On September 29, the Jewish High Holiday of Rosh Hashanah will commence at sundown, and while many households across Cincinnati will celebrate by attending services and partaking in family dinners, too many members of the Jewish community won’t have the means to enjoy a traditional, hot meal.
17-year-old Batiya Roth volunteered to be a Big with the Jewish Family Service Bigs & Littles youth mentoring program because she loved the idea of giving a young person the same kind of positive experience she had as a Little in the program.
13 year-old Bryce Green carefully sorted the kid-friendly food that filled two large barrels into kosher and non-kosher piles.
"Mom, I got this," he said looking at the food donations he collected as his Bar Mitzvah project to support Jewish Family Service Heldman Family Food Pantry. His mother, Jennifer Green, watched as Bryce taught her how to properly separate the items, just the way he did many times before.
Thanks to a very determined and dedicated 13 year-old girl, what had started with Jewish Family Service recognizing a need in the community is ending with the opportunity for the social service agency to do even more.
The Littles sat with their Bigs, laughing and smiling excitedly, as they watched a slideshow, reminiscing on all the events and activities they did together. They were celebrating their last Bigs & Littles program meeting of the school year on Tuesday, May 10, when mentors (Bigs) met with students (their mentees or Littles) at the Academy of World Languages for arts, crafts and warm goodbyes.
More than 80 teens with NFTY-OV (North American Federation of Temple Youth - Ohio Valley Region) visited Jewish Family Service Barbash Family Vital Support Center to learn about our agency and our Heldman Family Food Pantry.
Cincinnati professionals gained new insights into forgiveness when Jewish Family Service presented “Don’t ask me to forgive you! A radical approach to healing from interpersonal wounds” with national media guest expert and best selling author Janis Abrahms Spring, PhD, ABPP on Thursday, April 11. Spring began her presentation by describing two unhealthy responses to interpersonal wounds. “Research says that hating and hurting is not good for you, but that does not translate into the...