Jewish Family Services of WNC offers two new health programs

Press release

From Jewish Family Services of WNC:

Jewish Family Services of Western North Carolina is pleased to announce the beginning of a series of educational and supportive programs. Recently JFS has recently relocated to its new facility at Doctors Park which affords JFS many more opportunities for programming and community outreach.

The End of Life Experience – a two-part program

Part 1: After a terminal diagnosis: what happens next?

When: Thursday March 6th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Jewish Family Services of WNC, 2 Doctors Park Suite E, 417 Biltmore Avenue

Presented by CarePartners Hospice Services Please join us to learn about what to expect after a terminal diagnosis and prior to and during the process of dying. Learn about the differences between hospice and palliative care and the services and resources available from our local providers. Professionals from CarePartners Hospice will provide this unique opportunity to become better informed and prepared for this difficult end of life experience for your loved ones and yourself. Helpful literature will be available.

Part 2: The Jewish end of life experience: what are the traditions and options?

When: Thursday March 20th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Jewish Family Services of WNC, 2 Doctors Park Suite E, 417 Biltmore Avenue

A panel presentation will include the Jewish Chaplain from CarePartners Hospice Services, Rabbis from Congregations Beth HaTephila, Beth Israel and Chabad, as well as representatives from Groce Funeral Homes and Morris Funeral Homes. Please join us to learn about Jewish practices and traditions related to an individual’s death. Learn about local resources, including options for traditional Jewish practices related to care of the body after death. Rabbis will provide insights and helpful information for families when faced with the death of a loved one. Funeral home representatives will provide information related to funeral planning and Jewish burial.
RSVP for one or both sessions: call (828) 253-2900 ext. 12 or email This program is offered at no charge and is open to the public.

Living Healthy with a Chronic Condition

The Jewish Family Services of Western North Carolina in cooperation with Land-of –Sky Regional Council will be sponsoring a six-week workshop to help people feel better, healthier and happier.

When: Mondays, March 10th to April 14th from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Jewish Family Services of WNC, 2 Doctors Park Suite E, 417 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville Learn how to: Manage symptoms, work with health care team, lessen frustration, relax and manage stress, eat healthy, set goals and working towards them
Registration: Rebecca Chaplin at Land-of-Sky Regional Council (828) 251-7438
Suggested Consumer Contribution: $30 for six weeks – no one will be turned away due for financial reasons.

About the Jewish Family Services
Jewish Family Services of WNC is a nonprofit social service organization providing critical services to individuals and families. Since 1999 JFS has provided the Elder Club group socialization to seniors and respite to caregivers; in 2007 JFS expanded to provide services to people at all ages and stages of life, including Case Management, Job Coaching, Food Pantry, and direct assistance and information/referral for financial, housing, transportation, mental health and other community resources. Formerly a program under the Asheville Jewish Community Center, in June 2011 JFS incorporated and separated from the JCC as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit agency. In November of 2013, JFS relocated all offices and programs to a new facility at Doctors Park, which allows for expansion of the Food Pantry, the group respite program, and other supportive services. On-site mental health counseling services are planned for 2014. JFS services emphasize assisting and empowering the client to become as self-sufficient as possible. JFS is the only Jewish social service agency in western North Carolina. JFS services are open to all people regardless of faith, race, gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity, country of origin, age, and ability. Services are provided on a sliding scale to accommodate clients of all income status.


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