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…

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…

Supporting Inner Calm & Outer Strength

Supporting Inner Calm & Outer Strength

On my desk, I have a framed playing card my son gave me a few years back. It is from a game called ‘Magic: The Gathering’ that he was playing the time. On top of the card he circled the words ‘Inner Calm, Outer Strength,’ which describe the powers of this particular card.  I felt…

Committed to Climb Together

Committed to Climb Together

Listen to the 2019 Luncheon remarks from Rabbi Will Berkovitz, CEO of Jewish Family Service. Back when I thought I was immortal, I liked to go climbing in the Cascades. Today, I prefer to limit my vertical exposure to air travel, a nice chairlift and maybe watching a climbing movie like “Free-Solo.” People who aren’t…

A Response to New Zealand: We Should Not Accept These Horrid Deeds as “Normal”

A Response to New Zealand: We Should Not Accept These Horrid Deeds as “Normal”

I received a message at 4:00 a.m. this morning. It was from a person we work with in Emergency Services. He called to express sadness and concern after the murders at the mosques in New Zealand. It was a remarkable call for its humanity, compassion and the recognition that a mass murder at a mosque…

Community Is Our Tradition

Community Is Our Tradition

A midrash tells about a group of people in a boat. One begins to drill a hole in the floor under his seat. Incredulous, the group demands to know, “What are you doing?” The one replies, “It’s in my space, why do you care?” The group cries back, “We are all in the same boat…

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