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.”…

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…

Facing Domestic Violence in Her Own Words

Facing Domestic Violence in Her Own Words

This Project DVORA client tells her own story of facing domestic violence. She wrote this piece while participating in a Speaking and Writing for Change group at JFS. She also attended a Project DVORA Family Group with her children. Project DVORA works with clients to develop individualized plans to support them in the healing process. If…

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….

Creating Art and a Safety Net to Overcome Isolation

Creating Art and a Safety Net to Overcome Isolation

Gold mesh wraps around her painting like the safety net that helped her survive. A single flower blooms with multicolor petals below the sparking gold, representing other survivors of domestic violence. The flower’s center is Project DVORA , which offers advocacy and outreach services for survivors. “DVORA saved my life,” the artist said. She was one…

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