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Learning 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 […]

6 Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day Without a Father

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. […]

Advance Care Planning: Helping Others Help You

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 […]

5 Tips for Talking with 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 […]

Canine Chronicles with Quincy, a JSSA Therapy Dog – Vol. 1

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 […]

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 […]

Understanding and Embracing Mindfulness

Mindfulness – it seems like we’re hearing it everywhere these days, in schools, hospitals, workplaces and therapy offices. If you are not sure what mindfulness is, join the crowd – you are in good company! What is it? Simply put, mindfulness is the state of being aware of what’s going on both inside and outside […]

Being “Heard” in the Workplace

Author: Alison Axelrod, MSW, Employment Specialist Diversity in the workplace benefits employees, employers and society as a whole. With today’s technological advances and better understanding of the special needs of workers with disabilities, providing accommodations for deaf or hard of hearing employees doesn’t need to be difficult. Below are some simple things to keep in […]

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