Abuse Prevention

Jewish Community Abuse Resources, Education and Solutions

JCARES offers education and resources to increase awareness, expand understanding and ensure a culturally sensitive, coordinated response to abuse in Jewish homes and families. A catalyst for social justice and institutional change, JCARES is committed to inspiring collaborative action focused on abuse across the lifespan -- from keeping children safe to the well-being of elders.

Programs and initiatives include:

  • JCARES Coalition 
  • Professional Training Institute
  • Partnership for Safer Communities 
  • Project Shield   

JCARES Coalition

The 40+ member coalition includes representation from Jewish and secular social service, mental health, domestic violence/sexual assault/child abuse agencies; synagogues; funders; governmental and municipality entities; advocates, community leaders and stakeholders. The JCARES coalition is a catalyst for new and strengthened partnerships and collaborative action.

JCARES Coalition Members include Individual advocates, therapists and survivors and the following organizations:

A Safe Place

The ARK

Between Friends

Center for Contextual Change

Chicago Children's Advocacy Center

Chicago Police Department

Children's Advocacy Center of North & Northwest Cook County 

Circuit Court of Cook County Domestic Violence Division

CJE SeniorLife

Cook County State's Attorney Office

EZRA Multi-Service Center

HIAS Immigration & Citizenship, a program of JCFS Chicago

Illinois Accountability Initiative

Jewish Center for Addiction, a program of JCFS Chicago

Jewish Coalition Against Sex Trafficking

JCFS Services for People with Disabilities

Jewish Community Centers of Chicago

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

Jewish Healing Network, a program of JCFS

Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago

National Council of Jewish Women

Niles Family Services

Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault

Rape Victim Advocates

Response for Teens, a program of JCFS Chicago

SHALVA

UIC School of Public Health

YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center

Professional Training Institute

The Professional Training Institute (PTI) offers a diversity of opportunities for learning, networking and dialoguing. Since its inception in 2006, the PTI has featured sessions focused on giving participants the knowledge, tools and strategies to become more effective and sensitive responders to domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. Today, in collaboration with other JCFS Community Services programs, the PTI also provides education to address issues such as substance abuse, infertility, and grief.  JCFS offers Continuing Education Credits (CEU’s) for Social Workers, Counselors, Psychologists, Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professionals (through a partnership with Between Friends), and Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors .

View our Professional Training calendar listings below for upcoming training and presentations or on our calendar of events.

Partnership for Safer Communities

The JCARES Partnership for Safer Communities initiative is an innovative program that aims to promote health and safety in Jewish day schools, synagogues, camps and other settings through education, policy review and community-building efforts. Safer Communities programs engage lay and professional staff – rabbis and clergy; synagogue, school and camp administrators; educators; parents and students – in learning and dialogue about the impact of abuse across the lifespan, improving access to support for those experiencing abusive situations, and coordinated community strategies that perpetuate healthy, peaceful homes, families and relationships. Safer Communities supports institutions in their efforts to ensure sustainable safe environments into the future.

Project Shield

Project Shield works in partnership with the community to build safe, healthy Jewish relationships and families by heightening awareness and providing education about child sexual abuse. 

Support & Funding

JCARES is supported by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, the Leo S. Guthman Fund and other generous donors.

JCARES Staff 

Betsy Lazerow, Coordinator, JCARES and Community Services Education & Learning Initiatives, call 847.745.5430

Dawn Levin, Safer Communities Coordinator, call 847.745.5450

Naomi Shicly, Community Educator, call 847.745.5454

Date Event Location Contact
Professional & Community Training

6-8 pm

Professional & Community Training

Take control of your money!

  • Stop overspending 
  • Get and stay out of debt 
  • Save for unexpected expenses 
  • Understand your financial behavior 
  • Become confident in your ability to manage your money!

This 12 week program meeting on Thursdays, from March 21 through June 6, 2019 will have a small class size, so space is limited. This event costs $300 for the 12 weeks of sessions. Participants will need to purchase a $9/month subscription to budgeting software. No prior financial knowledge needed.

Professional & Community Training

Goldie Bachmann Luftig Building
5150 Golf Rd.
Skokie, IL 60077
United States

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Professional & Community Training
Sheryl Kosovski
847.745.5442
Professional & Community Training

10am-12pm

Professional & Community Training

This two hour seminar will cover the steps from conceptualization to the therapeutic process of Reunification Counseling. There will be a Guardian Ad Litem to talk about how cases are identified for this type of therapy and how the court system works. The second part of the seminar, presented by Tami Sollo LCSW, Coordinator of the Divorce Specialty Center, will focus on how Critical Thinking plays an important role in conceptualizing a case.

Professional & Community Training

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

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Professional & Community Training
Elisabeth Llewellyn
773.467.3811
Professional & Community Training

10-11:30am

 

**Please note: This is seminar consists of 7 sessions starting January 14 and ending April 22, 2019. Attendance at all 7 sessions is required to receive CEUs.**

Professional & Community Training
Professional & Community Training

Jewish Child & Family Services
Goldie Bachman Luftig Building
5150 W. Golf Road
Skokie, IL 60077
United States

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Professional & Community Training
Elisabeth Llewellyn
773.467.3811
Professional & Community Training

Registration: 8:45am
Program: 9am-12pm

Professional & Community Training

Today, many clinicians and others are seeking clear, accurate information about marijuana – the various compounds, what products may look like, how they are used medicinally and socially, whether they are addictive and more. At this training session for professionals, the presenter will discuss trends related to marijuana. In addition, strategies for identifying individuals experiencing Cannabis Use Disorder, potential intervention options, and the unique issues

Professional & Community Training

Temple Beth-El
3610 Dundee Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
United States

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Professional & Community Training
Professional & Community Training

10-11:30am

 

**Please note: This is seminar consists of 7 sessions starting January 14 and ending April 22, 2019. Attendance at all 7 sessions is required to receive CEUs.**

Professional & Community Training
Professional & Community Training

Jewish Child & Family Services
Goldie Bachman Luftig Building
5150 W. Golf Road
Skokie, IL 60077
United States

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Professional & Community Training
Elisabeth Llewellyn
773.467.3811
Professional & Community Training

8am-4pm

Professional & Community Training

The suicide of a loved one can have a profound and sometimes devastating impact on those left behind, called suicide loss survivors. 

Professional & Community Training

Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah
3220 Big Tree Lane
Wilmette, IL 60091
United States

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Professional & Community Training
Betsy Lazerow MEd, Education and Networking Coordinator
847.745.5430