How to Recognize and Support an Anxious Child | JSSA

Anxiety is a natural response to ambiguity in life, even in childhood and adolescence. And while a bit of anxiety has been shown to be helpful in encouraging motivation, many children and teens experience an unhealthy level of anxiety. The Anxiety Disorders Association of America reports that anxiety disorders affect one in eight children. For […]

JSSA Hospice Volunteers Joan and Nelson

Volunteering for JSSA Hospice and Transitions seemed a natural fit for Joan following her retirement from geriatric social work and care management. At one of the training sessions, her instructor mentioned the need for more male hospice volunteers, so Joan recruited her husband, Nelson, who was also retired. Ten years later, Joan and Nelson, the only […]

6 Ways to Set Limits on Your Child's Use of Electronics

Summer often means less daily structure and more screen time. While research has found that electronics can engage children in beneficial ways, many parents worry that video games and television are taking over their kids’ lives. When electronics prevent your child from learning, socializing, and developing other critical skills, it may be time to put some […]

Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health program recognized the Washington, DC chapter of the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity

The Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health program recognized the Washington, DC chapter of the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity (AO) on March 11, 2018 for its commitment to providing free dental care to JSSA’s Holocaust survivor clients. For the second year in a row, the Woodmont County Club brunch was hosted by Irma […]

JSSA Legacy Donor Harriet Tritell

“I’m always looking for new things to do. I want to make a difference,” says Harriet Tritell. “Volunteering for JSSA Hospice is especially gratifying. People have such interesting lives. It is sacred work.” In addition to being a JSSA Hospice volunteer, Harriet is a member of JSSA’s Advisory Council and recently completed her term of office […]

How to discuss frightening current event like the Las Vegas mass shooting with children

When frightening current events occur, such as this week’s horrific shooting in Florida, children need guidance and support as they try to process what they’re hearing and seeing around them and on the news. For parents who feel unequipped to manage their child’s concerns or questions during scary times like this, the following tips may […]

Deborah Peeples joins JSSA in Rockville, MD

We are pleased to introduce Deborah Peeples as JSSA’s new chief development and external affairs officer.

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Preschool

Yes, it’s only February, but parents of preschoolers are already thinking about September. Registration is now open for many area preschools, which means it’s time to decide where to send your son or daughter to school in the fall. While choosing a preschool can be an exciting experience for some parents, it can feel overwhelming […]

Why parents need to talk to their kids about depression and suicide

Following the suicides at the end of last year of two local teens, Heidi Cohen, LCSW-C, participated in a community-wide interfaith event to discuss the stigma surrounding depression. Afterward, she was interviewed by Kol HaBirah for an article about supporting teens struggling with suicidal thoughts.

Stay connected and up-to-date on what's new at JSSA.

Help JSSA raise $20,000 to care for our neighbors