Claudia Berman Retires as Pivotal COO

Claudia Berman Retires as Pivotal COO

After 17 years with JFS, Chief Operating Officer Claudia Berman will retire at end of the year. During her tenure, Berman managed pivotal program transitions and helped coordinate construction of a new Capitol Hill campus to better support clients. “Claudia’s service to our community is truly unmatched,” said Rabbi Will Berkovitz, Chief Executive Officer. “She…

What Happens Now?

What Happens Now?

“What happens now?” was the question my children asked me last night as I was putting them to bed. “What can we do? What will we do?” We can hold our place while not denying others theirs. We can walk with the vulnerable so they know they are not alone. We can be a place…

Thank You for Making the 2016 Food Drive a Success!

Thank You for Making the 2016 Food Drive a Success!

Thanks to our generous community, JFS collected 35,000 pounds of food and toiletries during the 2016 Community-Wide Food Drive! Exactly 300 volunteers sorted, boxed and organized more than 2,000 grocery bags during the Food Sort on October 23. Your donations of food and toiletries will help feed and comfort more than 1,300 households who visit the JFS Polack Food Bank…

It Is in the Doing

It Is in the Doing

Like many parents, Lelach and I wrestle with the question, “How will we pass on our core values to our kids?” This is particularly challenging because very little about the world we were raised in exists anymore. During the holidays we spend time as a family talking about why these values are important to us…

Creating Art and a Safety Net to Overcome Isolation

Creating Art and a Safety Net to Overcome Isolation

Gold mesh wraps around her painting like the safety net that helped her survive. A single flower blooms with multicolor petals below the sparking gold, representing other survivors of domestic violence. The flower’s center is Project DVORA , which offers advocacy and outreach services for survivors. “DVORA saved my life,” the artist said. She was one…

Overcoming the Isolation of Domestic Violence

Overcoming the Isolation of Domestic Violence

The isolation of domestic violence is a factor during an abusive relationship, and even sometimes after it ends. We asked Cynthia Gamel, an Advocate with Project DVORA, to help us understand isolation as a tactic of control. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE WAYS AN ABUSER MAY ISOLATE THEIR PARTNER? There are different tactics, but it all…

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