JFS Seattle Files Suit Challenging Refugee Restrictions

JFS Seattle Files Suit Challenging Refugee Restrictions

Today, Jewish Family Service filed a lawsuit against President Trump based on an executive order issued on October 24, 2017 (the “Presidential Executive Order on Resuming the United States Refugee Admissions Program with Enhanced Vetting Capabilities”). JFS is one of several plaintiffs in the case, including JFS Silicon Valley and a number of individual refugees…

Navigating Turbulent Times

Navigating Turbulent Times

On August 12, neo-Nazis and white nationalists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, resulting in the death of a young woman. On October 7, neo-Nazis and white nationalists marched again in Charlottesville. Richard Spencer, a leader in the movement, has announced continued demonstrations. This year we have seen countless acts of violence and hate speech directed at…

Abusive Litigation Can Derail Justice

Abusive Litigation Can Derail Justice

JFS Project DVORA Domestic Violence Services will focus on tzedek/justice throughout this year, including the impact justice has in the realm of domestic violence. While the justice system is supposed to help survivors, it is sometimes used against them, continuing the cycle of abuse and isolation. There is a common perception that abuse stops when…

Awareness Into Action

Awareness Into Action

The convergence in September of the High Holidays and Hunger Action Month is one reason JFS holds its  Community-Wide Food Drive in the fall. The response to the annual Food Drive is wonderful, and the donations help us address food insecurity in our community. But many people don’t realize the tons of food collected each…

Planting Seeds of Justice, Peace for DV Survivors This Sukkot

Planting Seeds of Justice, Peace for DV Survivors This Sukkot

This October, Sukkot once again coincides with Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As many in the Jewish community celebrate in temporary sukkah structures, we ask you to remember those who do not feel safe in their own homes because of domestic violence. Domestic violence (DV) is a pattern of behavior used by one partner in a…

Learning How to Support a Loved One With a Mental Illness

Learning How to Support a Loved One With a Mental Illness

Years ago, a boyfriend was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at nearly 18, and the last thing he was ready to do was acknowledge his diagnosis and need for treatment. While I wanted to be loving and supportive, I had little education on how to do this for someone with a mental illness. I felt alone…

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