JFS Soccer Team Brings Refugees Together

JFS Soccer Team Brings Refugees Together

Editor’s note: This story was originally published by HIAS. “Anyone can play, our demographic is very diverse,” Ta Kwe Say proudly tells HIAS.org. “We have players from Congo, players from Vietnam, a player from Somalia, a player from Iraq and Iran. We have players from Burma, and even different ethnic groups from within Burma like…

What Is a Sensory Overload?

What Is a Sensory Overload?

Editor’s Note: This perspective on sensory overload and autism is from a Supportive Living Services client. Sensory overload is something that’s really important if you have someone with autism. I was diagnosed when there was still the split between Asperger’s Syndrome and autism. Now it’s just Autism Spectrum Disorder. I digress though. I have a…

Quality of Life for Older Adults

Quality of Life for Older Adults

Learn more about how Older Adult Services can help improve quality of life. Andrea* walked arm-in-arm with Yelena Mushkatina down the hallway toward the laundry room of her new senior housing. Andrea has washed clothes hundreds of times since her eyesight began to deteriorate in 2003. She is now legally blind. But having someone to…

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…

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