Hope Is a Verb

Hope Is a Verb

There is no word for history in the Jewish tradition. The word we have is memory. My family’s memories and our story have been on my mind a great deal since my father died back in January. “I guess I made it 90 years and four months,” he said the week before he passed. Occasionally…

Here to Stay

Here to Stay

From the agency’s inception and founding vision in 1892, Jewish Family Service has always viewed hope as the most powerful verb. On April 23, 2018, that same optimism and action was evident when 1,116 people came together at the Community of Caring Luncheon in support of the work JFS does to help people achieve well-being,…

Farm Partnerships Support Health and Well-Being

Farm Partnerships Support Health and Well-Being

Farm partnerships are a critical piece of the Polack Food Bank puzzle. Esther Magasis, Food Bank Manager, counts on these relationships to provide clients reliable access to the fresh produce that can directly impact their health and well-being. “We are a once-a-month food bank, so when someone comes in, we want to ensure they have…

Holocaust Survivors: What We’ve Learned

Holocaust Survivors: What We’ve Learned

There are about 100,000 Holocaust survivors living in the U.S. Nearly one quarter are over the age of 85, and one in three lives in poverty. JFS serves 62 Holocaust survivors with care management that can include coordination of medical care, benefits advocacy, financial assistance, housing advocacy and activities to reduce social isolation. We asked…

Dignity is the Heart of Project Kavod

Dignity is the Heart of Project Kavod

Dignity is foundational to how JFS provides its services. Honoring the dignity, or kavod, of each individual is also at the heart of the opportunities educator Beth Huppin provides as Director of Project Kavod/Dignity at Jewish Family Service. “Project Kavod is really about helping people connect not only to the what of JFS but also…

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Allows Refugee Ban Lawsuit to Continue

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Allows Refugee Ban Lawsuit to Continue

On March 29, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a motion by the government to dismiss the appeal and vacate the injunction in JFS v. Trump, which challenges the Trump administration’s October 24 ban on refugees that suspended the admission of refugees from 11 countries and stopped the follow-to-join process for family members of…

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