Prevention & Education Workshops

BeTween: Growing Healthy Jewish Girls

BeTween helps Jewish girls strengthen and support their bodies, minds, and spirits through fun programs with other Jewish girls. The adults in their lives – parents, teachers, coaches –access information and resources to help girls navigate the turbulent pre-teen years with confidence and understanding about their bodies, relationships, and roles in their communities.

BeTween supports Jewish girls in grades 3 through 8, and is administered by JCC Chicago. Programs for girls are offered by Response for Teens, JCC and other partner organizations. Response for Teens and JCFS Chicago offer parenting programs and support groups. Visit our calendar for all dates and times.

Response for Teens offers engaging, interactive workshops and presentations for schools, synagogues, youth groups, and other settings. Healthy Relationships, Boundaries and Consent, Bullying, Team-building, Pregnancy and STI Prevention, and other topics can be tailored to your needs. 

In the areas of dating violence and healthy relationships, we offer two powerful programs:

  • The Clothesline Project is an interactive, immersive experience to create awareness and education around relational and gender-based violence and sexual assault. 
  • In Their Shoes tackles the issue of sex trafficking by asking participants to walk the paths of those who become involved in this modern-day slavery

Both of these programs can be brought to your school, synagogue, community center, library, or other location.

Professional and parent/community training is also available on many of the same topics.

Date Event Location Contact
Children & Adolescents

9-10:30am

Children & Adolescents
Children & Adolescents

Abe and Ida Cooper Center
6639 N. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
United States

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Children & Adolescents
Megan Kowalski
847.412.4335
Children & Adolescents

9-10am

Children & Adolescents

This fun, play-based telegroup is designed for 2 to 3 year-old children who need support to develop language, play, and social skills. Waiting, turn-taking, following directions, and transitions are performed in a virtual classroom in your home.

Children & Adolescents
Children & Adolescents
Megan Kowalski
847.412.4335
Children & Adolescents

1-2pm

Children & Adolescents

This group was developed to help your child participate in an important family routine and develop a lifelong skill, cooking!

Children & Adolescents
Children & Adolescents
Megan Kowalski
847.412.4335
Children & Adolescents

3-4pm

Children & Adolescents

As children and teens use electronic devices to connect now more than ever, this group will help children learn to problem solve, work as part of a group, connect, and improve their social communication skills in a fun, online format.

Please contact Megan Kowalski for fee information.

Children & Adolescents
Children & Adolescents
Megan Kowalski
847.412.4335
Support Groups

4:30-5:30pm

Support Groups

A comfortable and safe place for adults who feel alone or isolated to meet and talk with others experiencing similar feelings. We will facilitate mutual support through encouragement, hopefulness, and companionship.

For more information contact Lynn Shyman.

Support Groups
Support Groups
Lynn Shyman
Children & Adolescents

5-6pm

Children & Adolescents

(this group was already running before the mandated shut down and is in the process of resuming in telehealth format)

Aimed at helping boys aged 9 – 12 understand and manage their emotions while learning to build healthy relationships with peers and adults.

This group meets every Tuesday from 5:00 – 6:00pm. Contact Elizabeth DiMaggio for more information.

Children & Adolescents
Children & Adolescents
Elizabeth DiMaggio
Support Groups

1-2:15pm

Support Groups

Join other adults to learn tips and tools for finding enjoyment and minimizing the challenges while living with chronic physical illness. Topics may include communicating with healthcare providers, relationships with family and friends, spiritual resources for healing, and living well in times of uncertainty and hardship. The group facilitator will encourage the process of sharing by providing a space for everyone to explore and learn from members of the group.

This group meets every Wednesday from 1 – 2:15pm

Support Groups
Support Groups
David Lipschutz
847.392.8970
Children & Adolescents

9-10:30am

Children & Adolescents
Children & Adolescents

Elaine Kersten Children's Center
255 Revere Drive, Suite 200
Northbrook, IL 60062
United States

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Children & Adolescents
Megan Kowalski
847.412.4335
Support Groups

9:30-10:30am

Support Groups

This group, lead by certified perinatal mental health clinicians, will focus on education and support around infant and maternal mental health and stress management.

Contact Pauline Gubbins via email or at 847.412.4381 for more information.

Support Groups
Support Groups
Pauline Gubbins
Support Groups

4:30-5:30pm

Support Groups

Virtual 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. They discuss their common joys and concerns, learn to handle sibling-specific “sticky situations” and have fun! For kids ages 6-12 years old. Teens are also welcome. Contact us for more information.

Support Groups
Support Groups
Tammy Besser, LCSW
773.765.3159