Eric Schmier z’l: A Personal and Everlasting Contribution
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Eric Schmier z’l spent his life caring for others in a quiet and unassuming way. In his childhood Eric connected to the spirit of philanthropy through Judaism. Raised in a Detroit suburb, his parents started the first reform temple outside the city in their basement. It was the center of Jewish life for many in their community, including Eric, who developed his mother’s dedication to serving others. As his brother Ken recalled fondly, Eric was a very special human being who sought out deeply personal ways serving others. Ken would know. Save for the years while Eric was in college… Read More

Posted by Admin on August 8, 2018
JFCS Supports Families with the Emotional Toll of Dementia Care
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Four years ago Joan became one of the every six Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease each year. The 69 year-old’s symptoms progressed quickly and her husband of over three decades, Brian, retired early from his job in order to care for her while their adult daughter lives with them in their Foster City home for added support. But living on a fixed income while coping with the challenges of caring for their loved one with dementia proved more taxing than the family had imagined. As Joan’s dementia advanced, it became more difficult for her family to connect with her, taking… Read More

Posted by Admin on July 6, 2018
Exploring ‘The End of Life’ with Sophocles
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KQED’ Forum with Michael Krasny

Death and saying goodbye—they are among life’s most mysterious and challenging phenomena. The theatrical production “End of Life” opens a dialogue about these experiences via staged readings of two Greek tragedies written by Sophocles. Artistic director Bryan Doerries joins Forum, along with award-winning actor David Strathairn and a palliative care expert, to discuss the show and making peace with mortality.

David Strathairn and Frances McDormand

David Strathairn and Frances McDormand

Guests:
David Strathairn, actor
Bryan Doerries, artistic director, Theater of War
Redwing Keyssar, palliative care director, Jewish Family and Children’s Services; author, “Last Acts of Kindness: Lessons for the Living from the Bedsides of the Dying”

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Posted by Admin on April 16, 2018
Marquee stars put the ultimate drama — death — onstage in S.F.
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J Weekly

By Laura Paull

As Sophocles surely knew, people often are able to absorb tragedy much more easily on a stage than in their own lives.

That’s the principle behind an upcoming performance at the Castro Theatre, where a New York-based theater collective will guide audiences to reflect on the ultimate drama we tend to avoid. After staged readings of scenes from two plays by the ancient Greek playwright, the ensemble will ask: Is death necessarily a tragedy?

Frances McDormand and David Strathairn

David Strathairn and Frances McDormand

“I see it, rather, as a transition,” says Judith Redwing Keyssar, palliative care director at Jewish Family and Children’s Services, sponsor of “End of Life: A Theatrical Exploration of Death, Dying and Suffering.”

Award-winning actors Frances McDormand and David Strathairn will headline the April 19 ensemble performance along with artistic director Brian Doerries and company manager Marjolaine Goldsmith. The marquee event is part of “Reimagine End of Life,” an April 16-22 series of public events throughout San Francisco exploring how our society could better deal with this inescapable fact of life.

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Posted by Admin on April 13, 2018
Do the Good Thing
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Many of us get to know Jewish Family and Children’s Services when a crisis strikes. Whether it’s a child struggling with a disability, job loss, divorce, or a sick parent, one bad thing can really knock you down. JFCS gets us back up. It happened to me when my sister’s dementia rapidly progressed. JFCS brought in trained professionals who knew how to manage her condition; her situation improved, and I was beyond relieved. When I heard about another JFCS client who is suffering from dementia and is all on her own, I was moved to share her story with you:… Read More

Posted by Admin on May 8, 2017
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