Powering Off: Take a Family Digital Detox
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At their best modern devices are helpful tools and can make our lives easier. At their worst they are remarkably addictive, and research now clearly shows that their use can lead to a host of behavioral, interpersonal, and mood issues for people of all ages. If you are reading this you likely have a young child or adolescent in your life. I have some bad news for you—for young children in particular screen-time has been shown to have negative effects on sleep (which can also negatively impact mood and lead to behavioral issues), social interaction and learning, executive functioningRead More

Posted by Admin on June 7, 2017
Survivors bring history to life for students hungry for learning
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  • JFCS in the News
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J Weekly

By Carly Nairn

While most high school students wouldn’t choose to spend their weekends inside a classroom, Piedmont High School senior Danny DeBare did. The Jewish teen, along with hundreds of his peers, gathered last Sunday at a San Francisco high school to bring Jewish history into focus.

Holocaust Survivor with Student

“Participation is everything to get the full effect of learning the history,” said DeBare.

Now in its 15th year, the Day of Learning, organized by the JFCS Holocaust Center, brought together Holocaust survivors in the Bay Area and 750 students and educators from schools in the region — from as far away as Modesto — to listen, engage and learn about the past and how its lessons apply to the future.

Read the full article here >


Posted by Admin on March 23, 2017
Holocaust program pairs survivors with Palo Alto teens
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The Mercury News

By Jacqueline Lee

It was her mother’s intuition that spared Denise Elbert from the gas chambers during the Jewish Holocaust in World War II.

Samantha Alvarez and Denise Elbert

Elbert was 9 months old in 1942 when she boarded a train headed for Sobibor with her mom and dad. Young Jewish Slovakian families, like the Elberts, had been told they were needed to help build a major German city, and locals lined the platform to see them off.

When Elbert’s mother spotted a good childhood friend, she decided to ask the friend to care for her daughter until the couple got settled in the new city.

None of the Jewish families knew then that Sobibor was a death camp.

“I think it was pure instinct,” Elbert said, “and that saved me.”

Elbert, 75, of Sunnyvale, knows her story is unique in that she is one of the younger survivors of the Holocaust.

Because of this, she willingly shares her story with young people through the Holocaust Center’s Next Chapter program, which pairs survivors with teens and regularly engages in a speaker series.

Read the full article at The Mercury News >


Posted by Admin on January 5, 2017
High Stress the New “Normal” for Bay Area Teens and Young Adults
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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
The Perfect Storm—A Critically Ill Parent and High School
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Do the Good Thing – Please Donate to the JFCS Annual Campaign Growing up is hard enough these days—heavy homework loads, constant peer pressure, uncertainty about the future. One bad thing can stop a teen in her tracks. It was already bad enough for Jessica, who recently reached out to JFCS in distress. Her friends at school were spreading vicious rumors about her—her grades and self-esteem were slipping. Jessica tried her best not to worry her widowed father who had struggles of his own. He hadn’t worked a regular job in years due to debilitating back pain, and the jobs… Read More

Posted by Admin on October 7, 2016
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