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Honoring Barry Stein: Important Life Lessons & a “Mystery Guest”

One of the highlights of the JFS event honoring Barry Stein on Sunday, October 10th was when the exceptionally talented interviewer, Michael Greenwald, told Barry that JFS had arranged a special message from his brother, Reuben. Reuben resides in Canada and was not able to visit his brother throughout Barry’s life-threatening battle with Covid-19. Expecting a laptop to be brought out, Barry’s eyes lit up when Reuben emerged from around a corner to hug the brother he had not been able to see in person for close to two years. But that was not the only highlight of the night. While we all learned about Barry’s accomplishments throughout his career, the real focus on the event was on the journey he went through overcoming Covid. 

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2021 State of the Agency: “Lives touched & Lives Transformed”

Jewish Family Service of Greater Harrisburg is pleased to report that it continues to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19 head on, and through the support of our many donors and volunteers, and the dedicated efforts of our board and staff, we have increased our services to the community over the past year. With the current mental health stresses touching all of our lives and with so many families facing financial uncertainty caused by the ongoing pandemic, JFS has been at the forefront of transforming the lives of individuals and families in the Greater Harrisburg area and helping everyone reach their full potential and achieve health, wholeness and stability. 

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Tribute List

We are grateful to the following individuals and families who made contributions to JFS’ Tribute Fund from January 2020 through August 2021.

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Looking Forward is Looking Back

Steven Schauder, our mighty Executive Director, shares his wisdom about the Jewish High Holidays. Steve’s interpretation and insights offer us a modern way to relate to and approach both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Read more to be inspired to achieve your best self this new year.

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My Experience As an Intern at Jewish Family Service

Julia Chlaifer, a student at Penn State Harrisburg, spent the summer interning with the Adoption and Foster Care Team at Jewish Family Service. Because JFS is such a small agency, she was able to discover the nuances about each department. Julia shares her experiences and insights from this wonderful opportunity.

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A Free Spirit

Compassion. That is how her mother describes her. Being the youngest of 3 siblings, she grew up around values of kindness, giving back to the world, sprinkled with strong Jewish traditions. It is no wonder then that Rena Cheskis chose to do her Bat Mitzvah project supporting the Libby Urie Kosher Food Pantry at JFS.  

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Defining ADHD and Trauma

Knowing about the connection and overlap between ADHD and trauma makes all the difference in assessing and treating ADHD and trauma. If your child has an ADHD diagnoses, takes meds, but something just doesn’t feel right and they are not responding to the meds, listen to your gut. Although ADHD and trauma may both be playing a part in your child’s life, a customized approach is the key to helping them live their best lives.

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