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Wanting the Un-seeable to Become Seeable

Before you continue reading this, I am going to ask you to go to a window or door, open it […]

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Margolies Charitable Trust – JFS Donor Spotlight

Albert and Ann Margolies were life long residents of Scranton and outstanding humanitarians.  Often described as giants in the realm of kindness […]

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Coping with Feelings During a Crisis

In many ways, it is completely normal to feel boredom and anxious feelings when a global pandemic such as the corona-virus […]

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Coronavirus: As the infection spreads, how should you…

It’s hard not to be aware of the Coronavirus right now.  Many people are concerned.  Should you be worried? The […]

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Helping Seniors During the Holiday Season

In my line of work I am always helping seniors, it’s why I know that it is often this joyous […]

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Mental Health in the Workplace, it’s Time to…

Mental Health in the workplace is a real thing, the question is how will you handle it? Mental health disorders are […]

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Why I’m including JFS in my Will, and…

By James Ellenbogen As someone who has donated to organizations like Jewish Family Service for as long as I can […]

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Mae S Gelb Kosher Food Pantry: Community Providing…

The Mae S Gelb Kosher Food Pantry, established in January 2001, was developed to assist families and/or individuals who are […]

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New Year, New You, No Way!

Happy New Year! The calendar has once again turned over to a brand new year and that has everyone thinking, […]

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What Does it Mean to be Emotionally Strong?

I have heard it said many times when people discuss being emotionally strong, “I can’t cry”, “I have to be […]

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Volunteering and How Doing Good is Good for…

Volunteering and Community Impact One of the better known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Unpaid volunteers […]

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Enjoying Change

“Anything that involves a change creates a transition.” Life changes, or transitions, are a natural part of life and can […]

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Laughter and the Joys of Having a Sense…

In the movie Singing in the Rain there are athletic dance scenes that Gene Kelly was famous for. There is […]

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Is Kosher Meals On Wheels For You?

Jewish Family Service of Northeastern Pennsylvania (JFS) has a special concern for the elderly in our community. As part of […]

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My Hero

My hero is my counselor, Don Minkoff. He’s kind, helpful, and really cares about his clients. Everybody he helps is […]

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6 Tips for Safe Driving for Seniors

In winter months, driving conditions tend to be more dangerous due to rainy or snowy roads. For seniors, age-related declines […]

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Small Business Spotlight on JFSNEPA

Scranton Chamber of Commerce Member since 2014 Jewish Family Service (JFS) of NEPA was founded with one thing in mind: […]

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Car Donations Are An Ideal Way of Contributing…

This is the time of year where people are giving back to the communities they live in. Whether they donate […]

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Community Organization of the Game with the Railriders!

On August 19, 2015 Jewish Family Service was the Scranton Wilkes Barre Railriders Community Organization of the Game.  Although the […]

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Don’t Be Rude! Or How Not to Use…

I only travel by train; where as the rest of my family prefers planes.  I find the pace of riding […]

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IS IT REAL OR IS IT…. the story…

The musical The Music Man tells the story of Henry Hill and how he manipulates a whole town into believing […]

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Thoughts from the Heart by Susan Blum Connors

When I accepted the role of President of the Board of JFS two years ago, the majority of my family […]

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JFSNEPA Executive Director Receives Service Award

The Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies (AJFCA) honored JFS NEPA Executive Director Sheila Abdo at this year’s annual […]

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Addressing Mental Health Before Stage 4 (#B4Stage4)

When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don’t wait years to treat them. We start before Stage […]

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