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…

Thank You for Making the 2017 Food Drive a Success!

Thank You for Making the 2017 Food Drive a Success!

Thanks to our generous community, more than 300 volunteers and staff sorted, boxed and organized about 25,000 pounds — more than 1,650 grocery bags — of food and toiletries during the 2017 Community-Wide Food Sort on October 1! Your donations will help feed and support around 1,300 households who turn to the JFS Polack Food Bank each month. Because of you,…

TAKE ACTION: Support the U.S. Accepting at Least 75,000 Refugees

TAKE ACTION: Support the U.S. Accepting at Least 75,000 Refugees

As the world faces a global refugee crisis, it is vital the U.S. support, protect and welcome refugees. Resettlement is a life-saving option available to less than one percent of the displaced population who are unable to return home or stay in the country to which they fled. Our government will soon determine the maximum…

In Response to Charlottesville

In Response to Charlottesville

Elie Wiesel once said, the opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference. The Nazis came to power in Germany because of the bystanders as much as the persecutors. Today, none of us can be bystanders. Silence is guilt. We must call on our leaders, no matter their party affiliation, to stand against bigotry…

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…

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