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  • Jewish Family Services' Tara’s Closet and the Mandell JCC’s Family Room will present ‘SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age’ on October 18 in West Hartford. Admission to the screening free and reservations are available at http://jfshartford.org/screenagers

  • West Hartford resident Barbara Roth was recently honored by Jewish Family Services with a first-ever Humanitarian Award.

  • Organized by Jewish Family Services and Tara’s Closet

  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month

  • TICKETS ON SALE NOW! JFS and Tara’s Closet invite you to this unforgettable evening conversation with special guests Jenna Bush Hager, Dr. Evan Fox, Risa Sugarman, and Karin Stahl. Laugh and cry together as they share personal stories around mental illness, compassion and education. Seating is limited and advance reservations are recommended. http://jfshartford.org/tickets

  • It’s not often that a group of teens will get together with the express purpose to talk about mental health...[continue for interview with Janice Rothstein, director of Clinical Services at Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford]

  • Close to 250 people were on hand Nov. 15 to support Jewish Family Services Fourth Annual Embracing Possibility event with special recognition of  Tara’s Closet at the home of Merrill and Mark Mandell. 

  • Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford has launched "Tara’s Closet" which provides clothing to individuals and families living in West Hartford, Bloomfield and the entire Greater Hartford area during temporary or long-term times of need.

  • Tara’s Closet, launched by Jewish Family Services to an organization to fill the need for clothing and raise awareness about mental illness, will be open through Aug. 10 and for back-to-school week from Aug. 15-19.

  • Tara’s Closet, a communal initiative in support of those coping with mental illness, was inspired by a West Hartford woman who lost her life to bi-polar disorder. Tara’s Closet will be open and available by appointment for those in need to try on clothing and select quality items in a boutique-style environment at no charge. Guests can “shop” through the wide selection of clothing for men, women, and children. There is a fitting room available. Then they can leave with their selections and their dignity.

  • Among the casualties left in the wake of the 2008 recession were mature professionals over the age of 50 as a result of downsizing, layoffs or simply being replaced by a younger, cheaper employee. That isn’t why Encore!Hartford, a University of Connecticut program founded in 2010, was created. But it has become a significant part of the program’s purpose.

  • At the recent celebration of Family Champions hosted by CCFSA, Bernie Selig, JFS Volunteer, and Marie Vick, administrative assistant, were recognized.

  • A local woman has finally found a way to honor her daughter's loss and, in the process, is trying to erase the stigma attached to mental health.

  • All Feelings Are Important. Working with clients who have experienced a trauma brings challenges. Often clients are resistant to feeling anything in an effort to avoid reliving the trauma and the associated pain and fear. JFS clinicians took part in presenting at the recent TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy) Conference in Hartford brought by Child Health and Development Institute. Their workshop, Inside Out, focused on facilitating a relevant affective expressive module for youth when traditional strategies prove ineffective.

  • Caring for someone with Alzheimer's can be grueling, stressful.

  • If we are going to win this fight, we need to grapple with the scope of the problem an try harder to cure it. Longtime journalist chronicles own experiences with the disease.

  • Even minor prenatal events can leave a deep imprint. The idea that prenatal events cast a long shadow over the rest of life is not new. Researchers are turning to more commonplace experiences of pregnant mothers--how the death of a relative, having a home team in the Super Bowl or fasting during Ramadan affects children at birth and beyond.

  • It's time to breach the wall of silence about mental health. "I've chatted with lots of people who hear voices that others can't and I know that mental illness and substance use problems occur in most families, including mine." Charles Atkins, M.D.

  • West Hartford Teen Organizes "Memory Walk" in Support of Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford

  • Tara's Closet comprises a dual mission: to provide clothing to clients in a confidential and dignified manner, and to raise funds to spread awareness about mental illness. Tara's Closet will be open four times a year and staffed by volunteers who will help clients choose items for themselves and their families.

  • A new Jewish communal initiative will help those coping with mental illness inspired by a young woman who lost her life to bi-polar disorder.

  • When you're young, the distinct pain of grief may be felt with the loss of a beloved pet. Sometimes years go by, though, before a family member of close friend dies. Losing someone close to you for the first time is overwhelming.

  • Scientists funded by the Simons Foundation Research Initiative are launching an online research initiative that aims to gather DNA and other information from 50,000 people with autism and their family members.

  • Passover is a time of reconnecting with an ancient ritual that helps to identify who we are as a people, a time of gathering for friends and family around the dinner table (and what’s more Jewish than that?), and a time to celebrate freedom.

  • The Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford's Women's Philanthropy has announced that its 2016 Living with Intention event will take place on Monday, May 23, at 7:00 pm at Beth El Temple in West Hartford.

  • More than 40 people came out to The Claypen in West Hartford one recent afternoon to paint Seder plates that were then given as gifts to Jewish families in need.

  • A symbolic Seder for Holocaust survivors, sponsored by Jewish Family Services and the Mandell JCC as part of their Café Europa program, will be held in West Hartford.

  • LGBT Youth: Discrimination, Mistreatment Limit Options for Young People

  • Americans are flooding back into the job market at the fastest page since before the Great Recession, encouraged by steady hiring and some signs of higher pay.

  • "I was a very happy child before being transported to the ghetto," in Lithuania, said Holocaust survivor Florence Post, 80, of West Hartford, who told her family's story to students at Hall High School on Friday. Visit www.courant.com/florencepost for a video.

  • This piece captures not only the sadness of Alzheimer's disease and the fragility of love, but also love's strength, its "ongoingness."

  • Study: Overly Critical Moms and Dads may Contribute to Kids' Persistent Symptoms

  • Community agencies held a joint event for job-seeking seniors in West Hartford Town Hall.

  • Anne Danaher joined Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford (JFS) in 1987 as director of operations. Her two-year stint as interim executive co-director from 1998 to 2000 was the bellwether of things to come, as she was appointed associate executive director in 2001 and executive director a year later. She has helmed JFS ever since.

  • Thirty or so volunteers helped pack bags filled with turkeys and all the trimmings that were then delivered to more than 100 people in need in time for Thanksgiving.

  • The Jewish Family Services Toy & Winter Weather Wear Drive will fulfill 200 wishes thanks to the generosity of donors.

  • News gleaned from the TV, radio, or Internet can be a positive educational experience for kids. But when the images presented are violent or the stories touch on disturbing topics, problems can arise.

  • The University of Hartford volleyball team, in conjunction with the men's rugby club team, collected over 300 pounds of food prior to the team's match against Yale on Tuesday, Nov. 24. The food was donated to the Anja Rosenberg Kosher Food Pantry, in conjunction with Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford.

  • Close to 300 people supported Jewish Family Services' Third Annual Helping Our Hungry Community event with special recognition of the Holocaust Survivors Program at the home of Alan and Marcia Lazowski.

  • Unanswered text messages. Declined invites. Missed calls. When you live with anxiety, sometimes little aspects of friendship can be hard. But that doesn’t mean people with anxiety can’t maintain friendships. And it doesn’t mean people with anxiety don’t care about their friends.

  • In what the media have deemed her biggest speech as the Duchess of Cambridge to date, Kate Middleton addressed school leaders and mental health experts at a Place2Be Headteacher Conference called “My Head is Too Full.”

  • Encore!Hartford, a 16-week program that assists unemployed, underemployed and dislocated Connecticut seasoned corporate professionals transition their skill-sets and experience into successful professional and managerial employment in the Connecticut nonprofit sector is now accepting applications for its seventh class.

  • The Liberty Bank Foundation has awarded a $3,000 grant to Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford (JFS) to support the Jewish Employment Transition Services (JETS) Program.

  • Gabriella Giordino hosts event at BlueBack Square to raise money for new Cardiovascular Care Center. Ben & Jerry's brought ice cream, Blo Blow Dry Bar offered free hair braiding, Jewish Family Services had a booth for face painting, the band Fat Grip performed, Dave & Busters had a booth where guests could spin a wheel to win a prize, and there were hula hoops to enjoy and a raffle. (see story page 7 of WH Press)

  • Community support is one of those give and receive things. Jewish Family Services (JFS) provides support to those in need and it is the happy recipient of generosity from those who want to help. This was evident recently when a donation was presented by Emanuel Synagogue Brotherhood in West Hartford to the Anja Rosenberg Kosher Food Pantry at JFS.

  • Fun for a good cause was the theme at the Jewish Family Services first annual Back to School Drive hosted at the Mandell JCC Swim and Tennis Club.

  • Campers from the Mandell JCC Camp Shalom learned about the fight to end hunger when they took an educational tour of the Jewish Family Service's Anja Rosenberg Kosher Food Pantry.

  • Many Greater Hartford residents have benefited from the work of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving without even being aware of the impact of the non-profit philanthropy.

  • Residents Patti and Howard Weiner will be honored at an Evening of Celebration at Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Avenue, West Hartford on June 2 at 7 p.m. They are both longstanding members of the Greater Hartford Community and their leadership contributions are noteworthy.

  • The Jewish Family Services' kosher food pantry recently received gift basket donations from 18 groups in Connecticut and Massachusetts.