Unless otherwise noted, all events are held at the Jewish Community Campus, 5801 W. 115th Street, Overland Park, KS. Some events require an RSVP or enrollment in our programs, so please confirm your spot in advance. Please check directly with JFS on program dates, as dates may change.
Jewish Family Services is hosting a new Grief and Loss Support Group for 2019 that continues for 10 sessions. The group begins January 16, and meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 2-3:30 p.m. in Conference Room A at the Jewish Community Campus. The group, which is free, provides the opportunity to address issues of loss and grief within a Jewish spiritual context in a warm and confidential environment. The Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City also sponsors the group.
The group is co-facilitated by Rabbi Mark Levin and Erica Bench, MSW. The support group is for individuals grieving from the death of a spousal partner, life partner or immediate adult family member. Rabbi Levin will offer feedback based upon his Jewish spiritual background.
Those who have attended the support group have said it is the only place where people understand what they are going through.
“Members of the group receive support, share resources and move through the grieving process together.”
While there is no charge to attend the support group, those wishing to participate (or who would like additional information) should register by contacting Debra Orbuch Grayson, JFS Clinical Manager at (913) 327-8298 or email email@example.com.
Get Started with Jewish Genealogy A Learn, Laugh & Love program with The Heritage Center
Discover and record your family history!
Simple forms and interviews to use with family members
Online genealogical resources
Tools such as DNA testing
Genealogy programs for recording and preserving your stories and data
Helpful informational handouts and forms
Facilitator: Ron Doctor, Ph.d earned his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering in 1967, and became known as Dr. Doctor, thus mirroring his ancestors, who also had a surname that reflected their professions. Near the end of his lengthy career in the energy industry and as a professor, Ron began researching his genealogy. This passion culminated in a lifetime achievement award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.
This program is free, but reservations are requested by calling The Heritage Center reception desk at 913-327-8044.
During the 12-week course, participants will learn communication and problem-solving techniques as well as coping mechanisms to help them deal with their loved one’s journey with mental illness.
This course is for the caregiver and not the loved one with mental illness.
Begins February 25, 2019
12-week series of classes on consecutive Monday evenings
6:30-9:00 p.m. in Conference Room C, Jewish Community Campus
5801 W. 115th St., Overland Park, KS.
Participants must commit to the entire 12 weeks.
“Before I took the course, I felt alone and overwhelmed dealing with my daughter’s mental illness. By taking this course, I have met others who are going through the same things I am and have learned about many resources that I never knew existed.”
Space is limited for the free course, so those interested are asked to register in advance by contacting NAMI representatives Michelle Reeves at Michelle@johnsoncountytow.com or John Thompson, firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (816) 763-6169.
For more details on the course, visit www.nami.org.
In Honor of Jewish Disabilities Month Come join us for a Free Professional Training given by Gidi Zur, CEO of the Kivunim Program for special needs youth in Israel
Tuesday, February 26 from Noon-1:00 p.m.
Lunch is free and will be provided.
JFS Brookside East – Sosland Meeting Room
Gidi Zur is Kivunim’s CEO and co-founder. A former teacher with an M.Ed in educational counseling, he has extensive experience working with youth at risk and developing programs for special needs youth. Mr. Zur served in the IDF as an officer in the paratroopers and is a graduate of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership. He was a founding staff member at Kishorit, the director of two post-high school/pre-army preparatory programs and a member of the Board of Director of the House of Wheels.
Reserve your space by contacting:
Debra Orbuch Grayson, M.S., LCMFT – JFS Clinical Manager
(Please let Debra know of any dietary restrictions.)
phone: 913-327-8298 email: Dgrayson@jfskc.org
Improving Strength through Daily Living
Learn about strengthening muscles through Activities of Daily Living (ADL)
Intensive exercise isn’t for everyone, but incorporating deliberate movement into activities of daily living can be done by most. This session demonstrates easy, simple, yet effective ways to strengthen muscles, if done regularly. Come prepared to practice what is demonstrated.
This program is free, but reservations are requested by calling The Heritage Center reception
desk at 913-327-8044.
Facilitator: Sally N. Ellis Fletcher, PhD, RN, FNAP, is a certified Fall Stop… Move Strong™ trainer. Her professional passions are nursing, education, diversity inclusion and health equity, multiculturalism, entrepreneurship, mentoring, and humanitarianism. She is the owner of Quality Life…Every Day!, LLC, and currently serves as the Associate Dean for Students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies.
The Learn, Laugh, Love series is co-sponsored by The Heritage Center at The J and Jewish Family Services.
Rabbi Jonathan Rudnick, JFS Community Chaplain, along with guest facilitator Rabbi Moshe Grussgott of Kehilath Israel Synagogue and song leader Lezlie Zucker. This sacred and supportive setting offers spiritual restoration and renewal for every stage of life. Our contemporary service includes traditional prayer, song, readings and personal reflection.
A light nosh will precede the service at 6:00 pm, with sweets after. All are welcome. For more information, call 913.327.8250 or email email@example.com.