Creating Meaningful Connections Online
JFCS invites you to join us for our new series of online programs: Click with JFCS.
In response to the current public health crisis and while so many families and individuals are working or studying from home, we are bringing our quality services and compassionate support directly to you.
Pre-recorded programs will be released each weekday to help you stay connected and find support.
Check The Facts
Mobile Therapist Michael Byrne follows our Facebook Live conversation on resilience with a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) technique to help us build mastery over anxious thoughts.
Resilience In The LGBTQ Movement
LGBTQ Initiative Program Manager Galia Godel offers insight into how resilience is fostered in LGBTQ individuals and how friends, family, and allies can support the building of resilience across all areas of a person’s life.
Kitchen Manager Drew Gold walks us through a delicious salsa recipe and helps us build some knife skills along the way.
Making Sun Catchers
Debora King, Art Therapist and Art Studio Manager, shares a simple, meaningful craft to bring a little sunshine into your home.
Understanding Intergenerational Trauma
Jessica Rubinstein, Social Worker for JFCS’ Holocaust Survivor Support Program, offers insight into how trauma effects individuals and can be passed on to children, grandchildren, and further generations.
How To Clean Up A Mess
We all have times when a mess becomes too overwhelming. Galia Godel, LGBTQ Initiative Program Manager, shares a few tips to help you conquer that mess, one step at a time.
Responding to Warning Signs of Suicide
Rachel Levy, Suicide Prevention Specialist, shares guidelines to help you respond to signs of suicide in a friend, family member, or yourself.
If you or someone you know are contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255 or text ACT to 741.741.
Make Your Own Spa Face Mask
Galia Godel, LGBTQ+ Initiative Program Manager, shares her DIY spa face mask recipe that will make your skin glow while using only shelf-stable ingredients.
The Physical Effects Of Trauma
Leah Sorokorensky, Nurse Practitioner for JFCS’ Holocaust Survivor Support Program, explains the lasting health impacts of trauma on the human body and ways they can be treated.
Building Interpersonal Effectiveness
Mobile Therapist Michael Byrne shares a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) technique to help us be clear and compassionate when communicating, using the GIVE skill.
Gentle, Interested, Validate, Easy Manner
Start Your Own Vegetable Garden
Kitchen Manager and Educator Drew Gold makes starting your own vegetable garden easy! She shares tips and resources for growing your own food with starts and seeds.
Tapping Exercise to Relieve Stress
Family Life Education Associate Sarah Waxman, MSS, LCSW shares a simple acupressure exercise to self-soothe when feeling stressed.
Finding Your Wise Mind
Finding Your Wise Mind: Mobile Therapist Michael Byrne shares a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) technique to help with anxiety and depression. Find your balanced “wise mind” between emotion and analysis using Wise Mind ACCEPTS: Activities Contributing Comparisons Emotions Pushing Away Thoughts Sensations
Sensory Grounding Exercise
Family Life Education Associate Sarah Waxman, MSS, LCSW, offers a quick, practical tool to help us come back to the present space and be more mindful when we are being overwhelmed by emotions.
Self Massage to Relieve Tension
Special guest Adrian King, Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Yoga Teacher, takes us through a simple routine for a scalp and head massage to help with stress and tension.
Suicide Prevention and Warning Signs
Suicide Prevention Specialist Rachel Levy shares warning signs to recognize in family, friends, and even yourself, when someone is contemplating suicide. Know the warning signs and never ignore them. If you or someone you know are contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255 or text ACT to 741-741.
In difficult times it can be easy to dwell on negative thoughts. Mobile Therapist Michael Byrne offers a simple way to counter those negative thoughts with a little bit of gratitude each day. simple way to counter those negative thoughts with a little bit of gratitude each day.
Understanding Trauma and Triggers
Holocaust Survivor Support Program Director Carly Bruski, LMSW, introduces the basics of trauma and how it connects to triggers in our lives. She also offers some ways to manage triggers in the time of COVID-19 and the pressure of “toxic positivity.”
Make Your Own Glitter
A fun craft for kids of all ages! Learn how to make glitter from items around your own home with JFCS’ Art Therapist and Art Studio Manager Debora King.
Homemade Dry Shampoo
Galia Godel, LGBTQ Initiative Program Manager, shares her DIY dry shampoo recipe to help you feel good and look fresh, even when life might feel overwhelming.
Volunteer To Deliver Groceries
Volunteer to Deliver Groceries: Looking for an opportunity to give back? Learn about our bi-weekly, no-contact grocery deliveries to homebound JFCS clients from Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager Emalie Clamage.
Sign up to volunteer at jfcsphilly.volunteerhub.com/lp/groceries/ Upcoming Delivery Dates: Wednesdays, May 6, May 20, June 3, June 17 at 2-4pm
Stay Safe, Stay Positive
The young members of JFCS’ dynamic Junior Board share messages of hope and support for the community as we weather these challenging times.
One Pot Pasta
Try this flexible, simple, and healthy one-post pasta recipe from Kitchen Manager and Educator Drew Gold.
Creating a Sensory Kit
Galia Godel, LGBTQ Initiative Program Manager, shares her own sensory kit and tips to creating one for yourself. A sensory kit holds items that help you reconnect to what makes you feel calm and grounded when you are anxious, stressed, or overstimulated.
Stuffed Sweet Potato Recipe
Kitchen Manager and Educator Drew Gold offers a simple but delicious vegetarian recipe and a great way to use up some pantry staples.
Relaxation in a Jar
Art Therapist and Art Studio Manager Debora King helps us achieve a sense of serenity with this quick “relaxation in a jar” craft. A great project to do with kids!
Breathing Techniques to Manage Anxiety
Intervention Specialist Maura Hanlon offers two simple breathing techniques that anyone can use to find calm when experiencing anxiety. Use them for yourself or guide your child/teen through them when needed.
Morning Meditation 2
JFCS Chaplain Rabbi Tsurah August returns to walk us through a gentle mindfulness meditation to help find peace, comfort, and connection.
Click for Teens – Call Your Bubbe Challenge
JFCS wants to encourage teens to take a moment to reach out to your grandparents, great aunts or uncles, or older adults in your life. Just a simple phone call can mean so much when people are isolated so take a few minutes out of your day…and call your bubbe!
No-Sew Face Masks
Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager Emalie Clamage shares two techniques for making no-sew face masks. Make these masks for yourself and your family, or donate them to JFCS (see donation locations & times below) and we will share them with our clients and partner organizations like Project HOME.
Mask donations can be dropped off at The Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center of JFCS, 345 Montgomery Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 on Wednesday, April 22, 9am-2pm and Wednesday, May 6, 9am-2pm. Please be sure to wash all masks before donating.
Quick & Delicious Smoothies
Ricki Eisenstein is the Program Coordinator for Our Closet – Powered by JFCS but she’s also a pro at making nutritious and delicious smoothies! Learn how to make a smoothie with ingredients you have in your fridge so you can stay healthy at home.
“Use What You Have” Passover Recipes
Kitchen Manager and Educator Drew Gold shares delicious Passover recipes: mushroom and spinach frittata and sweet potato and apple latke. Both recipes are flexible so a great way to use what you have in your own pantry.
Morning Meditation #1
JFCS Chaplain Rabbi Tsurah August walks us through a gentle mindfulness meditation to help find peace, comfort, and connection when we need it most.
Creating a Safe Space Collage
Using simple items from around the house, Art Therapist and Art Studio Manager Debora King shows us how to create a beautiful piece of art while finding a sense of safety and security in a time of turmoil. A great activity for the whole family!
Bake Your Own Matzah
Passover is starting soon and many of us may not have access to store-bought matzah this year. Kitchen Manager and Educator Drew Gold offers a simple, kosher for Passover recipe that you can easily make at home.
Mindful Meditation for Self-Compassion
Navigating these extremely difficult and uncertain times is hard and it is taking an emotional toll. Family Life Education Associate Sarah Waxman, MSS, LCSW takes us through a guided meditation so we can all show ourselves a little compassion.
Clean Out Your Closet, Again
We know many people are taking advantage of this time at home to sort through their closets. Our Closet Program Director, Melanie London, and her daughter want to help you decide what clothes would be good to donate to JFCS’ free clothing program.
Supporting Your Child Living With Disabilities
Lisa Ney, Director of Programs and Services for Persons Living with Disabilities, offers practical advice for parents on how to help their children of all ages living with emotional, behavioral, and cognitive differences navigate these uncertain times.
Write Your Own Story
Children’s book author and educator Hallee Adelman shares tips on developing a story idea and getting started writing your own book, as well as her own journey to writing her first children’s book.
Mindfulness Through Still Life Drawing
Art Therapist and Art Studio Manager Debora King shares how to draw a still life using meaningful objects in your own home. A great activity for all ages, this is not just an art project but a chance to practice mindfulness in uncertain times.
Compromising in Close Quarters
LGBTQ Initiative Program Manager Galia Godel provides helpful tools for communicating clearly and patiently while social distancing in a shared home.
Carrot and Chickpea Soup Recipe
Join Drew Gold, Kitchen Manager and Educator, for a quick and delicious soup recipe that’s a perfect fit for when you’re self-isolating: it utilizes ingredients that last a long time, feeds many, and freezes well.
Decorate Kindness Rocks
Spread hope in a difficult time! Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager Emalie Clamage shares a great family-friendly art project that helps us all remember that we are not alone.
‘Making Rain’ Activity for Kids
This simple activity with a few household items is great for young children and easy to play inside or in your backyard. Family Life Education Associate Sarah Waxman, MSS, LCSW, takes you through the steps and the fun she had playing this game with her own son.
Homemade Challah Baking
The baking and sharing of challah brings us together and warms our hearts and homes. Kitchen Manager and Educator Drew Gold shares her delicious challah recipe and step-by-step instructions for baking at home and with your kids.
Looking for Resources?
In response to the current public health crisis, JFCS is adapting and expanding our services to address the changing needs of our community. Courtney Owen, Director of Individual and Family Services, shares just a few ways you can find support during these challenging times.
Feelings Are Beautiful
Galia Godel, LGBTQ Initiative Program Manager, helps us take a moment to check in with our ourselves and our feelings, and find a moment of beauty.
Center Yourself with Mandalas
Debora King, Art Therapist and Art Studio Manager, teaches how to design and decorate your own mandalas with at-home art supplies. Use this art project to center yourself, find clarity, and let your creative juices flow. A great activity for all ages!
Protecting Your Finances
In these uncertain times, many families and individuals are worried about spending, saving, and making ends meet. Certified Financial Social Worker Laura Flowers walks you through helpful ways to save and resources that can provide help.
Clean Out Your Closet
In the mood for some spring cleaning with a purpose? Join Shauna Ekezie, Program Manager for Our Closet – Powered by JFCS, for helpful tips on how best to donate your gently used clothes for our free pop-up shops.
Self-Care Tool Kit
Family Life Education Associate Sarah Waxman, MSS, LCSW, takes you through 6 thoughtful ways you can take care of yourself when the world around you feels out of control. Watch this 10-minute video in one go, or work through this tool kit over a couple of days.
Messages of Hope
Join Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager Emalie Clamage for some in-home volunteering. Write and decorate meaningful messages of hope and comfort that you can share with homebound JFCS clients experiencing isolation.