JCFS Chicago and CJE SeniorLife share a very close and productive relationship. JCFS offers individualized help, infused with Jewish values, to enhance the emotional well-being of children, teens, adults, and families in Chicago. CJE enhances the quality of life and facilitates independence of older adults.
There are many areas of service and collaboration where JCFS and CJE SeniorLife overlap. This provides for a very rich array of programs and services, that indeed creates a treasure trove of information and expertise for community members of all ages Here is a list of our many different collaborations in case you would like to tap into this substantial well of resources:
JCFS and CJE are in partnership with B’nai Tikvah, Beth Hillel B’nai Emunah, and B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim Congregations—through the Safer Synagogues program, part of JCFS’s Jewish Community Services. This program strives to engage clergy, professional, and lay leadership in learning and discussion about the impact of abuse, improving access to support, and instituting policies that promote safe environments.
JCFS and CJE (in partnership with EZRA, and The ARK) collaborate to provide substance abuse disorder assessment and support services for older adult clients, their loved ones, and caregivers. Professional training and consultation is also provided for clinicians, care managers, and other staff of partner and community agencies.
Grief and Bereavement
Bereavement Support Groups sponsored by JCFS and CJE are held at the Bernard Horwich Center and at CJE’s Weinberg Community in Deerfield, both on Wednesdays.
Holocaust Survivors and Their Family Members
Holocaust Community Services (HCS) is a joint effort of CJE, JCFS, and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago (JFMC). This program provides support and services to Holocaust survivors and their family members so that they may live with dignity.
CJE’s Holocaust Community Services and JCFS’s HIAS Immigration & Citizenship partner with the JFMC to provide supportive services to Chicago Holocaust survivors and their families.
Persons with Disabilities and their Families
JCFS and CJE’s Linkages (for families with adult children with disabilities) partner to sponsor an annual Policy, Advocacy, and You event, as well as other collaborations.
Professional Education and CEUs
JCFS, through its Professional Training Institute and CJE, through its Transition to Wellness Program and other continuing education programs, provide credits to social workers, psychologists and counselors at the two organizations. This enables professionals to stay updated on current practices and/or to advance in their fields.
Spiritual Support and Comfort
Through illness, loss and spiritual support services, JCFS, CJE, and the Chicago Board of Rabbis, all provide a continuum of programs and services that embrace the comfort of human connection, the spiritual support of Jewish tradition and a sense of community to alleviate loneliness and isolation. It presents community programs including the annual Conference on Help, Healing and Hope after Loss and workshops for social service and healthcare professionals, clergy, chaplains and synagogue leaders.