ARTvocacy Is Refugees, Art and Advocacy

ARTvocacy Is Refugees, Art and Advocacy

The Ukrainian landscape recreated in oil paint, and the bald eagle, a symbol of the United States, brought to life in strokes of pencil. These are the visions of Olha, a Ukrainian refugee who was resettled by Jewish Family Service. Both pieces were on display at ARTvocacy in 2017. “Our refugee artists reflect the unique…

Sha’arei Tikvah Connects Community and Support

Sha’arei Tikvah Connects Community and Support

Loki Ikari* had not seen Josh Maduell for 11 years until they were reintroduced at Sha’arei Tikvah Summer Shabbat in 2016. Josh, an Instruction & Support Specialist at JFS, and Loki had attended the same synagogue as children. Shortly after their reconnection, Josh partnered with Loki through Supportive Living Services (SLS). “JFS has helped teach…

Shavuot Is A Time For Next Steps

Shavuot Is A Time For Next Steps

In the Warsaw Ghetto in 1941, the Piazetzno Rebbe spoke consolingly to his community. In loving response to understandable despair, he reminded them that when the Jewish people were slaves in Egypt, the situation seemed so hopeless that: “It is clear, amidst all this suffering, that if only everyone knew that they would be rescued…

Family Matters Campaign Update

Family Matters Campaign Update

The Family Matters Campaign was planned, in part, to support construction of our current facility. After Family Matters kicked off in 2006, and with the support of our donors, JFS weathered the Great Recession of 2008 and expanded its services to meet the growing needs of our community. Now, we are so pleased to announce…

Reasons to GiveBIG to JFS

Reasons to GiveBIG to JFS

Here’s just a sampling of reasons you should GiveBIG to JFS on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Because we want David to feel like part of the family, on holidays and every day. Because Jasmine and her son deserve to read bedtime stories in a home of their own. Because food insecurity is real in all…

Hope Is a Verb

Hope Is a Verb

There is no word for history in the Jewish tradition. The word we have is memory. My family’s memories and our story have been on my mind a great deal since my father died back in January. “I guess I made it 90 years and four months,” he said the week before he passed. Occasionally…

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