the skills you developed.  It is a privilege to participate in such an amazing organization.”

To see a special Bar Mitzvah video highlighting 13 years of JCYF, and message from alumni award winner Stephanie Blitzer, visit our Stories page.

For more information, visit the Jewish Community Youth Foundation page!

An Enchanted Evening – 2016 Gala!

Join us for dinner, dancing, and more on March 5, 2016 at the Westin Princeton Forrestal Village for our 2016 Gala – An Enchanted Evening! We will be honoring our 14-year partnership with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Executive Director Linda Meisel for her 18 years of exceptional service.

All the details can be found on our gala website, where you can buy your tickets, peruse the silent auction, and read all about our amazing honorees.

Jewish Bereavement Group starting 3/3/2016

This is a weekly group in which members converse openly and support one another through the grief process. Open to any Jewish adult, regardless of affiliation, who has lost a loved one within the past 18 months. Facilitated by Beverly Rubman, Chaplain.

The group will meeting on Thursday mornings from 10:30am – 12:00pm, March 3rd through April 14th (excluding 3/24), at the JFCS office at 707 Alexander Road, Suite 102, Princeton. $36 for 6 sessions.

Pre-Registration required.
To register, contact Beverly Rubman at (609) 987-8100 x151 or

Click here for program flyer with full details.

Mental Health Problems in our Community: Prevention and Decreasing Stigma

Join Andrea LoPresti, LCSW, Clinical Director of  JFCS of GMC  for an interactive, educational discussion on Monday December 21st at 6:45 PM at Beth El Synagogue, entitled “Mental Health Problems in our Community: Prevention and Decreasing Stigma.

As JFCS’ Director of Clinical Services, I am all too familiar with the negative consequences of ignoring mental health problems until they become a crisis.  One in five Americans will be diagnosed with a mental health problem at some point in their lifetime; half of the time symptoms will begin by early adolescence.

Please join us in understanding some key red flags, symptoms and strategies that will enhance our understanding of behavioral health problems. Learn about strategies and resources focused on increasing wellness while decreasing shame and denial.

JFCS thanks Beth El Synagogue for co-hosting this important community event with JFCS.

All adults from the Mercer County Community are welcome! Please call Andrea LoPresti at 609-987-8100 x 119 for more information.

Light refreshments will be served.

Barnes & Noble Bookfair

Shop at Barnes & Noble in Market Fair Mall in Princeton on Sunday, November 22! Bookfair sales will benefit JFCS. If you can’t make it, please consider supporting us by purchasing online at from 11/22/15 through 11/27/15 and using Bookfair ID 1165572 at checkout.

For full details, see the program flyer!