Walking With Our Clients

Walking With Our Clients

Lani works with our seniors — survivors, fighters and the ones who never seem to catch a break. She is one of those dedicated people who has pictures of her with her clients above her desk. The type of person we would want taking care of our parents, or of ourselves. When I stopped by…

Empathy. Stability. Family.

Empathy. Stability. Family.

2017 Community of Caring Luncheon At a time when people too often feel divided from each other and empathy can seem in short supply, more than 1,100 people came together to support JFS and the life-changing services it provides to vulnerable individuals and families in the Puget Sound region. As event Co-Chairs Kathy Berman and Jan…

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.”…

JFS Stands With Refugees

JFS Stands With Refugees

The following statement was emailed to the JFS community from CEO Will Berkovitz on Holocaust Remembrance Day (Friday, Jan. 27, 2017) in response to the executive order signed that day. President Trump signed an executive order that equates refugees to terrorists and unjustly targets Muslims. We at Jewish Family Service reject this policy and those notions. JFS…

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….

Claudia Berman Retires as Pivotal COO

Claudia Berman Retires as Pivotal COO

After 17 years with JFS, Chief Operating Officer Claudia Berman will retire at end of the year. During her tenure, Berman managed pivotal program transitions and helped coordinate construction of a new Capitol Hill campus to better support clients. “Claudia’s service to our community is truly unmatched,” said Rabbi Will Berkovitz, Chief Executive Officer. “She…

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