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Jewish Community Critical Incident Response Team
Have you ever experienced the sudden death of a co-worker?
Has there ever been a tragedy involving someone at your child’s school?
Do you remember how it felt when repeated bomb threats caused evacuations at
Baltimore JCC buildings?
Incidents like these can leave anyone feeling anxious and stressed. The Jewish Community Critical Incident Response Team (JCCIRT) can help work through the disruption and unsettling feelings that can arise.
JCCIRT members are professionally trained and certified by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc. to provide critical incident stress debriefings to small groups following a crisis or major occurrence, including community disasters, natural disasters, riots, robberies, vandalism or violent crime. Shortly after an incident occurs, team members are dispatched to begin the debriefing process with individuals who may have been traumatized by the event. They are not first responders, but rather their purpose is to allow people to process what occurred, provide education about stress responses, and offer information and referral to additional community resources, as needed.
Made up of more than 20 professionals representing agencies across The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore System, the Team will focus on the greater Baltimore Jewish community, but may also serve others in the broader community as well.
For more information, contact Karen Nettler, Director of Community Connections for Jewish Community Services at 410-843-7409 (email@example.com) or Beth Land Hecht, Senior Manager, Community Engagement at 410 843-7456 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Parkinson’s Support Group
Jewish Community Services, in sponsorship with the Edward A. Myerberg Center and the Parkinson’s Disease Movement Disorders Center of Johns Hopkins University, holds a monthly Parkinson’s Disease Support Group for community members with Parkinson’s and their families and caregivers.
The group, which is free and open to the public, meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Myerberg Center, 3101 Fallstaff Road in Baltimore from 2:00 to 3:00pm. Walk-ins are welcome.
Parkinson’s Disease is a degenerative disease in which the brain stops producing a neurotransmitter called dopamine. Since dopamine helps people regulate their body movements and emotions, without it patients can experience great difficulty. While there’s currently no cure for Parkinson’s Disease, there is help for the nearly one million people in the US who are living with it.
For specific meeting dates or for more information, visit jcsbaltimore.org/parkinsons or call 410-843-7352.
Support Group for Adults with Low Vision
Jewish Community Services (JCS) offers a Support Group for Adults with Low Vision. The ongoing group meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at the Edward A. Myerberg Center, 3101 Fallstaff Road, Baltimore.
Participants hear informative speakers, learn about helpful resources, and gain support from people facing similar challenges. There is no fee, and new members are welcome. This group is supported by the Sylvan and Isabelle Ribakow Low Vision Support Group Endowment Fund of JCS.
For more information, please contact Janet Kurland, LCSW-C at 410-843-7306 or email@example.com.
People whose lives have been touched by adoption, especially adult adoptees and birthparents, often have a strong interest in searching for family connections. Come join a monthly Adoption Search Group offered by Jewish Community Services. In this non-sectarian group, facilitated by Myra Hettleman, LCSW-C, Adoption Specialist, participants discuss whether to search, how to search, and how to handle issues that arise after searching. A small fee is charged. For more information call 410-843-7365.
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