Family Life Education

“Family” is our middle name. With that in mind, JFS offers a variety of programs, events, and workshops across all age groups on important family issues. We provide education, support, guidance, and resource information to strengthen the quality of life for individual and families.

BLING: Building Liberated Insightful Nurtured Girls is an educational program addressing the challenges a young girl faces. Topics include self-esteem, eating disorders, body image, peer relationships, and communication with parents. For more information contact Mary Beth Blackwell at 913-327-8298 or mblackwell@jfskc.org.

CHAI: Channeling Healthy Adolescent Interaction helps teens bring the Jewish value for life into their daily choices and decisions through useful & relevant information on the big topics in their lives. CHAI focuses on:

• Preventive education
• Peer support
• Consultation and referral services

For more information contact Susie Hurst at 913-327-8259 or shurst@jfskc.org.

Making Marriage Work: A seminar for Jewish couples recently married, engaged, or even contemplating marriage. Topics covered in the seminar include: love and commitment, communication, conflict resolution, sexuality, children and family planning, money management, and Judaism. For more information contact Susie Hurst at 913-327-8259 or shurst@jfskc.org.

New Mom’s Connection: Bring your baby and join other new moms on the same journey to share the joys and concerns of new motherhood. Learn strategies to help with the challenges of raising a baby, insights to help raise a Jewish baby, and learn what the Jewish community has to offer. This program is facilitated by licensed therapist Betsy Low. For more information contact Susie Hurst at 913-327-8259 or shurst@jfskc.org.

Parenting the Preschooler: This four part Education Series, led by Betsy Low, children’s therapist, helps parents of preschoolers gain new insights and skills.  Topics include: Healthy Habits, Getting Your Kids to Bed from A to Zzzz, Getting Along: Strategies for Sibling Squabbles, and Positive Discipline. The series is offered at area Jewish preschools. For more information please contact Betsy Low at 913-327-8253 or blow@jfskc.org.

Sacred Aging: As we age, there are more issues to tackle.  Join JFS for its Sacred Aging series to discover the tools that can help you and your family navigate this changing landscape. For more information click here.

Under Construction: Approaching adolescence can be confusing. In the middle of so much change, Under Construction gives boys grades 4-7 the tools and information they need to:

• Communicate effectively with people of all ages
• Identify and express their feelings
• Stand up to peer pressure
• Understand the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle with exercise and nutrition

For more information contact Mary Beth Blackwell at 913-327-8298 or mblackwell@jfskc.org.