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JF&CS awarded $50k to support city seniors

Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) has been awarded $50,000 by the St. Louis City Seniors Fund during its inaugural year of grant funding. The Fund, which was established by passage of the Seniors Count Ballot Initiative, will help St. Louis City seniors tackle common concerns, such as fall prevention and economic stability.

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http://www.stljewishlight.com/news/local/article_8c7382c4-804e-11e8-b839-2f0e956de338.html

Event to explore Jewish perspective on Alzheimer’s

“Trying to build and maintain that connection is an issue for many caregivers and loved ones of those living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia as they work to interact in ways that enrich the lives of both the patient and the family member alike…That’s one of the messages behind an event set for early next month at Shaare Emeth titled “Shedding Light on Alzheimer’s: A Jewish Perspective: The Journey Continues.”

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JF&CS brings new education strategies to child abuse prevention programs

Classrooms across Missouri are fitted with smart boards, computers, and iPads to accommodate new learning styles and resources. Despite this progress, most child abuse prevention programs are still using the strategies of the past to give this generation the information they need to stay safe. To bring this curriculum into the digital age JF&CS has created educational videos so that any child, parent, or teacher with a computer can access evidence-based, age-appropriate information on abuse prevention.

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Yiddish groups help keep language alive in St. Louis

…the Crown Center Yiddish Group and the Shaare Emeth Yiddish Club offer fun learning experiences. The Crown Center Yiddish Group has been meeting for more than 20 years. The group’s leader is Rabbi Neal Rose, who is also a staff chaplain at Jewish Family & Children’s Service. Rose’s Yiddish education began at age 5 in New York.

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The Magic of Making a Difference Gala

Thank you to all our Gala attendee’s sponsors and generous donors who helped make our 2017 Magic of Making a Difference Gala a success.

The evening began with a magic filled cocktail hour followed by a delectable dinner. The attendees were entertained by the Magical Voices of STAMM a Washington University A Capella Group. Our Honoree ceremony soon followed with wonderful videos honoring Dr. Mary Hoke JF&CS’s own Chief Operating Officer and Chief Program Officer, and a generous community philanthropist Sidney Guller who both received custom glass awards.

Special thank you to our 2017 Making A Difference Committee Co-Chairs: Jody Waldman & Stacy Sloas

Committee Members: Jan Abrams Aaron Levinson Freddie Steinbach Rena Abrams Alice Ludmer Karen Suroff Sarah Barbarash Marissa Rosen Sharon Tureen Steve Green Erin Schuver Janie Roodman Weiss Judy Kaplan Judi Scissors Judy Zafft

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CAPP and National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month

JF&CS’ Safe Surf Program Aims To Provide Cyberbullying Solution Before It Starts

(ST. LOUIS, MO /October XX, 2017) – October is Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month and although traditional face-to-face bullying has been gradually decreasing, a newer and more devastating trend has taken its place in full force: cyberbullying. In 2015, a study found that almost 35 percent of 11 to 15-year-olds in the Midwest experienced cyberbullying in their lifetime, according to Cyberbullying Research Center. Cyberbullying is a growing social problem if not stopped – can have lasting emotional and psychological effects on a victim’s mental health.

The Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) is taking a proactive step to combat these statistics. Recognizing that technological advances (the Internet, cell phones and social media) have led to the increase and prevalence of cyberbullying, JF&CS created a free program that teaches technology safety to our community.

Safe Surf presentations are offered to schools, daycare facilities, camps, community organizations and others. JF&CS is using their program to open the door for St. Louis organizations to communicate with their youth and educate them on the dangers of cyberworld, making it a safer place for all kids in our community. Doing so will enhance student’s safety at school, improve their ability to learn and focus in the classrooms, and help put a stop to cyberbullying.

The Safe Surf Program uses an interactive and entertaining presentation, fourth to 12 th grade students are taught safe and responsible internet skills, such as:

  • How to be a good cyber citizen
  • To recognize cyberbullying and help stop it
  • To understand the ramifications of inappropriate online behavior
  • To utilize social networking in an age-appropriate and respectful manner

“Unfortunately, cyberbullying is a modern trend that continues today. JF&CS is working to educate and put an end to it,” says Lou Albert, Chief Executive Officer at JF&CS. “Our value goes beyond speaking with the children; We offer our lessons and services to parents and teachers as well, to provide them a better grasp on how today’s children use technology, how to read the signs that a child is being bullied or bullying, and how to handle the situation effectively.”

Safe Surf is a branch of JF&CS’ much larger Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP), which has served over 300,000 children’s, parents, educators and other professionals throughout Saint Louis County. JF&CS visits schools and education centers and uses CAPP to spark engaging educational discussions on a variety of child safety topics. These discussions equip children with the knowledge necessary to assess dangerous situations and act accordingly.

For more information regarding JF&CS and their CAPP programs, please visit https://jfcs-stl.org/child-abuse-prevention/.

About Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS): The Jewish Family & Children’s Service offers compassionate support and practical solutions to help people in the local community navigate life’s challenges. JF&CS and its licensed professional staff assist the elderly, protect children at risk, provide food and services for the needy, resolve family problems and enhance Jewish connections. JF&CS serves those in need, regardless of age, race, religion, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.