Spring/Summer 2020 Programs

Following the state order to implement social distancing practices, JCFS Chicago buildings are closed to all visitors until further notice. 

For immediate information call 855.275.5237, check JCFS.org often or follow us on Facebook @JCFSChicago. Thank you for your understanding and continued support as we together navigate these uncertain times.


Therapeutic Groups and Camps for Children and Teens

Spring Break Sensory Camp (ages 5-7)
Children will get a sensory boost with fun activities that stimulate the five senses - everything from scavenger hunts and upside-down games to art projects, cooking and play in our new Snoezelen room!

Hinaynee Sumer Program
Planning ahead for summer? Consider our summer program designed for children and preteens who would benefit from therapeutic support during the summer months with a focus on emotional regulation, struggles in social settings, and difficulty navigating relationships.

Camp Firefly
While offering the best of summer fun, Camp Firefly is designed to support children, teens and young adults who oftentimes have difficulty connecting with peers and navigating social situations. 

Children and Preteen Therapy Groups 
Helps kids and teens understand and manage their emotions, while learning to interact with others in order to build healthy relationships with peers and adults.

The Roots (ages 7-9)

G.I.R.L Roots (ages 10-13)

Boys Roots (ages 10-13)

Preschool Socialization Group (Ages 3-5) and Boys Socialization Group (Ages 6-8)
Therapeutic social skills groups with an emphasis on emotional regulation and social development. 

 Ready, Set, Grow! Preschool Readiness Group (Ages 2-3)
This fun, play-based group is designed for children who need support to develop language, play and social skills. 


Support and Relief for Individuals and Families

Suicide in the Jewish Community- Continuing the Conversation
Join us to continue the conversation about suicide prevention and support in the Jewish community. Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner will share his personal journey following the death of his brother Gabriel to suicide in 1996, how his family learned to cope and gradually how to heal, and how we can open up the conversation about suicide risk, learning how to take better care of ourselves and each other.

Sibshops offer brothers and sisters of children with a variety of special needs a place to meet other siblings in a relaxed, supportive and recreational setting. For kids ages 6-12 years old. Teens are also welcome.

Group Respite
We use a supportive, nurturing and therapeutic approach for children with intellectual/developmental disabilities, combined with fun, social and recreational activities, giving parents time for a break.

Community Connections
For adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder and significant learning disabilities who are looking for ways to increase their social connections.

Healing Hearts: Grief Support Group for Spouse/Partner Loss
For older adults who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner over the last two years. Meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.

General Loss Grief Support Group    
Monthly drop-in grief support group for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one.  The group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month.



Financial Planning: The Secrets to Never Needing Credit Cards or Loans Again
Learn how to create spending plans, track spending, and adjust plans to put you in control of your financial circumstances. Participants will learn how to adjust their plans as life unfolds. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of saving for unexpected and irregular expenses so that money is always available for all needs. 

Career Services Workshops
In these workshops you will receive an overview of how LinkedIn works, including recent updates to the site. This will include basics of site navigation, how to build and optimize your profile, and the more advanced uses including networking, researching companies and applying to jobs. Also, learn resume and cover letter best practices so you can begin constructing effective, branded, and focused documents that highlight your unique value

Over Coming Under Earning
You're worth more than you are being paid right now! Commit to making more this year. Learn how to earn the money you deserve, how respecting and appreciating money related to income and more. 

Understanding the Grief Experience and the Healing Process: A Community Program
Are you grieving the death of a loved one, or supporting someone else who is grieving? Join us for an evening of learning and comfort for those who are grieving and the people who care about them. 

A Striking Event
Join us for our annual fundraiser honoring Howard Sitron and Dan Wolf. 


For more information about these programs call 855.275.5237