The Value of Being Client-Centered

The Value of Being Client-Centered

“People are experts in their own experience,” is something we often say at JFS. It is foundational to being client-centered — one of our core values. When we talk about being client-centered, we mean that everything we do will be focused around meeting the needs of those who trust us enough to turn to us…

When the Light Shines Brighter

When the Light Shines Brighter

Over 2000 years ago, a small band of Jews called Maccabees led and won the first battle for religious freedom against a tyrannical Assyrian regime. This familiar summary of the story of Chanukah doesn’t include the lesser known fact that, within a couple generations, the descendants of the Maccabees themselves became oppressive rulers. Even the…

A Food Pantry for Student Veterans

A Food Pantry for Student Veterans

Ever wonder who turns to the Polack Food Bank to help put food on the table? Take a minute and draw that mental picture in your mind. Now, meet Tiffany. She’s a 33-year-old single mother of three who served two Army tours of duty — one in Iraq’s Diyala Province in 2010, the other in…

Kristallnacht

Kristallnacht

As we mark the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht we are left to ponder the meaning of the rise in hate crimes and hate speech, in this country and throughout the world. It is human nature to think that if we understand something, then we will have control and be safe. But, being human means we…

Child and Youth Therapy With a Trauma-Informed Approach

Child and Youth Therapy With a Trauma-Informed Approach

Contact counseling@jfsseattle.org or (206) 461-3240 to learn more. Access to child and youth therapy is limited in the Puget Sound region and across the nation. When trauma, including domestic violence, are part of the equation, finding the right therapist for a young person can become even more daunting. Liz Coleclough (who directs Counseling & Addiction…

An Act of Solidarity and of Kindness

An Act of Solidarity and of Kindness

CEO Will Berkovitz’s remarks from the vigil for Pittsburgh and the Tree of Life Congregation on Monday, October 29, 2018. You can watch the full vigil here. Your presence here tonight is an act of solidarity and of kindness. People are afraid. Afraid that our country’s light is dimming, our democracy is fading, that we are…

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