Socialization for Survivors:  The Importance of Human Connection

Socialization for Survivors: The Importance of Human Connection

On January 27, the world memorialized both the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and Holocaust Remembrance Day. As we honor the countless lives lost to senseless hate and intolerance, it is also a time of celebrating survivors and the lives they’ve built despite unimaginable trauma. For many survivors of trauma, turning inwards is…

JFS Secures Relief for Refugees Left Behind by Refugee Ban

JFS Secures Relief for Refugees Left Behind by Refugee Ban

We are thrilled to share the wonderful news that JFS has reached a very favorable and historic settlement in our lawsuit challenging the refugee ban issued in October 2017. The ban imposed restrictions on refugees, including suspending the admission of refugees to the United States from 11 countries, as well as family members of refugees…

JFS Welcomes New Teen & Young Adult Counselor

JFS Welcomes New Teen & Young Adult Counselor

Dr. Lena Neufeld has worked with children, teens and young adults for the past 10 years, everywhere from the rural Oregon desert to the maple trees of Vermont. Now, Lena is Jewish Family Service’s new Teen and Young Adult Therapist in Seattle—and the first counselor brought on as part of our new Teen & Young…

The Power of Dreams

The Power of Dreams

The following are remarks by JFS CEO Rabbi Will Berkovitz given at Temple Beth Am’s Freedom Shabbat on January 10, 2020. While living in Israel, I had a scribe write for me on a piece of parchment my favorite verse in the Torah, “behold this dreamer cometh.” This is the verse I turn to when…

Raise Your Voice

Raise Your Voice

The following is a letter signed by over 55 Seattle-area Jewish leaders and local and statewide elected officials in response to the recent attack against a Jewish community in Monsey, New York on December 28, 2019. JFS joins all of the signers in asking you to stand up, speak out, and be counted. Raise your…

A Beacon of Hope and Healing at JFS

A Beacon of Hope and Healing at JFS

By Beth Huppin. Beth is the Director of JFS Project Kavod/Dignity the Jewish education program at JFS. She has enjoyed teaching Judaics to children and adults of all ages in both formal and informal settings for over 30 years. She is the recipient of a 2010 National Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. Chanukah,…

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