A Message from JFCS President and CEO Paula Goldstein and Chair of the Board Jessica Solomon
While continuing to provide the wide array of quality social and community services that enhance the
lives of thousands of families, children and individuals who turned to us for help, in the fi rst half of
last year JFCS was also able to offer immediate support to the Greater Philadelphia area in response to
Hurricane Sandy in October, as well as to the tragic shooting that took place in Newtown, Connecticut
in December, 2012.
JFCS mobilized quickly in October to raise dollars for home repairs, shelter and necessities by
partnering with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, by establishing a hotline during the
week immediately following the hurricane. To better serve clients calling the hotline, JFCS employees
were trained by local insurance adjusters on understanding eligibility requirements for reimbursement
in regard to property damage from the hurricane. In December, JFCS created a customized trauma
resource that was distributed to over 10,000 individuals, families, schools, and organizations in need
of support and guidance. The well-received resource suggested age-appropriate ways for adults to talk
to children about safety, respond to their questions regarding the traumatic events in Connecticut, and
how adults may recognize warning signs that children are in emotional distress.
JFCS held its 2012 Annual Benefi t, PERFECT HARMONY, at the National Museum of American
Jewish History. The event honored noted philanthropist, Kal Rudman and the law fi rm, Cozen
O’Connor. An overwhelming success, the benefi t raised a record breaking $550,500 with 642 patrons
in attendance! The Holocaust Survivor’s Support Program was highlighted with key representatives of
the Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors in attendance. We produced a touching video that was
previewed at the event that provided our guests with heartwarming real-life examples of how JFCS
enables Survivors to age with dignity in the comfort of their own homes. In response to the video,
and JFCS’s additional efforts to raise awareness for these precious Survivors, as of December 31st,
2012, we raised $280,000 in addition to the $470,000 grant received from the Conference on Material
Claims against Germany. This grant supports subsidized homecare and chore services for Survivors.
JFCS was able to raise these funds thanks to the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia along with
many caring donors.
In our continuing effort to fulfill a commitment to our Survivors, JFCS has embarked on a 5-year
campaign to raise $2.5 million dollars to continue to supplement funding needed to support our
remaining Holocaust survivors to enable them to live safely at home in their community with quality of
life, for as long as possible. If you would like to contribute to this very important need, please contact
Pia Eisenberg at 267.256.2105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WE HAVE RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING IN THE PAST 6 MONTHS:
B’Side Program for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities A gift from the Adolph and Rose Levis Foundation $94,300
Crisis Line A gift from the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust $33,000
Family Preservation Program (Jacob’s Ladder) A gift from Ruth and Bennett Nathanson $50,000
Open Arms Adoption Network A gift from the David and Marjorie Rosenberg Foundation $65,000
General Needs A gift from the Alexander N. Pizor Private Foundation $27,500
General Needs A gift from the Hess Foundation $50,000
We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks to our Board and Advisory
Board, our staff, and all of our wonderful donors who believe in our organization’s important work.
We could not meet the needs of the over 25,000 people we serve without your continued support.
To view the recent JFCS Matters Impact Report, Click here.
With Warmest Regards,
Paula Goldstein, President and CEO
Jessica Solomon, Chair of the Board