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JSSA Thanks Volunteers with a “Mindful” Evening

JSSA hosted an interactive evening for volunteers on May 25, 2017 to thank them for their selfless service across our volunteer programs. The theme of the night was “Taking Care of Others, Taking Care of Ourselves.” Following opening remarks from Todd Schenk, CEO; Natalie Merkur-Rose, Director of Outreach; and Elana Premack Sandler, Director of Volunteer […]

JSSA Releases “A Glimpse of JSSA” Video

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 in Bethesda Magazine

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 […]

The Work of Hospice Chaplains in Washington Jewish Week

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 […]

The End of Life is Different for Holocaust Survivors

In JTA, Melissa Apter writes about the special challenges that Jewish hospice chaplains, including JSSA’s Rabbi David Rose, experience when providing spiritual support to Holocaust survivors and their families at the end of life. Hospice offers families pre-bereavement counseling, 13-months of aftercare and access to preferred clergy. Special sensitivity is paid to spouses who are […]

JSSA Launches New Eye Care Program for Holocaust Survivors

JSSA’s most vulnerable Holocaust survivor clients will be the beneficiary of a new eye care program that is being established through the outstanding generosity of community donors under the leadership of Dr. Michael Berenhaus. Eyeglass lenses will be fabricated through donated optical lab services, and donated frames will be fitted at no cost to the […]

Leo’s Story: A Therapy Dog

Written By: Marlene Schooler, JSSA Hospice and Transitions Volunteer Imagine a single physical therapy prescription that treated malaise, depression, melancholy and loneliness.  “Interact with one cold nose, four paws and a wagging tail once a week.” Even the most needy of cases would look forward to their weekly treatment by a non-judgmental friend. A few […]

JSSA’s Marta Bohorquez on Univision

 Silvana Quiroz and Néstor Bravo interview Employment Development Specialist Marta Bohorquez on Buenos Días D.C.  Watch The Show (in Spanish) English Translation: Silvana: Hello, let me introduce her. You may already know her as she visited us just a few weeks ago. Her name is Marta Bohorquez. She works with an organization that helps people with disabilities. […]

JSSA Announces Music and Memory Program

JSSA Hospice is delighted to announce that it has recently been certified as a Music and Memory site. JSSA staff have been trained to bring personalized music to our patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia, which has been shown to not only provide an enjoyable activity but increases cooperation and attention, reduces agitation, and enhances engagement. […]

Ayuda Necesidades Especiales (En Español)

Marta Bohorquez speaks about her work as a specialized employment development specialist. English Translation Marta Bohorquez, originally from Ecuador, is becoming prominent figure for her dedicated service to the community, specifically to people with disabilities. “The door opened up for me to work with people with disabilities, and I took it. I loved it and that opened my eyes […]

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