Walk with JFS

Walk with JFS

The tradition is really clear. Take care of the stranger, the widow, the orphan. 2016 has been a tough year for many. And it appears there will be new challenges on the horizon for the vulnerable people JFS serves. We don’t get to choose the circumstances we are handed. But we do get to choose how we will…

Resolved.

Resolved.

JFS serves survivors of all kinds — of the Holocaust; of civil wars, religious persecution and famine; of domestic violence; of inter-generational poverty; of circumstances that can upend lives in a heartbeat. We want vulnerable people of all backgrounds to know they are not only welcome here but also will be treated with dignity and respect…

In Good Hands With the Community Funeral Fund

In Good Hands With the Community Funeral Fund

The heart-wrenching call came from a man whose mother had died unexpectedly. He said his family wanted a traditional Jewish burial for her. He also said there was no other option for the observant family, but there was no way to pay for the service, as his mother had lived on a tiny fixed income….

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…

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