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Our Children Are Watching Us

By Debra Waranch, LCSW-C We have faced the events of 2020 and now 2021, with our emotions. Mine were shock, confusion, fear, exhaustion, and determination. We are all reactive to these experiences, and protective.   Shock and Confusion: what is happening? how could this happen? Fear: if it happened at the Capitol, it could happen anywhere … are we safe? will we be …

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A New Beginning and a New Way to Connect

By Rozi Rice I could never have anticipated that the events of Monday, March 16, 2020 – a day that began like any other – would have the impact on my life that they did. In an early morning email from Jewish Community Service’s Executive Director, my colleagues and I learned that our building would …

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Connecting From Afar: How JCS Mentors are Staying on Track During the Pandemic

By Jen Rudo  Everything – and yet nothing – has changed. In March 2020, when COVID forced both professional closures and personal distance, we had to act quickly. Every aspect of our Jewish Big Brother Big Sister (BBBS) program – which has a 100-year history of connecting Jewish children and teens with adult role models …

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Staying Connected During the Pandemic and Beyond

By Susan Kurlander, M. Ed., Health Educator   “There is no greater gift we can give our loved ones than the knowledge and understanding of who we are, what we represent and what are our hopes for future generations.” (Riemer, J., & Stampfer, N. 1983. Ethical Wills: A Modern Jewish Treasury.) Although this ideal sounds lofty, …

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You Matter, Too!

By Susan Kurlander, M. Ed., Health Educator  We all know the importance of self-esteem. Without it, we fear children will make unhealthy decisions, shy away from learning and trying new things, and never reach their maximum potential.  Now more than ever, with children spending much of their day on their own, it’s essential that they learn …

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