From the Executive Director

Looking Back And Forward Together

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is approaching, which means that another year has passed.

Each individual has experienced either joy, sorrow, relief, avoidance, stress – or perhaps several or all of these, or even none. The way we look within ourselves is complicated and we all have d…

Reflections on Womanhood at the Women's Seder

(The following talk was given by Debbie Zoller, Executive Director of JFS at the Women’s Seder at Temple Beth El.) 

I was honored to be asked by Chelsea to speak at this beautiful Women’s Seder. I am very lucky to work with Chelsea at JFS and with a staff of all women who never cease t…

Dealing with Trauma

During the past couple of months, whenever you turn on your television or look at your phone, you will see allegations against individuals who either abused their power, took advantage of a co-worker, or behaved badly.

Sometimes, it’s hard to tell who is really the victim. Co-workers can…

Choices for the New Year

This is the time of year when we try to wipe the slate clean and begin again. It can be very emotional to look back at the year and review what you experienced. Since I’m starting over again, I’m going to talk about a sensitive topic. Please forgive me if I do offend you, but I think it…

SAD? You're Not Alone

At this time of the year, those who can afford it often spend time in warmer climates for good reason. This may be the best way of coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder (also called SAD). SAD is a type of depression that often begins in late fall or early winter. SAD may be related to chan…