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JFS teens and older adults are Better Together

This January, Jewish Family Service launched a new intergenerational program for teens and older adults to connect through monthly telephone or video chats. With the pandemic increasing the social isolation that many older adults already feel, JFS felt the time was right to launch this new i…

Phyllis Ringel Memorial Lecture to tackle tough conversations

Do you have an aging family member you’re concerned about? Are you the aging family member everyone else seems to be concerned about? If you answered yes to either of these questions, this year’s Phyllis Ringel Memorial Lecture is for you. 

Each year, Jewish Family Service of the Lehig…

JFS hosts discussion on ‘Disability Pride vs. Disability Fix’

This February, Jewish Family Service of the Lehigh Valley presented two virtual programs for Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). The second event, “Disability Pride vs. Disability Fix,” on Feb. 28 featured three panelists, all members of the disability co…

JFS introduces Supported Decision-Making to the Valley

On Feb. 17, Jewish Family Service of the Lehigh Valley co-hosted “Supported Decision-Making: A Practical Alternative to Guardianship” via Zoom to an audience of over 60 people. This was the first of two events marking Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) in…

Supported Decision-Making: A practical alternative to guardianship

Imagine you’re a 17-year-old who has a developmental disability. You know your parents love and support you, but they make decisions on your behalf. You want to make decisions for yourself. As your 18th birthday approaches, you want to exercise your independence, but they want to begin the…