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JCS’ Wide Array of Services are Available to Counsel and Support Grieving Individuals and Families

Discovering the gift of sacred silence; listening with the heart, not the head; and bearing witness to a person’s pain: These are among the “companioning model” counseling tools that Jeremy Thayer, LICSW, clinical supervisor at Jewish Collaborative Services’ Counseling Center, prefers in counseling people who are experiencing grief, whether due to the death of a beloved family member, friend or pet; family estrangement; or other changed life circumstances.

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Meet JCS Board Member Elaine Farber Budish

Elaine has lived in Providence far longer than anywhere else, but, she says, “I identify as being a Jersey girl at heart!” Her wonderful son, a first-grader “is the best cuddler.” JCS interviewed Elaine – via email – to learn more about her and her role as a JCS board member and, earlier, on the Jewish Family Service board. Q: We know that you were a board member with Jewish Family Service. What motivated you to first get involved?

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Mothers and Daughters; Connecting Pre- and Post-COVID-19

“I’ve lived a charmed life. I was born in 1930 and everything went well. I commuted to Pembroke College [the coordinate women’s college for Brown University, which was then male-only] and had healthy children who had healthy children,” said Seena Dittelman, 90. “I feel that nothing bad happened to me until Martin died.” She and her beloved husband, Martin, had moved some three years ago to Tamarisk. Sadly, Martin, an accountant who was instrumental in helping to establish Tamarisk, died Feb. 8, 2017, shortly after relocating to Tamarisk. The Dittelmans have two children, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, four of whom were born before Martin’s death.

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