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Community Events

Job Seekers Success Group — Wednesday, January 8, 7PM–9 PM

Jewish Family Service is offering a Job Seekers Success Group for active job seekers who are unemployed, underemployed or seeking a career change.

The topic for this session is “SMART Moves for 2020”, presented by Terrence Seamon, Career Transition Consultant, The Ayers Group.

Moving your career ahead depends on a few critical things. He calls them “SMART Moves.”

In this highly interactive workshop, we will explore these vital elements, including: What does it means to be “in Sales & Marketing?” What activities will bring you the best return on your time and effort? How can you handle and use rejection? Do you know how to build a support team to aid you in reaching your goal? What do the most proactive job seekers and career changers do in today's challenging job market? How can you increase your effectiveness?

Learn the skills of highly effective career transitioners and how you can achieve your goals and address obstacles and challenges more effectively. Start making “SMART moves” and achieve more success in your professional and personal life!

Don't miss this session where you can expand your network, make new friends, share knowledge with your peers, and hear highly relevant and beneficial insights and perspectives on today's challenging job market.

This group is open to the entire community.

To register or for information about Career Counseling Services, please contact Elise Prezant at 908-725-7799, extension 108 or eprezant@JewishFamilySvc.org.

This group is free of charge, but space is limited, so please make sure to register.

Funding for this program is provided by grants from The Arnold A. Schwartz Foundation, United Way of Hunterdon County, and Magyar Bank

Women's Program: “Resilance” — Friday, January 17, 10 AM–Noon

Foundations of Success Workshops and Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties invites all women to a program called “Resilience”. This program will be presented by Jeanne Rohach, Coordinator & Facilitator, Foundations of Success Workshops, Dress for Success Northern NJ - 10 Counties.

A state of well-being is needed every day in order to withstand the pressures of raising a family, experiencing transitions, working at a job, dealing with health problems, navigating relationships, healing and surviving through all types of trials and tribulations. In this workshop we will explore some of the key concepts provided in the book Resilient — How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness by Rick Hanson, Ph.D. Experiential practices will be shared with an emphasis on exercises for developing the inner strengths of calm, courage, and self-compassion.

To register or for information about Career Counseling Services, please contact Elise Prezant at 908-725-7799, extension 108 or eprezant@JewishFamilySvc.org.

This group is free of charge, but space is limited, so please make sure to register.

Family Mentor/Senior Home Visitor Program Volunteer Orientation and Training

Family Mentor and Senior Home Visitor program volunteer orientation and training is held several time throughout the year at the Jewish Family Service office in Somerville.  Volunteers, both male and female, are sought throughout the year for matching with families who have requested a mentor, and/or with frail seniors seeking companionship and cognitive stimulation.  


For more info or to volunteer for the Family Mentor program, please call Ruth Edelman, LCSW at 908 725-7799 ext. 109

For more info or to volunteer for the Senior Program, please call Maris Chavenson, LCSW at extension 100.

If you are interested in receiving services as a mentored family, please contact Jerry Starr, LCSW extension 104.

Expanding Horizons Groups

Social Learning Group

Social skills training and peer support for children and adolescents coping with Asperger's Syndrome, High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders or Other Social Skills Disorders. Learn skills for managing social situations and making friends in a relaxed atmosphere.

Fee: $300 for 10 sessions and 4 parent sessions. Scholarships available. Intake interview required prior to admission.

Parent Support Group

Peer Support for parents/caregivers of children with special needs. An opportunity to come together to share experiences and explore the issues most important to participants. Facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker with experience working with families of special needs children.

Fee: $15 per session (scholarships available)

Young Adult Social Club

A Social Group for high school graduates with social needs. The group meets twice monthly for social outings in the community.

Fee: $10 per session Scholarships available. Intake interview required prior to admission.

Sibling Support Group

Peer support and information for brothers and sisters of children with special needs.

For more information or to enroll please contact Jennifer Ellis Walters, LCSW at 908-725-7700 X123 or email JenniferW@JewishFamilySvc.org.

Café Europa

Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties is pleased to announce the next Café Europa. Café Europa is a social group for Holocaust survivors who, from 1933-1945, resided in European countries that were subject to Nazi rule and control.

Through speakers, discussions and entertainment, Café Europa gives its members an opportunity to meet new people with similar backgrounds and provide a setting for people to share stories, experiences, and concerns.

Café Europa promises to be enjoyable and informative for all who participate.

For more information or to register for Café Europa, please contact Jewish Family Service at 908-725-7799.