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JFS is Celebrating Older Adults in May

By Carol Wilson, MSW, LSWJFS Clinical Coordinator of Older Adult Services In 1963, President John F Kennedy designated May as Older Americans Month. The theme for 2024 is Powered by Connection, which recognizes the profound impact that meaningful relationships and social connections have on the health and well-being of older adults. This population is disproportionately […]

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Cheers for Volunteers

CHEERS FOR VOLUNTEERS Thank you to our caring community for helping JFS honor exceptional individuals who have gone above and beyond for Jewish Family Service and the greater Lehigh Valley Jewish community. Your support of Cheers for Volunteers will enhance the programs and services JFS provides and help ensure that no one in our community

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Plant the Seeds and They Will Grow

An Update from the JFS Volunteer CoordinatorJennifer Oxfeld JFS Volunteers play a key role in carrying out our vision that no one in our community should suffer hunger, isolation, abandonment, emotional or physical distress, or lack of community supportand caring. Collectively, volunteers bring joy and sunshine to everything they do, and it is because of

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Strategic Planning Update

JFS Prepares Road Map for Growthby Allen Abbott, JFS Board Member If the words “strategic planning” cause you to yawn and run for the coffee machine, I wish you could have attended the Jewish Family Service strategic planning kickoff meeting on January 21st. JFS board members and senior staff went through a lively, three-hour back-and-forth

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JFS Focuses on Accessibility and Inclusion

February is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance & Inclusion Month (JDAIM), a unified effort among Jewish organizations to raise awareness and foster acceptance and inclusion of people with disabilities. This year, Jewish Family Service of the Lehigh Valley (JFS) partnered with PJ Library and Parkland High School’s American Sign Language Club to educate young Jewish children

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From Darkness to Light

With the holidays behind us, people are spending more time in their homes which can feel isolating. I truly understand why those who are able may gravitate to a warmer climate for the winter. For most of us who don’t have this luxury, we have to be creative in order to find ways to help

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Local College Hillels

Lafayette HillelBy Jenna Herzog, 2024 Lafayette Hillel PresidentLafayette Hillel is a local school-centered organization that recognizes the importance of engaging with the greater Jewish community. Tikkun Olam is a value we regard highly, and Lafayette Hillel has been pleased to work with Jewish Family Service throughout the years. We have supported JFS with letter-writing events

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Phyllis Ringel Memorial Lecture

The annual Phyllis Ringel Memorial Lecture took place on September 10 with guest speaker Barbara Yudis, LSW discussing Adolescents & Social Media: The Parenting Dilemma. Yudis began by noting some of the benefits social media offered during the pandemic such as allowing people to maintain longterm relationships, connecting them with other like-minded individuals, helping shy

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