Westchester Jewish Community Services

Enlisting More Troops To Help Troubled Teens

Program trains non-teaching staff to intervene when students show signs of emotional distress.

10/21/2014
Westchester Correspondent
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Teens are masters at hiding their problems, and it’s often in the gym, school bus or cafeteria where bullying, eating disorders and other student struggles become most apparent. 

Santo Barbagiovanni, one of the trainers at recent session in Westchester.  Merri Rosenberg/JW

Fostering Inclusion As Well As Independence

New program offers a Jewish home for young adults on the autism spectrum.

06/24/2014
Westchester Correspondent
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The downpour drenching the streets of White Plains last week didn’t affect the Sabbath calm that had descended on the 12 people inside the Taft Community Center. The group joined to recite the candle-lighting blessings and prayers for Israel and healing, then sang the traditional Shabbat songs “Oseh Shalom” and “Shalom Aleichem,” followed by Kiddush and a Friday-night dinner together.

Staff members of Westchester Jewish Community Services make Kiddush at program for young adults on the autism disorder spectrum.

Surge Of Poor In N.Y. Suburbs Poses Challenge

Survey shows ‘startling’ increases in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester, and among Orthodox, Russian-speaking Jews.

07/17/2012
Jewish Week Correspondent

The clients she sees “are all over the map” in terms of how hard they’ve been hit by the recession, said Peggy Jaeger, Nassau County director of Connect2Care, UJA-Federation of New York’s program to help members of the Jewish community who are unemployed or underemployed.

Masbia, a kosher soup kitchen network and food pantry, has seen its numbers grow to 500 clients a day.
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