Articles tagged with: Awareness

06November

Stand up and speak out. End the cycle of abuse

Stand up and speak out. End the cycle of abuse


Soon we will be reading the Torah portion of Vayishlach. It is a portion filled with events of triumph as well as failure. We learn the stories of Jacob wrestling with G-d and his reuniting with his brother. We also learn about the rape of Jacob’s only daughter, Dinah. Though Jacob can prevail or at least hold his own in wrestling with G-d and engaging with his brother Esau, he appears unable to control the physically violent behaviors of his sons. He cannot empathize or express compassion toward his daughter after she was raped. This is a story about a family in crisis due to a sexual assault. Revenge, violence and mayhem follow. Two of the sons go on a murderous rampage while the other brothers take women and children as slaves. Violence begets more violence.

Written by Patty Maziar, Posted in Counseling Services

03October

How We Can Help put a STOP to Domestic Violence

How We Can Help put a STOP to Domestic Violence

 

By the time you finish reading this blog, around 13 women in the United States will be assaulted or beaten. In the next 24 hours more than three women will be murdered by their husbands or boyfriends. Within the next year up to 10 million children will witness domestic violence of some kind. So once you finish reading this blog and go about your day, you should take time to think about the 9,500 women in our country that will have been assaulted or beaten by the time you wake up the next morning.

 

Written by Jessica Hallberlin, Posted in Counseling Services

14February

When a Month Just Isn't Enough

When a Month Just Isn't Enough

February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month (JDAM). We are pleased to share a blog post from Deborah Greene, wife of Rabbi Fred Greene of Temple Beth Tikvah and the mother of three daughters, the oldest of whom has autism. Deborah is devoted to raising autism awareness, and she shares her family's life on the autism spectrum in “Puzzled: Raising a Child with Autism & Other Pieces of Family Life.” We found her story to be extremely poignant, and we are honored she agreed to be a guest blogger for “The Sharpest Tools in the Shed.”

JF&CS is dedicated to supporting our clients and their families with disabilities, and we are touched  by Deborah’s meaningful words. Even if you are not Jewish, we believe you will find her words meaningful as well.

Written by Deborah Greene, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Developmental Disabilities Services

18January

Addressing Bullying Head On

Addressing Bullying Head On

For parents, it is one of the greatest nightmares: someone harming their child, physically or emotionally. Imagine the nightmare the child endures.

Kayla*, 13 years old, was teased repeatedly for her appearance. Her peers and even adults ignored or dismissed the open harassment. She became withdrawn at home and started to talk about how her family would be better off without her. But she didn’t want to be identified to school authorities for fear of further retaliation.

Written by Sheri Panovka, Posted in Child & Adolescent Services

15November

Don’t Forget… to Exercise your Brain: Know the Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease

Don’t Forget… to Exercise your Brain: Know the Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease

November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, and November 15th is National Memory Screening Day.

Research suggests lifestyle changes can reduce risk for dementia. A new, theoretical analysis finds that about half of the risk factors for Alzheimer's disease are potentially changeable, and that reducing them could substantially decrease the number of new cases of disease worldwide. Similar to the idea that joint health starts with physical exercise to keep your muscles strong, brain health starts with social and mental exercise to reduce stress, strengthen brain cells and the connections between them, and possibly even create new nerve cells.

Written by Sarah Howell, Posted in Aviv Older Adult Services