JFS Is Here for Youth and Young Adults

JFS Is Here for Youth and Young Adults

In the last several years, Jewish Family Service has had many conversations with community leaders and has been looking at data around youth and young adult mental health. It has become clear there is an increasing need for us to expand our services to better support teens, young adults, their parents and the community organizations…

Self Care Is Key to Being the Best Caregiver You Can Be

Self Care Is Key to Being the Best Caregiver You Can Be

Learn more about Older Adult Services at JFS. Flight attendants will always tell you that you should put on your own oxygen mask before helping others. The same goes for being a caregiver. Jewish Family Service supports unpaid family and community caregivers of all backgrounds in King County through workshops, as well as individualized support…

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…

Justice, Compassion and Domestic Abuse

Justice, Compassion and Domestic Abuse

Several years ago, a friend urgently needed to extricate herself from an abusive relationship. She knew that her spouse would use the legal system to further humiliate and abuse her. He potentially had the power to take their children from her. The fear of what could happen in a courtroom kept her in the relationship…

A Bandage on the Seder Table

A Bandage on the Seder Table

Every Passover, family and friends gather to discuss the Exodus from Egypt long ago. We celebrate our freedom from the rule of an oppressive leader. It is also a time to remember not everyone in our community enjoys freedom and some are still enslaved in vulnerable situations, from homelessness to domestic violence, which can include…

Purim Places Love, Joy in a World With Hatred, Sadness

Purim Places Love, Joy in a World With Hatred, Sadness

Purim celebrates the physical survival of the Jewish people. The storyline is simple: The evil minister, Haman, convinces a clueless and party-loving King Ahashverus to annihilate the Jewish people. Through the bravery of Queen Esther, Haman is thwarted and hung. The Jews not only are spared, but Haman is replaced by Mordecai as the King’s…

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