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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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Our Mental Health is Part of the Public Health Emergency

By Jacki Post Ashkin, MSW, LCSW-C One in four young adults has struggled with suicidal thoughts since the coronavirus hit, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One in four. It is a staggering and frightening reality. As the new year began, we learned of the suicide death of Tommy Raskin, the 25-year-old …

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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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