My Father’s Legacy

My dad, Herb Rosen, of Stroudsburg died January 28, 2021. He and my mom, the late Sylvia Rosen, shared 64 years of marriage at the time of her death on June 9, 2019. My dad, along with his brothers Al and David took over the business established by his father, Nathan, founded in Hazelton in

My Parents Legacy

My mother, Barbara Rubin Sapsowitz, was a teacher, not just by profession, but constitutionally. She was a teacher to her core. Shortly after I was born, she returned to her teaching job — but, in 1959, she was made to feel guilty for not staying home with her baby, so she left her job and

Margolies Charitable Trust – JFS Donor Spotlight

Albert and Ann Margolies were life long residents of Scranton and outstanding humanitarians.  Often described as giants in the realm of kindness and understanding, their work touched many lives each day.   Al was a Board member and President of Jewish Family Services from 1951-1954.  As well as being a prominent man in the insurance industry Al was largely

Coping with Feelings During a Crisis

In many ways, it is completely normal to feel boredom and anxious feelings when a global pandemic such as the corona-virus (Covid-19) occurs.  This unprecedented virus is creating very serious health and economic implications that we must take seriously.  Keeping our social-physical distance can leave us feeling isolated and unsure. Carol King: “This is me self-isolating

Helping Seniors During the Holiday Season

In my line of work I am always helping seniors, it’s why I know that it is often this joyous time of year that is the hardest for many. In the coming months many religions and cultures celebrate holidays. Magazines, social media and TV advertisements start their yearly campaigns of announcing the upcoming holidays showing

Why I’m including JFS in my Will, and Why You Should Too.

By James Ellenbogen As someone who has donated to organizations like Jewish Family Service for as long as I can remember I have always been proud to support the good work they do. Each year I’m investing in the people and the programs that support the community I live in. My history with JFS started

New Year, New You, No Way!

Happy New Year! The calendar has once again turned over to a brand new year and that has everyone thinking, new ME!  New Year, New You, Right? January is that special time of year when product advertising reminds us that another year has passed and you’re still imperfect. You’re too fat, you’re too poor and

What Does it Mean to be Emotionally Strong?

I have heard it said many times when people discuss being emotionally strong, “I can’t cry”, “I have to be strong”, “I have to do this by myself” Or “I have to “man-up.”  While reflecting on the idea of being “strong”. In the movie the Wizard of Oz the Lion was called cowardly due to