Reflecting on the Jewish Holidays During COVID

Our lives have been turned upside down during this pandemic in one way or another.  We have missed or adapted to life events such as Jewish holidays, weddings, graduations and funerals. Many of us are still trying to process our experiences. We are reflecting not only personally but as a nation, as a faith group, as a culture and as a Jewish community.

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Chaplaincy in Challenging Times

Keeping with the principle of pikuach nefesh (preservation of life and health), JCFS Chicago chaplains continue to provide support by phone or online. We speak with people who live at home, in senior communities or in other residential facilities, often bringing a sense of spirituality and connection to the Jewish community in challenging times.

 

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Compassion Meditation

What is compassion meditation, and how can it be so impactful so quickly? In this form of meditation, one offers simple phrases of good will to oneself and to others. Even short periods of compassion meditation has been found to reduce stress and increase positive emotions.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

by: Ann Luban, Senior Director, Jewish Community Services

Even before our current crisis, NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) reported that 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 youth struggle with mental health challenges each year, and now we are all experiencing prolonged changes to our daily lives due to the pandemic that has heightened our emotions and compounded our worries. While there are no magic wands we can wave, there are some strategies we can employ to help ourselves and that we can share with our family and friends.

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