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 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…

Welcoming the Stranger this Refugee Shabbat: Alima’s Story

Welcoming the Stranger this Refugee Shabbat: Alima’s Story

Each year, JFS joins with communities across the US and the world to observe Refugee Shabbat. The global initiative, spearheaded by the international Jewish humanitarian organization HIAS, encourages synagogues, other community organizations, and individuals to dedicate a Shabbat experience to reaffirming support for refugees. “Shabbat is a day of rest, but Refugee Shabbat is a…

Help A Family Stay Warm This Winter: Join Our Coat Drive!

Help A Family Stay Warm This Winter: Join Our Coat Drive!

Our Refugee & Immigrant Services program supports newly arrived individuals and families from 23 countries throughout the world, including Afghanistan and Ukraine, and helps them make a successful transition to self-sufficiency in the United States.  You can help by purchasing and donating new winter coats – an expensive necessity that many do not already have…

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