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…

Here to Stay

Here to Stay

From the agency’s inception and founding vision in 1892, Jewish Family Service has always viewed hope as the most powerful verb. On April 23, 2018, that same optimism and action was evident when 1,116 people came together at the Community of Caring Luncheon in support of the work JFS does to help people achieve well-being,…

Farm Partnerships Support Health and Well-Being

Farm Partnerships Support Health and Well-Being

Farm partnerships are a critical piece of the Polack Food Bank puzzle. Esther Magasis, Food Bank Manager, counts on these relationships to provide clients reliable access to the fresh produce that can directly impact their health and well-being. “We are a once-a-month food bank, so when someone comes in, we want to ensure they have…

Friendly Visitor Is a Slice of Companionship

Friendly Visitor Is a Slice of Companionship

Learn more about volunteering. Seattle is beautiful and booming, but it can also feel unwelcoming, as the tired cliché “the Seattle Freeze” attests. Like so many people, I migrated here for a new job, new life and renewal. I was met with great disappointment and unfortunate circumstances, even in the Jewish community where I longed…

Dignity is the Heart of Project Kavod

Dignity is the Heart of Project Kavod

Dignity is foundational to how JFS provides its services. Honoring the dignity, or kavod, of each individual is also at the heart of the opportunities educator Beth Huppin provides as Director of Project Kavod/Dignity at Jewish Family Service. “Project Kavod is really about helping people connect not only to the what of JFS but also…

Kosher for Passover Foods in the Polack Food Bank

Kosher for Passover Foods in the Polack Food Bank

Gefilte fish, matzoh ball soup mix, farfel and other kosher for Passover foods fill the shelves of the Polack Food Bank before the holiday each year. While the Food Bank provides a monthly opportunity for individuals and families who keep a kosher kitchen, the offering before Passover has an additional significance, explained Food Bank Manager…

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