A Bandage on the Seder Table

A Bandage on the Seder Table

Every Passover, family and friends gather to discuss the 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, which can include…

Purim Places Love, Joy in a World With Hatred, Sadness

Purim Places Love, Joy in a World With Hatred, Sadness

Purim celebrates the physical survival of the Jewish people. The storyline is simple: The evil minister, Haman, convinces a clueless and party-loving King Ahashverus to annihilate the Jewish people. Through the bravery of Queen Esther, Haman is thwarted and hung. The Jews not only are spared, but Haman is replaced by Mordecai as the King’s…

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…

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