Rising Above the Darkness

Rising Above the Darkness

By Rabbi Will Berkovitz, CEO I have been hearing from many, many people in the Jewish community over the past few weeks and the words most repeated are sadness, fear, and isolation. I feel this as well. I have been fighting the urge to harden my heart. It is easy to do as a way…

Food for Thought: Reflecting on the JFS Food Sort

Food for Thought: Reflecting on the JFS Food Sort

By Rabbi Laura Rumpf, Director of Project Kavod Each year, JFS hosts a large Community-Wide Food Drive & Sort to collect and organize food and hygiene items for our Polack Food Bank. Not only does this community-minded, all-ages event help supply our food bank with vital supplies to feed our neighbors—it has also become a…

JFS Counseling & Addiction Services Program to Close

JFS Counseling & Addiction Services Program to Close

We have worked hard over the last year to create our new Jewish Family Service Strategic Plan: a roadmap for our organization’s future. We are extremely grateful to the many wonderful community members including Board members, donors, and community partners, as well as JFS staff, who provided valuable input and guidance throughout the development of…

JFS Food Sort: The Joy of Filling our Neighbors’ Plates

JFS Food Sort: The Joy of Filling our Neighbors’ Plates

By Rabbi Laura Rumpf, Director of Project Kavod There’s an old Yiddish parable that depicts heaven and the underworld as two great big banquets. Both feature people sitting around a table with a gorgeous spread of food, but elbows that won’t bend, and incredibly long forks. The difference is, in the underworld each person only…

Caring for Our Community: Social Work Spotlight

Caring for Our Community: Social Work Spotlight

JFS helps thousands of people a year navigate challenging life circumstances—from living with a disability or a mental health challenge to caring for an aging parent or helping feed the family. Social workers enable us to deliver our services with compassion and respect, offering people the tools they need to build healthier, more stable lives….

With Love from Bellingham: The Big Heart of a Small Jewish Community

With Love from Bellingham: The Big Heart of a Small Jewish Community

At the start of 2023, thanks to Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) in Bellingham, WA, we were privileged to receive an in-kind donation of needed household items to help set up incoming refugees for success in their new homes, in their new country. We are so grateful for the support we receive from congregations like Beth…

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