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

4-5pm

Children & Adolescents

Looking for a fun way to learn social awareness, communication skills, and self-regulation? The Social Superhero Training Academy is open! In this speech-language pathologist-lead group, children will use Social Thinking Curriculum to learn to be flexible-thinking superheroes. They will learn to defeat cartoon characters who embody different social challenges such as Rock Brain, who makes people get stuck on their own ideas, Body Snatcher, who moves people’s bodies away from the group, and Topic Twistermeister, who makes people jump off topic.

Children & Adolescents
Children & Adolescents
Megan Kowalski
847.412.4335
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
Support Groups

7-8pm

Support Groups

A free monthly drop-in group for adults in the Jewish community and beyond who are navigating the world after the loss of a loved one to suicide.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this group will be held on Zoom.  Please contact Laurie Garber-Amram for the Zoom link and to ensure your ability to access the event.

Support Groups
Support Groups
Laurie Garber-Amram
847.745.5454
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. To register please email Nina Henry.

Can't make it on a Tuesday? Time to talk is also available on Wednesdays.

Support Groups
Support Groups
Nina Henry
847.745.5457
Support Groups

3-4pm

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, to register and to receive a Zoom link, email Laurie Garber-Amram. This series is free and open to the public. 

Support Groups
Support Groups
Laurie Garber-Amram
847.745.5454
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. To register please email Nina Henry.

Can't make it on a Tuesday? Time to talk is also available on Wednesdays.

Support Groups
Support Groups
Nina Henry
847.745.5457
Support Groups

3-4pm

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, to register and to receive a Zoom link, email Laurie Garber-Amram. This series is free and open to the public. 

Support Groups
Support Groups
Laurie Garber-Amram
847.745.5454
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. To register please email Nina Henry.

Can't make it on a Tuesday? Time to talk is also available on Wednesdays.

Support Groups
Support Groups
Nina Henry
847.745.5457
Support Groups

3-4pm

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, to register and to receive a Zoom link, email Laurie Garber-Amram. This series is free and open to the public. 

Support Groups
Support Groups
Laurie Garber-Amram
847.745.5454
Support Groups

7:30-9pm

Support Groups

Please join us for a virtual monthly grief support group for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one within the past two years. The group meets on the 4th Monday of each month from 7:30 - 9:00 pm and is co-sponsored by Anshe Emet Synagogue, Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel, Emanuel Congregation, Mishkan Chicago and Temple Sholom of Chicago.

Support Groups
Support Groups
Marsha Raynes
847.745.5408