Emergency Preparedness Kits Shouldn’t Be a Luxury

Emergency Preparedness Kits Shouldn’t Be a Luxury

Shaida Hossein goes through emergency preparedness kits piece by piece as she does with every JFS client. Then she follows up with questions and crisis scenarios. What would you do during a grease fire, windstorm or earthquake? Having a flashlight for power outages or a small supply of water on hand for emergencies shouldn’t be…

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Holocaust Remembrance Day

On Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah in Hebrew), we remember our local Puget Sound survivors and their stories, told in their own words. Photographs are by Dara Rosenwasser. Celia Etkin (1922 – 2009) b. Sighet, Romania Wartime Location: Buchenwald concentration camp, Germany; Auschwitz concentration camp, Poland; Hamburg & Braunschweig, Germany; Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, Germany “My…

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…

Overcoming the Isolation of Domestic Violence

Overcoming the Isolation of Domestic Violence

The isolation of domestic violence is a factor during an abusive relationship, and even sometimes after it ends. We asked Cynthia Gamel, an Advocate with Project DVORA, to help us understand isolation as a tactic of control. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE WAYS AN ABUSER MAY ISOLATE THEIR PARTNER? There are different tactics, but it all…

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