JSSA is here for every one of our neighbors!
We know that many of our neighbors are experiencing profound anxiety, concern, sorrow, and feelings of vulnerability that are impacting our well-being. JSSA is here to serve all people with empathy, compassion, and caring.
We recognize our critical role in supporting our neighbors' emotional health and coping ability across the National Capital Region. JSSA has mobilized our team and offers several community support programs to help our neighbors through this challenging time with warmth and acceptance.
Below, you will find JSSA programs and other resources to help our community get through these challenging times together. This webpage will be updated with additional offerings and resources as they become available.
JSSA Community Listening Circles
We are proud to create a brave space for all members of the community to come together and respectfully discuss our current feelings of sorrow, anxiety, fear, and vulnerability and how we can support one another through this challenging time. JSSA’s expert mental health crisis facilitators will lead the discussion. Groups are most impactful when there is a minimum of 8 people in the community listening circles.
J-CARING Community Support Line
If you need access to emotional or mental health resources, Federation, JSSA, and our network of human service organizations are here for you. Call (703)-J-CARING (703-522-7464), and a J-Caring provider will connect you to community resources to address your needs. Serving DC, MD, and Northern Virginia residents, support is available Monday – Friday, from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET. All calls are confidential.
- Wellness Resources – The Blue Dove Foundation
- Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event
- How to Talk to Children About the Conflict in Israel” from the Union for Reform Judaism
- “Talking to Children About War” from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- “Grieving in Uncertain Times” from the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing
- “Helping Children to Process Acts of Terrorism” from the Union for Reform Judaism
- Tips for Talking about Israel with Children with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Mental Health Needs – JGateways