Jewish Bereavement Group

Following the death of a loved one, each of us moves in our own time and in our own way, through a process of grief, mourning and adjustment. But we do not have to grieve alone. 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. This group will be facilitated by Chaplain Beverly Rubman.

When: Contact Beverly Rubman at Beverlyr@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100, ext. 151 to find out when next session begins!

Where: Jewish Family & Children’s Service (707 Alexander Road, Suite 102, Princeton)

Cost: $54 for 6 sessions

 

 

 

Music & Memory Program

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County has announced that it has become a certified provider of Music & Memory, an award-winning program that offers personalized music to older adults who are aging in their own homes.  The purpose of Music & Memory is to enhance quality of life by helping people reconnect with the world through personalized music and music-triggered memories.  JFCS will be offering the program to seniors in their own homes who are isolated, living with dementia, cognitive decline and other chronic illnesses.

Michelle Napell, Executive Director of JFCS, explains, “Music can transport us to our past and bring about fond memories from youth or life’s special events.”  She explains that specific artists and songs are the key to the program’s success.  “Music & Memory’s work is rooted in extensive neuroscience research and listening to person-centered music has had some amazing benefits:  increased attention and cooperation, reduced confusion and agitation, as well as enhanced engagement and socialization.”

JFCS will provide Music & Memory participants with:

  • An iPod Shuffle, headphones and a personally-selected playlist of songs
  • An assessment to determine music preferences
  • A home visit by a JFCS licensed social worker to instruct the participant and/or the caregiver on how to use the iPod
  • Follow-up to evaluate the program and to modify playlists

“We are honored to be one of the charter agencies that will be offering the program in a home setting,” says Beverly Mishkin, JFCS Director of Senior Services.  “Family members will be invited and encouraged to get involved in helping to form their loved one’s personalized playlist.  This is an ongoing opportunity for loved ones to take a musical journey together.”

There is no fee for participation as the program is made possible by grants from Janssen Pharmaceuticals and the Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies.  For full details, see the program flyer or contact Beverly Mishkin at 609-987-8100, ext. 203 or beverlym@jfcsonline.org.

Sage Advice

Kosher Café West

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.

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

 

2000 years ago, the ancient Rabbis, perhaps inspired by their Roman neighbors, provided philosophical insights into how to live one’s life. We will examine these timeless pieces of wisdom to see the guidance they provide for our own growth and development. A kosher lunch will be served and registration is required by 2/17. RSVP to Beth Englezos at bethe@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100, ext. 126. The program is open to all and there is a suggested donation of $5.00 per person.

 

 

Have You Had The Conversation?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 11:30am – 2pm
Beth El Synagogue (50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor)

To highlight the importance of discussing your end-of-life wishes with friends, family and your doctors, Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County and The New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute are sponsoring a kosher lunch followed by a discussion led by Janet Hayden, LCSW, Administrator, Greenwood House Homecare/Hospice, and a film screening of “The Bucket List.” Open to the community. Please RSVP to Beth Englezos at Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Greater Mercer County no later than 2/16/17 at bethe@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100, ext. 126.

 

Tu B’Shvat Seder

Kosher Café East
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.
Beth El Synagogue (50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor)

Join us for a Tu B’Shvat Seder as we celebrate the New Year of the Trees. Chaplain Beverly Rubman will lead this program. A kosher lunch will be served and registration is required by 2/3.  RSVP to Beth Englezos at bethe@jfcsonline.org  or 609-987-8100, ext. 126. The program is open to all and there is a suggested donation of $5.00 per person.

 

Online Caregiver Support Group

This non-denominational Online Caregiver Support Group is a safe, secure group where caregivers can converse openly and support one another—without leaving their home.  This non-sectarian group will provide a collective shoulder of support, as well as tips, techniques and resources to help caregivers support their loved ones. Open to the community and facilitated by Chaplain Beverly Rubman.  A computer or iPad with a camera and internet access is required.  Funded in part by Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

When:  Four Wednesdays starting February 1, 2017 from 10:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Where:  Online – from your own home

Cost:  $40 for 4 sessions

Register:  Contact Beverly Rubman at Beverlyr@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100, ext. 151 by 1/25 to ensure that you are able to connect with the group online and to see the program flyer click here.

Growth is Change

Kosher Café West
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.
Congregation Beth Chaim (329 Village Rd. East, Princeton Junction)

You won’t want to miss OnStage Seniors’ witty and moving new play “Growth is Change,” exploring the theme of growth!  The OnStage Seniors Ensemble – all over 55 – performs across communities, generating delight, insight, and affirmation about senior memories and experiences.

A kosher lunch will be served and registration is required by 1/20.  RSVP to Beth Englezos at bethe@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100, ext. 126. The program is open to all and there is a suggested donation of $5.00 per person.

 

gratitudeheartKosher Café West
Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 12:30 p.m.
Congregation Beth Chaim (329 Village Rd. East, Princeton Junction)

Join Anne Berman-Waldorf for a discussion about gratitude.  We will light the Chanukah candles together as we share the blessings over the candles and how they reflect on those blessings in our lives.

A kosher lunch will be served and registration is required by 12/23.  RSVP to Beth Englezos at bethe@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100, ext. 126. The program is open to all and there is a suggested donation of $5.00 per person.

Got Medicare Questions?

Kosher Café East
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.
Beth El Synagogue (50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor)

Cathy Forbes with the Mercer County State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) will provide free and objective help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems with, or questions about, Medicare, Medigap, Medicare Advantage plans and Part D drug plans.  She will also provide information and assistance regarding programs to help the costs of Medicare, including New Jersey’s PAAD program.

A kosher lunch will be served and registration is required by 1/6.  RSVP to Beth Englezos at bethe@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100, ext. 126. The program is open to all and there is a suggested donation of $5.00 per person.

 

Jewish Traditions and Rituals

jewishstarKosher Café East
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 12:30 p.m.
Beth El Synagogue (50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor)

Gloria Golbert will present “Jewish Traditions & Rituals.”  You’ll learn about some lesser-known rituals and how some are changing.

A kosher lunch will be served and registration is required by 12/9.  RSVP to Beth Englezos at bethe@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100, ext. 126. The program is open to all and there is a suggested donation of $5.00 per person.

The Gifts in Our Lives

gratitudeheartKosher Café West
Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 12:30 p.m.
Congregation Beth Chaim (329 Village Rd. East, Princeton Junction)

Join Anne Berman-Waldorf for a discussion about gratitude.  We will light the Chanukah candles together as we share the blessings over the candles and how they reflect on those blessings in our lives.

A kosher lunch will be served and registration is required by 12/23.  RSVP to Beth Englezos at bethe@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100, ext. 126. The program is open to all and there is a suggested donation of $5.00 per person.