2018-06-06 / Federation

Federation and agencies enrich mind & body

The Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey is committed to providing family and youth services that enrich both the mind and body. We are strengthening the individual and the family through comprehensive, caring social services along with recreational, cultural, and educational programming.

For children, PJ Library is an important program that supports families in their Jewish journey by providing Jewish-themed books and music for children. With 1,225 children currently enrolled in the program, kids can grow up with music in their hearts and stories in their imaginations. PJ Library offers one book or music CD each month for free.

From adventure books like “Pinky Bloom: The Case of the Missing Kiddush Cup” by Judy Press to historical fiction where even a young boy can save lives like in “A Time to Be Brave” by Joan Betty, there are books and music for all children eager to learn about Jewish culture.

For teenagers and young adults, there are programs like the Gift of Israel, which currently has 425 enrolled students. Thirty-five of those students from area synagogues used their funds to travel to Israel this past winter. Other special initiatives are just starting up, such as Project Rainbow. The program began last year with 12 participants as a safe and supportive environment for teens who identify as LGBTQ.

For families, the Jewish Federation’s JFCS agency offers counseling and support groups to help people navigate life’s twists and turns, enabling them to gain emotional strength and insight. In addition, the Jewish Federation’s JCC agency offers fitness programs and services for everybody, with a dedicated team to guide people get back into an exercise routine, try out something new, or begin their fitness journey.

Family & Youth programming is available through the Jewish Federation family of agencies, impacting lives, and enriching the mind, body, and soul.

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