Inviting Grief into Your Holiday Season: 10 Steps towards a Meaningful Holiday for those Experiencing Grief

      Katie Godshall, LCSW-BACS, JFS Intern Program Supervisor This time of year is usually filled with flustered shopping, indulgent meals, traveling and time spent with our loved ones.  A season full of cheer can also be isolating and difficult if you have lost someone dear.  Whether this is the first holiday since theRead More

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

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

My rewarding experience attending the Anti-Defamation League’s Unity Day Youth Summit

Rachel Lazarus Eriksen, LCSW, BACS Director of Clinical Services Last Friday, February 10th, I was pleased to represent JFS as Facilitator for the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Unity Day Youth Summit. What an incredible event! Hundreds of high school sophomore students from 30 area schools came together to discuss diversity, standing up to hate and bullyingRead 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

JFS offers Continuing Education Workshops

JFS is pleased to offer ongoing Continuing Education Workshops for health professionals in our community. The last workshop, “An Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,” was presented by Stephen W. Phillippi, Jr., PhD, LCSW, Director of the Institute for Public Health & Justice on January 20th, at the JFS office in Metairie. Participants learned (in part,)Read 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