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Memory Sharing Group - Celebrate the Lives of Lost Loved Ones

Jewish Family Service and Congregation Kol Ami invite you to celebrate the lives of your loved ones who are no longer with us — whether they have passed away in the last year or in the past. Jania Sommers, licensed clinical social worker and therapist, will lead in four FREE life-affirming sessions:Monday, August 17 at 6pm Monday, August 24 at 6pm Monday, August 31 at 6pmAugust sessions will take place at JFS (1111 E. Brickyard Rd. #218, SLC 84106; click HERE for map/directions) Monday, September 28 at 6pm, the first day of SukkotSeptember session will be held in the Kol Ami Sukkah with Rabbi Ilana Schwartzman to talk about Ushpizin (2425 Heritage Way, SLC 84109; click HERE for map/directions)  ** Pre-registration appreciated. Space is limited. Please contact Jania at 801.746.4334 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. **Open to the public. Please try to attend all of the sessions as they will build on one another.        

Adoption Home Studies from JFS!

NEW! JFS is pleased to announce a new service being provided to all individuals and couples navigating through the journey of adoption. Jania Sommers, LCSW, is offering pre- and post-adoption home studies (no placement services). For fee schedule and further information, please call JFS at 801.746.4334.

Tribute to Community Couples 2014

On November 9, 2014, JFS hosted our biggest crowd ever for our 7th annual Tribute Dinner, where four "Community Couples" were honored, who each have made a difference in our community: Karen Fjeldsted Doctorman & Gary Doctorman, Anne & Sandy Dolowitz, Kitty & Neil Kaplan, and Helen & Rick Rappaport. View the Tribute Video below. JFS extends our deepest gratitude to all of the individuals and businesses who supported the gala event, which raises essential funds to enable JFS to continue to provide services relied upon by people of all denominations, through our counseling, senior adult services, and safety net programs

New Program Launch! Parent Plus Program

Jewish Family Service is very pleased to announce our newest program, that kicked-off on January 14, 2015: The Parent Plus Program, funded by the Utah Department of Workforce Services, is for couples and families who want to strengthen their family relationships. FREE program including: Family Dinner and Childcare (ages 0-12 only) Relationship Strengthening Workshop for Adults Parenting Workshop for Adults Enrichment for Children Who: Any parenting couple — pre-engaged, pre-marital, married, committed, partners, co-parents, guardians, primary caregivers, grandparents — anyone from newlyweds to seniors What: FREE program based on empirically validated researchGottman's Seven Principals Program formatSkills-based learning environmentPersonal issues not disclosed Participants must commit to all six sessions When: Weekly for 6 weeks on Wednesday evenings (Or Sundays as detailed below)5:30 - 6:00  Dinner as a family 6:00 - 7:30  Program for Adults, Enrichment for Children Where: Jewish Family Service 1111 East 3300 South #218 Salt Lake City, UT 84106 Free parking Click HERE for directions/map Why: You wish to enhance a good partnership, need better conflict management tools, and desire to gain skills to address perpetual and solvable problems to improve your relationship and your parenting.    How: PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED - Contact Facilitator Amy Edwards, ACMHC, NCC, Certified Gottman Educator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 801.746.4334   Schedule for 2015…