Leading the Way to a New Jewish Path for Healing After Pregnancy Loss
  • Grief & Bereavement
  • Parenting
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While Judaism offers beautiful lifecycle traditions and rituals for those who are grieving, Jewish customs for pregnancy and infant loss are only now catching up with modern times. Up to one in four women in the U.S. will experience at least one miscarriage, and many others will experience a stillbirth or infertility at some point. The rates are even higher in the Bay Area where many delay starting a family until later in life. When this kind of devastating loss occurs, women—as well as their partners, families, and friends—have historically been left without a clear Jewish path for rituals, support,… Read More

Posted by Admin on January 9, 2017
High Stress the New “Normal” for Bay Area Teens and Young Adults
  • JFCS News
  • Parenting
  • Youth
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It has never been easy to be a teenager, but JFCS is finding that today’s climate is particularly tough on our young people. Academic success, extracurricular activities, pressure to “package” oneself on social media—and the list goes on. These pressures can be coupled with frequent moves due to housing insecurities, financial stressors to find funds for school supplies and food, plus parents who work multiple jobs to just hold on. It adds up to almost constant anxiety and stress. Teens Report High Stress Is The New Norm The teens we serve consistently tell us about the pressure they feel from… Read More

Posted by Admin on October 7, 2016
San Francisco’s Largest Preschool and Kindergarten Exhibition, Is Set for Sept. 28 in Golden Gate Park
  • Parenting
  • Press Releases
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Sept. 9, 2016 – Overwhelmed with how to figure out the preschool and kindergarten admissions process in San Francisco? You’re in luck: JFCS’ Parents Place has an upcoming event just for you! The 24th annual Preschool Preview Night is on Wed. is on Sept. 28, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, at the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park. San Francisco parents will be able to meet and speak with representatives from over 100 local schools and children’s services providers. Parents can get answers about school philosophies, costs, pre-admission visits, hours, and more. This year’s… Read More

Posted by Admin on September 9, 2016
Brian Copeland: Back to School Tips with Mechele Pruitt
  • JFCS in the News
  • Parenting

KGO Radio

Mechele Pruitt, the Director of JFCS’ Parents Place of San Francisco joins Brian Copeland in the studio to talk about how to prepare kids for the upcoming school year, and what resources are available to both parents and children.

Listen to the show online here >

Posted by Admin on August 16, 2016
JFCS Partners with AltSchool to Help Kids Succeed in School and Life
  • Education
  • Parenting
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For James, 7, making friends didn’t come easily. He had a hard time sitting still. He was impulsive and would often blurt things out in class. He had trouble starting conversations with his classmates and he struggled with sharing and taking turns on the playground equipment. Fortunately, James’s first-grade class is one of the happy participants of social skills groups facilitated by JFCS’ Parents Place. James’ teacher started him in the group and within a  few months he was coming out of his shell, engaging more with his peers and, to his surprise, he even made a friend. Soon… Read More

Posted by Admin on August 9, 2016