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…

Caring and Service for 125 Years

Caring and Service for 125 Years

Caring and service are the consistent qualities the community has shown through the 125 years of history at Jewish Family Service

Kosher for Passover Foods in the Polack Food Bank

Kosher for Passover Foods in the Polack Food Bank

Gefilte fish, matzoh ball soup mix, farfel and other kosher for Passover foods fill the shelves of the Polack Food Bank before the holiday each year. While the Food Bank provides a monthly opportunity for individuals and families who keep a kosher kitchen, the offering before Passover has an additional significance, explained Food Bank Manager…

#Metoo and Domestic Violence

#Metoo and Domestic Violence

#Metoo and domestic violence (DV) have become interwoven conversations in the work of Project DVORA and Counseling & Addiction Services, where issues of sexual abuse and sexual violence regularly arise. Experiences of and reactions to the #metoo movement have been complicated for DV survivors, so we asked Liz Coleclough, Director of Project DVORA and Counseling…

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