Placing Our Hearts

Placing Our Hearts

We are living in an era when attention spans are assumed to be 140 characters or less — two bits as my dad would say. That’s how much we are willing to “pay” for our attention. In Hebrew, “pay attention” is literally translated as, “place your heart.” Placing our hearts requires effort. It requires us…

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…

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…

Celebrate the Home Runs

Celebrate the Home Runs

“The home run today doesn’t win the ballgame tomorrow,” my dad would say when he felt I needed perspective or a dose of humility. I believe in that saying — to some degree. But I also believe that celebration, tempered with humility, is just as necessary. This year has been rough. Our clients continue to…

Gleaning Volunteers Needed This Season

Gleaning Volunteers Needed This Season

As summer returns to Seattle, so does volunteer gleaning at JFS. For two Sundays a month, from spring to fall, volunteers are needed to collect fresh produce from the Broadway Farmers Market. The vegetables and fruits are then distributed at the Polack Food Bank, which serves more than 1,300 households each month. “Gleaning helps JFS…

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