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Happy new year! Dear Friends, As we begin 2021 with a mixture of hope and anticipation, we say goodbye to a long and challenging year. For Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Northern New Jersey (JFCS), 2020 was about adapting and accelerating all of our services instantaneously. Especially during this pandemic crisis, JFCS is serving...
We are well into the 2020 summer and, my, how our lives have changed! We usually approach summer with great anticipation: the end of the school year, barbecues with friends, swimming at the beach, the kids going off to camp.  This year, unfortunately, our reality is different. Many of us have been home, some with...
With a low national unemployment rate, the assumption is that everyone can easily land a job. That is not true. Job-seekers and employees often have different needs and making that match is not always easy. There are steps, however, that job seekers can take to give themselves an advantage. Jewish Family & Children’s Services of...
As a finance and operations executive with the same NYC-based company for 30 years, Jane led a comfortable family life in Northern NJ. A wife and mother, Jane was filled with excitement as her son was starting his freshman year at college. But elation slowly turned to panic when Jane’s life took a downward turn....
On January 8th, professional from JFCS spoke to parents at Yeshivat He’Atid about how to Effectively Parent in the Age of Technology. Parents of elementary and middle school children convened to learn from Susan Greenbaum (LCSW), CEO, and Allison Limmer (LCSW), Director of Clinical Services, who shared tips on parenting. The speakers emphasized that parenting...
Danielle, my third grader, and Emma, who just turned 5, are my daughters. The greatest understatement would be to say that they are my reason for living, my everything. Twelve months ago, my everything included their mother, my beloved wife, Lara. We lived in an apartment in Hackensack, just down the street from my sister’s...
Sandra Leshaw, Ariel Barreras, and Katie Wolchko Over the last year, JFCS has hosted AmeriCorps VISTA members, introducing recent college graduates to the world of nonprofits. (VISTA stands for Volunteers in Service to America.) Sandra LeShaw facilitates the JFCS Americorps Vista program. Michele Wellikoff, JFCS’s Chief Development Officer since May, is an AmeriCorps veteran. She...
Empowering people to transform their lives Bereavement, anxiety, stress, phase of life transitions, post-partum depression, prolonged sadness… many of us have experienced these issues. Asking for help takes courage. The question is from whom or from where? And what can be expected if you contact Jewish Family & Children’s Services? If you live in Northern...