Navigating Turbulent Times

Navigating Turbulent Times

On August 12, neo-Nazis and white nationalists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, resulting in the death of a young woman. On October 7, neo-Nazis and white nationalists marched again in Charlottesville. Richard Spencer, a leader in the movement, has announced continued demonstrations. This year we have seen countless acts of violence and hate speech directed at…

Abusive Litigation Can Derail Justice

Abusive Litigation Can Derail Justice

JFS Project DVORA Domestic Violence Services will focus on tzedek/justice throughout this year, including the impact justice has in the realm of domestic violence. While the justice system is supposed to help survivors, it is sometimes used against them, continuing the cycle of abuse and isolation. There is a common perception that abuse stops when…

Thank You for Making the 2017 Food Drive a Success!

Thank You for Making the 2017 Food Drive a Success!

Thanks to our generous community, more than 300 volunteers and staff sorted, boxed and organized about 25,000 pounds — more than 1,650 grocery bags — of food and toiletries during the 2017 Community-Wide Food Sort on October 1! Your donations will help feed and support around 1,300 households who turn to the JFS Polack Food Bank each month. Because of you,…

Coat Drive for Resettled Refugees

Coat Drive for Resettled Refugees

Imagine you had to flee your home because your family was under attack. Imagine that when you left, you’d be travelling to an unknown destination, for an uncertain period of time, and you’d be making the journey on foot. What would you carry with you? When JFS meets resettling refugees at the airport, they usually…

Placing Our Hearts

Placing Our Hearts

We are living in an era when attention spans are assumed to be 140 characters or less — two bits as my dad would say. That’s how much we are willing to “pay” for our attention. In Hebrew, “pay attention” is literally translated as, “place your heart.” Placing our hearts requires effort. It requires us…

Awareness Into Action

Awareness Into Action

The convergence in September of the High Holidays and Hunger Action Month is one reason JFS holds its  Community-Wide Food Drive in the fall. The response to the annual Food Drive is wonderful, and the donations help us address food insecurity in our community. But many people don’t realize the tons of food collected each…

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