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Jewish Family Service Barbash Family Vital Support Center

Our team promotes stability and encourages wellness and recovery for individuals and families experiencing financial difficulties or mental or physical health difficulties. In addition to offering a food pantry, case management, supportive counseling, and emergency financial assistance, Jewish Family Service Barbash Family Vital Support Center also provides a variety of therapeutic socialization activities and health promoting classes. 

Community invited to a City Silence meditation in a sukkah

Jewish Family Service is proud to join the City Silence movement, which encourages “mindfulness” by inviting the community to come

together in public places to meditate.

 

The non-profit agency will host City Silence from 12:30 – 1:30 pm on Monday October 12 through Friday October 16 on the campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC) at 3113 Clifton Avenue in Clifton. The community is invited to participate for a few minutes or longer.

 

City Silence describes its movement as “connecting to each other in the space of silence, where we are all the same, where we are all just humans who want to feel better and do good in the world.”

 

“We will be sitting together silently in a very special community place – a sukkah. A sukkah is the spiritual home for seven days in the Jewish calendar in the beautiful fall season where we can slow the world down and notice what we smell, hear, taste and feel,” says Fran Gafvert, Jewish Family Service director of Vital Support Services, which is located in the Barbash Family Vital Support Center on the HUC campus.

 

“There is a symbiosis between the calm, the wonder and awe of silent meditation and the spirituality of the season of Sukkot that Jewish Family Service would like to share with all who may join us in this sacred space. Our work at Jewish Family Service stems from Jewish roots and transcends many religions and philosophies. We believe this space for connection and community and silent reflection can have a lasting impact on all who will share it with us,” she says.

 

No reservations are necessary.


July luncheon event explores "A Matter of Faith"

Volunteers MJ and Elijah Guttman, Connie Rosselot, Activity Center manager
Volunteers MJ and Elijah Guttman, Connie Rosselot, Activity Center manager

A July luncheon event was paired with rich conversation titled, "A Matter of Faith."

 

Volunteers MJ Guttman and her son Elijah prepared a light lunch of homemade egg salad, tuna salad, three bean salad, fresh fruit, and cherry cheesecake, which was enjoyed by all after a lively discussion.

 

Marc Estrand led clients and staff in a discussion about our varied experience in the practice of Judaism.

 

"Marc helped us think about our 'intention' and our 'practice' and Jewish law. We talked about 'kavana,' intention, and 'keva,' fixed or rooted. There are fixed things that we do, that would be 'law,' yet we have intentions, those we choose to do. Our intentions govern our practice. We examined why we choose or not choose our way of life and what we do in our lives," said Connie Rosselot, Activity Center manager at Jewish Family Service Barbash Vital Support Center.

 

The center serves as a welcoming space for those in need in the Jewish Community. With the generous support of volunteers, donors, and staff, Jewish Family Service provides clients a connection to Jewish traditions, as well as vital services that promote food security, financial stability, and wellness. The Barbash Family Vital Support Center receives support from Jewish Federation, The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, Interact for Health, and United Way of Greater Cincinnati; and often collaborates with Hebrew Union College and their rabbinic students.


Jewish Family Service hosts Shavuot lunch for clients in need

The holidays can often be a stressful time for those experiencing financial difficulties or mental and physical health challenges. At Jewish Family Service Barbash Family Vital Support Center, those in need have the opportunity to gather and celebrate traditional Jewish holidays in a safe and stress-free environment. On May 7, 2015, clients observed the holiday of Shavuot with a festive luncheon and discussion.

Shavuot is a Jewish holiday that coincides with the giving of the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai. During this time, observers often gather to share a meal and reflect on the commandments as a community.

Led by Hebrew Union College Jewish Foundation Fellow Marc Ekstrand, clients wrote down the commandments that they felt were most important in their lives and discussed what makes these commandments so special.

“The range of ideas was very broad, from ideas of honesty and truth, to being frugal and kind,” said Fran Gafvert, the Jewish Family Service Director of Vital Support Services. Clients of the Vital Support Center have the opportunity to connect to their Jewish heritage through meaningful group activities that promote a sense of community, well being, and stability.

Ekstrand then engaged the group in a discussion of the commandment to honor one’s parents, and reminded them that honor and respect should be a two way street. Bringing to mind the commandment, “do unto others as you would have others do unto you,” Ekstrand suggested that just as children honor their parents, parents should honor their children as well.

After the lively group discussion, participants sat down for a lunch of creamy broccoli noodle casserole, challah, purple cabbage slaw, and rich cheesecake for dessert. This event was just one of many activities Jewish Family Service Activity Center Manager Connie Rosselot presents throughout the year.

The center serves as a welcoming space for those in need in the Jewish Community. With the generous support of volunteers, donors, and staff, Jewish Family Service provides clients a connection to Jewish traditions, as well as vital services that promote food security, financial stability, and wellness. The Barbash Family Vital Support Center receives support from Jewish Federation, The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, Interact for Health, and United Way of Greater Cincinnati; and often collaborates with Hebrew Union College and their rabbinic students.

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Providing vital services support to individuals experiencing financial difficulties and supporting their efforts to attain self-sufficiency

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