8 04, 2021

JFS Blog: #MyStoryIsNow

2021-04-08T14:31:41-04:00April 8th, 2021|JFS Blog|

#MyStoryIsNow - This Yom HaShoah, Let Us Focus on The Real Lives of Survivors NOW “We currently serve over 200 survivors in the state and the majority are living below the poverty line. After the horrors they endured during the Shoah, we owe it to them to do everything we can to help them live out their remaining years with dignity.”  The modern dialogue about Holocaust survivors involves asking them about their experiences in the war. “Never again,” we say.  It is to preserve their memory and their experience to ensure that such an atrocity does not ever transpire under our watch. “Never again,” we say.  But how often do we stop and think about [...]

25 02, 2021

JFS News Release – Money Coach

2021-02-26T15:23:27-05:00February 25th, 2021|JFS Blog|

Jewish Family Services Offers Free Financial Counseling to All in Tough Economy 2020 was a hard year financially for many in the Greater Hartford region when the coronavirus pandemic gripped the world, and sadly 2021 seems to be more of the same.  The continuing economic impact of the pandemic has left many in our community questioning their financial futures.  With multiple rounds of stimulus checks, inconsistent disbursement of unemployment benefits, and a fluctuating stock market, wading through one’s own individual finances can seem daunting.  Jim Goldman, Money Coach at Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford (JFS), is here to help. Goldman is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) with over 32 years of experience in the [...]

25 02, 2021

JFS News Release – KAVOD

2021-02-25T16:12:35-05:00February 25th, 2021|JFS Blog|

National Matching Initiative exponentially multiplies Emergency Services reaching Holocaust Survivors in 30 US cities and growing As the pandemic approaches its year mark, Holocaust Survivors across the United States continue to face new and renewed daily struggles. COVID-19 has only further exacerbated and enhanced the challenges that this vulnerable population faces. Health and safety protocols have heightened social isolation for Survivors. Holocaust Survivors living in poverty have been forced to choose between heat or food, medicine or rent. Many have lived in dire conditions because they did not have the funds needed to repair their homes. Over the past year, Survivors have been forced to reckon with new, difficult questions: How will I get food [...]

25 02, 2021

JFS News Release – Innovation Challenge Winner Announced

2021-02-26T15:21:15-05:00February 25th, 2021|JFS Blog|

Greater Hartford Youth Create Innovative Solutions to COVID-19 Challenges   Tara’s Closet, a program housed at Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford (JFS), provides free clothing to people in need in the region, but like many programs throughout the state – the pandemic changed everything! Tara’s Closet needed to find inventive ways to continue to serve clients as the state, and nation, adjusted to a new normal. In response, Tara’s Closet partnered with Jewish Teen Learning Connection (JTConnect) and created an Innovation Challenge, calling on teens in grades 8-12 to reimagine how Tara’s Closet could better serve the community in the time of coronavirus.   “Our dilemma became an opportunity to engage with JTConnect, a partner organization, and utilize the energy and creativity of the youth to help us brainstorm,” said Katie Hanley, chief executive [...]

28 08, 2020

Find What Works for You

2020-08-28T15:03:43-04:00August 28th, 2020|JFS Blog|

by Julia Tannenbaum Featured Author for Tara's Talks When I started college one year ago, the world was a much different place. Stores and restaurants were booming, handshakes and hugging were commonplace, sneezes were met with “bless yous” and not suspicious side-eyes, and no one wore a mask. I remember at one point during Orientation, the lobby of the freshmen dormitory was packed with so many people that we were literally on top of each other. And we didn’t think twice about it. One year ago, the world was in a different place. And so was I. Since I was thirteen, I’ve struggled with an eating disorder and depression. Getting to a place in [...]

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