Tikvah Tips to Survive Holiday Depression

Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time of happiness, warmth, and feeling close to family. But what if you or a loved one, are feeling depressed, isolated and alone? What if you are experiencing grief, a serious disability or terminal illness, and not feeling thankful? Thanksgiving or any holiday can be a reminder of all that is missing in our lives. Tikvah Professional Jewish Chaplains (Rabbis and Cantors with chaplaincy training) are here for you. Spiritual reflection can help you find meaning in suffering. Even if we cannot control the cause, a positive spiritual and emotional response may help us advance our healing and recovery. Tikvah Chaplains offer welcoming, compassionate, easily accessible, spiritual support for Jewish individuals and families, of all ages.

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HIAS Chicago College Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

By David Rupp, Social Work Graduate Student and Intern, Jewish Child & Family Services

The 2018/2019 HIAS College Scholarship Program is officially live! Applications are available to download through the submission deadline of January 21st, 2018.

For over a decade, HIAS Chicago has had the honor of providing scholarships for Jewish students whose lives have been touched by our organization directly, or through their parents or grandparents.

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Cuffing Season, Ghosting, Hooking Up: Teen Dating Slang That Every Parent Should Know

Here’s a rundown of some of the most popular terms that teens use to describe modern romance, from the tamest to the riskiest. Just to be clear: We’re definitely not suggesting that you violate your child’s privacy, but if you hear or come across any of these terms, there might be more going on than meets the eye. Don’t see the term you’re looking for? Try this comprehensive list of acronyms or this guide to teen slang.

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Tips for Traveling with Young Children During the Holidays

by Carri Hill PhD, Pia Todras PsyD and Barbara Danis PhD

The holiday season is upon us, and for many families that means time to hit the road to grandma's house! Regardless of the mode of transportation --car, train or plane-- traveling with young children can be challenging for the entire family. Even the most well-behaved child may have difficulty managing his behaviors and emotions during this time of year. Planning ahead increases the likelihood that the trip will go smoothly.

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Mazel Paws Fundraiser Benefits JCFS Therapeutic Day School

by Anna Hanuszewicz, Social Media Specialist

On Sunday, October 22, 2017, Jewish Child & Family Services hosted Mazel Paws, a family-friendly event that raised needed funds for the JCFS Therapeutic Day School. Fifty guests, 25 dogs and 25 volunteers joined us at the Joy Faith Knapp Children’s Center for a fun morning that included a costume dog parade with awards and a special pet blessing conducted by Rabbi Brill.

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Highland Park Community Foundation (HPCF) Awards $5,000 Grant to Response’s Operation Snowball

Congratulations to Debra Mier, Kelly Grover, Ellie Molise and the staff of Response’s Operation Snowball program, who are recipients of a $5,000 grant from the Highland Park Community Foundation (HPCF). Response is among 35 agencies that were awarded HPCF grants for 2017. This year’s grant will allow Response to serve 40-50 students from District 113 in the 2018 Operation Snowball Program.

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Thinking about Coming Out? Here’s Some Advice

October 11th is National Coming Out Day, a time to celebrate anyone who announces their LGBTQ identity. Coming out takes courage, pride, and self-esteem. For some, it is a joyful experience, filled with support and acceptance from family and friends. For others, it can be scary or even risky.

If you’re thinking about coming out as LGBTQ, here are some things that may help make it a safe and positive experience...

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Coming Out: How to Support Your LGBTQ Teen

In honor of National Coming Out Day (October 11), we celebrate those who bravely choose to live openly as LGBTQ. Coming out is always emotionally charged—not only for the person doing it, but for those they’re telling. For LGBTQ teens, who are often reliant on the adults around them for support and protection, the decision to come out can be extra-emotional and filled with uncertainty. They may be deeply scared of suffering rejection (or worse) at the hands of loved ones.

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