Articles tagged with: Community

17July

Why Group Therapy? From a Client’s Perspective

Why Group Therapy? From a Client’s Perspective


For someone who has been part of both group therapy and individual therapy, I am a big advocate for group therapy. I believe that there are many misconceptions about group therapy and I would like to debunk some of them using my own experiences. 

Posted in Counseling Services

30March

Patience and Passover

Reflections for your seder

Patience and Passover

I wanted to share one of my favorite Passover stories:

Two beggars, Yidel, a Jew, and Ivan, a Russian were both always in need of a good meal. One year, just before Passover, Yidel told Ivan that if he went into a synagogue and pretended to be a Jew, he would surely get an invitation to a Seder. A month later, when they met again, Yidel anticipated an embrace and a thank you. Instead, Ivan fell upon him with blows and curses, and upon finishing told this tale. 

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

31July

ArtWORKS Goes WILD!

ArtWORKS Goes WILD!

ArtWORKS is back preparing for the “Go Wild” art show which will be held at The Art Institute of Atlanta – Decatur on December 5th, 2013. With more than 50 acrylic-on-canvas works in development, including massive banners depicting wild animals, our clients are as busy as they are excited about this gala event. Clients chose the “Go Wild” theme to honor one of our Tools for Independence TeamWORKS’ partners, ZooAtlanta. Our clients regularly volunteer to support the educational programs sponsored by ZooAtlanta, and recognizing ZooAtlanta through the show creates the opportunity for our clients to give back to the community that supports them. Last year’s show generated more than$2,000 in earnings for the program and our clients, and we are looking forward to setting a new bar at the 2013 show!

Posted in Developmental Disabilities Services

30May

The Importance of Companionship for Older Adults

The Importance of Companionship for Older Adults

Statistics show 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 daily for the next 16 years. That’s the age that traditionally has marked someone as an “older adult.” When you hear that term, what comes to mind? Granted, people age differently than they used to. Still, the term often evokes images of elderly people needing care, medications, doctors, nursing homes, hospice and so forth. While those are the things and the people that keep their bodies healthy, there is something that can keep their minds healthy: companionship.

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

21March

The Importance of Sober Support

The Importance of Sober Support

“Well we all need someone we can lean on.” That sentiment as sung by the Rolling Stones is universal no matter the life circumstance. In recovery, it is doubly true as those who have worked so hard to become sober now have to relearn (or sometimes learn for the first time) how to survive everyday life without the artificial coping mechanism of their drug or behavior of choice.

Written by Jo Abney, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Counseling Services

05March

Simple Ways You can Help Fight Hunger

Simple Ways You can Help Fight Hunger

It’s March, and Passover is coming up at the end of the month. When we think of this wonderful holiday, what usually comes to mind? FOOD! So it’s apropos to highlight some volunteer opportunities related to hunger.

On March 10, the Atlanta Community Food Bank holds its annual Hunger Walk at Turner Field. As we do every year, JF&CS and many of our partnering synagogues will be forming teams to walk en masse with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. Federation was one of the founding partners and a leading fundraiser for the walk. For the past five years, those walking with Federation made up the largest faith-based fundraising group at the event.

Written by Sheri Panovka, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services

04March

An Inside Look at Tools for Leaders: Part 2

An Inside Look at Tools for Leaders: Part 2

I have lived in Dunwoody since 2005 and have driven by JF&CS around 3,500 times not knowing what it did until earlier this year, when I joined the Tools for Leaders Program. Boy am I glad I did. Not only have I met a tremendous group of individuals, but I have been able to learn about an organization that does so much for the local community. I can honestly say that the more I learn about JF&CS, the more excited I get to participate in this and other programs. JF&CS is the Gold Standard when it comes to nonprofit organizations that make an impact on thousands of individuals’ daily lives.

Written by Justin Milrad, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services

24October

Taking Action to End Domestic Violence

Taking Action to End Domestic Violence

“He always apologized, and sometimes he would even cry because of the bruises he'd made on her arms or legs or her back. He would say that he hated what he'd done, but in the next breath tell her she'd deserved it. That if she'd been more careful, it wouldn't have happened. That if she'd been paying attention or hadn't been so stupid, he wouldn't have lost his temper.” ~Nicholas Sparks

October is a month filled with crisp fall air, crunchy new apples and leaves the colors of fire. October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which sadly, few people are actually aware of.

Written by Lexi Klupchak, Wendy Lipshutz, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Counseling Services

12April

10 Ways Adults Can Help Prevent Bullying

10 Ways Adults Can Help Prevent Bullying

On Sunday, April 15, Atlanta Council BBYO is partnering with The Bully Project for a screening of the film BULLY, which depicts a “year in the life” of North America’s Bullying crisis. The film is showing at 2pm at the Landmark Midtown Art Theater. It is recommended to get tickets in advance.

Written by Rebecca Stapel-Wax, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Child & Adolescent Services, Counseling Services

04April

Volunteer Spotlight: Intake Team

Volunteer Spotlight: Intake Team

We at JF&CS are proud of volunteers and appreciate that we could not do what we do without them. It is especially wonderful when our volunteers provide critical services not only to our clients, but also to the organization itself. This is precisely what our group of dedicated intake volunteers does for us each week. Day in and day out, these volunteers are the first voices heard by hundreds of potential JF&CS clients looking to access our many services. Fielding dozens of calls each day, the intake volunteers have made a phenomenal impact on our staff, on our clients and on JF&CS as a whole.

Written by Matt Waldman, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services

27March

Blog Series: Tools For Leaders - Session 3

Blog Series: Tools For Leaders - Session 3

“Why do people volunteer?” This was the opener for session 3 of Tools for Leaders. There was a common theme throughout everyone’s answers - “because we were raised in a family of volunteers and we want to carry on the tradition”, “the love of giving back”, “helping make the world a better place”. We volunteer because that’s what we do. It’s who we are – we do it without it thinking about it.

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

31January

Blog Series: Tools For Leaders

Blog Series: Tools For Leaders

Tools for Leaders is an interactive and dynamic learning series designed to engage individuals who have shown leadership at JF&CS or elsewhere in the community who may be interested in greater leadership opportunities within our agency. Tools for Leaders provides the opportunity for participants to gain more in-depth knowledge of the agency’s programs, offers networking and leadership skill-building opportunities, and encourages participants to explore their future volunteer and leadership path at JF&CS. Our 2012 program kicked off on January 18, and we are very excited that Sheri Kornblum is going to be sharing her experiences in the program through our blog.

Written by Sheri Kornblum, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services

04January

NORC Bids Farewell to Barbara Rosenberg

NORC Bids Farewell to Barbara Rosenberg

On December 31, 2011, JF&CS said goodbye to one of most faithful and long-standing employees, when Barbara Rosenberg retired after 22 years of incredible service.  Her outstanding achievements have positioned JF&CS’ NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) program and older adult services as one of the leading programs available for older adults in the State of Georgia.

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

04January

Volunteer Spotlight: Cara Gurney

Volunteer Spotlight: Cara Gurney

January is National Mentoring Month. So if you ever thought about being a mentor – or even if you haven’t – now is the perfect time. And JF&CS has the perfect opportunity to be one. We call it being a PAL.

A PAL is a loving Jewish adult volunteer who shares a one-to-one mentoring relationship with a child in need of a role model. Big PALs provide friendship and support, and make a huge difference in the lives of their little PALs – and vice versa.

Written by Matt Waldman, Posted in Child & Adolescent Services, Volunteer Services

30November

Volunteer Spotlight: Annette Marcus

Volunteer Spotlight: Annette Marcus

JF&CS volunteers affect the lives of others in countless ways, through a number of different channels. Annette Marcus is precisely this type of volunteer - dedicated, dynamic and a natural leader. She has been very involved with JF&CS over the years, and her most recent role as a member of our synagogue affinity group for Caring Committee chairs has enabled her to help synagogues, JF&CS and community members in meaningful ways.

Written by Matt Waldman, Posted in Counseling Services, Volunteer Services

27October

60 miles, 3 days... I did that!

60 miles, 3 days... I did that!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  We are so proud of Denise Deitchman, JF&CS Manager of Volunteer Development who participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure the weekend of October 21-23.  These are her reflections on why she walked 60 miles for a cure.

I decided to walk the Susan G Komen 3-Day for a Cure in 2006 because it was always something on my bucket list. I thought it would be a great physical challenge, as well as inspirational, and I signed up with a few friends to do the walk. At the time, breast cancer didn’t really affect me personally, but I still wanted to help the cause.

Written by Denise Deitchman, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services

27September

Shana Tova from JF&CS: Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 5772!

Shana Tova from JF&CS: Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 5772!

Wednesday night begins the celebration of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.  Members of our community will spend the next 2 days observing the holiday in a variety of ways.  Some will attend services at their synagogue, we may spend time with family and friends, perhaps enjoying a festive meal.  Many of us will take this opportunity to reflect on the past year and think ahead to the year to come.  We are pleased to share some remarks from Rabbi Peter Berg of The Temple (and a member of the JF&CS Board of Directors) and Rabbi Neil Sandler of Ahavath Achim Synagogue (and president of the Atlanta Rabbinical Association) which speak to the work we do to help support our community.

Written by Rabbi Neil Sandler, Rabbi Peter Berg, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here