MOMPROM, a fundraiser benefiting JFF click here for tickets/sponsorship details
Listen to our Executive Director & Founder, Elana Frank share our recent successes.
We've now made it a tradition to honor and celebrate our Board and volunteers at each year's JFF Annual Meeting. This year, we gave a special shout out to JFF Board Member and Education Chair, Debbie Derby, for going beyond. Thanks to Debbie's efforts we have trained over 150 community leaders around infertility sensitivity!
Kol Hakavod/Kudos to Debbie Derby!
JFF's annual meeting took place on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at Brilliant Sky Toys and Books. JFF's Board Members, Doctors, and volunteers were recognized for moving the JFF Mission forward. Children were celebrated and were the focal point of this event - after all they are the reason that we do this work!
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Testimonial Time: "I learned about the Jewish Fertility Foundation after four years of trying to bring a child into my life, and it has utterly transformed the struggle. Everyone—everyone—I met through the organization is exceptional... Read more here
The High Holiday season can be especially fraught for those suffering with infertility. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are times of introspection - of reviewing the events and actions of the previous year – and of hope – looking forward to the year to come. For those of us dealing with medical infertility it is a time to accept that one more year has passed without our prayers being answered, and to fervently pray that the new year brings a child. The choice of Torah and Haftorah portions on Rosh Hashanah are especially difficult for infertile couples, as we read about the pain and suffering of “barren” Rachel and Chana.
This discomfort may be amplified by sermons exhorting congregants to “be fruitful and multiply”, by announcements of the births in the community over the previous year, and other seemingly noncontroversial statements. With 1 in 6 Atlanta Jewish couples experiencing medical infertility, it is highly likely at least several infertile couples are sitting in every sanctuary, looking for comfort and hope. JFF exists to provide emotional and financial support to these couples, as well as educational outreach to the Atlanta Rabbinut, larger Jewish community, and medical treatment providers.
“Be fruitful and multiply”…….. Jewish continuity is dependent upon us reproducing, and for many Jewish couples, medical intervention is required. For those couples experiencing the challenges of infertility, we encourage you to attend our support group sessions and apply for grants to assist with treatment costs. For those who would like to learn more about the subject, we encourage you to attend one of our educational programs or panel discussions. And, for those who would like to contribute to provide financal assistance for treatment, it is considered as though you too participated in the mitzvah.
Let us all pray that the coming year brings an end to all suffering, and that the prayers of the infertile couples are answered.
L’shana tovah u’metuka