Unless otherwise noted, all events are virtual. 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.
Learn Laugh & Love January 21, 2021 Zoom 1:00-2:00
***Register in advance for this program:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Brain Fitness – Keep your brain in tiptop shape as you age!
Be proactive in maintaining and enhancing your cognitive function.
Learn how memory works, specific strategies for remembering, and why it is essential to exercise the body and mind.
Join the Brain fitness workshop and participate in a variety of stimulating activities and brain games throughout the class.
Facilitated by Denise Dias, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, JOCO K-State Extension
Denise Dias has a BS degree in Home Economics, a MS in Apparel Marketing and a MS of International Business and Leadership. She has been with Kansas Extension since 1996 specializing in housing and indoor environment in addition to nutrition and health. She is passionate about teaching and learning and enjoys sharing her expertise with Johnson County residents.
Join The J Kc on March 3, from 7 – 8:00 p.m. for a virtual workshop featuring Keynote Speaker: Barbara Unell Journalist, Author, Educator
Presented by: Beth Torah, Beth Shalom, HBHA, Jewish Family Services, Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, Ohev Sholom, Rabbinical Organization of Greater Kansas City, The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah, and The J
(After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.)
Congratulations, you are a grandparent! It’s so exciting, and an event you likely have been looking forward to for a long time. Will this new experience bring challenges, as well as joy? Absolutely! Join acclaimed journalist, author and educator, Barbara Unell as she shares an easy 3-step consistent approach to collaborative, supportive family relationships that turn those challenges into opportunities of resilience and respect.
- Keynote and opportunity for Q&A
- Breakout session pre-selected: see below for options
- Interactive sessions encouraging participation through Q & A
Breakout Session Options:
- A Drama-Free Cure for Today’s Behavior Blues
Facilitated by Barbara Unell
Join in this feel-good session to find your comfort- and confidence-zone with your grandchild’s behavior in today’s new oh-so-stressful world, where play, school and everything else feels unpredictable. Check into the online tool, Behavior Checker®, with one of the creators, Barbara Unell. Get your behavior questions answered and see, up close and personal, how this tool helps lead to healthier relationships and enhances the lifelong mental, physical and emotional health of adults and children.
- Navigating Complex Family Relationships in your Role as Grandparent
Facilitated by Kathleen Halling JFS therapist
Explore ideas for negotiating roles and boundaries with your adult children. Gain insight in why boundaries matter and how to work together to strengthen your relationships by keeping communication open.
- Engaging with Your Grandkids: Creative Ways to Connect in Person and Long Distance
Facilitated by Judy Jacks Berman, Director of Early Childhood Education, Congregation Beth Shalom
Are you looking for fun things to do with your grandchildren? Judy will share ideas and demonstrate activities to make your time with your grandkids special and help you create long-lasting memories.
- When your Grandchildren are not Being Raised Jewish
Facilitated by Rabbi Beryl Paddor, Congregation Ohev Sholom
Join this thoughtful discussion about the unique challenges faced when your grandchildren are being raised in a different religion. Is it ok to share your Jewish customs and values? Can you still celebrate Jewish holidays together? Explore how to find acceptance of their choice while staying true to your Jewish heritage.
Learn more about the critical challenges facing Kansas Citians and how JFS is responding during our virtual speaker series.
For our last session, Sondra Wallace, YouBeYou and Mental Health Coalition Coordinator and chair of the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition will share how our youth, schools, and adults are using the YouBeYou resources, Sources of Strength model, and JFS services to build communities of strength anchored in caring, connected, positive relationships and social networks. Register here.
“Working with more than 10,000 individuals a year, our team has a unique lens into the complicated problems facing Kansas Citians. This series is an opportunity for the public to learn more about the critical social issues we’re collectively tackling,” said Don Goldman, Executive Director and CEO of JFS. “It’s also an opportunity to have a dialog with us about the evolving challenges due to the pandemic.”