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

This group, for children 2-3 years of age, will focus on participating in circle time and engaging in play-time activities that promote communication, early problem solving and following directions. This group is playful and fun, often focusing on a particular theme to enhance vocabulary development and to increase a child’s opportunity to use language within a group setting. Children can practice the social rules of communication such as turn-taking, gestures and body language. Led by Speech-Language Pathologist Allison Liwanag.

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
Children & Adolescents

4:30-5:30pm

    Children & Adolescents

    Our therapy groups help kids understand and manage their emotions, while learning to interact with others in order to build healthy relationships with peers and adults.

    • Address anxiety in social situations
    • Teach skills for conflict resolution
    • Provide a supportive environment to talk through feelings
    • Practice flexibility in group settings
    • Increase understanding of other’s perspective

    Contact Alissa Rotblatt to register. Ages 5-7.

    Children & Adolescents

    Joy Faith Knapp Children's Center
    3145 W. Pratt Blvd
    Chicago, IL 60645
    United States

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    Children & Adolescents
    Alissa Rotblatt
    773.467.3769
    Children & Adolescents

    Mondays 4:45-6pm
    Wednesdays 4:30-5:30pm

    Children & Adolescents

    Our therapy groups help kids understand and manage their emotions, while learning to interact with others in order to build healthy relationships with peers and adults.

    • Address anxiety in social situations
    • Teach skills for conflict resolution
    • Provide a supportive environment to talk through feelings
    • Practice flexibility in group settings
    • Increase understanding of other’s perspective

    Contact Alissa Rotblatt to register. Ages 7-11.

    Children & Adolescents

    Joy Faith Knapp Children's Center
    3145 W. Pratt Blvd
    Chicago, IL 60645
    United States

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    Children & Adolescents
    Alissa Rotblatt
    773.467.3769
    Children & Adolescents

    10-11am

    Children & Adolescents

    Join us for an hour of food exploration in two sets of different groups every Thursday or Tuesday. We’ll have a great time prepping, cooking and exploring foods to make food time a fun time. We welcome all children who are working on oral-motor skills, sensory aversions or medically complex feeding needs including decreasing feeding tube dependency.

    The Food Adventurers will be led by a Speech-Language Pathologist with consultation from Occupational Therapists and Psychologists. All ages welcome.

    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
    Children & Adolescents

    1:00-3:30pm

    Children & Adolescents

    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.

    Sibshops are currently offered one Sunday afternoon each month in Northbrook. Teen Sibshops are offered as requested. 

    Children & Adolescents

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

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    Children & Adolescents
    Tammy Besser, LCSW
    773.765.3159
    Children & Adolescents

    1:30-3pm

    Children & Adolescents

    The Get Together provides an opportunity for parents to meet with other parents with young children. Parents share ideas and concerns with each other and professional staff while their children play and explore together.  This group meets weekly on Mondays, and is led by a JCFS Chicago child development professional.

    Please inquire about fees, registration, and group guidelines. 

     

    Children & Adolescents

    Virgina Frank Child Development Center
    6639 N Kedzie Ave
    Abe and Ida Cooper Center
    Chicago, IL 60645
    United States

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    Children & Adolescents
    Mollie Reed
    773.765.3100
    Children & Adolescents

    Mondays 4:45-6pm
    Wednesdays 4:30-5:30pm

    Children & Adolescents

    Our therapy groups help kids understand and manage their emotions, while learning to interact with others in order to build healthy relationships with peers and adults.

    • Address anxiety in social situations
    • Teach skills for conflict resolution
    • Provide a supportive environment to talk through feelings
    • Practice flexibility in group settings
    • Increase understanding of other’s perspective

    Contact Alissa Rotblatt to register. Ages 7-11.

    Children & Adolescents

    Joy Faith Knapp Children's Center
    3145 W. Pratt Blvd
    Chicago, IL 60645
    United States

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    Children & Adolescents
    Alissa Rotblatt
    773.467.3769
    Children & Adolescents

    3:45-4:45pm

    Children & Adolescents

    Join us for an hour of food exploration in two sets of different groups every Tuesday or Thursday. We’ll have a great time prepping, cooking and exploring foods to make food time a fun time. We welcome all children who are working on oral-motor skills, sensory aversions or medically complex feeding needs including decreasing feeding tube dependency.

    The Food Adventurers will be led by a Speech-Language Pathologist with consultation from Occupational Therapists and Psychologists. All ages welcome.

    Children & Adolescents

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

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    Children & Adolescents
    Megan Kowalski
    847.412.4335
    Children & Adolescents

    4:30-5:30

    Children & Adolescents

    Our therapy groups help kids understand and manage their emotions, while learning to interact with others in order to build healthy relationships with peers and adults.

    • Address anxiety in social situations
    • Teach skills for conflict resolution
    • Provide a supportive environment to talk through feelings
    • Practice flexibility in group settings
    • Increase understanding of other’s perspective

    Contact Alissa Rotblatt to register. Ages 7-11.

    Children & Adolescents

    Joy Faith Knapp Children's Center
    3145 W. Pratt Blvd
    Chicago, IL 60645
    United States

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    Children & Adolescents
    Alissa Rotblatt
    773.467.3769
    Children & Adolescents

    5:30-6:30pm

    Children & Adolescents

    Our therapy groups help kids understand and manage their emotions, while learning to interact with others in order to build healthy relationships with peers and adults.

    Children & Adolescents

    Joy Faith Knapp Children's Center
    3145 W. Pratt Blvd
    Chicago, IL 60645
    United States

    View Map
    Children & Adolescents
    Alissa Rotblatt
    773.467.3769