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how river stones can help us learn from grief

As human beings, we will experience loss many times in our lives. I have found that in these losses, I am learning from grief. This is counter to our cultural ethos that suggests that grief is something we just have to get past. Rather, our grief teaches us and helps us grow as individuals. Our grief […]

how to celebrate Father's Day without a father | JSSA

My father was 93 years old when he died in November of 2007. He had served in the American Army during World War II in Normandy and the Argonne Forest. His Army Division liberated the Buchenwald Camp. Afterward, he earned a master’s degree in social work and a law degree from The George Washington University. […]

Sign of stress in seniors and tips on how to manage it

As adults get older, age-related challenges like medical conditions, cognitive changes, caretaking demands, financial concerns, and the loss of a loved one can cause stress. Whether the stress is short-term or chronic, your body responds by releasing hormones into the bloodstream that speed up the heart, the breath, and other physical processes. According to the American Psychological Association, the problem […]

As individuals and families begin to think about aging, they tend to focus on the completion of advance directives, such as a living will or durable power of attorney for healthcare. While these are important documents designed to preserve the right of patients to refuse medical treatment, advance directives are only one part of the […]

Tips for talking to children about anti-Semitism

Ever since Jewish Community Centers and day schools began receiving bomb threats earlier this year, anxiety levels have been high — especially among children who had to be evacuated from their own classrooms. There are well-established strategies in place for helping young people cope with tragic events, but when dealing specifically with acts of anti-Semitism, […]

how to talk to kids about the election

Young children may be unsure how to feel after last week’s presidential election if they’ve been listening to the news or to the adults in their lives discussing the candidates and the issues at stake for the past several months. If they have questions about what just happened, these tips can help you navigate what […]

JSSA video 2016

Hear directly from JSSA clients, including Michael, Aya, Eugenia, and Leonid, and participants from our Going Places! program eloquently share their struggles and how JSSA has helped them overcome challenges that have come their way. JSSA works to improve each life we touch, annually serving and supporting 31,000 individuals and families in the metropolitan Washington area […]

The Other Holocaust Survivors article in Bethesda Magazine featuring JSSA

In the January-February 2016 issue of Bethesda Magazine, Eugene L. Meyer writes about Russian Jews living right here in Montgomery County who faced unimaginable hardships during the Holocaust. They live under the radar, 330 Russian-speaking Jews who survived World War II and ended up in Montgomery County. They range in age from 72 to 94; three […]

Quincy, a pet therapy dog for JSSA hospice

When I first saw the ad in the Montgomery Gazette, I realized the potential of JSSA’s hospice volunteer program for pet therapy dogs. It would be a wonderful community service opportunity for me and my 2-year-old French poodle, Quincy, who is handsome, calm, and loves people. However, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to […]

Understanding the work of hospice chaplains

Did you know that hospice is one of the few areas of the American health care system that requires spiritual care be provided? Melissa Apter writes about the work of hospice chaplains, including JSSA’s own Rabbi David Rose, in Washington Jewish Week. Faith, Jewish or otherwise, is not a prerequisite for receiving chaplaincy services. The […]

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