Living Our Own Lives: Leaving Russia as a Jewish Family

Living Our Own Lives: Leaving Russia as a Jewish Family

JFS has a contract to continue resettlement work with HIAS during the Federal Fiscal Year 2019, and we are increasing economic, social and civic integration services to our newest neighbors. Tiny, children’s shoes are side-by-side between the front door and garage. A small red and yellow circus tent, big enough for a toddler or two,…

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…

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