Our Family's Counseling Journey

My daughter was struggling, and we had no idea what to do. She’d come home from school and immediately go to her room. We’d ask what was wrong – she’d give us a blank stare. She’d always been a good student – now she was really struggling, and her grades were lower than they’ve ever been. She wouldn’t see her friends and she rarely smiled. 

The day of the school conference was one of the hardest days ever. Somehow, we thought we’d get to the meeting and hear all the same things we’d always heard – that our daughter was bright and engaged, that she volunteered to help others, that she was a very sweet person. This time, that’s not at all what we heard. Instead, all of her teachers expressed serious concern about our little girl’s happiness and state of mind. She also suggested that we call JF&CS to set up counseling. 

That first call with JF&CS gave us hope. On the other end of the phone was a warm, caring person who was really committed to making the process easy for us. She listened to our concerns and connected us with a special counselor – one that was pretty perfect for our daughter and for us. 

It wasn’t immediate and there are still challenging times, but we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our daughter has someone she trusts with her feelings – who understands how she’s feeling. More importantly, her therapist doesn’t finish her sentences or tell her how she should be feeling (things we struggle with as her parents). We also feel like we have a partner in raising our daughter – someone who can guide us and who understands that parenting is really hard work. 

Sometimes we all need a little help. We’re grateful JF&CS is here for us. 

Posted in Counseling Services


A Passover Story

Hello, Friends and Colleagues,

I am writing to share a Passover story that is very close to home. 

On the day of Erev Passover, when the first employees were arriving at our Dunwoody offices in the morning, they observed an elderly, feeble orthodox man with trash bags and boxes containing his worldly possessions in front of our clinical entrance. 
Clinical Entrance
The JF&CS Clinical Entrance

The man was agitated, ill, and clearly had no place to go.  Members of our reception, intake, and clinical teams spoke to the man outside and learned that he had been dropped off in front of our building at 1am the night before.

After determining that this man was not a threat but an individual in need, our staff mobilized and worked together to help him.  He had no money, no place to go, and nowhere to turn – all he wanted was a place to celebrate Passover. 

JFCS Entrance
JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here

Our staff jumped into action - we gave the man kosher food from our panty, gift cards for Kroger, and connected him with Rabbi Mendy Gurary to host him for the Passover Seders. 

Chief Program Officer Faye Dresner spoke to the man’s son in Israel to assure him that his father would not be alone for the Chag.  Our HR Director Lisa Bronstein arranged payment for a hotel nearby. We helped the man load his belonging into a cab to take him the hotel, and when the cab could not fit this man’s walker our Clinical Director Dan Arnold put it in his own vehicle and followed the cab. 

Passover Plate
A Passover Seder Plate
On Passover, we remember that we were once strangers, and we must therefore love and care for the stranger’s needs.  Our amazing team did this today on Erev Passover as they would any other day.   I am so proud of JF&CS’ staff who live our mission and values and am humbled to see the meaning of Passover come to life at our own doorstep.  Chag Sameach to those that celebrate Passover.


Rick Aranson, CEO
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Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here


Gwen Weiss - IDD Volunteer with Flair

Gwen Helping IDD client

Food is life. For adults with disabilities, however, eating and preparing healthy, balanced dishes is tough. 

At Independence WORKS the goal is to help individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities engage in activities that promote independence and improved quality of life. One such activity that is very popular among the attendees are cooking classes - but not just ordinary cooking classes - Adaptive Cooking with Gwen Weiss.

Gwenn Weiss is a private chef who volunteers her time every other Thursday morning with the clients at IndependenceWORKS.

Gwenn develops healthy, adapted recipes that she cooks with our clients. She combines a live cooking show with an interactive class that IndependenceWORKS clients look forward to and thoroughly enjoy.

Gwen IDD 2
Gwenn makes sure to involve every client, no matter the ability. Gwenn develops our clients’ independent living skills as well as their leisure skills with her skill-appropriate cooking classes. When recipes are too advanced, Gwenn Weiss adapts the recipes and creates cooking lessons to adapt to the needs of participants.

For example, we have some clients that only have use of one hand, so Gwenn makes sure to set up specific adapted tasks with that client in mind (ie using special chopping tools/techniques, larger spoons for stirring).

Gwenn makes sure to have every recipe be something clients can make at home and also something that is healthy!

Gwen Cooking Demonstration
Healthy eating is especially important for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Gwen is such an amazing volunteer for ensuring that adults with IDD have the same access to food preparation and healthy eating as anyone else. Thanks, Gwen! 

Posted in Developmental Disabilities Services, Volunteer Services


Bruce Lindemann - Volunteer of the Month

Herbert Kohn Meritorious Service Award Winner

The Herbert Kohn Meritorious Service Award was created in 1983 to recognize a Board member’s outstanding contribution to the Agency’s Board of Directors. The intent of the Herbert Kohn Award is to honor one dedicated Board member each year that has made a significant contribution to furthering the mission and goals of the Agency through either committee or project-related work.
Additionally, the Herbert Kohn Award serves to recognize a Board member who demonstrates the commitment and passion to help guide the Agency toward its vision and strategic goals.

Bruce’s commitment to JFCS and the seriousness with which he takes his board responsibilities is unparalleled; he has been on the board since 2014. He deftly balances advocating for the needs of his daughter Carla while engaging in strategy and planning on the disabilities service area of this organization as a whole. He is a person of action and a tireless advocate. 

Bruce has done phenomenal work with the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Committee focused on advocacy. When we were blocked from opening two homes in the Zimmerman Horowitz Independent program, he made calls, sent letters, and attended hearings. Thanks to his efforts, these homes are open and thriving. When monies were being held by Medicaid that JFCS had been owed, he used his network and his voice to make our agency whole. And when he felt he wanted to learn more about the agency after his board and committee service, he applied to the Kay Tools for Leaders program, once again proving his commitment to the agency's cause.
Carla Lindeman
Bruce's daughter, Carla, accepts the award on his behalf

Bruce has commitment, integrity, and is the true embodiment of the JF&CS mission. He is very dedicated to the agency and is passionate about the work it does especially for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Congratulations to Bruce on receiving this award! 

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here


Living in the Aftermath of Trauma

Tzipporah Gerson-Miller LCSW C-IAYT

Trauma can cause us to question our safety, our values, our relationships, and our core beliefs about the world. It is normal to feel paralyzed, stunned, shut down, and ineffective. It’s normal to ask questions that have no immediate answers.  

Trauma is a response of the human condition and doesn’t speak the language of race, class, religion, or gender. As mass shootings and community violence continue to be on the rise, we must accept that the number of individuals who will suffer from traumatic stress conditions will continue to increase as well.  

Being equipped with trauma-informed language and knowledge regarding common responses to a traumatic event can assist us in feeling more empowered to take the action needed to move towards healing.  Increasing our knowledge of where mental health resources exist can be life-saving.

What many people don’t realize is that trauma can cause mental, physical, emotional, and behavioral reactions. Traumatic events generally involve direct threats to life, bodily integrity, and violence. It can happen as result of an accident, abuse, a crime, death of a loved one, war, natural disaster, a terrorist attack, being diagnosed with a serious illness, or a mass shooting.

According to Dr. Judith Herman, “the common denominator of trauma is a feeling of intense fear, helplessness, loss of control, and threat of annihilation.” With that said, you didn’t have to be at the high school to be a victim of trauma. We are just as vulnerable to vicarious traumatization when we watch the news reports, hear survivors tell their stories, and continue to see media coverage filled with violent images. Here are some key things to remember when addressing the aftermath of trauma. 

1. Trauma can affect a person’s feelings of safety.
Everyone needs to feel safe and secure. It’s a universal truth that every single human being wants to be safe and wants their loved ones to be safe. We need to feel safe with other people and we need to feel safe out in the world. Even if you or your loved ones are not in immediate danger, hearing about others who have been in a violent situation can erode your sense of safety. If you notice an increase in the amount that you worry about your safety or the safety of your loved ones after being exposed to media coverage following a major tragedy, its ok to talk to someone about it.

2. Trauma can compromise a person’s ability to trust others.
Trust and safety are related in the sense that how much you trust others determines how safe you feel in the world. When something that was reliable is disrupted by a traumatic event, it can decrease a person’s ability to trust others. Some people have struggled with trust for a long time. When a traumatic event strikes it can re-trigger these issues even if lots of progress has been made. Seek out support if you notice a sudden inability to trust others.

3. Trauma can leave us feeling powerless and out of control.
No one likes to feel out of control. We need to feel confident in our ability to control our words and our actions so we can affect the environment we live in. Since trauma usually involves being overpowered by external forces, it can leave a person feeling helpless, out of control, and without choice.

Trauma can cause “flashbacks” which are a sudden flooding of emotion when a memory of the event is triggered. Mental health therapists can help a person build emotional regulation skills so that they regain a sense of control.


4. Trauma can diminish a person’s self-esteem.           
We all need to feel a sense of self-value, in addition to valuing others and the world around us. Self-value creates belonging and connection. Sometimes trauma can invoke feelings of guilt and shame especially when a person feels as though “they were responsible” “or that “they didn’t do enough.”

It’s normal for positive and negative feelings about yourself and others to fluctuate following a traumatic event. Having a network of supportive relationships can nurture connectivity and reduce the risk of isolation. Keeping in mind that not all people are bad helps to maintain a sense of support. Try to find a support group in your area.

5. Trauma can cause physical symptoms.
Our bodies contain a complex nervous system that is designed to respond to perceived threats in the environment. This is a primitive response that enables us to either fight back or flee to safety depending upon which response is warranted in a given situation.

This is known as the “fight” or “flight” response. Stress hormones known as adrenaline and cortisol are pumped into the bloodstream so that we can expend energy and flee to safety. As a result, the heart rate increases, the muscles tighten, and blood pressure rises. Sometimes when a person survives a trauma, if they have a sudden memory of the event, this same physiological process might occur.

This can result in disrupted sleep, appetite, blood sugar imbalances, cardiovascular issues, anxiety, muscle tension, and poor immune system functioning. It is important to practice relaxation strategies to calm the nervous system. Finding a yoga therapist or mental health counselor who specializes in mindfulness-based stress reduction is a great way to learn how to relax if these symptoms continue to occur.

Herman, J.L. (1992). Trauma and recovery: the aftermath of violence from domestic abuse to political terror. New York: Basic Books.

Rosenbloom, D. and Williams, M.B. (2010). Life after trauma. The Guilford Press: New York.

If you need further information or support, please make an effort to contact the clinical team at JF&CS to schedule an appointment. Talking to someone can be life-saving. The clinicians at JF&CS are trained in trauma-based therapies to assist individuals in recovering from a traumatic event. The sooner you seek help, the sooner you will recover.

How Do I know if My Teen is in an Abusive Relationship?

Tzipporah Gerson-Miller LCSW C-IAYT

Having any kind of suspicion that your teen may be in an unhealthy relationship can be extremely alarming. Not knowing how to spot definitive signs of abuse can be frustrating and lead to feelings of helplessness. If you know your teen is in an abusive relationship and you aren’t sure how to support them or what resources are available, it can leave you feeling powerless and isolated. According to the CDC, 1.5 million high school students experience dating violence from a dating partner in a single year. Not only can intimate partner violence be traumatic, it can be life-threatening.

Knowing how to identify early warning signs of an abusive relationship and what to do can be the best way to help your teen.

1.     Your child’s partner seems extremely jealous or possessive. Wanting to know where your partner is and who they are with is normal to a certain extent. However, if you notice that your teen’s partner is calling or texting excessively and wanting to know your teen’s whereabouts 24/7, that’s a good indicator that they are jealous and possessive.

2.     Your child begins to dress differently. Abuse is all about power and control. Parents often get to know their child’s typical patterns, tastes, and habits. If your teen used to like to wear certain clothing and suddenly wants an entirely new wardrobe, this may be a red flag that their partner is trying to control their behavior.

3.     Your teen loses interest in their usual activities and extracurricular activities. While loss of interest and motivation can be a sign of depression, if your teen is spending more and more time with their significant other and less time engaged in their usual activities, it can indicate that your teen’s partner is trying to manipulate their actions and decisions.

4.     Your teen spends less and less time with their friends or family. Isolation is a major tactic that abusers use so that a person will become more and more dependent upon them for love and self-acceptance. If you notice that your teen is turning down invitations to parties or other gatherings to spend time with their partner, their partner could be trying to control their social interactions.

5.     You notice that your teen seems depressed or anxious. It’s normal for a teen’s mood to fluctuate to some extent. We all have bad days and we all feel stressed out from time to time. If you notice changes in your teen’s sleep patterns, appetite, interest in social activities, self-esteem,  or any evidence of self-harm (i.e. cutting), or expressed feelings of hopelessness and guilt, your teen might be the victim of emotional abuse.

5 Ways to Support Your Teen If They Are In An Abusive Relationship

As a parent, your instinct is to protect your child. Sometimes the emotionally desire to protect your child from harm can undermine your ability to approach the situation calmly and skillfully. Here are some tips on how to navigate this difficult situation with your child.

1. Listen without judgment. It’s best to listen calmly and to assure them that it’s not their fault. Many teens feel ashamed that this is happening in their relationship and often are afraid that their parents will be angry or disappointed. Being supportive means taking time to understand their needs and practicing patience. People need time to process their feelings before taking action. Active, non-judgmental listening is a beautiful way to strengthen your relationship with your child.

2. Believe what your teen is telling you. If someone feels ashamed or scared about what is happening to them, having the courage to tell someone is a huge step. Acknowledging and validating their story unconditionally is a way of communicating trust. If your teen suspects that you don’t believe them, they will be hesitant to come to you for help in the future.

3. Don’t force them to leave the relationship. This circles back to wanting to protect them. It’s normal to want to start controlling their behavior in order to protect them. This may cause them to return to their abuser. Leaving the abuser can also increase their risk of harm.

4. Educate Yourself. Being able to identify the components of a healthy relationship can help you to facilitate a conversation with your teen so they can be better equipped to spot red flags and identify unhealthy behaviors.

5. Decide and collaborate on a plan of action together. Show genuine interest in knowing how your teen wants to handle the situation. Acknowledge their feelings, gather their input, listen empathically, and provide supportive feedback. If they don’t want to discuss it with you, don’t take it personally. Help them find support.

Smith, S.G., Chen, J., Basile, K.C., Gilbert, L.K., Merrick, M.T., Patel, N., Walling, M., & Jain, A. (2017). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010-2012 State Report. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(2017) Get Help for Someone Else: Help My Child. Retrieved from: http//:www.loverespect.org

If you suspect that your teen may be in an abusive relationship, do not hesitate to seek support. Knowing where resources exist in your community can save someone’s life.  The Shalom Bayit Program at JF&CS offers counseling and support groups for victims of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse in their families or relationships. Counselors are available to see children, adolescents, teens, and adults. Please contact (770) 677-9322

Other resources include:

Georgia Domestic Violence and 24-hour Crisis Line, including access to emergency shelter: 1-800-HAVEN

National Domestic Violence 24 Hour Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Counseling Services


Brunch with Holocaust Survivors Bridges Generations

55 survivors gathered with young adults to break bread and talk.

Holocaust Brunch
Holocaust survivors and young adults in their 20’s and 30’s spent quality time together at a recent intergenerational brunch. The event, a collaboration between JF&CS’ Holocaust Survivor Services, JF&CS’ VIA, and the MJCCA Young Adults division, took place for the second year in a row at the MJCCA. Holocaust survivors and young adults enjoyed good conversation and delicious food as they learned about each other’s lives, and we even celebrated a survivor’s 89th birthday at the event!

The brunch started as a collaborative event between JF&CS Holocaust Survivor Services, MJCCA Young Adults, VIA program. We jointly run it together. Survivors and participants get to bond and forge intergenerational relationships and learn about each other's lives.

Want to get involved? Learn more

Posted in Aviv Older Adult Services, Volunteer Services


Signals for Attention from a Grieving Child

Grief is a natural part of life but with children, it can sometimes be difficult to know what to do to help them process their grief. Director of Clinical Services Dan Arnold has prepared this short list to help. If you need additional guidance or support we're here to help. Call 770-677-9474 or jfcsatl.org/counseling.

Signals for attention from a grieving child:

·      Marked change in school performance

·      Poor grades despite trying very hard

·      A lot of worry or anxiety manifested by refusing to go to school, go to sleep or take part in age-appropriate activities

·      Not talking about the person or the death.  Physically avoiding mention of the deceased

·      Frequent angry outbursts or anger expressed in destructive ways

·      Hyperactive activities, fidgeting, constant movement beyond regular playing

·      Persistent anxiety or phobias

·      Accident proneness - possibly self-punishment or a call for attention

·      Persistent nightmares or sleeping disturbance

·      Risk-taking behavior -- Stealing, promiscuity, vandalism

·      Persistent disobedience or aggression (longer than six months)

·      Opposition to authority figures

·      Frequent unexplainable temper tantrums

Posted in Child & Adolescent Services, Counseling Services


Needs of a Grieving Child

Grief is a natural part of life but with children, it can sometimes be difficult to know what to do to help them process their grief. Director of Clinical Services Dan Arnold has prepared this short list to help. If you need additional guidance or support we're here to help. Call 770-677-9474 or jfcsatl.org/counseling.

Always remember that grieving children need:

·      Information that is clear and understandable at their development level

·      To be reassured that their basic needs are met

·      To be involved in planning for the funeral and anniversary

·      To be reassured when adults’ grief is intense

·      Help with exploring fantasies about death, afterlife and related issues

·      To be able to have and express their own thoughts and behaviors, especially when different from significant adults

·      To maintain age-appropriate activities and interests

·      To receive help with “magical thinking”

·      To say goodbye to the deceased

·      To memorialize the deceased

Posted in Child & Adolescent Services, Counseling Services


Parenting After a Tragedy

When tragedy strikes it's difficult to know what to do, especially when it comes to comforting children. Director of Clinical Services Dan Arnold prepared this short guide to parenting after a tragedy. If you need additional guidance or support we're here to help. Call 770-677-9474 or jfcsatl.org/counseling.

·      Have your own support system and self-care practice

·      Encourage your kids to feel their feeling & share your own – give permission to feel and validate those feelings

·      Turn off the media coverage and monitor online activity

·      Start a dialogue but modify the conversation based on your child’s developmental readiness

·      Don’t make promises that you can’t keep

·      Establish (maintain) rituals that promote safety and security

·      Allow your children to ask questions

·      Be honest

·      Check back in

Posted in Child & Adolescent Services, Counseling Services


A Message From the CEO Re: Parkland, Fl shooting

We're here to help

Dear Friends,

Yet again, another school shooting shakes our nation and breaks our hearts.

Last night, Dan Arnold, the Director of Clinical Services, and I appeared on Atlanta's CBS affiliate to highlight how JF&CS can be a resource to individuals, parents, and teenagers who need help and how early intervention can possibly prevent tragedy.  

At JF&CS, we specialize in treating mental health disorders. We stand ready in Atlanta to diagnose problems in children and teens and help them proactively work on their psychological issues. We are on most insurance panels and offer a sliding scale to help those who otherwise could not afford therapy.

In addition, we are here to help our families who are having difficulty handling the news and children who may become fearful to attend schools. We offer individual and group therapy for adolescents, teens, and adults.

Please know that if you or someone you know is showing warning signs - anger, depression, withdrawing from activities - we're here to help.

Contact us at 770.677.9436 or email info@jfcsatl.org.


Rick Aranson

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Counseling Services


Ben Massell Dental Clinic Holiday Party

FITS families spent an afternoon making a difference! JF&CS’ Ben Massell Dental Clinic (BMDC) is the only resource for comprehensive, quality dental care available to indigent individuals in metro Atlanta.
Holiday Decorating at Ben Massell Dental Clinic

The Clinic has a life-changing impact on up to 4,000 patients each year.  In addition to dental care, the Clinic is thrilled to offer additional, smaller opportunities for some of the families of the Clinic.

This year, FITS families participated in the 4th annual Ben Massell Dental Clinic holiday party, which gave four families an opportunity to enjoy a holiday party, including crafts, games, and fun snacks.

FITS families all brought gifts for the families, which were hidden from the children, in hopes to have them be a surprise for the holidays. Families mixed, mingled, and had a great time at the program!

Ashley Semerenko, Social Services Program Manager at the Ben Massell Dental Clinic, said, “having this party is a unique way we can connect with patients on a more personal level (it’s far beyond the treatment chair!). 

Seeing the adults and children connect is powerful and both volunteers and party attendees are touched every year by their experience (tears, hugs, recipes and holiday traditions shared).  The event wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers and donors.”

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Ben Massell Dental Clinic


Volunteer of the Month: Marcia Pearl

Why I Volunteer

Why I Volunteer - Marcia Pearl

“Volunteering has given me an opportunity for “Tikkun Olam”; I am helping JFCS to repair the greater Atlanta community.

Marcia Pearl JF&CS Volunteer of the MonthI have the best of two worlds. I am an Intake volunteer, where I have the joy of being part of a team that helps individuals who face significant impacts in their lives such as: loss of a job, mental health crises or indigence.

I am also a Chaplaincy volunteer, where I see to the spiritual needs of individuals in residential facilities or hospitals, and try to bring hope and solace.

According to the London School of Economics in a study of volunteerism, the more people volunteered, the happier they were. Another study in the Journal of Gerontology found that people who volunteer have less risk of dementia, and those that volunteer over 100 hours per year live longer and have better health outcomes.

So, in return for a handful of hours, I gain happiness, brains elasticity, longevity and good health. But, best of all is the chance to make a difference in the lives of others.”

Rabbi Judith Beiner, Community Chaplain, said, “Marcia brings her warmth, compassion and gracious presence to patients and individuals she visits through Bikkur Cholim.  She indeed spreads smiles and sunshine!”

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services


Community Spotlight - Daffodil Project

Am Yisrael Chai Daffodil Project

On November 19, VIA Young Professionals of JF&CS, volunteers from Am Yisrael Chai and JF&CS staff helped members of our Holocaust Survivors Support program, to create a daffodil garden, as part of Am Yisrael Chai's Daffodil Project. The Daffodil Project was created in remembrance of children who were lost in the Holocaust.

Daffodil PlantingWith their help, we planted 850 bulbs and lay two rows of stones, painted with the names of children lost in the Holocaust. Thanks to all the volunteers for all your help!

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services


A Thanksgiving Message from the CEO

Happy Thanksgiving from Rick Aranson

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here


Operation Isaiah a Big Success!

Volunteers Sorted 11,000 lbs of food from the ACFB

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here


Meet the Staff: Caroline Burkholder, MS, RD, LD

CarolineCaroline joined JF&CS’ Health Power Initiative team in September 2017. A native of Atlanta, Caroline brings to JF&CS a background in nutrition education and wellness programming. She conducts and assesses health and wellness programs for clients, manages the Kosher food pantry, and maintains community partnerships to secure health promotion opportunities for participants across Atlanta. The Health Power Initiative program serves a range of clients with a special focus on older adults. Participants in her program learn how to eat healthfully on a budget and how to use food as a medium to prevent and manage chronic disease. Prior to coming to JF&CS, Caroline attended Georgia State University’s coordinated program in dietetics, where she received her Master’s degree and underwent 1200 hours of supervised practice to attain her credential as a dietitian. In tandem with her coursework, Caroline worked as the university nutritionist for the student body at GSU, and she worked as a nutrition educator for After School, a national non-profit organization that partners with Title I schools to teach children healthy cooking skills. She also taught undergraduate nutrition courses at GSU. Caroline is holds a Master of Science in Health Science, Nutrition from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Sewanee: University of the South. “Working with older adults is particularly rewarding because they deeply value the time and attention given to them. Whether doing hands on nutrition counseling or just talking to them about their favorite foods, older adults love the companionship and conversation and are eager to participate.”

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here


Volunteer of the Month: Andrea Holyfield

Andrea_HolyfieldAndrea started volunteering with JF&CS almost three years ago as the facilitator for our most popular workshop, LinkedIn for Job Search. We had launched the workshop a few months prior and suddenly our facilitator was not able to volunteer. This left us scrabbling until Andrea was referred to us as a LinkedIn expert who would do a fine job leading our new workshop. Later, when there were some major changes to LinkedIn, Andrea helped us create new material for the workshop participants.

Andrea comes each month with great enthusiasm for sharing the finer points of LinkedIn with our workshop participants and they leave the session armed with new information that will add to the effectiveness of their search. As workshop participants gather their belongings at the end of a class, it is common to hear people saying, “Andrea is fantastic” or “Andrea has taught me so much”. Andrea has certainly been a contributor to the Careers’ job search program.

Andrea:  Thank you for consistently being available to teach the How to Utilize LinkedIn in a Job Search workshop.   Your dedication to assisting our job seekers is invaluable. Many participants enter your training thinking that they know all that there is to know about LinkedIn only to remark later, “Wow I learned a lot of things about LinkedIn that I had no idea of."

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here


Holiday Gift Program

You can bring hope this holiday

Starting in 1995, the Holiday Gift Program, led by volunteer Jody Reichel, helps brighten the holiday season for Atlanta families who struggle to provide for their children, unable to afford the extras, and at times, even the essentials. 

Every year, members of our community fall on hard times whether through illness of a child or family member, unemployment, or another financial setback. Thank you to those of you who have donated in the past; hope that you join us again this year as we help put smiles on the faces of needy children and their families.

 Here’s how you can participate: 

1. Adopt a child, teen or adult (age and/or gender requests will be honored where possible) and we will provide you with the wish list. This is a great way for your own children to participate in the process! 

2. Purchase gift cards to Kroger, Publix, Target, Wal-Mart, Amazon, Macy’s, Toys R Us, etc. that will go directly to the families. Gift cards may be mailed to JF&CS or arrangements may be made through email or phone call (see contact information below). 

3. Make a monetary donation directly to the Holiday Gift Fund and we will purchase a gift card(s) or gift(s) for a family or individual. 

Every dollar donated goes directly to the families and is tax deductible to you. All gifts are appreciated. Please make checks out to JF&CS and mail checks and/or gift cards to JF&CS, attention: Jackie Nix.

For more information or to get involved please contact Jackie Nix at jnix@jfcsatl.org or 770.677.9334

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here


Rosh Hashanah Appeal Helps 160 Familes

Partnering with the Hebrew Order of David, JF&CS Annual Rosh Hashanah Appeal Raises $12,000

Since 2008, JF&CS has had a strong partnership with the Hebrew Order of David (HOD) to raise funds for the Rosh Hashanah appeal. The money raised is given to members in need in the Atlanta Jewish community to enable them to host a Rosh Hashanah Meal. This year, we raised over $12,000 and provided 160 families the opportunity to celebrate the New Year. Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the success of the Rosh Hashanah appeal, especially HOD brothers and liaison Alan Rubenstein. We couldn’t do it without you!

“Thank you so much for thinking of us and making a gift to the Rosh Hashanah appeal. We truly appreciate it. We will now be able to have a wonderful Rosh Hashanah meal. May the New Year bring you joy, health, and happiness” – a 2017 Rosh Hashanah appeal recipient 

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Community Spotlight: Mitzvah Day Partners

Thank you to all of our Project Partner Organizations! These groups helped market and recruit for 10 of our Mitzvah Day projects!

Project Partners:

Moishe House Buckhead

The Sixth Point

Congregation Gesher L’Torah

Eternal-Life Hemshech

Holocaust Survivor Support Fund

JF&CS PAL Program

JF&CS FITS (Families Inspired to Serve)

Congregation Etz Chaim Young Adults

Temple Sinai ATID

MJCCA Young Adults

Young Israel of Toco Hills

Our partners have some great things coming up over the next couple of months. Click below for more information

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Volunteers of the Month

Three friends gather weekly in the Kosher Food Pantry

Although there are many wonderful volunteers who occasionally serve in the kosher food pantry, there are three consistently dedicated ladies: Merrie Weiss, Karen Schultz, and Fran Keller. For the past year, these ladies have shown up faithfully every Monday to help sort the generous donations in the JF&CS food pantry. All are former teachers and still feed the need to give. 

KFP volunteersWhen asked why she volunteered, Merrie said, “This is what makes us feel good. It is so nice to give people in-need something they can use.”

Karen agreed. “I enjoy knowing I am making a difference. I have also made new friends. It gives me a bit of a schedule, to know I need to be here each week,” she said.

The Kosher Food Pantry is an invaluable resource of healthy kosher food items for people in need. Instead of spending money on food, clients can use limited funds to pay utilities or other household needs. Donations for the food pantry come from several wonderful organizations and in-kind donations. The pantry relies on volunteers who work hard sorting and inspecting the donations to make sure that they are suitable to be eaten according to a healthy and Kosher diet. Fresh produce is donated to the Kosher Food Pantry from David Skoke and his team at Helping Feed Atlanta. In addition, vegetables grown in the giving garden are also available to Kosher Food Pantry recipients. 

“We are careful to make sure the dates are current and that all food has the right kosher symbol. I like to organize the shelves and make sure everything is space-efficient,” said Fran.

The volunteers make sure the Kosher Food Pantry is in tip-top shape and make it easier to find necessary items.

"We have a lot of clients with low-sodium diets,” said Geriatric Care Manager, Debbi Dooley. Dooley helps clients fill their baskets with healthy, nutrition food. She delights when finding certain foods in the panty. 

"We need non-sweetened cereal, canned salmon, quinoa, ready-cooked rice. Extra sources of protein are very important to these clients’ diets. These wonderful ladies help us to make the Kosher Food Pantry a comfortable place to get assistance” she said.

While the pantry stocks only Kosher certified foods, anyone who needs help is welcome. 

To find out more about the Kosher Food Pantry, including a list of needed items, visit www.jfcsatl.org/kfp

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services


Tritt Leadership Program Reunion a Success!

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On Sunday, August 13th VIA held its annual reunion for alumni of the Ramie A. Tritt Family Foundation Volunteers In Action Leadership Program. Graduates and their guests along with JF&CS staff spent a fun afternoon at Lake Lanier playing human bingo, swimming, exploring the lake and more. Thank you to Joyce and Ramie Tritt for opening their home and hosting! We look forward to many more years of the program, future reunions and continuing education and leadership events.

Tritt 2The Ramie A. Tritt Family Foundation Volunteers In Action Leadership Program is community service-based volunteer leadership program that provides participants with hands-on experiences and connects them with prominent leaders in Atlanta. It focuses on being active in the community and exploring how community service and philanthropy can help participants develop as a leader. The program runs annually from January to May.  Applications will be available November 2017.

This program is made possible by Joyce and Ramie Tritt and their extended families. Thank you for all your support! 

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services


Meet the JF&CS Staff: Georgia Gunter

As a Geriatric Care Manager and Certified Aging Life Care Manager, Georgia joined JF&CS’ Geriatric Care Management team in May 2017. An Atlanta native, she brings with her 26 years of experience in the aging eld, with an emphasis on home and community-based services. She currently serves as a geriatric care manager and leads a spousal caregiver support group.

Georgia GunterGeorgia has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Furman University. She earned a Master of Science in counseling and a graduate certificate in gerontology from Georgia State University, whose Gerontology Institute awarded her the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009. Georgia is a certified Eden at Home associate and a member of the Aging Life Care Association.

Before coming to JF&CS, Georgia worked as the director of the Weinstein Center for Adult Day Services, located at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta and more recently as the director of Adult Day of Dunwoody. In that role, she provided case management and caregiver support for the family members and clients she served. She is very active in the aging community and served on the Advisory Committee to the Governor’s Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Task Force Committee. She also served on the boards of LeadingAge Georgia and the Culture Change Network of Georgia and was president of the Georgia Adult Day Services Association.

Georgia believes she has much to learn from older adults as well as from the care partners she serves. “There’s a quote from the Live Oak Institute that really resonates with me:

‘An elder is a person who is still growing, still a learner, still with potential and whose life continues to have within it promise for and connection to the future.’

“I am so honored to work for an organization that truly values its elders.”

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Aviv Older Adult Services


Community Spotlight: Helping Feed Atlanta

Helping Feed Atlanta Spreads Love and Food Across Atlanta

Have you ever wondered what happens to all of the produce at Whole Foods at the end of the day? Does it get thrown out, used for compost, or do employees throw elaborate dinner parties after hours? In February 2012, David Skoke helped answer that question by reaching out to his local Whole Foods Market. What started out as a request for 40 pounds of potatoes, has now grown into an operation that feeds thousands of the homeless and Atlantans in-need.

In just five years, the project has grown from one market to five different Whole Foods markets and three Costco locations. Helping Feed Atlanta collects over 30,000 pounds of food every month with the help of a few dedicated volunteers. 

In addition, Helping Feed Atlanta has also created jobs for capable adults like Todd Besmernick, a young man in our supported employment program. David and Todd have become great friends, and they share videos of their weekly runs to collect healthy produce on their  “van show.” They then distribute the produce to the JF&CS kosher food pantry, and other organizations that help those in-need including Malachi's Storehouse, City of Refuge and The Atlanta Mission.

“We could not do our work without the help of David Skoke and Helping Feed Atlanta for many reasons. Thank you from all of us at JFCS,” said Engagement Coordinator, Sheri Schwartz.

Amy Maslia, intake manager agreed. “We Love to see David's smiling face on Mondays and am thrilled to offer fresh produce to our clients! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!”

Helping Feed Atlanta was recently profiled on 11 Alive. You can view the video here: http://www.wsbtv.com/video?videoId=596527236&videoVersion=1.0 

Here is a video of David and Todd doing their mobile mitzvahs: https://www.facebook.com/Helping-Feed-Atlanta-1438955989707442/?fref=mentions

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Developmental Disabilities Services, Volunteer Services


VIA Joins ORT and Federation Under 40 to Beautify APS School

Volunteers improved the social and emotional learning suite at Forrest Hill Academy.

VIA Joins ORT and Federation Under 40 to Beautify APS School
On Sunday, June 11, VIA participated in ORT My School, a school beautification project, with ORT Atlanta and Federation Under 40 Division. This was the second year the groups collaborated to improve an Atlanta public school. 

This year, the groups painted the new social & emotional learning suite at Forrest Hill Academy· All together, 22 young adults participated. The group had a great time with the community service project, knowing they were making a difference for kids at the school. Young adults can get involved at www.jfcsatl.org/VIA

Posted in Volunteer Services


Aviv Celebrations Thanks Volunteers at Pete the Cat Show

Aviv Celebrations Thanks Volunteers at Pete the Cat Show
On May 21, we thanked agency volunteers who generously give of themselves, with an outing to see Pete the Cat at the Center for the Puppetry Arts.

Fifty parents and children attended the event with smiles and giggles while watching Pete the Cat and then a special puppet show about Aviv Celebrations with characters Silly Puppet and Mel Footmeyer. Aviv Celebrations of Aviv Older Adult Services of JF&CS hosted the event, which was followed by time for making unique and beautiful cards for Aviv Celebrations.

Aviv Celebrations, founded by Cherie Aviv, works with children, teens and adults to make and give handmade birthday cards for older adults and get well cards for people who are ill. Making and giving a handmade card is a simple, yet meaningful way to connect with anyone, but in particular with older adults. A birthday card may be the only recognition they receive on their birthday. And for those who are ill, a get-well card will certainly brighten their day. The cards reassure those in our community they have not been forgotten.

Learn more about Aviv Celebrations or join in the fun and make cards for older adults and those who are ill! www.jfcsatl.org/cards 

Posted in Volunteer Services


Debra & Christian

How JF&CS counseling services helped a veteran and her son.

In 2009, Debra Johnson received orders to go to Iraq. Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR), with two months left in her contract, they orders took her by surprise.

“I had to go by myself, not with a unit, not with anyone I knew,” she said.

While on her tour, Johnson experienced a woman’s worst nightmare: sexual abuse. Medivacked home and suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), she spent months in different therapies. Eventually, she started drinking heavily.

If not for Christian, the “little life saver” born in 2012, she might have taken a different path.

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Counseling Services


Levon Johnson

How a former veteran and machinist regained his confident smile

Levon Johnson didn’t learn to read until fifth grade.

“Everyone thought I was the smartest kid in school, but I couldn’t read,” he said. But he built coping skills. “My interest was in my chemistry set.”

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Ben Massell Dental Clinic


After 70 years, a Bar Mitzvah at Last

How Leon Asner celebrated his bar mitzvah

After 70 years, a Bar Mitzvah at Last
It’s a good thing Anat Granath doesn’t take “no” for an answer.

Granath, a social worker with JF&CS’ Holocaust Survivor Services program, received a call one day from someone at the William Bremen Jewish Heritage Museum asking her to visit Leon Asner. An 85-year-old survivor who recently had suffered a heart attack, Asner wouldn’t even come to his door. So she placed a bag of food there and left. But she came back. And came back again. Finally, he let her in.

Posted in Aviv Older Adult Services


Friendly Visitor Program Works to Reduce Senior Isolation

Program matches seniors with volunteers

Friendly Visitor Program Works to Reduce Senior Isolation
With social isolation impacting many older adults, meaningful interactions and warm conversations with others grow increasingly rare and simultaneously more important to those who may have limited access to a social network. JF&CS’ One Good Deed program aims to address this by matching older adults with volunteers in order to create newfound friendships and invaluable connections across generations. Spearheaded by Sharon Spiegelman, One Good Deed Manager, and Vivienne Kurland, One Good Deed Coordinator, the program has already matched 65 older adults with community volunteers.

Among the matches, Sheva Vapne, a Holocaust survivor, and Ellen Gebel have been matched together for over a year, and enjoy meeting every other week at Sheva’s home for a friendly visit.

Posted in Aviv Older Adult Services, Volunteer Services


The Best Birthday Ever

Addiction, loss, and overcoming grief

The Best Birthday Ever
This is my first time writing for the newsletter. It’s no coincidence it is during Chol Hamoed Pesach (the intermediary days of Pesach) that I begin this part of our journey together, even though I know you will read this after Passover. There’s so much I want to share with you, but for now, I won’t go into too much detail about the cataclysmic loss that brings me to HAMSA… and that brings us together. The short story is that eight years ago, my 20-year-old son died of an accidental overdose.

Posted in Counseling Services


Generations of Giving

Three Generations of Tritt Give Back

Generations of Giving
There’s a culture of giving in the Tritt family, which becomes clear when you look at what Dr. Ramie Tritt, his wife, Joyce, and their children have done for JF&CS and the community. In the past decade, not only have they donated significantly in both time and money, but they have started several programs — including the 3-year-old Ramie A. Tritt Family Foundation Volunteers in Action (VIA) Leadership Program at JF&CS.

“We’re big on leadership, education, health and community support,” said Dr. Tritt, a physician originally from Montreal. “JF&CS falls into all of them. It meets the needs of people who aren’t as advantaged as we are.”

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here


The Legacy of Owen Halpern

Generosity that extends beyond life.

The Legacy of Owen Halpern
Throughout his adult life, Owen Halpern was known for his kindness and generosity. His support for JF&CS extended beyond his donations to the time he spent volunteering. From serving on the Board of Directors to co-chairing the annual Community of Caring event to heading up the Kay Family Tools for Leaders program, Halpern immersed himself in the agency. But the cause that meant the most to him was LGBTQ (lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) rights.   

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here


A Lesson in Recovery

How Do You Learn to Rethink Your Day?

To live a meaningful life — day by day, minute by minute — may seem daunting. How can one possibly focus amidst all the distraction, problems, and emotions? Even when you are satisfied with your past accomplishments, how can you continue to grow? How can you break out of the old patterns and learn to look at life anew?

Written by Eric Miller, Posted in Counseling Services


Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta Earns Coveted 4-star Rating From Charity Navigator

JF&CS ranks among top 10% of charities for transparency and accountability.

Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta Earns Coveted 4-star Rating From Charity Navigator
ATLANTA – Atlanta, GA – March 14, 2017 – In recognition of its sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency, Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta (JF&CS) has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here


1 Good Deed Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary with JF&CS.

Playing matchmaker for 11 years

1 Good Deed Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary with JF&CS.
Sharon  Spiegelman and Viv Kurland  view themselves as  “old-fashioned” matchmakers.  Only instead of matching young couples, they pair seniors with volunteer companions, or “friendly visitors.” The two run One Good Deed (OGD), an 11-year-old program that  is celebrating its  one-year anniversary as part of JF&CS.

Posted in Aviv Older Adult Services


Career Services Taking the Show on the Road

Employment Workshop Series going to Norcross Cooperative Ministries in March

JF&CS Career Services is taking the show on the road in March! Learn effective techniques from highly qualified Job Search Specialists.

Have you been submitting resume after resume into the bottomless pit of online portals? Come learn how to stage an effective job search. It’s more than applying for jobs on the Internet!

Have you heard that you should tailor your resume to each job? Come learn how to create a fluid resume that can catch the eye of a hiring manager.

So you've landed the interview...now what? Learn techniques and information to ace your next interview. 

Reserve your seat by e-mail at jobministry@norcrossco-op.org or by phone at 770.263.8268

Light refreshments will be served. Gas cards will be given to all participants who arrive ON TIME and stay for the entire session.

Want 1:1 help with job search, resume development, or interview skills? Visit our careers page or email one of our career specialists.

Posted in Career Services


Ask a Professional: Carly Reisman

Carly Reisman, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Coordinator at JFCS AtlantaCarly Reisman is a professional in Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Services at JF&CS. She works with adults with disabilities who would like to gain employment. Carly has a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development and a Masters in Special Education from the University of Georgia. She joined JF&CS as a direct support professional in 2015 and became the Employment Services Coordinator in 2016.

Posted in Developmental Disabilities Services


February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month

How IDDS is making hope and opportunity happen

February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month, and JF&CS wants to raise awareness of what we do in this arena. Our nonsectarian Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Services (IDDS) offers programs and supports to individuals with a range of disabilities, their families and their caregivers. We follow a person-centered approach to ensure those with disabilities have a hand in directing their services and a voice concerning their future. The programs promote self-determination and the right of those with special needs to choose their own destinies.

Programs and services include Supported Employment, the Zimmerman-Horowitz Independent Living Program, Community Access Services and Alterman/JETS Transportation.

In March, IDDS will be moving into a brand new location right on the JF&CS campus. The building will include a large common space, classrooms, a computer room, an art studio, a sensory room, a teaching kitchen, ADA-compliant bathrooms with showers, a laundry area and full access for wheelchairs with wider hallways and lower counters.

For more information, please call 770-677-9300 or visit www.jfcsatl.org


Posted in Developmental Disabilities Services


Staff Highlight - Barbara Jones

Celebrating 41 years of service at Ben Massell Dental Clinic

Staff Highlight - Barbara Jones
With 41 years under her belt, Barbara Jones is the longest-serving staff member ever at the Ben Massell Dental Clinic — as well as at JF&CS. If there’s anything you need to know about the clinic, Barbara is your go-to person; there is nothing she doesn’t know, doesn’t remember or can’t figure out. A graduate of Atlanta Technical College, Barbara has a wealth of knowledge about dentistry and has served in many capacities at BMDC. As dental operations manager, she oversees the training of hundreds of dental students, dental assistants and pre-dental students.

Posted in Ben Massell Dental Clinic


The Impact of Domestic Violence

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Shalom Bayit’s impact is built on individuals speaking out and collaborations within our community.  Amy Robinson first connected with Shalom Bayit through her involvement with Congregation B’nai Torah, after her sister, Nique disappeared in July 2011.  Seven days after Nique’s disappearance her body was found. Four and a half years later, on February 5, 2016, Nique’s husband was convicted of her murder and sentenced to life without parole, plus receiving an additional 15 year sentence for eavesdropping charges. These words are from Amy’s “victim impact statement,” presented at the trial.

Written by Amy Robinson, Posted in Counseling Services


How a Friendship became a Legacy

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We live in a world abundant with meaningful, worthwhile opportunities to give. Choosing the causes to support can be a challenge. For many, the decision is based on something that has touched them personally. For Helen Marie Stern, who passed away in June 2014, it came down to relationships.

Written by Sheri Panovka, Posted in Counseling Services


The Power of Song

The Power of Song
It is Friday and I am conducting my monthly Kabalat Shabbat service with a small group of Jewish residents at an outlying nursing home.  We recite blessings over candles, wine and food, enjoy a snack, sing some songs, usually learn about a holiday and spend some time together. My regulars include several Russian speakers, and a few residents suffering from various impairments which makes conversation difficult.

Written by Rabbi Judith Beiner, Posted in Counseling Services


Supported Employment Brings Confidence and Stability

Supported Employment Brings Confidence and Stability
Gil Berman wants to de-stigmatize mental health issues and treatment. A bright and funny 23-year-old who exudes self-confidence, Gil has Asperger’s syndrome. He also has an anxiety disorder and “some other issues,” including Tourette syndrome, which he learned he had in fourth grade. 

“People would tell me I was so brave to talk about it,” he said. “That always confused me. It feels good to talk about it. Everybody is educated, and everybody wins.”

Written by Sheri Panovka, Posted in Counseling Services, Developmental Disabilities Services


Finding Her Balance

Finding Her Balance
Sometimes things just fall into place, even when it seems like they’re falling apart. When Gloria White walked into JF&CS in January 2015, she was “a wreck, a ball of anxiety.” You wouldn’t know it now.

Gloria had been a carefree college student living on her own, “a millennial going out and having fun all the time.” Then her mom, who had been sick, needed to have a leg amputated. Gloria moved back home.

Written by Sheri Panovka, Posted in Aviv Older Adult Services, Career Services


Healing the Spirit, Healing the Body

Healing the Spirit, Healing the Body
By July 2015, Amy Fergusson-Williams knew she needed help. Her husband Rodney had been forgetting things and at times was not acting like himself. Before she knew it, Amy had gone from a household partner and wife to a full-time caregiver.

“I was feeling hopeless and overwhelmed, like I couldn’t catch up,” said Amy. “I didn’t know where to go or what to do.”

Written by Sheri Panovka, Posted in Aviv Older Adult Services


My Story, by Eric Miller

My Story, by Eric Miller
My name is Eric Miller, and I’m a person in long-term recovery. What that means to me is that it has been eight years since I last depended on drugs and alcohol to escape from my life.

Looking backward, it seems like a blink of an eye. 

But I remember looking ahead and thinking, “I can’t do this.”

Written by Eric Miller, Posted in Counseling Services


Are you making these common resume mistakes?

Are you making these common resume mistakes?
Writing the perfect resume can feel like being on a quest to capture a unicorn (but likely there is far more fun involved with that). It is not easy, and it is likely not your activity of choice in your free time. Here are five common mistakes we see on resumes that drive recruiters and hiring mangers crazy and be sure to avoid them.

Written by Mandy Wright, Posted in Career Services


Passover – Renewal, or Making the Old New Again

Passover – Renewal, or Making the Old New Again
Passover begins when I open the Pesach closet and see the dishes, pots and pans, appliances and utensils. This odd, mismatched assortment belonged to my mother-in-law, who used them through the years. Pulling them out of the closet, I can still see my in-laws conducting their sedarim, and hear their voices. The dishes show signs of aging and use: cracks, chips, worn finishes, loose handles etc. And yet, they are new to me every year. 

Written by Rabbi Judith Beiner, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here

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