Category Archives: News

Commentary on the #MeToo Social Media Campaign

Cara Zajac Social Work Intern JFS Counseling and Behavioral Health Intern Training Center Social media can be a dangerous place for survivors of sexual assault. The viral awareness campaign “#MeToo” is gaining traction on newsfeeds across the country. The social movement launches conversations about gender based violence into communities on a personal level. Many survivorsRead More

October is National Depression Education and Awareness Month

Candice Rosenblum, LCSW Clinical Social Worker, Northshore “Brian” was battling depression when he sought treatment from Jewish Family Service (JFS) last year. The death of his father triggered painful memories of a difficult childhood spent with a physically and verbally abusive alcoholic father. This behavior often creates a negative sense of self for children. ARead More

National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month Suicide is currently the second leading cause of death for individuals between 10-24 years old.  (American Association of Suicidology, 2014.) There is help if you or a loved one is experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts. Some signs to look out for are changes in behavior, eating/sleeping habits, and drasticRead More

All About Adoption

Choosing to adopt is a big step for anyone, but even thinking about the process of adoption can be a daunting task. Prospective parents might be turned off by the sheer landslide of information available. There are numerous complicated steps to gain legal approval and suitability–not to mention the emotional factors of welcoming a childRead More

For Seniors and Caregivers: 5 Ways to Preserve Senior Independence

  5 Ways to Preserve Senior Independence There are some key areas in which you can encourage senior independence, lower fall risks, and maintain a senior’s ability to remain independent and safe in their own home. 1.      Home Safety- Risks and Preventions:  Conditions in the home may require a few small changes to improve safetyRead More

JFS collaborates with Jewish Community Centers to train future counselors

This summer, Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans (JFS) collaborated with the Jewish Community Centers (JCC) in Uptown and Metairie to provide a weekly support group for the teenagers in the Counselor- In-Training (CIT) program. The overarching purpose of the CIT group is to provide a supportive environment for the CITs to discuss theRead More

Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust Donates to Jewish Family Service to support Counseling for Children and Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (7/19/2017): Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans (JFS) is pleased to accept a generous donation from the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust to support counseling services for children and families. The donation primarily supports an established partnership between JFS and the Jewish Community Day School (JCDS) in Metairie, to offer on-site counselingRead More

Bikur Chaverim is a unique “Visiting Friends” program

Fran Dinehart, LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Case Manager One way JFS serves adults who are homebound or semi-homebound, is to provide social visits from volunteers in the Bikur Chaverim, or Visiting Friends program.  The focus is on creating positive relationships.  Both the volunteer visitor and the person receiving visits gain enjoyment and companionship – likeRead More

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Katie Godshall, LCSW Intern Program Supervisor Increase your understanding of mental health conditions: What are the signs and symptoms of poor mental health? What can be done to improve your mental health? May is Mental Health Awareness month! Each year, May brings us many wonderful experiences from Jazz Fest and Bayou Boogaloo, to warm daysRead More

Commentary on “13 Reasons Why” t.v. program

On behalf of Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans and Teen Life Counts, we would like to share some resources for families to help navigate the content of the Netflix show, 13 Reasons Why. The show provides a graphic depiction of suicide which is considered a trigger and a risk factor for suicide contagion. Read More

Teen Life Counts (TLC) Reaches Thousands of Students Annually

Melissa Stewart, LMSW Teen Life Counts (TLC) Program Coordinator Hello there! My name is Melissa Stewart and I am a licensed master social worker. I took on the position of Program Coordinator for Teen Life Counts (TLC) last February. Since TLC is funded by grants and generous donors, JFS has been able to provide theRead More

Introduction to the Behavioral Health Intern Training Center

Katie Godshall, LCSW Intern Program Supervisor I recently attended LSU School of Social Work’s Internship fair in Baton Rouge.  It was a delightful experience.  The JFS table was one among more than 40 different community programs, schools and agencies.  The room was abuzz with students asking questions and exploring community resources. I had the pleasureRead More

JFS has 4 Stars!!!!

Roselle M. Ungar, Executive Director I am very pleased to inform you that on February 6th Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans (JFS) was awarded a coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management and a proven commitment to accountability and transparency. Contributors demand greater accountability, transparency, and measurable results from charities theyRead More

Welcome to the New JFS Website and Blog

Roselle M. Ungar, CFRE Executive Director We are delighted to introduce you to our new website. While new is nice, the goal of this website is to effectively and easily highlight information that is most important to YOU. Plus, it’s mobile-friendly (hello, 21st century!), so you can browse resources on the go. For almost 70Read More