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Spiritual Support

The Joan Grossman Center For Chaplaincy and Healing

Everyone encounters a critical passage at some point in life. It may be divorce, a  death or a devastating illness. A challenging time can cause us to ask difficult questions and seek answers. This is when a connection to Jewish traditions, rituals, and community can provide a meaningful way to understand your experiences and move toward wholeness.

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia can help you draw upon your inner strength, identify your spiritual resources and strengthen your ability to find courage, hope and healing.

Our Services

We will partner on a fee and non-fee basis to provide:

  • Holiday celebrations – we partner with centers to share and enrich holiday celebrations and traditions
  • Individual and group counseling – our rabbis provide counseling in times of illness, loss, caring for in the last days of life, and transition
  • Workshops – we direct and moderate group sessions that connect Jewish values to topics like children’s spirituality, finding meaning at life’s end, healing, caring for others, and mindfulness.
  • Hospice – JFCS partners with area hospices to offer comprehensive chaplaincy services as well as practical religious information to individuals in hospice care (both institutional and home settings), including pastoral counseling for patients and their loved ones, bereavement support and rabbinic consultation about Jewish views on illness and end-of-life issues.
Click here to see our list of Hospice Partners
  • Abramson Hospice
  • Abington Memorial Hospital Home Care & Hospice
  • Holy Redeemer Home Care & Hospice
  • Main Line Health
  • Penn Wissahickon Hospice
  • Challah program – we deliver Challah to Jewish patients in area hospitals on Friday afternoons. Currently we partner with the following hospitals:
  • Abington Memorial Hospital
  • Aria Torresdale Hospital
  • Bryn Mawr Hospital
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Holy Redeemer Hospital
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Jeanes Hospital
  • Jefferson Hospital
  • Lankenau Hospital
  • Nazareth Hospital
  • Paoli Hospital
  • Pennsylvania Hospital
  • St. Joseph’s Manor
  • St. Mary’s Medical Center

We are in challenging and unprecedented times. As we all navigate this new way of living and working together, one thing that remains constant is that JFCs is here for our clients and we are here for each other.


We are watching closely what our City, State and Federal government is saying and doing and translating that into what that means for us as an organization.


We are exploring ways to reach members of our community using the core competencies that we all have to alleviate stress and anxiety. We are communicating with many similar agencies across the country to learn more and better understand policies put forth from our Governor and the Federal government.


Many in the community want to help our clients and want to know what plans we have put in place to reach the most vulnerable.


You can be reassured we remain committed to providing the best care we can offer to all of our clients during these challenging times.


We continue to closely follow the community needs of the community we serve and how we address these ever changing needs.


JFCS is here for you and we will get through this together. Stay safe.