Blog
  • 9/27/18

    JFCS Travels to Washington to Advocate for Families

    The Every Child Deserves a Family Act is a federal bill that increases the number of foster and adoptive homes by restricting federal funding for states employing discriminatory practices in adoption and foster care placements.

  • 9/26/18

    Staying Engaged as You Age

    By Brenda Edelman, LCSW, Assistant Director, Older Adults, Individual and Family Services, JFCS As we progress through life, we unavoidably experience loss. Older adults have often suffered many losses—friends, family, a home, and most significantly a spouse. These losses, in addition to bringing grief, often alter the structure and continuity of a long, shared life. […]

  • 9/26/18

    Fall4Fertility Raffle Announced

    The Fourth Annual Fall4Fertility will be held on Thursday October 17 at 6pm at Enoteca Tredici in Bryn Mawr. This year, three major packages will be raffled off to three lucky winners. One will feature health and beauty themed gifts and vouchers, another will be a restaurant basket, and the third will be a Philly sports […]

  • 9/26/18

    JFCS Thanks Comcast Volunteers

    On September 12, 50 of Comcast’s finest rolled up their sleeves to sort and bag clothing for Our Closet – Powered by JFCS at the JFCS office at 2100 Arch St.  Thanks to these passionate and energetic volunteers, the clothing will be distributed via pop-up boutiques to the most vulnerable members of our community. In […]

  • 9/26/18

    Tasty Travels Club for Holocaust Survivors

    The JFCS Tasty Travels Club met with a packed house to explore the culture of Israel through its history and food. Weinberg Therapeutic Teaching Kitchen Manager, Gladys Fink, provided cooking instruction, and the group prepared Israeli food including falafel, tabbouleh, and hummus. JFCS Social Worker, Julia Edelman, and Gladys also led a discussion about their […]

  • 9/26/18

    Circle of Wisdom Launches in October

    Circle of Wisdom will create awareness about JFCS and our community’s needs through a blend of service projects and community enrichment programs. Like all JFCS giving circles, this one is aimed at a particular constituency, in this case retirees, baby boomers, and mature adults.

  • 9/26/18

    Tickets Available Now: Join the Conversation with Matt Gutman

    JFCS is proud to host our second annual “Join the Conversation” evening with keynote speaker, ABC News Chief National Correspondent Matt Gutman on Thursday, November 1 at 6pm. We look forward to an evening of intimate, thought-provoking discussion with Mr. Gutman.

  • 9/26/18

    Attorney General Josh Shapiro Addresses the Opioid Epidemic

    Join JFCS on Tuesday, October 23 at 7pm in the Brodsky Center for The Opioid Epidemic: Understanding How America’s Deadly Addiction Affects our Community.

  • 8/28/18

    Two Farewells

    JFCS bids a fond farewell to two members of our team: Joanna Johnson and Phoenix Schneider. Joanna Johnson joined the agency as a Social Work Intern, and has become a key part of our Individual and Family Services Division. She has a deep commitment to helping the most vulnerable members of our community, and has […]

  • 8/28/18

    BRCA Positive:  Beyond the Medical

    JFCS is hosting a unique and intimate workshop entitled “BRCA Positive: Beyond the Medical” on Tuesday, October 16, at 7pm at the Brodsky Enrichment Center. The focus of the discussion will be to explore the psychosocial aspects of the condition, and the implications on a woman’s feminine identity, marriage, sexuality, her future as a mother, […]

  • 8/28/18

    Fall4Fertility

    The Fourth Annual Fall4Fertility will be held on Wednesday, October 17, at 6pm at Enoteca Tredici in Bryn Mawr. The event supports The Fertility Fund:  A Gift from the Heart, which offers need-based grants to subsidize the high cost of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) that is not covered by insurance. The Fund is available to help qualified […]

  • 8/28/18

    Summer Smash for Adult Network

    On Sunday, August 19, the Adult Network for people living with disabilities hosted a “Farewell to Summer” party. The event, which was well attended with over 40 guests, featured delicious food from Star of David, dancing, raffles, and a magic and juggling performance by Doug Stanford. The performance highlighted the message that everyone has unique […]

  • 8/28/18

    JFCS Has a New Home in Elkins Park

    JFCS will be relocating from the Mandell Campus in Elkins Park to a new location at 432 Tulpehocken Avenue. The new site will provide both office space and areas for clinical and care management services. In addition to housing JFCS’ Individual and Family Services, Older Adults, and Holocaust Survivor programs, the new location will provide […]

  • 8/28/18

    JFCS Receives Women of Vision Grant

    JFCS is the proud recipient of a grant from Women of Vision, Philadelphia’s Jewish Women’s Foundation, which transforms the lives of Jewish women and girls in Greater Philadelphia and in Israel. The grant was awarded to the JFCS Bloom Program, which provides post-natal supports for women in the Orthodox Community. This additional funding, $44,000  over […]

  • 8/27/18

    Rosh Hashanah literally means “beginning of the new year.”

    With that in mind, I’ve been thinking about our staff and our Board, many of whom have taken time off during the summer to relax, reflect, and spend time with family and friends. This downtime is so important—it enables us all to recharge our batteries. Some of us have visited exotic and far flung places, […]

  • 7/31/18

    Our Closet: Specific Clothing Items Needed

    Our Closet – Powered by JFCS continues to advance our mission to provide the basic need of clothing, with respect and dignity, to vulnerable individuals in our community. Currently, Our Closet has a particular need for the following clothing items: Men’s clothing, all sizes, especially Small/Medium Jeans, all sizes Women’s clothing, plus sizes Sneakers, all […]

  • 7/31/18

    Teen Empowerment Program Launches Second Year

    Enrollment is open now for the 2018-19 Teen Empowerment Program (TEP). This JFCS philanthropy education program launched last fall, and was so successful that we have decided to renew and expand TEP this year to reach more participants. Starting in September, JFCS is offering a First Year TEP, for ages 13-14, and a Second Year […]

  • 7/31/18

    JFCS Fertility Fund Seeks Applicants

    JFCS Fertility Fund: A Gift from the Heart has funding available now, and is eagerly awaiting applicants. The Fund offers need-based grants to helps subsidize the sometimes prohibitive cost of In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) that is not covered by insurance. The Fund is available to help qualified Jewish individuals and couples of all sexual orientations in […]

  • 7/31/18

    Hands on Healthy Living Course For Teens

    JFCS is providing a five-week long cooking course for teens in our ELECT, Early Intervention, and Child Welfare Programs. Adrienne Gavern-Tomlinson, Director of Education and Outreach Services, explains the background, “We wanted to provide meaningful summer experiences for our adolescent clients, and healthy cooking on a budget was a great fit for this group. JFCS […]

  • 7/31/18

    JFCS Helps Older Adults Stay Healthy in the Heat

    During the summer months, many of our older adult clients struggle to stay cool and healthy. JFCS remains vigilant to ensure that they are safe despite the high temperatures. We provide the following services to help our clients through the summer months: Financial assistance to purchase fans/air conditioners. Referrals to appropriate agencies to access help; […]

  • 7/31/18

    JFCS/WHYY Partnership: Adults Living With Disabilities Create Podcasts

    To hear one of these podcasts, please click here… (Music Credit: Chad Crouch – Anna’s Hummingbird) One of the challenges facing some people living with disabilities is their struggle with communication skills.  JFCS Program Coordinator, Or Ben Ari, devised an innovative and creative way to help his clients improve this crucial life skill:  through podcasts. Clients […]

  • 7/31/18

    Helping Children Manage Anxiety

    by Robin Sabag Anxiety is on the rise. Our world is increasingly stressful, fast-paced, and intense. With the prevalence of phones and social media, people of all ages can feel inundated and overwhelmed. This is especially hard on children, who may not understand anxiety, let alone have the tools to deal with it. As adults, […]

  • 6/26/18

    Supporting Gender Exploration Among Youth

    As we continue to make progress in providing safe and inclusive spaces for LGBTQ individuals, we are seeing younger people beginning to explore and express their genders.

  • 6/26/18

    JFCS Market Update

    During the summer months, our older adult clients and families with young children are at significant health risk without a way to cool off in the extreme heat.

  • 6/26/18

    JFCS Observes Pride Month

    As a leader in providing services to the LGBTQ community, JFCS can be said to celebrate Pride Month year-round.

  • 6/26/18

    Cooking Matters at JFCS

    Cooking Matters is aimed at families and individuals on a fixed income, but there are no criteria to participation beyond interest and willingness to attend the classes.

  • 6/26/18

    JFCS Certified As Trauma Ready Agency

    JFCS recently completed a year-long, agency-wide Trauma Informed Care Training Program. In partnership with KleinLife, and funded by a grant from the JFNA Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care.

  • 6/26/18

    JFCS’ Rabbi Addresses the Role of Faith in Aging

    She describes her contribution: “I focused on three guiding principles present in the Reconstruction Judaism tradition as put forth by its founder, Rabbi Mordechai Kaplan:  Belief, Belonging, and Becoming

  • 5/30/18

    Fran and Elliot Kane Memorial Lecture and Awards

    Over 100 professionals attended the lecture: Sage-ing:  Finding the Wisdoms or Aging Across Communities and Cultures. This dynamic workshop provided information about the strengths and challenges of aging in diverse cultures and communities, strategies for enhancing the aging process, and ways to support those with age-associated cognitive issues.

  • 5/30/18

    Seth’s Picks Memorial Bingo

    Over 100 guests gathered for the JFCS Seth’s Picks Memorial Bingo Event at The Villages of Pine Valley. The event raised over $7300 for the Seth’s Picks Giving Circle Fund.

  • 5/30/18

    Thank you for helping us reach our goal!

    Thanks to supporters like you and a matching grant of $50,000 we have reached our $200,000 goal!

  • 5/25/18

    Great Night at the Ballpark for Teen Network

    A spectacular evening at Citizens Bank Park on Monday, May 7, topped off by a meeting and photo-opportunity with former Phillies All Star Shortstop and MVP Jimmy Rollins.

  • 5/25/18

    Adoption Workshop: Understanding Children’s Perspective

    The event, entitled, Exploring Children’s Developmental Understanding of Adoption, was designed to help parents and caregivers anticipate children’s questions about being adopted, and understand what is in their minds and hearts.

  • 5/24/18

    Maternal Mental Health Symposium

    JFCS continues to be on the forefront of providing resources for pre-and postpartum depression and long-term maternal mental health issues. We will host an armchair chat entitled Hopeful Ever After:  Straight Talk about Postpartum Depression and Anxiety…

  • 5/24/18

    What You Need to Know about Being a Foster Parent

    s an agency that supports a significant number of children and families in Child Welfare Services, JFCS often receives inquiries about becoming a foster parent.

  • 5/24/18

    Mother’s Day Wrap Up

    Over 40 guests gathered for The Circle of Hands Mother’s Day Brunch and Baby Shower. They raised over $3200 in funds and gifts for the ELECT and Child Welfare Programs.

  • 5/24/18

    JFCS Launches Hoarding Support Group

    “Buried in Treasures,” the new, evidence-based hoarding support group, launched on May 23. This program, which is derived from the book of the same name, offers a 16-week educational and recovery program for individuals struggling with hoarding disorder.

  • 5/24/18

    Holocaust Survivors Celebrate Liberation Day

    JFCS gathered 150 Holocaust Survivors, family, and friends to celebrate Liberation Day on Thursday, May 3 at Congregation Keneseth Israel.

  • 4/26/18

    Spring Cleaning Tips for Tackling Your Closet

    By Melanie London, Program Director, Our Closet – Powered by JFCS Traditionally, spring is a time for cleaning, and that presents a wonderful opportunity to declutter your closets and at the same time make a positive impact on someone in need. Our Closet – Powered by JFCS has a mission to meet the basic need […]

  • 4/26/18

    Another Unscripted Radically Honest Conversation about Addiction

    Growing out of our enormously successful January event, which featured a mother of two children who have struggled with addiction, the April workshop featured two young people in recovery.

  • 4/26/18

    JFCS Takes Leadership Role in NJHSA

    FCS has played an integral part in the formation of the NJHSA (Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies), which united the AJFCA (Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Associations) and IAJVS (International Association of Jewish Vocational Services).

  • 4/26/18

    Phoenix Schneider Moderates Panel Discussion on Adolescent Health, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation

    The event began with a discussion by Dr. Rachel Levine, secretary of health and physician general of Pennsylvania, who shared her personal story of transitioning from male to female in her 40’s, and addressed concerns and needs among trans and non-binary adolescents. 

  • 4/26/18

    Resources for Jewish Couples Facing Infertility: Announcing the Faith and Fertility Conference

    The conference is designed to address the challenges of infertility, provide resources and insight, and view the process through a Jewish lens for couples struggling to build a family.

  • 4/26/18

    JFCS Marks Mother’s Day 2 Ways

    As an agency that is dedicated to strengthening lives, JFCS recognizes that mothers are the backbone of most families. To honor mothers and celebrate them on their special day, JFCS is offering the following programs:

  • 4/26/18

    Teen Empowerment Program a Philanthropic Success

    On April 15, the Teen Empowerment Program (TEP) wrapped up their six-month long philanthropy project by awarding a total of $8100 to specific JFCS Programs. TEP is the brainchild of JFCS donor Lindsey Morgan, who wanted to create a springboard for teens to become future leaders in the community and explore the Jewish tradition of […]

  • 4/26/18

    JFCS Recovering from Trevor-Gate

    In the wake of Trevor-Gate—the shockingly unpleasant surprise that Trevor Noah cancelled on JFCS without notice or reason, leaving our Annual Benefit without a performer and us without an event—Inquirer Columnist Stu Bykofsky wrote a column that captured our sentiments quite well. The good news—if it can be characterized as such— is that a JFCS […]

  • 3/28/18

    Volunteers Needed!

    JFCS is always looking for volunteers to help advance our mission to strengthen lives and serve our clients. Regardless of your area of interest and skill, JFCS can match you with an opportunity that suits you. 

  • 3/28/18

    Helping to Budget During Hard Times

    We identified a significant and ongoing need to support clients facing the challenges of unemployment. We sought to develop a comprehensive way for our clients to identify resources and seek the help they need all in one place.

  • 3/27/18

     Dealing with the Stress of Unemployment

    By Robin Axelrod Sabag Despite the fact that most everyone experiences some form of unemployment and a job search in life, it remains a source of significant stress and shame. In the mental health profession, we help clients address the challenge in three ways. Identify and recognize the very real stress that unemployment causes. Financial […]

  • 3/27/18

    Zissen Pesach

    As we gather with family and friends this Passover to recount the central narrative of the Jewish people, our exodus from Egypt, the Pesach holiday offers us an opportunity to pause and count our many blessings.  I am grateful for your ongoing support of our Agency, which allows us to continue our holy mission to provide programs […]

  • 3/27/18

    JFCS Participates in NBC-10 Telethon

    JFCS participated in the Channel 10 telethon on March 1, and helped field nearly 200 calls from prospective foster parents.

  • 3/27/18

    Teen Network/Teen Empowerment Program Art Event

    JFCS hosted a unique and inclusive event in the Art Therapy Studio. Clients from the Teen Network, which serves individuals living with disabilities, partnered with members of the Teen Empowerment Program, which comprises students from local high schools.

  • 3/27/18

    JFCS Hosts Prom Dress Shopping Event

    The JFCS office on North Broad Street was converted into a shopping boutique for students to select dresses, tuxedos, shoes, and accessories, all free of charge.

  • 3/27/18

    Catch Trevor Noah Before He Hits the Big Screen!

    Trevor Noah, star of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and headliner at the JFCS Annual Benefit, will be the subject of a feature film starring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o—she will play Noah’s mother Patricia.

  • 2/28/18

    Changing the Rules

    By JFCS Ma’oz Director Dvora Entin, LCSW in collaboration with Zisa Levin, RMSWI Just when you think you finally know the way to talk about sexual abuse prevention, the rules change. Take a look at prevention curriculums, where we teach about “Ok Touch” and “Not OK Touch” and the caveat we put in that “even […]

  • 2/27/18

    JFCS Observes Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM)

    “[JDAIM is] a month long focus on serious issues of inclusion and belonging for people with lived experiences of disability and mental health conditions. The purpose of JDAIM is to create a sense of urgency for sustained action all year long”.

  • 2/27/18

    JFCS Receives Leadership Seal from Human Rights Campaign

    This certification was originally issued three years ago, when we became the first Jewish agency to be officially recognized for maintaining the highest standards of safe, inclusive, professional service to the LGBTQ community.

  • 2/27/18

    Toby and Madeline’s Story: The Impact of JFCS

    Toby and Madeline are a 60-something couple, who have lived in an apartment in Northeast Philadelphia for 25 years. Toby receives Social Security due to a mental health diagnosis that he has struggled with for most of his life, and Madeline is a technical writer, who successfully maintained steady work as a contract employee for […]

  • 2/27/18

    JFCS Ma’oz Women’s Mental Health Conference: The Road Ahead

    The conference, which brings a very impressive slate of speakers, is aimed at women at the transitional phase of life; their children are no longer babies, they are reaching the end of their childbearing years, and they are undergoing significant emotional, hormonal, …

  • 2/27/18

    JFCS and JEVS Present Job Search Symposium

    JFCS is partnering with JEVS (Jewish Employment and Vocational Service) to host a Job Search Symposium: “Job Search Re-launch 2018:  From LinkedIn to Self Care”. This FREE event, which will be held Tuesday April 10, 2018 from 12:30-4:30 pm

  • 2/27/18

    Laugh on Behalf of JFCS with Trevor Noah

    Trevor Noah, star of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, will perform stand-up for our guests, for information on the event please visit: https://www.jfcsphilly.org/benefit.

  • 1/29/18

    JFCS Shared the Warmth

    JFCS sends a big thank you to our donors for generously supporting our “Share the Warmth” campaign. Through this program, JFCS paid over 300 utility bills for individuals and families who struggled financially through the winter months. This ensured that they kept their heat on during the frigid weather we’ve experienced so far this season. […]

  • 1/29/18

    JFCS Provides an Honest Look at Addiction

    One hundred and forty parents gathered at the Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center for an unscripted conversation about addiction from local mind and body expert, Linda Geraghty. Ms. Geraghty shared her compelling story as a mother facing her children’s addictions. She bravely outlined the warning signs, and effects of addiction that afflicted two of […]

  • 1/29/18

    Mitzvah Baby Shower

    This month, the Sisterhood of Shaare Shamayim Congregation hosted a Mitzvah Baby Shower for the JFCS ELECT Program for pregnant and parenting teens.

  • 1/29/18

    Tu B’Shevat: Volunteering and Celebrating

    This event was offered specifically to children, so there were age-appropriate activities for youngsters under eight, and additional service opportunities for pre-teens.

  • 1/29/18

    Seeking Jewish Foster Families

    JFCS is actively seeking foster homes for Jewish children who must be removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse.

  • 1/29/18

    JFCS Client Story of Courage

    After a year of unimaginable struggles—a catastrophic health crisis, unemployment, and the depletion of her life savings, Susan’s courage, resilience, and fortitude remained unbroken. She required a small boost of support to regain her financial footing…

  • 1/29/18

    How to Enjoy Life at Any Age

    We live in an ageist society. This means that people make assumptions about us based on our age—but we have the freedom to view ourselves as we wish.

  • 12/18/17

    Poetry Workshop for Living with Disability Clients

    On December 11th, JFCS’ clients enjoyed a poetry workshop with Sara Wenger to celebrate the Hanukkah session. Clients practiced self-expression, listening and creativity while writing beautiful poems about the holidays. Later clients created art to accompany their poems. Collaborative (group) Poem : On Chanukah, lights and candles shine bright. Every night, the oil lasts for […]

  • 12/15/17

    Cooking with a Mission

    Cooking with a Mission is the latest in the growing number of programs offered in The Weinberg Teaching Kitchen at The Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center.  The program enables guests, donors, and volunteers to host cooking events for 15-20 people in the kitchen. Led by JFCS’ charismatic Chef Gladys Fink, Cooking with a Mission […]

  • 12/15/17

    Client Spotlight: Sandra

    With the help of JFCS and her own internal strength and spirit, Sandra was able to leave an abusive marriage after 35 years.

  • 12/15/17

    Teen Network Celebrates the Holiday Season

    During discussions with staff about what they enjoyed most, teens commented, “meeting new people,” “baking together,” “doing something for people who really need it and may not be able to do things like this for themselves,” “cooking lunch,” and  “helping the community.”

  • 12/15/17

    Ma’oz to Launch Tomchei Shabbos Project

    Starting in January, JFCS Ma’oz and the Jewish Federation Mitzvah Food Pantry will join forces to ensure that families in the community have access to the foods needed to prepare and celebrate the Shabbos meal.

  • 12/15/17

    Women of a Certain Age

    “Women of a Certain Age,” a new program designed to strengthen the spiritual and emotional inner core of women, will launch in January at The Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center. Under the leadership of JFCS Chaplain Rabbi Tsurah August and Theatre Ariel Artistic Director Deborah Baer Mozes, the six-week long series will enable participants to […]

  • 12/15/17

    Jeffrey Toobin Brings Political Insight to JFCS

    On December, 7, JFCS welcomed 85 guests to “Join the Conversation” with Jeffrey Toobin at a fundraising event held at The Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center of JFCS.

  • 12/13/17

    Warning Signs That Your Child May Be Using Drugs and 5 Ways to Intervene

    Are you worried that your teen or young adult may be using or abusing drugs and/or alcohol? Many of the signs and symptoms are typical, at times, for teens and young adults.

  • 12/1/17

    The Benefits of Volunteerism

    Volunteerism is on the rise, and for good reason. Studies have shown that there are great mental, physical, and emotional health benefits to volunteering in the community.

  • 11/27/17

    Providing for our Community on Thanksgiving

    One grateful recipient sent JFCS the following note: “I had no food for Thanksgiving and my fridge was down to nothing and I was feeling terrible about it.

  • 11/27/17

    JFCS Launches Teen Empowerment Program

      “I felt there was an unfortunate gap in service amongst our teens once their mitzvah projects end. The Teen Empowerment Program at JFCS is an opportunity for post- mitzvah teens to continue participating in the local Jewish community.

  • 11/27/17

    JFCS Provides Addiction Resources to the Community

    In our ongoing effort to strengthen lives, JFCS is hosting an event to deliver resources for the prevention and treatment of addiction in the community.

  • 11/27/17

    Join the Conversation with Jeffrey Toobin

    Mr. Toobin will offer a thought-provoking discussion on the inner workings of the Supreme Court, the current political climate, and the state of the nation.

  • 10/30/17

    Third Annual Fall4Fertility Event a Success

    On October 25th, 100 guests gathered at the home of Melinda and Mike Berkman to support the Fertility Fund:  A Gift from the Heart.

  • 10/30/17

    JFCS Receives Grant to Expand Safety Kid Program

    JFCS Ma’oz received a $98,000 grant from the Kohelet Foundation to expand the Safety Kid Program into all of the Jewish Middle Schools in the Greater Philadelphia area

  • 10/30/17

    Fashion For All…Our Closet at Neiman Marcus

    To purchase tickets or to support Fashion For All, please visit: http://www.ourclosetpa.org/fashionforall/.

  • 10/30/17

    Open Arms Adoption Network Featured in Philadelphia Gay News

    Open Arms strives to be welcoming and inclusive of members of the LGBTQ community, and is proud to participate regularly in the Philadelphia Family Pride Family Matters Conference.

  • 10/30/17

    Share the Warmth Crowdfunding Campaign

    On October 10, JFCS launched our second annual Crowdfunding campaign:  “Share the Warmth”. Running through November 2nd, the program is raising funds to assist clients with heat and utilities costs through the winter months.

  • 10/30/17

    Sukkot Celebration for Individuals Living with Disabilities

    JFCS hosted a festive Sukkot celebration for our clients living with disabilities. The event began in the Weinberg Teaching Kitchen, where attendees prepared lunch featuring seasonal vegetables and fruits in honor of the harvest.

  • 10/30/17

    Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness

    October is Pregnancy Loss and Infant death Awareness Month. The US has an alarmingly high rate of miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant mortality for a developed country.

  • 10/2/17

    Helping Those Who Have Transportation Challenges To Daily Living

    By Mary Alice Salzer, JFCS Transportation Manager The JFCS Transportation Program is open to Jewish Adults, aged 60+, who reside in Center City, South Philadelphia, and the Main Line. The program was launched this spring in response to an identified need among our older adult clientele. As adults age, isolation and lack of access to […]

  • 9/25/17

    Heroes Helping Heroes

    Every Monday, the “Helping Heroes” meet at The Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center of JFCS to help provide crucial services for community members in need.

  • 9/25/17

    Winter Coat Drive – Looking for Coats!

    Gently used and cleaned adult-sized coats, as well as scarves, hats, gloves, and boots are being collected from now through October 9

  • 9/25/17

    Education Outreach Services Receive William Penn Foundation Grant

    The sessions will cover topics such as fostering school success, managing challenging behaviors, learning through play, positive discipline, and building healthy relationships.

  • 9/25/17

    “13 Reasons Why” Forum

    We knew this series, which deals in a real and graphic way with teen suicide, required a response from us. We have a responsibility as a leader in providing mental health support to the community to step up and address this issue.

  • 9/25/17

    JFCS Aids Victims of Hurricane Harvey

    The agency played an active role in aiding victims through collaboration with our colleagues at Jewish Family Service of Houston and the National Jewish Human Services Association, as well as with local partners here in the Philadelphia area.

  • 8/24/17

    Paula Goldstein, JFCS President/CEO Address to the Community

    JFCS President/CEO Paula Goldstein addresses the social services support and resources that JFCS can provide during these challenging times. Healing Practices You Can Employ to Become More Resilient and to Self-Care During These Challenging Times by Robin Sabag, JFCS Assistant Director of Individuals and Family Services and Therapeutic Counseling As we observe our community facing acts […]

  • 7/26/17

    Volunteer Spotlight: Lisa Mervis

    Lisa has been part of the JFCS family for about a year, and she works every other Thursday in the Weinberg Teaching Kitchen helping individuals living with disabilities learn to bake challah as part of an employment skills training program. 

  • 7/26/17

    Holocaust Survivors Mavens’ Klub Now Offers Cooking Events

    While the kugels baked, clients shared their Holocaust experiences, along with stories of immigrating to America and building a life here.

  • 7/26/17

    Brodsky Enrichment Center Expands Campaign

    This strategic move will ensure that we sustain current programming securely into the future, and, more importantly, will enable us to expand our current offerings to serve larger numbers of clients.

  • 7/26/17

    JFCS Partners with Catholic Charities to Provide Free Meals to Children in Need

    Many children in Philadelphia rely on the free breakfast and lunch programs provided in schools—but during the summer, these much-needed meals are not readily available.

  • 7/26/17

    Individuals Living with Disabilities Create Hamsas in Art Studio

    In addition to providing a creative outlet and offering clients the opportunity to make an object of art, the activity was considered therapeutic, partly due to the tactile process of manipulating the clay. 

  • 7/26/17

    How To Help Older Adults Stay Safe in the Summer Heat 

    Older adults are more susceptible to the risks of extreme heat. Many suffer from heart and lung ailments and/or high blood pressure, which cause further difficulty in extreme temperatures.

  • 7/25/17

    JFCS Provides Summer Work Ready Program

    JFCS is providing comprehensive, paid internship opportunities for 30 clients in our Education Outreach Program.

  • 6/27/17

    How To Support LGBTQ Individuals in the Coming Out Process

    When an individual comes out to you, it is crucial to be immediately and strongly supportive. It is equally important to remain a source of support as the person progresses through the coming out process.

  • 6/23/17

    JFCS Hoarding Program Expands to Professional Development

    The workshop attracted a variety of individuals who serve those struggling with hoarding:  members of the Hoarding Task Force, cleaning professionals, property managers, EMTs, Social Workers, and others.

  • 6/23/17

    JFCS Giving Opportunity:  Send a Child to Summer Camp

    Summer presents a serious challenge to many of our JFCS clients. Because a number of them lack reliable, affordable childcare, they struggle to remain employed through the summer months.

  • 6/23/17

    JFCS Addresses Adolescent Problem Gambling

    80% of students between the ages of 12-17 have gambled for money in the past year.

  • 6/23/17

    Foster Care Awards

    Bishop Mary Floyd Palmer, Assistant to State Representative Curtis Thomas, delivered a special citation to JFCS in appreciation of our work with children and families.

  • 6/23/17

    Introducing Gladys Fink, Weinberg Teaching Kitchen Chef and Instructor

    My goal is to provide our clients with a warm and welcoming kitchen and teach them basic and advanced cooking skills.

  • 6/23/17

    Financial Date Night

    By providing couples with an opportunity to discuss financial goals, challenges, and strategies in a proactive, cooperative manner, we hope to alleviate some of that stress, and create a positive, empowering mindset.

  • 5/25/17

    Board Profile:  Matthew White

    “I began to appreciate in a very personal way how important a social service agency like JFCS can be. I was initially motivated to stay involved to ensure that I could access services for my son, but over time I was driven to support the agency for the greater community.”

  • 5/25/17

    The Open Tent Annual Benefit a Resounding Success

    JFCS sends a sincere thank you to all who supported the 2017 Annual Benefit. We were thrilled to welcome over 415 people into our Open Tent, and we raised more than $459,000.

  • 5/25/17

    SOLD OUT: Fran and Elliott Kane Memorial Lecture

    “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother: The Unspoken Struggle of Mental Illness and the Impact on Family and Community” was held on Friday May 19, 2017, to a capacity crowd of 125 people at the Brodsky Enrichment Center.

  • 5/25/17

    Circle of Hands Launches at Brodsky Enrichment Center

    Clients and volunteers had the opportunity to engage and connect in ways that truly embody the mission of the agency and the goals set forth in the establishment of the Brodsky Enrichment Center.

  • 5/23/17

    Café Europa

    On May 9, JFCS honored over 150 Holocaust Survivors with a special Café Europa event at Keneseth Israel Synagogue in Elkins Park.

  • 4/24/17

    Teen Network Attend Improv Event

    “I liked being with friends, being creative, accepting what everyone said working together, having second thoughts but taking a risk and trying new things anyway…joining in even though I was nervous, and taking a chance.”

  • 4/24/17

    Reminder: May 21st Circle of Hands Launch Event

    The program is designed to foster community engagement, reduce isolation among our clients, and form connections throughout the JFCS family.

  • 4/24/17

    Bloom Program Provides Postpartum Support and Education

    “What your Wife Wished You Knew…” is offered to new and not so new fathers as an opportunity to recognize and explore the challenges of fatherhood as well as to understand the postpartum experience of women.

  • 4/24/17

    Fran and Elliott Kane Memorial Lecture: I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother

    Learn how a child with mental illness affects both the family and the community. Our speaker will address how the system is failing our children, and how we can strengthen our understanding and support of families who struggle.

  • 4/24/17

    LGBTQ Seder

    Ariana Katz, a student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, led the Seder using the LGBTQ Hagaddah, and did a spectacular job bringing the message of freedom to the group.

  • 4/24/17

    In Honor of the Observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month 

    Child abuse takes many forms: physical; emotional; sexual and neglect. It affects all socio-economic groups, ethnicities, races and religions. In 2015, the Pennsylvania Child Abuse Hotline substantiated over 4200 cases of child abuse.

  • 4/21/17

    Brodsky Enrichment Center: It’s About Community

    It has been an incredible privilege for me personally to be part of a remarkable team of lay leaders, professionals, staff, and donors who made it possible.

  • 4/5/17

    5 Tips: How To Speak With Children Regarding What is Happening at Jewish Schools and Jewish Centers

    In light of all that is happening in the Jewish Community, social workers from JFCS are providing helpful communication tips to families about how to discuss it with children.

  • 3/29/17

    JFCS Adult Network Members Enjoys Flower Show

    “Everyone had a great time. We visited all of the exhibits and did some shopping. Some of the members talked about the theme of Holland, and the city of Amsterdam…

  • 3/29/17

    March is Social Work Month

    Celebrated each March, National Professional Social Work Month provides an opportunity to spotlight the important contributions that Social Workers make to our society.

  • 3/27/17

    Prom Dress Boutique for JFCS High School Students

    “Prom is something that many high school student looks forward to, but it is enormously expensive and that creates a barrier for our clients. By providing this boutique, we are able to offer a fun and festive shopping experience that builds the students’ enthusiasm…

  • 3/27/17

    Circle of Hands Launch Event: May 21

    We look forward to bringing in other groups with events that are customized to harness diverse interests and strengths—teens, young professionals, seniors, and others.

  • 3/27/17

    JFCS Receives “Supporters of Change” Award

    It involved a three-year process during which we set and met goals to become more welcoming and inclusive of fathers and father figures.

  • 3/27/17

    Ty Pennington of Extreme Makeover Designs Mural for JFCS Building

    “My vision was to use paint by number art, which helps to make it interactive. Children add color to our lives and they literally added color to this work.

  • 2/24/17

    JFCS Receives Grant to Ensure Holocaust Survivors’ Dignity and Comfort

    JFCS, in partnership with KleinLife, received a $99,999 grant from The Jewish Federations of North America Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care.  We were delighted that this news was announced to the community by the Jewish Exponent; click here to see full article. The two-year grant will begin March 1, 2017, with the goal of […]

  • 2/24/17

    JFCS’ 33rd Annual Benefit Theme Announced

    “The Open Tent,” as modeled by our ancestors, Abraham and Sara, JFCS’ tent is open and welcoming to all in our community, providing support, hope, and acceptance at all stages of life.

  • 2/24/17

    Board Spotlight: Deborah Gordon Klehr, Secretary, JFCS Board of Directors

    I am passionate about advocating for the rights of vulnerable and underserved youth. Hence, my work with the Education Law Center. This aligns well with JFCS’ mission…

  • 2/24/17

    Practicing Inclusion

    To be fully inclusive in word, we must be mindful of language. Words shape our attitudes and perceptions. Many people living with disabilities prefer the term “disability” rather than “special needs.”

  • 2/24/17

    February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month

    JFCS has taken on a leadership role in advocacy, programming, and education for individuals living with disabilities and the professionals who serve them. We are committed to ensuring that our clients receive needed services and that our community is inclusive.

  • 1/30/17

    Warning Signs of Suicide Risk and How To Help

    Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 10-24 year olds nationally, and it affects all races, socio-economic demographics and genders. Identifying both the symptoms of depression and the warning signs of suicide can potentially save a life.

  • 1/25/17

    Volunteer Spotlight: Adath Israel’s 7th Grade Hebrew School Class

    The 7th Grade Hebrew School Class from Temple Adath Israel has embraced JFCS as its B’nai Mitzvah Project, launching a year of service in support of the Agency.

  • 1/25/17

    The Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center Building Update

    Every aspect of the Center was designed and created carefully. The aim is to convey warmth and welcome, a sense of “home” for JFCS clients, and to reflect the Agency’s mission.

  • 1/24/17

    Baby Shower Helps Pregnant and Parenting Teens

    JFCS thanks the Sisterhood of Shaare Shamayim for their ongoing, generous support of the ELECT Program through their annual baby shower. ELECT (Educational Leadership to Employment and Career Training) serves pregnant and parenting teens in the Philadelphia School District with programs to help them stay in school, find employment, and create healthy, productive lives for […]

  • 1/24/17

    JFCS’ MLK Day of Service Events

    Events like these enable Our Closet – Powered by JFCS to fulfill its compassionate and important mission: to provide clothing to vulnerable individuals…

  • 1/24/17

    JFCS’ Adoption Program Director on WHYY Radio Times

    Meredith Rose, Director of JCFS’ Open Arms Adoption Network, was asked to participate in a WHYY Radio Times segment about new practices in domestic adoption.

  • 12/16/16

    JFCS/Ma’oz Hosts Women’s Intimacy Conference

    We looked at this through the ‘Torah lens’ and were able to deliver a program that offered strategies to help married couples connect effectively on an emotional level.

  • 12/16/16

    Our Closet – Powered by JFCS Breaks Fundraising Record

    The fact that we raised 2/3 of our annual operating budget in one day is amazing, and we are profoundly grateful to our supporters for enabling us to continue our important mission: to provide clothing to vulnerable Philadelphians and their families free of charge in a dignified and welcoming space.

  • 12/16/16

    Year-end Giving Opportunities

    As 2016 draws to a close many of our supporters are considering year-end charitable gifts. This is the final opportunity for donors to receive the benefit of a tax-deductible gift for 2016.

  • 12/16/16

    JFCS’ Adoption Program Launches New Website

    “A lot has changed since the former website was built. In the past, a smaller percentage of potential clients were looking online to find an adoption agency. Now, most of our visitors find us online, so it is essential that the new site be visually pleasing and user-friendly.”

  • 12/16/16

    Volunteer Spotlight: Melissa Stamps and Sejita Page

    Melissa describes the experience: “I love being able to help people. Greeting them and getting to know them, putting a smile on their faces when they find something that they really want is such a wonderful feeling.

  • 12/16/16

    Farewell to Nancy Glasberg

    She has made hard choices for the benefit of our clients and the agency, and come through with grace and kindness while maintaining an admirable professional discipline.

  • 12/16/16

    In-JOY Celebrates Hanukkah

    Lisa continues, “This is a perfect example of how great it is when the whole community comes together to celebrate. We had an amazing turnout and everyone enjoyed!”

  • 12/16/16

    Coping with Stress During the Holidays

    This is supposed to be a magical time when dreams come to fruition, so why aren’t you feeling that way? Here are common themes that arise during this time of year, as well as tips for managing each of them.

  • 11/29/16

    Your Money, Your Goals Conference

    The training focused on the Toolkit that was created to help low-to-moderate income consumers obtain accurate information about managing personal finances.

  • 11/29/16

    Circle Of Hands: New Volunteer Program Model

    Volunteers with common areas of interest will work together to engage directly with clients, build unity, and be part of the larger community.

  • 11/29/16

    JFCS Provides Leadership for Kindness Counts Conference

    “A day of learning and dialogue”, the conference welcomed over 80 attendees, including educators, clergy, synagogue leadership, parents, youth, and community members.

  • 11/29/16

    Fall 4 Fertility Benefits The Fertility Fund: A Gift From the Heart

    “When you are struggling with infertility, you constantly hear bad news. We are so happy that, with the help of generous donors, we can offer hope during such a difficult time.”

  • 11/29/16

    Ma’oz BLOOM Program Supports Maternal Health

    This program will strengthen maternal health by expanding the understanding of perinatal mood disorders and postpartum issues.

  • 11/29/16

    Providing For Our Community On Thanksgiving

    JFCS provided food for Thanksgiving meals to 127 households (over 250 people) in the community.

  • 11/23/16

    Partnering to Support Holocaust Survivors’ Oral Health

    JFCS has established a partnership with Alpha Omega International Jewish Dental Fraternity. This new partnership will enable us to provide pro bono oral care to Holocaust Survivors.

  • 11/23/16

    10 Strategies: Helping To Heal From Grief

    Often, clients ask me how long they will “feel this way”. According to psychiatrist, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross (1969), the five stages of grief include: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

  • 10/26/16

    Tips for Surviving the Sandwich Generation

    The “Sandwich Generation” describes the position many adults find themselves in as they become parents, and their own parents begin to decline.

  • 10/26/16

    LGBTQ Initiative Helps Golda Och Academy Be More Inclusive

    With coaching from JFCS’ LGBTQ Program Director Phoenix Schneider, Golda Och Academy (GOA), a Jewish Day School in West Orange New Jersey, has taken steps to be more inclusive and welcoming of Transgender and Non-Binary students.

  • 10/26/16

    Neiman Marcus Hosts Our Closet Fashion Show

    “This fashion show generates tremendous financial support for Our Closet and we are so grateful to Wilkie Lexus, Neiman Marcus and our attendees for their generosity.”

  • 10/26/16

    JFCS Launches FITT to Support Jewish Families in Crisis

    Our goal is to partner with them to provide the full complement of services needed to stabilize families.

  • 10/21/16

    Adult Network Trip to Lancaster a Huge Success

    “In other places I am treated like a child; JFCS treats me like an adult and with respect”; “This group makes me very happy;” “I feel confident with my JFCS Network friends.”

  • 10/21/16

    Certified Father Friendly Agency

    In our ongoing effort to broaden our reach and optimize our service, JFCS has become a Certified Father Friendly Flagship Agency.

  • 9/26/16

    Please Join JFCS’ Strength in Numbers Campaign

    “Share A Ride,” will raise money for a 15-person wheelchair accessible van for our most vulnerable clients to combat isolation and provide access to medical appointments, food shopping, and social activities.

  • 9/26/16

    JFCS LGBTQ Initiative Goes National

    The project kicked off with a one-day training earlier this month, which addressed LGBTQ-inclusive terminology, programs, policies, and ways to create welcoming spaces.

  • 9/26/16

    Introducing Adam E. Laver, JFCS’ New Board Chairman

    Adam is humbled by the work JFCS does and by the clients we serve. He explains, “Within our community there are voices that might not be heard by others…

  • 9/26/16

    5 Tips To Help Our Loved Ones Stay Connected

    Social interactions are mentally and physically beneficial for people of all ages.

  • 9/26/16

    Financial Empowerment Program

    JFCS has created a Financial Empowerment Program to support and educate clients in budgeting, credit, and fiscal responsibility.

  • 9/26/16

    JFCS & Our Closet: A Perfect Fit

    JFCS is delighted to announce that we are merging with Our Closet, a volunteer-driven organization that provides clothing to vulnerable Philadelphians in a dignified, welcoming manner.

  • 8/22/16

    Casual Friday Fundraiser Benefits JFCS

    It is a simple way to raise funds and awareness, and offers a team building and morale boosting opportunity for participants.

  • 8/22/16

    Crowdfunding Effort looking for “Virtual Drivers”

    We are assembling a corps of “Virtual Drivers” to steer the project to a successful completion. The effort is being chaired by Staci Bender Epstein…

  • 8/22/16

    Fond Farewell to Lenore Borowski, LCSW

    “Lenore is an empathic, calming, soothing presence. She has been a wonderfully welcoming point of contact for the agency. When clients call in and reach Lenore, they encounter a person who has the professional knowledge…

  • 8/22/16

    JFCS Helps Students Prepare for Back to School

    “Families are concerned about providing their children with back-to-school needs. Uniforms are required by most schools, and many children have outgrown last year’s clothing. In addition, children need notebooks, backpacks, and other school supplies to learn and complete homework.”

  • 8/22/16

    Foster Care to Forever Family: An Adoption Story with the Happiest Ending

    “They are just an awesome family. David and Dustin have done an incredible job getting services for Jeremias. He has made tremendous progress in their healing, loving home.”

  • 8/19/16

    Supporting Families of Individuals Living with Disabilities

    For families who have children with disabilities, day-to-day life can be challenging, isolating, and exhausting. Various social situations may present problems for the individual, and as families with typically developing children…

  • 7/26/16

    Child Welfare Services Are Agile and Compassionate with Changing Landscape

    Our agency is based on a foundation of strength for the community, and we take that mission seriously. We strengthen lives, we accept responsibility, we continue to stand together and support each other and our clients…

  • 7/26/16

    JFCS Hosted Workshop on Impact of Childhood Stress

    “As professionals working in the community and schools in Philadelphia, it is essential that we have an understanding of the issues surrounding the impact of childhood stress on health…

  • 7/25/16

    Cycle4Cycles Benefits The Fertility Fund

    JFCS recently partnered with SoulCycle in Ardmore to host a fundraiser to benefit The Fertility Fund: A Gift From the Heart. The event, which nearly sold out, received a matching 50% grant from the Morgan Family Foundation.

  • 7/25/16

    JFCS Thrift Boutique Offers Volunteer Opportunities

    Duties include sorting and tagging donated items, restocking and merchandising, and providing customer assistance on the sales floor.

  • 7/25/16

    Holocaust Survivor Music Program

    JFCS recently held a music program for our Holocaust Survivors at Gratz College. The turnout was so overwhelming that we had to double our space and run the program twice!

  • 7/25/16

    Intimate Partner Violence:  How You Can Help

    Teens are increasingly victimized; research indicates that 1 in 3 have been or will be victims of intimate partner violence as compared to 1 in 4 among adults.

  • 6/29/16

    JFCS Stands with Orlando

    As a person who identifies as transgender and queer, I view the unspeakable tragedy of Orlando through a very personal lens. Orlando made me sad and angry almost beyond comprehension, and I am still struggling to articulate…

  • 6/29/16

    Gourmet Event Benefits Therapeutic Teaching Kitchen

    Guests gathered at the home of Amy and Randy Stein for a cooking demonstration by Chef Hope Cohen, followed by dinner and drinks featuring recipes from the chef’s award winning cookbook, “Fast, Fresh + Simple.”

  • 6/29/16

    New Building Happenings: Month-At-A-Glance

    We will serve extremely many populations; for an overview, please see our Month-at-a-Glance Calendar. We will offer everything from financial literacy classes to music and art therapy to bereavement support groups to adoption…

  • 6/27/16

    Volunteer Spotlight: Nora Mahoney

    Every Friday JFCS delivers challah to Jewish patients admitted to various hospitals in the region so that they may celebrate Shabbat. This simple act provides tremendous comfort and support to the patients and their families.

  • 6/27/16

    JFCS Mourns Ivan Gabel

    We send our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Ivan Gabel, Trustee and former Board Chair of JFCS. Together with his friend Sam Frieder…

  • 6/27/16

    Fran and Elliot Kane Awards and Memorial Lecture

    This year’s lecture was entitled ‘The Ethics of Using Technology in the Workplace.” Topics included social networking, texting, emailing, and the use of personal and company devices with regard to client and professional communication.

  • 5/23/16

    Open Arms Adoption News

    Open Arms Adoption hosted its Annual Spring Picnic on Sunday, May 22 at Princeton Country Club. The Adoptive Family Spring Potluck is an eagerly anticipated event, which gathers over 200 people to celebrate adoption and build community among adoptive families.

  • 5/20/16

    Volunteer Profile: Raina Farmer

    Raina Farmer may well be the youngest volunteer in the JFCS family. At age 12, Raina chose the JFCS LGBTQ Initiative for a Mitzvah Project in honor of her Bat Mitzvah.

  • 5/20/16

    Honoring Older Adult Awareness Month with Fall Prevention Strategies

    There is abundant evidence that the health outcomes for seniors following a fall are bleak. As a result, seniors often suffer from anxiety about falling, which, ironically, increases their risk for a serious fall.

  • 5/20/16

    2017 Annual Benefit Springs Forward

    Mark your calendars! The JFCS Annual Benefit is moving to the spring starting this year: Thursday, April 27, 2017.

  • 5/20/16

    Café Europa Hosts Celebration of Liberation Day for Holocaust Survivors

    Café Europa hosts luncheons, dances, talks, and events for Holocaust Survivors to meet over a meal and form community. The name comes from a cafe in Stockholm, Sweden where survivors would meet after the war to try to find family and friends.

  • 5/20/16

    Mother’s Day Pop Up Boutique Honors Foster Parents

    JFCS partnered with Our Closet, who provided jewelry so people in the community could come and ‘shop.’ Everyone was offered the chance to select four pieces free of charge, either to keep or to use as Mother’s Day gifts.

  • 4/27/16

    WHYY and Jewish Exponent Feature JFCS Holocaust Survivors’ Seder

    This year in particular, we honored the stories of the Jews’ struggle for freedom as a way of preserving the past for future generations.

  • 4/26/16

    LGBTQ Initiative Hosts Arts Therapy Event

    On April 13, a dozen residents of the John C. Anderson Apartments gathered to create Empowerment Medallions as part of a creative arts therapy workshop hosted by JFCS in partnership with Wise Mind Creations.

  • 4/26/16

    Mother’s Day Giving

    JFCS has created a wonderful new giving opportunity to help deliver services to mothers in need.

  • 4/26/16

    JFCS Autism Awareness, April and Beyond

    As Autism Awareness Month draws to a close, JFCS is taking the opportunity to assess and reaffirm our ongoing commitment to meeting the needs of the Autism community, and ensuring that we deliver comprehensive services, uphold best practices, and provide leadership and expertise in the field. To that end, we are: Continuing to expand the […]

  • 4/25/16

    JFCS Thrift Boutique Partners with SpinCo

    The event, which will be held May 1 from 5:30-9:00pm at VentureFOrth Studios at 417 N. 8th St in Philadelphia, offers an intimate evening of fashion and performance, previewing summer 2016 fashion trends as models dance (yes, dance) down the runways.

  • 4/18/16

    Holiday Stress: Ways to Reduce Tension and Enjoy Our Celebrations

    While the holiday of Pesach brings with it special memories as well as dishes, it also tends to lend itself to an increased level of stress in the Jewish home and family.

  • 3/29/16

    JFCS Is BAKING a Difference

    JFCS has launched “Baking a Difference,” an innovative, inclusive, and intergenerational program in which community members come together to bake challah and raise awareness and money to fight food insecurity.

  • 3/29/16

    Peaceful Parenting: How to Recover from Yelling at Your Child

    Parenting is tough. It becomes even tougher when unhealthy, repetitive, negative, self-defeating thoughts plague us as we move through the day. This is especially true after a difficult event, a loss of temper, or an episode of yelling.

  • 3/18/16

    March Social Work Month!

    JFCS is pleased to observe Social Work Month, and to embrace this year’s theme: Forging Solutions out of Challenges.

  • 3/18/16

    Donor News

    In our ongoing effort to be responsive, proactive, and efficient, JFCS has created a survey in order to gather data on donor preferences. The reasoning behind the move: “As an agency, we care deeply about our donors’ passions.

  • 3/18/16

    JFCS Ma’oz Brings Safety Kid Program to All Area Jewish Day Schools

    As an expert in the field of child abuse prevention and treatment, with significant infrastructure and capacity to deliver services, JFCS has taken a bold and proactive step to protect our children.

  • 3/18/16

    JFCS Celebrates Purim Two Ways

    In a very meaningful Purim observance, JFCS partnered with Temple Sinai’s Hebrew School to distribute personal care items to individuals living in residential boarding homes.

  • 3/18/16

    JFCS Donates Chromebooks to Greenberg Elementary School

    JFCS President and CEO Paula Goldstein recently received a handwritten letter from a second grader at Greenberg Elementary School. The young lady wrote that her school lacked computers and asked for JFCS’s help.

  • 3/1/16

    March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month

    Gambling Facts: Kids who begin gambling at a younger age (10-12 years old) are more likely to become problem gamblers as adults…

  • 2/22/16

    Volunteer Spotlight: Steve Perchick

    “Giving back” was always part of Steve Perchick’s long term plan.

  • 2/22/16

    Partnership with Franklin Institute Offers Teens Healthy Living Program

    JFCS’s Teen Network, providing educational and social outings for young adults with special needs, has partnered with The Franklin Institute and Salus University to offer a three-part series entitled “Learning Healthy Lifestyles.”

  • 2/22/16

    “Dancing Angels” Shabbat Service, a Perfect Ten

    Ten women in their 80s and 90s, all living with some degree of memory challenge and many in wheelchairs, gather to celebrate Shabbat.

  • 2/22/16

    JFCS Develops Groundbreaking Autism Assessment Tool

    JFCS recognized the difficulty for providers in identifying and meeting the multifaceted needs of this priority population without a reliable tool.

  • 2/22/16

    JFCS on Capitol Hill for Jewish Disability Advocacy Day

    There, they met with staff from Congressmen Patrick Meehan, Brendan Boyle, and Robert Brady’s offices, and were briefed on pressing legislation aimed at supporting individuals with disabilities.

  • 1/29/16

    Here are Tips to Get the Most out of the Winter Months

    By Robin Axelrod Sabag, LCSW, MFT, JFCS Assistant Director, Counseling and Therapeutic Services

  • 1/27/16

    Prom Dress Donations Needed: Help Make A Night Special

    To donate, please contact Melissa Blackson at mblackson@jfcsphilly.org or call 267.256.2053 for drop off locations or to arrange pick up.

  • 1/27/16

    Leah Sorokorensky, CRNP, Serves JFCS Holocaust Survivors

    Leah meets clients in their homes to conduct initial health assessments, and then provides follow up visits to monitor their medications, nutrition, safety, environment, and other needs.

  • 1/27/16

    JFCS Awarded $40,000 Grant

    We are grateful for the generous support from Legacy Heritage Fund which has enabled us to upgrade our services and programming to persons with disabilities.   JFCS will be using part of the funding to build a Culinary Arts Training Kitchen that will be housed in the new The Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center, currently […]

  • 1/27/16

    JFCS to Present at Inclusion Conference

    JFCS Director of Individual and Family Services Eli Schostak and Assistant Director of Individual and Family Services Lisa Ney will jointly present at a break out session on “Your Life as an Adult.”

  • 1/27/16

    JFCS Starts 2016 with a Big Thank You

    As 2015 drew to a close, varied gifts from long-time and new donors enabled us to end our year on a high note.

  • 12/22/15

    Ma’oz Program Delivers Workshops at Two Local Schools

    The topic, “Unscheduling your Schedule,” offered strategies for helping students find the balance between academics, extra-curricular activities, and home and community responsibilities, while maintaining healthy, happy family relationships and finding time for themselves.

  • 12/22/15

    Fertility Fund Expands, Welcomes New Families

    The Fund is available to help qualified Jewish individuals and couples of all sexual orientations in the Philadelphia region who wish to start families but are struggling with infertility.

  • 12/22/15

    In-JOY Celebrates Hanukkah

    In-JOY, (Inclusive Jewish Occasions Year Round), celebrated Hanukkah with a festive, fun party that welcomed over 90 guests at Adath Jeshran Synagogue.

  • 12/22/15

    Dear Ally Hits the Main Line

    The personal visit is key; if we can connect with someone in a place that they consider to be home, be it a school, synagogue or youth group, we greatly increase the likelihood that our resources will be passed on to the people who need them.

  • 12/22/15

    JFCS Helped To Make The Season Brighter For Those In Need

    We are grateful of our staff, donors, giving circles and partnership organizations for their generosity and dedication.

  • 12/22/15

    Reflecting On Our 160th Year

    We had an opportunity to reflect on our history, which enables us to remain mission focused and relevant.

  • 11/23/15

    The Bridge Provides Thanksgiving Meals to People In Need

    JFCS was pleased to provide financial support to 89 households to cover the cost of Thanksgiving dinner this year. The Bridge, a JFCS Giving Circle that serves as a critical needs funding group for clients…

  • 11/23/15

    Success: JFCS Hoarding Program

    After just five months, the JFCS Hoarding Program has nearly reached its goal to serve 20 clients in year one. In response to this successful launch, Program Manager Courtney Owen has been asked to take on a leadership role…

  • 11/23/15

    JFCS to Present at Bridge to Eternity Conference

    The Conference, sponsored by the Institute for Jewish Ethics, examines the clinical, ethical and legal dilemmas surrounding end of life, bereavement and loss through the prism of Jewish tradition and psychology.

  • 11/23/15

    Volunteer Training for Holidays and Beyond

    As the holiday season approaches, JFCS is poised to create meaningful giving opportunities for our corps of volunteers. In preparation, we are offering two training sessions…

  • 11/23/15

    Incredible Trip for Incredible Clients

    In late October, The JFCS Network, which offers cultural and educational group outings to adults with disabilities, brought 25 clients to NewYork to see the Broadway show Aladdin and to visit several local landmarks.

  • 11/23/15

    JFCS is Official #GivingTuesday Partner

    JFCS will kick off this year’s holiday season with #GivingTuesday on December 1st. Last year, JFCS’s #GivingTuesday campaign netted over $11,000 for our clients.

  • 11/23/15

    Annual Benefit a Resounding Success

    Over 500 guests gathered on November 12 to celebrate JFCS’s 160 years of strengthening lives.

  • 10/26/15

    LGBTQ Senior Prom a Resounding Success

    A collaboration of JFCS, William Way, and the LGBT Elder Initiative, was the first annual LGBTQ Senior Prom, a multi generational gala that welcomed over 100 members of the LGBTQ community and their allies.

  • 10/26/15

    JFCS Foster Care Program Featured on WURD-AM

    An in depth discussion of the foster care program, emphasizing the need for qualified foster parents.

  • 10/26/15

    In-JOY Celebrates Simchat Torah

    In-JOY (Inclusive Jewish Occasions Year round), is a program run by the Individual and Family Services division to provide inclusive holiday celebrations for adults with developmental disabilities along with their families and friends.

  • 10/26/15

    JFCS Remodels Thrift Boutique

    Started by a volunteer, the boutique grew into a mission aligned program providing low cost clothing to clients, creating pop up boutique shopping opportunities to seniors, and offering employment training to individuals with special needs.

  • 10/26/15

    Annual Benefit Honors JFCS, Celebrates 160 Years of Service

    In recognition of our 160th anniversary, the evening will honor the agency itself and the important work we do.

  • 9/25/15

    Esther Levitt Makes Volunteering a Family Affair

    Esther Levitt has been an active volunteer with JFCS for the past three years. She serves as Principal of a Jewish day school, but makes time to deliver challahs to patients.

  • 9/25/15

    Annual Benefit Honors JFCS, Celebrates 160 Years of Service

    This year’s Annual Benefit will be held Thursday evening, November 12, 2015 in the Crystal Tea Room, 100 East Penn Square, Philadelphia.

  • 9/25/15

    Ma’oz Presents Community Film Series

    The goal of the event is to educate women about postpartum concerns, and to help them find their voices, identify and access resources, and eliminate the fear and stigma surrounding this common issue.

  • 9/25/15

    Human Rights Campaign Recognizes JFCS as LGBTQ Inclusive Agency

    This seal is bestowed upon agencies that adhere to the highest standards of commitment and competency in providing services to LGBTQ youth and families.

  • 9/25/15

    JFCS & Adath Israel Present Parenting Workshops

    Topics include “Mindful Parenting”; “Enhancing the Parent-Teacher-Student Relationship” and “The Art of Successful Social Relationships: Navigating Friendships with Other Parents.”

  • 9/25/15

    Holiday Message from Paula Goldstein, JFCS President and CEO

    I find this holiday particularly meaningful for us here at JFCS, since we serve so many individuals and families who metaphorically are going through their own “journeys in the wilderness.”

  • 8/25/15

    ELECT Wraps up Successful Summer Program

    The program is designed to support pregnant and parenting teens so that they are able to graduate from high school, and go on to employment or higher education.

  • 8/25/15

    JFCS Attends Eighteen:22, Global Think Tank

    Phoenix Schneider, Director of LGBTQ Programming, was one of 60 thought leaders to participate in the groundbreaking launch of Eighteen:22, an international network of Jewish LGBTQ organizations.

  • 8/25/15

    November Gala Celebrates 160 Years

    This year’s Gala promises to be a fun and festive evening. Pia Eisenberg, JFCS VP of Institutional Advancement, outlines the plan: “JFCS has been strengthening lives for 160 years.

  • 8/25/15

    STEP-Up: Job Training for Individuals with Disabilities

    This innovative program provides job experience in the JFCS Thrift Boutique, where participants acquire customer service and retail skills.

  • 8/25/15

    Faith Based Alliance Defines Mission

    The Faith Based Alliance (FBA), a consortium of six social service organizations currently serving over 30,000 clients in the region, has recently taken steps to re-evaluate and clearly define its mission.

  • 7/27/15

    Volunteer Spotlight: Thrift Boutique Team

    In the last year, over 3700 volunteer hours have been logged by the stellar team that helps run the JFCS Thrift Boutique.

  • 7/27/15

    Fertility Fund Grows, Welcomes New Families

    The group recently welcomed the second baby born with the help of JFCS-supported IVF, and two new couples have begun their journey to parenthood with the help of the Fund.

  • 7/27/15

    JFCS Provides Onsite Care for Holocaust Survivors

    JFCS has partnered with the Abramson Center for Jewish Life to provide in-home nursing care for our Holocaust Survivors.

  • 7/14/15

    How to Have a Successful Summer Vacation     

    It’s that time of year—time for summer vacation. After juggling your daily demands, you deserve a restful break.

  • 7/6/15

    5 Great Ways to Making the Most of the Warm Weather

    – Tips from our clinical supervisor, Robin Axelrod Sabag

  • 6/26/15

    JFCS Awarded $65,000 Francis Fund Grant

    JFCS was invited to apply, and we were thrilled to receive a grant totaling $65,000. Fifteen thousand dollars will go toward our hunger relief program, which provides supermarket gift cards to clients in need. The remaining $50,000 of capital support for the new building will ensure that the Children’s Den will be named for Pope Francis.

  • 6/26/15

    JFCS Health Education Forums

    The Ma’oz Program, a JFCS initiative serving the Orthodox Jewish community with outreach and education, hosted two programs for professional education and enrichment.

  • 6/26/15

    JFCS Sharpens Expertise in Delivering Autism Services

    Lisa Ney commented, “The conference was great. We will take these lessons learned and incorporate them into our work. In addition to the effective strategies, the conference provided a great way to network and learn about new and different resources in the community that enables us to serve our clients more effectively.”

  • 6/26/15

    Shabbat Shalom from the LGBTQ Community

    JFCS was honored to host the Official Shabbat Dinner for the Philly Trans Health Conference held earlier this month. Celebrated in the garden of the John C Anderson Apartments on a beautiful June evening, the event was, in the words of guests, “beautiful,” “meaningful,” “incredibly moving,” and “the best ever.”

  • 6/26/15

    JFCS Salutes Volunteer Frank Cherry

    JFCS is blessed to have a large number of generous, dedicated, kind volunteers who enable us to strengthen more lives by maximizing our reach. Frank Cherry, a JFCS Volunteer for the past 12 years, is a true standout.

  • 6/26/15

    Open Arms Adoption Network Panel on Transracial Adoption

    As transracial adoptions have grown significantly over the past decade, JFCS’ adoption program, Open Arms, has taken proactive steps to meet the needs of our transracial families. Open Arms is currently the only local agency providing specifically designed transracial adoption support services. Stefani Moon, Program Director for the Open Arms Adoption Network, explains, “Five years ago, we […]