Farm Partnerships Support Health and Well-Being

Farm Partnerships Support Health and Well-Being

Volunteer to help with farm gleaning. Farm partnerships are a critical piece of the Polack Food Bank puzzle. Esther Magasis, Food Bank Manager, counts on these relationships to provide clients reliable access to the fresh produce that can directly impact their health and well-being. “We are a once-a-month food bank, so when someone comes in,…

Holocaust Survivors: What We’ve Learned

Holocaust Survivors: What We’ve Learned

There are about 100,000 Holocaust survivors living in the U.S. Nearly one quarter are over the age of 85, and one in three lives in poverty. JFS serves 62 Holocaust survivors with care management that can include coordination of medical care, benefits advocacy, financial assistance, housing advocacy and activities to reduce social isolation. We asked…

Dignity is the Heart of Project Kavod

Dignity is the Heart of Project Kavod

Dignity is foundational to how JFS provides its services. Honoring the dignity, or kavod, of each individual is also at the heart of the opportunities educator Beth Huppin provides as Director of Project Kavod/Dignity at Jewish Family Service. “Project Kavod is really about helping people connect not only to the what of JFS but also…

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Allows Refugee Ban Lawsuit to Continue

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Allows Refugee Ban Lawsuit to Continue

On March 29, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a motion by the government to dismiss the appeal and vacate the injunction in JFS v. Trump, which challenges the Trump administration’s October 24 ban on refugees that suspended the admission of refugees from 11 countries and stopped the follow-to-join process for family members of…

Caring and Service for 125 Years

Caring and Service for 125 Years

Caring and service are the consistent qualities the community has shown through the 125 years of history at Jewish Family Service

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…

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