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Nefesh, Hebrew for spirit of life or breath of life.
 
The Nefesh Committee, part of our Gateways Initiative,
provides information, resources and programming to
nourish the mind, body and soul of the
members of the Beth Chaim family.

Nefesh Quote of the Month

The body heals with play, the mind heals with laughter, and the spirit heals with joy - proverb

Wellness:  Mind, Body, Soul

Spiritual      Physical     

          Intellectual     Social

LOCAL SUPPORT SERVICES

KESHET

"...works for the full equality of all LGBTQ Jews and our families in Jewish life."

www.keshetonline.org

HI-TOPS

"...non-profit organization that fosters strong and healthy young people of all identities  by providing inclusive and youth informed sex education and LGBTQ+ support for young people throughout NJ

info@hitops.org

609-683-5155

GOOD GRIEF

"Helps to create a more supportive environment for grieving children and families."

info@good-grief.org

908-522-1999

CORNER HOUSE

"...a non-profit counseling agency for adolescents, young adults, and their families with substance abuse and family crisis issues."

www.cornerhousesite.com

PROJECT SARAH

(Stop Abusive Relationships at Home) part of JFCS "...addresses issues relating to domestic abuse occurring within the Jewish community."

Contact - Debra Levenstein

debra@jfcsonline.org

877-408-5327

609-987-8100

AIR 

(Attitudes in Reverse)

"...mission of AIR is to educate society about mental health....strives to provide unlimited mental health awareness and suicide prevention programs to youth and young adults.

https://air.ngo/

609-945-3200

DOROT

"...works with older adults who range in age from 60 to over 100 – a majority in their 80s. They vary in physical mobility, economic status and backgrounds."

info@dorotusa.org

212-769-2850

COVID Resources and Information

RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery’s Hope and Healing Program offers emotional support services, education and community-based resources for individuals and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click Here for Free Weekly Virtual Support Groups

Anxiety and Depression Guide During COVID-19

Articles

 A quick reference to guide parents in managing their children’s concerns and questions related to pandemic.

Dear Therapist’s Guide to Staying Sane During a Pandemic

You can let anxiety consume you, or you can feel the fear and also find joy in ordinary life, even now.
 

Taking care of yourself during the pandemic, from head to toe

 

It’s been a while since many of us have been to work, the gym or the hairdressers. We’re still not sleeping well. Take a step back and pay attention to your mental and physical needs during this time. You’ll be glad you did.

Spiritual Wisdom and Guidance

How Do We Heal?
A Message from Jewish Family & Children's Services

Healing, one of our agency’s three core values, is derived from the Jewish value Tikkun Olam.

 

Tikkun Olam - Healing the World, the concept can seem overwhelming in the best of times, for as much as we try, there is always healing needed.

 

Where do we even begin?

 

First, we must be sure we heal from within. We must prioritize our own mental health and well-being before looking to give of ourselves to others. Remember, you cannot pour from an empty cup.

Read the entire article

If you are seeking extra support during these difficult times...

 

JFCS Phone Drop-In Hours - 609-987-8100 Dial 0

Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 AM - 12 PM

Tue & Thu: 5 - 7 PM

Connect with Warmlines

NJ Hopeline - 1-855-654-6735

Mental Health America

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

JFCS Resource Page

VIDEO, MEDIA  AND INTERACTIVE RESOURCES

MIND

Temple Emanuel - Streicker Center -       At the Streicker Center,  the mission is to offer programs that spark curiosity, engage the intellect and infuse our lives with rich Jewish culture.

55 Plus -  Provides a venue for interested persons to interact socially, attend lectures on interesting topics, and become involved in a variety of community activities. 

    Presentations for 2020-2021

    Recorded Past Presentations

 

Barnes Museum Takeout -  Your Daily Servings of Art Presentations on exhibits and artists shown at the Barnes Museum in Philadelphia

Rutgers Senior Audit Program - Permits retired New Jersey residents, age 62 or older, to audit courses on a space-available, noncredit basis. There are no tuition costs for auditing courses. Senior auditors do not receive academic credit for audited course.

BODY 

Amazon - If you have Amazon Prime or an Amazon Firestick you have access to fitness videos ranging from children’s yoga to strength training to Zumba!-

 

The Israel Culinary Trip 2021- 

A Streicker Center Event

YUMMLY! - Takes perfect comfort food recipes and makes them healthier.

SOUL

Benefits of Gratitude (video)

iBreathe - Simple guided breathing

The Tapping Solution - Tapping, also known as EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), is a powerful stress relief technique. 

Meditation Sites

       Live (sign up for live Zoom on IJS site 

       or can go to recorded on Facebook)

   

Parent Support Articles

What To Say To Kids When The News Is Scary :

Parenting: Difficult Conversations

Some advice on how to explain this difficult situation to your

children. - NPR.com

What I Learned as a Parent of a Transgender Child
by Paria Hassouri, M.D.
A parent describes her own transition toward acceptance of

her child’s identity.

FREE SUPPORT GROUPS

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit)

...provides advocacy support, networking and information to those affected by ADHD in your community.

Any Questions:Janemilrod@gmail.com

609-731-7556

Free support groups 2x week on zoom

To register and get the zoom link:

chaddprincetonnj@gmail.com

Group for adults with ADHD

Every Monday 7:30-9:30pm

Group for parents of child with ADHD

Every Thursday 7:30-9:30pm

ADHD and Executive Function Deficits Presentation (click the icon)