A Bandage on the Seder Table?

A Bandage on the Seder Table?

Every Passover, family and friends gather to discuss the Jewish Exodus from Egypt long ago. We celebrate our freedom from the rule of an oppressive leader. It is also a time to remember not everyone in our community enjoys freedom and some are still enslaved in vulnerable situations, from homelessness to domestic violence. This year,…

Ignoring a Person in Need

Ignoring a Person in Need

Exiting our upscale neighborhood grocery store, I notice a spirited group of young women selling Girl Scout cookies by the front door. They are surrounded by people and engaging in conversation. Directly across the street, a homeless man stands alone, his head down, holding a sign: “Please help. My wife and I are VERY hungry.”…

Connections, Culture in Job Searching for Refugees

Connections, Culture in Job Searching for Refugees

Job searching is more than what you know, it’s who you know. And many refugees in the Puget Sound Region don’t know anyone. Masar Altaie was one of those refugees when she arrived from Iraq in 2010, with the help of Jewish Family Service. She came with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Once she…

Carol Mullin Retires After Years of Guiding Growth & Giving

Carol Mullin Retires After Years of Guiding Growth & Giving

Carol Mullin walked into a small closet that had been transformed into a pantry, began pulling food from shelves and filling a bag for a community member in need. That was nearly 29 years ago when Carol worked as one of two part-time staff members in Emergency Services at Jewish Family Service; and now, Carol…

What’s Cooking?

What’s Cooking?

Once a month, the distinctive, delicious smell of home cooking wafts through Jewish Family Service. When you follow your nose, it takes you straight to the Polack Food Bank — which has been transformed into a demonstration kitchen. Ten men and women, most of them in their 50s and 60s, are watching as fresh vegetables…

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….

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