Saving A Life - Basic Jewish Value #13: The mission statement of Jewish Family Service of New Mexico reads: “Guided by Jewish values, we offer targeted social services that help preserve and improve the quality of life for New Mexicans.” What are these Jewish values? How do they help guide the day-to-day work that we do at JFS? When new employees join the staff of JFS, they are introduced to eighteen of these basic Jewish values.
For JFS staff, whose work is often fast paced and stressful, this principle applies to self-care. By making sure that staff take time off, seek professional support when necessary, and pursue opportunities for professional growth, JFS staff can address the issue of "burn out" so common in the helping professions.
For our clients as well, it is often helpful for JFS staff to encourage them to care for their bodies, minds and souls. By supporting those activities and by referring clients appropriately, we can help them maintain healthy, active, engaged lives. Following the principle of pikuach nefesh is an important way to maintain balance in our lives.