JFS has been helping the community for almost 40 years. It has been the primary resource, and place to go for those struggling with mental health, food insecurity, domestic violence, parenting, and aging.
The spirit of generosity is perhaps most evident through the holiday season. At JFS we are blessed, year-round, by the generosity of our community who gives in so many ways. This month we shine a light on one of the ways our community gives to JFS – through the JFS food pantry.
When the cast of the Broadway show, The Band’s Visit, heard there were Holocaust survivors in the audience they made it a point to come out after the show to mingle with them. Everyone was delighted. JFS transported and welcomed approximately 17 survivors and their family members to a private luncheon and show at the Knight Theater at the Levine Center of the Arts.
The headlines appear almost daily – another school shooting. It strikes fear in the hearts of everyone you know: parents, grandparents, and especially the staff, teachers, and students who must enter a school every day.
The guests settled in, relaxed, and quickly began laughing as headliner, Orny Adams, delivered his one-liners and jokes. The crowd of 275 guests also raised their paddles and opened their hearts during the live auction and call to the heart, contributing to the $125,000 raised during this Night of Laughter, Lifetime of Healing event.
Whether the summer was jampacked with camp, play dates, outings, and other fun activities, or filled with complaints about being bored with nothing to do, kids often have a tough time making the back-to-school transition. It can be especially challenging when balancing work and a busy family life.
Over the past eighteen months, through the work of the Mental Health Initiative, our community has been exposed to a diversity of facts, programs and marketing messages regarding the impact Mental Health has on our day-today lives. In recognition of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, it would seem wise to highlight some of the more significant issues affecting our emotional well-being.
What do you get when you combine a funny Jewish comedian and a great show with a VIP experience, live auction, and raffle prizes? Jewish Family Services’ Live Laugh Give Comedy Night. When asked what inspired JFS to start this event, Howard Olshansky, JFS Executive Director responded, “There are three things that bring people together for a good cause: laughter, prizes, and good food.
As an Executive Director, on any given day you can be in receipt of notification about a grant opportunity. The majority you rule out for some reason. But according to Howard Olshansky, Executive Director of Jewish Family Services, “This one completely grabbed my interest.”
“What’s for dinner?” Did you know the nutritional quality of the food you consume can impact your mental health? In fact, there is a known correlation between a person’s diet and the part of the brain responsible for emotion, memory and motivation.