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  • 3/10/21

    Brotherly Love: Sending Help Straight To Neighborhoods

    Publication: CBS3 Philadelphia

    Brotherly Love: Sending Help Straight To Neighborhoods PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia nonprofit has been taking its popular pop-ups on the road as it reaches out to help those who need a hand. This parking lot is abuzz with activity, and Melanie London, program director for JFCS, is helping keep everything moving. “We love meeting […]

  • 2/2/21

    JFCS Dental Fund Named in Honor of Longtime Employee Joanne Lippert

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    A Jewish Family and Children’s Service dental fund for older adults is being renamed in honor of Joanne Lippert, a longtime JFCS employee who died in July. An anonymous donor contributed money for the Joanne Lippert Memorial Dental Fund. That same donor helped fund the program in 2008, working with Lippert to ensure elderly residents […]

  • 1/8/21

    What Is the Story That Will Be Told?

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    Op-Ed by Paula Goldstein, President and CEO The Pfizer vaccines are being distributed, and our country has approached the beginning of the end of a critically challenging time. COVID-19 has ravaged us, taking the lives of 1.8 million people worldwide and more than 350,000 in the United States. Life has changed dramatically, and many say […]

  • 12/3/20

    A Little Black Box That Fights Loneliness

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    While the pandemic has brought it into sharper focus, loneliness and social isolation have long been major issues facing older adults. The CDC estimates that one-quarter of American seniors are socially isolated, putting them at a higher risk of everything from anxiety and depression to premature death. At the Jewish Federation-supported Jewish Family and Children’s […]

  • 11/23/20

    JFCS In Your Neighborhood


    Media coverage of JFCS In Your Neighborhood.  

  • 10/22/20

    Philadelphia-Area Social Service Agencies See Increased Need for Food, Mental Health Resources

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    Life is not going back to normal anytime soon, and local Jewish organizations are preparing to help clients struggling with pandemic-induced unemployment, food insecurity, housing access and mental health challenges through the fall and winter months. Jodi Roth-Saks, executive director of Jewish Relief Agency, said the organization’s food distribution program has seen a significant increase […]

  • 10/21/20

    Radio Legend Marilyn Russell Interviews Sharon Schwartz, Director of Community Engagement, About Annual Wellness Fest Event

    Publication: WOGL

    Philadelphia radio legend Marilyn Russell interviews Remarkable Women across our region. Listen to our very own Sharon Schwartz discuss our Wellness Fest event

  • 10/1/20

    Community Briefs

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    JFCS to Host Virtual Wellness Fest Jewish Family and Children’s Service will host a two-hour virtual Wellness Fest on Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. until noon. Aditi Nerurkar, a Harvard University-trained doctor who specializes in stress and resilience, and other medical professionals will speak about building resilience in the mind, body and spirit during the […]

  • 8/3/20

    Jewish Family And Children’s Service Of Greater Philadelphia Earns A “Give With Confidence” 100/100 Rating From Charity Navigator

    Publication: Press Release

    Philadelphia, PA. August 1, 2020 – Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia (JFCS)  is proud to announce that its strong financial health and ongoing accountability and transparency have earned a/an 100/100 rating from Charity Navigator’s new Encompass Rating System. This score designates JFCS as an official “Give with Confidence” charity, indicating that our […]

  • 7/8/20

    COVID-19 Response Report


    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, JFCS has found new ways to connect with our community, support individuals and families in crisis, and innovate how we serve our clients. Please click here to see the full report.

  • 6/10/20

    JFCS of Greater Philadelphia Statement About George Floyd


    Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia expresses its sorrow and outrage at the senseless death of George Floyd. As a Jewish organization, we stand fervently against discrimination and hatred of any kind. As an organization that is committed to helping everyone in the community, we strive to support all those in need, regardless […]

  • 5/12/20

    Where to find free and low-cost therapy and support right now

    Publication: Philadelphia Inquirer

    ARTICLE EXCERPT Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia This social service agency offers several free programs for people of all denominations and ages for the five-county region of Philadelphia. The JFCS has a range of support groups including for those who have lost loved ones to the coronavirus, need financial help, need assistance […]

  • 4/21/20

    Jeffrey Lurie and the Philadelphia Eagles donate $1 million to COVID-19 relief efforts in the City of Philadelphia

    Publication: Philadelphia Eagles

    As the world continues to join forces in the fight against COVID-19, Philadelphia Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie has announced that he and the Philadelphia Eagles are making $1 million in donations to help combat the impact of COVID-19 in the City of Philadelphia. These donations will provide critical assistance to promote the well-being […]

  • 4/1/20

    JFCS Begins Food Delivery


    This is a compilation of media coverage as JFCS begins food delivery to those in need.  

  • 3/30/20


    Publication: JFCS Release

    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 […]

  • 3/29/20

    Patients, Doctors Adjust to Telehealth Amid Social Distancing

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    Telehealth is nothing new to Dvora Entin. Entin is a nationally recognized specialist in maternal mental health, based in Bala Cynywd, who focuses on women experiencing infertility, postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, complications in the aftermath of pregnancy loss and other challenges related to pregnancy and childbirth. Her services are sought after to the degree […]

  • 2/23/20

    JFCS Expands Suicide Prevention Program

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    It’s estimated that 33% of Jewish households in Greater Philadelphia have at least one person who has been diagnosed with a mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety, according to “Community Portrait: A 2019 Jewish Population Study of Greater Philadelphia.” And for more than 30 years, Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia has worked […]

  • 2/19/20

    Our Closet

    Publication: The Philadelphia Citizen

    The nonprofit continues to provide clothing—and dignity—for Philadelphians from all walks of life Perhaps Jill Aschkenasy’s dedication can best be encapsulated in her bus rides along Chestnut Street. Starting in 2011, the mother of four and former assistant district attorney in Manhattan would often hang out at the bus stop at 56th and Chestnut streets, […]

  • 11/13/18

    Our Closet Gives Clothing to Families in Need

    Publication: NBC Channel 10

    Our Closet provides free, quality clothing to people in our area who need assistance. Program founder Jill Aschkenasy and Terena Clements, a mother that benefits from the organization, are both here to talk about the good the company does for the community.

  • 11/13/18

    Correspondent Matt Gutman Speaks at JFCS

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    On Nov. 1, Jewish Family and Children’s Service hosted a conversation with ABC News Chief National Correspondent Matt Gutman, which included a private cocktail reception and a sit-down dinner. He shared candid accounts of his career and current events.

  • 11/13/18

    ABC’s Matt Gutman Speaks at JFCS

    Publication: WPVI, ABC Channel 6 Evening News

    An evening of intimate, thought-provoking conversation with ABC New Chief National Correspondent Matt Gutman to include a private cocktail reception, sit-down dinner and a conversation with him.

  • 11/2/18

    JFCS Hosts Opioid Epidemic Panel

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    By Joshua Needelman Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia, which works to identify and raise awareness about key public health issues, has in recent years placed an emphasis on the opioid epidemic. The urgency and importance of the crisis in Montgomery County was on display in Bala Cynwyd on Oct. 23, when JFCS hosted […]

  • 10/29/18

    Our Closet’s Coat Day Helps People Zip Up

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    As cold fronts burst into Philadelphia to kick off the fall, one organization is making sure those who need it are gearing up for freezing temperatures.

  • 10/24/18

    JFCS Addresses the Opioid Crisis

    Publication: WPHL, Channel 17 News

    Jewish Family and Children’s Service hosted a panel discussion on the opioid epidemic that kicked off the 2018-2019 JFCS Addressing Addiction Program Series. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro led a the panel that took…

  • 10/22/18

    Keeping Our Community Warm!

    Publication: Fox Philadelphia News

    The 6th annual Our Closet Coat Day was just in time for fall’s cooler temperatures. Last year, Our Closet spread the warmth to more than 850 individuals in the greater Philadelphia community.

  • 10/22/18

    Our Closet Coat Day 2018

    Publication: WPVI, Channel 6 News

    Keeping 1,000+ Community Members Warm This Winter with Dignity

  • 10/3/18

    Opinion | Understanding America’s Deadly Addiction: The Opioid Epidemic

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    By Kevin Steele, Kelly Canally-Brown and Adrienne Gavern-Tomlinson According to the National Institute of Health, 115 people in the United States die every day by overdosing on opioids. That’s 42,000 people who died of overdose in 2016 — more than car crashes, shootings or suicide. This crisis caused by opioids, which includes prescription pain relievers like […]

  • 9/28/18

    JFCS Volunteers Bake Babka

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) Circle of Hands Baking Circle volunteers came together to bake babka that will be donated to JFCS clients. Circle of Hands is a “hands-on” giving circle that creates awareness about JFCS and the community’s needs through day-of-service projects.

  • 9/21/18

    The Parent Trip: Rachelle and Megan Schneider of South Philadelphia

    Publication: The Philadelphia Inquirer

    Health insurance covered a portion of the IUI procedures; grants from Jewish Family and Children’s Service and an organization called Hasidah (which means “stork” in Hebrew) also helped; so did “being frugal and saving,” the women say.

  • 9/7/18

    Opinion | Facing the High Holidays After the Loss of a Spouse or Partner

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    Yes, another New Year, but the “good and sweet” may sound impossible, almost cruel, when you have lost your partner/best friend/soulmate.

  • 8/21/18

    JFCS Circle of Hands Launches Parenting Series

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    Jewish Family and Children’s Service Circle of Hands launched a parenting series called “We Hear You,” which is designed to address topics to support families in the community. On Aug. 8, more than 30 women attended “Helping Our Children Manage Anxious Feelings,” led by Robin Axelrod Sabag, associate director of individual and family services of […]

  • 7/25/18

    Cooking Matters at JFCS

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    By Keri White Cooking Matters, a new nutritional education program that is part of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign, has landed in Philadelphia. Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) is the local home of Cooking Matters, which helps families shop for and cook healthy meals on a budget. The program offers cooking classes […]

  • 7/18/18

    JFCS Groups Learns Podcasting with WHYY

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

                        In collaboration with WHYY’s education program, Jewish Family and Children’s Service’s people living with disabilities group learned to interview and document life stories through podcasting.

  • 6/20/18

    Faith and Fertility: No Need To Be Alone in a Crowd

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    By Dvora Entin It’s shocking, really, when you look around and it seems like everyone you know is pregnant. And your Facebook feed is full of smiling or frustrated mother tributes. And you watch from the sidelines as one by one your friends are invited to play on the motherhood field, and you are still benched. It’s […]

  • 6/13/18

    J.Proud Consortium Marches in Pride Parade

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    By Selah Maya Zighelboim When asked how congregations can be more welcoming to the LGBTQ community, Beth Am Israel Rabbi David Ackerman held up the rainbow flag in his hand, just one of countless flags held, waved and worn by participants at the Philly Pride Parade. “Put one of these on the front door,” Ackerman […]

  • 5/8/18

    Interviews with JFCS Foster Moms at Our Closet Pop-up

    Publication: KYW, CBS News Radio

    KYW, CBS News Radio Interviews JFCS Foster Moms at Our Closet – Powered by JFCS Pop-up Shop for Mother’s Day  

  • 5/8/18

    Holocaust Survivors Celebrate at Cafe Europa

    Publication: ABC Channel 6 Evening News

    More than 150 Holocaust Survivors from the Greater Philadelphia region attended JFCS’ Café Europa event, in recognition of the Day of Liberation, ending of Hitler’s Third Reich.

  • 5/8/18

    Mayor Kenney Helps Holocaust Survivors Celebrate The Day of Liberation

    Publication: NBC Channel 3 News

    Café Europa is an annual tradition where agencies host luncheons, dances, talks, and community events. These programs are 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.

  • 5/8/18

    JFCS Holocaust Survivor Clients Celebrate Liberation Day

    Publication: Fox 29 Evening News

    Emotional Stories and Lively Celebration of Life From Holocaust Surivors

  • 5/4/18

    Did you catch us on @fox29philadelphia Good Day Philadelphia?

    Publication: Fox 29 Good Morning Philadelphia

    Our Closet’s Director, Melanie London walked us through this special day for amazing moms with Jennaphr Frederick!!! Watch our Mother’s Day pop-up shop LIVE. We provided free accessories to the whole Our Closet community, including JFCS foster and adoptive mothers! More to come from NBC10 Philadelphia and KYW Newsradio who were also with us!

  • 5/4/18

    Getting Ready For Mother’s Day!!

    Publication: NBC Channel 10 News

    Our Closet brought bling to some very deserving mothers at our Mother’s Day Pop-Up Shop. Adoptive, foster, and community moms were treated to free accessories to celebrate this special holiday.

  • 4/30/18

    Teen Empowerment Program Raises $8,000 for JFCS

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    Teen Empowerment Program (TEP), a six-month long program designed to provide teens with a springboard to become future leaders in the community, raised $8,100 for Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) programs. The teens heard presentations from JFCS’ program leaders from Open Arms Adoption, Our Closet–Powered by JFCS and People Living with Disabilities.

  • 4/19/18

    The Daily (No-)Show: Comic Trevor Noah not such a standup guy in Philly

    Publication: The Philadelphia Inquirer

    “When you book a celebrity, it’s a leap of faith,” says Goldstein. Regarding the cancellation, she says, “It’s one thing if there was some kind of an emergency, but there has to be some level of integrity. This doesn’t hurt me, it hurts the 25,000 clients we serve each year.”

  • 3/15/18

    Dealing With the Stress of Unemployment

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    Despite the fact that nearly everyone must undertake a job search at some point in life, unemployment remains a source of significant stress. As such, our agencies are dedicated to helping clients address the challenges related to a job loss and/or job search — whether those challenges are related to mental health, financial or technical […]

  • 1/9/18

    The Parent Trip: Kristen Shahverdian and Lisa Gochee of Point Breeze

    Publication: The Philadelphia Inquirer

     by Anndee Hochman, FOR THE INQUIRER THE PARENTS: Kristen Shahverdian, 43, and Lisa Gochee, 44, of Point Breeze THE KIDS: Quinn Simon, 7; Luca Dustin, 1 year, adopted July 19, 2017 A TURNING POINT IN THE KID-CONVERSATION: “When Kristen started talking about getting a dog,” Lisa says, “I thought: If we’re going to have a being […]

  • 12/22/17

    Jeffrey Toobin brings political insight to Bala Cynwyd for JFCS fundraiser

    Publication: Main Line Times

    The high-profile senior analyst for CNN, critically acclaimed bestselling author, and staff writer for The New Yorker, brought a very candid look at politics, the law, and how these issues affect JFCS clients.

  • 12/15/17

    Famed Journalist Says U.S. Remains a Country Divided

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    On Dec. 7th, local residents were able to “Join the Conversation” with Jeffery Toobin at a fundraising event held at The Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center of JFCS to help raise dollars for community services.

  • 12/4/17

    Ways to Jewishly Volunteer This Season

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    Since 1855, Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) has provided services to people of every age, children to seniors, with a remarkable range of offerings.

  • 12/4/17

    Emotion of Loss

    Publication: The International Network of Orthodox Mental Health Professionals

    Bereavement doesn’t really come with an instruction manual.  Mourning does.

  • 12/4/17

    Clothes Minded

    Publication: Philadelphia Style

    Designer Nanette Lepore adds the fundraising frenzy at Our Closet’s annual fashion show and luncheon. – Marni Manko In 2011, Jill Ashkenasy learned of a Philadelphia family whose house had burned down and were in dire need of the most basic items. Eager to do something, she reached out to her own network of family […]

  • 12/4/17

    From Your Closet to Theirs

    Publication: Savvy Magazine

    The Main Line mingled with fashion designer Nanette Lepore at Neiman Marcus on Tuesday – and raised a boatload for the nonprofit, Our Closet. Lepore presented a show of her 2017 Holiday and Resort lines, a highlight of Our Closet’s annual “Fashion for All” fundraiser. Some 250 women raised an impressive $135,000 for the nonprofit […]

  • 10/26/17

    Spirit of Friendship Clips Whitwell and Philadelphia Together

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    At Our Closet, the students sorted coats from the stuffed bags of donations to prepare for the organization’s November winter coat drive.

  • 10/25/17

    ‘You’re Free, Go Home’: ‘After Auschwitz’ an Eye-Opening View of Post-Liberation Life

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    The film compiles masses of old footage, including the specific story survivor Renee Firestone recalled of Kathy Fiscus, a 3-year-old who was trapped in a well for three days in San Marino, Calif., in 1949, which was actually the first live remote broadcast in television history.

  • 9/27/17

    JFCS Helping Heroes program: Adults with disabilities wish community’s helping heroes a sweet New Year

    Publication: Main Line Times

    On Monday, Sept. 18, Helping Heroes made honey cake for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and gave them to the heroes of the community — firemen/women, policemen/women and the staff at Lankenau hospital.

  • 9/20/17

    JFCS Talks Suicide Prevention with Teens and Parents Post 13 Reasons Why

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    “Don’t be afraid to ask your child, ‘Are you thinking suicidal thoughts? Are you thinking about hurting yourself?’” Entin reiterated of Shoval. Communication is key to prevention.

  • 9/14/17

    Ask the experts: What options exist for LGBT family-building?

    Publication: Philadelphia Gay News

    “I would say with our agency in particular, people choose us because they’re looking for an adoption community,” she said. “We encourage our incoming hopeful adoptive families who are LGBTQ to come to our educational, supportive and fun events prior to adopting.

  • 6/23/17

    Students Read Poems About Holocaust Survivor

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    After hearing his story, area students on June 11 read poems they had written about the late painter and Holocaust survivor Harry Somers at the Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center in Bala Cynwyd.

  • 5/27/17

    Survivors Celebrate Liberation Day

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    Area Holocaust survivors met to celebrate Liberation Day at Jewish Family and Children’s Service’s annual Café Europa Luncheon on May 9. About 170 people attended the event, whose name evolved from the Stockholm, Sweden café where survivors would meet after the war searching for family and friends.

  • 5/10/17

    JFCS Program with Author Liza Long and Panel of Experts at Brodsky Enrichment Center

    Publication: City Suburban News

    They will speak about their experiences with 
mental illness, how the system 
is failing children, and how
 to strengthen understanding 
and support of families who 

  • 4/6/17

    Brodsky Center Opens Doors After Long Journey to Completion

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    “We’re going to be building relationships by bringing volunteers and people that we serve together. Everybody wins. Volunteers feel a sense of meaning. And the people we serve make connections and feel more a part of the community.”

  • 4/5/17

    Jewish Family and Children’s Service Opens Enrichment Center in Bala Cynwyd

    Publication: Main Line Today

    “We are hoping to celebrate the talent of many of the people that we serve through art and music,” Goldstein says. “I hope that the community will know that we at JFCS are here for them.”

  • 4/3/17

    Jewish social service agency opens new center in Bala Cynwyd

    Publication: Philadelphia Inquirer |

    “We want this building to be about community and enriching the lives of people who tend to be isolated and have challenging circumstances,” said Paula Goldstein, JFCS president and CEO. “We want this to be a home for them.”

  • 4/3/17

    In Montgomery County, Jewish Families Have A New Center

    Publication: NBC Channel 10 News

    It is the long-awaited Grand Opening of the new, state-of-the-art, 18,000 sq. ft. Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center of Jewish Family and Children’s Service on the Main Line.   The New Center Offers Spaces for Wide Variety of Learning Opportunities: Teaching Kitchen – Full Kosher kitchen with teaching island and family table that will […]

  • 4/3/17

    New Family Center is opened in Bala Cynwyd and Ready to Help Neighbors

    Publication: ABC Channel 6 News

    This afternoon leaders cut the ribbon on the Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center. It is the long-awaited Grand Opening of the new, state-of-the-art, 18,000 sq. ft. Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center of Jewish Family and Children’s Service on the Main Line.

  • 3/30/17

    18 Rabbis Hang Mezuzahs Throughout the New JFCS Branch in Bala Cynwyd

    Publication: NBC Channel 10 News

    Rabbis Preparing for the opening of the Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center of JFCS. They hung them throughout the center this morning. It is a small scroll with a Hebrew prayer enclosed in a decorative case.

  • 3/30/17

    Every door of a New Family Center Now Blessed and Protected According To Jewish Tradition 

    Publication: ABC WPVI Channel 6 Evening News

    Everybody was there as rabbis hung Mezuzahs of the doorways in Bala Cynwyd.The small decorative piece is hung on doorways of Jewish homes and buildings. The Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center of JFCS opens this Monday.

  • 3/27/17

    Ty Pennington teams with Cynwyd School students to paint new Brodsky Enrichment Center mural

    Publication: Main Line Times

    Happy to give back to this community, he said, “Helping children and families is so important to me, which is why I teamed up with JFCS. My vision to use Paint-by-Numbers art helps to make it interactive.

  • 3/22/17

    TV Star Ty Pennington Paints Mural for JFCS with 3rd Graders

    Publication: KYW CBS Channel 3 News

  • 3/22/17

    Ty Pennington Paints JFCS Mural with Local Kids

    Publication: NBC Channel 10 News

  • 3/22/17

    Ty Pennington To Do A Paint-By-Numbers Mural in Bala Cynwyd Today

    Publication: 93.3 WMMR: Preston and Steve Morning Show

    TY PENNINGTON LEADS 3RD GRADE STUDENTS FROM CYNWYD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN “PAINT-BY-NUMBERS” ACTIVITY FOR MURAL BY THE NEW CHILDREN’S DEN When:   Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 2 to 3 p.m. Where:   The new Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center Jewish Family and Children’s Services Main Line branch 345 Montgomery Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 What:  Preparing for the April […]

  • 3/22/17

    Ty Pennington Helps JFCS Connect with Community, His Own Roots

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    By Jon Marks March 22, 2017 Ty Pennington was transported back in time while Cynwyd Elementary School third graders labored over a mural adorning the Children’s Den of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) new Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center. “It takes me back to my childhood,” said the former host of Trading Spaces and Extreme Makeover: […]

  • 3/20/17

    The Parent Trip: Charlotte Boulay and Brian Girard of Chestnut Hill

    Publication: The Philadelphia Inquirer

    “It was clear, early in our research, that responsible agencies promote open adoption,” Brian says. “As a social scientist, I responded to that, but on a personal level, what does it mean to have that person in your life?”

  • 3/15/17

    Transgender and Jewish in Philly? ‘It’s not so simple when Moshe becomes Marsha’


    And over the last year, more synagogues have been asking for trans sensitivity trainings for staff and members, said Phoenix Schneider, program director of the nonprofit Jewish Family and Children’s Services’ LGBTQ initiative.

  • 3/3/17

    Senior Mobility Improves Thanks to Jewish Federation Transportation Grant

    Publication: The Jewish Exponent

    “The reality is that the transportation available for older adults is very varied,” she noted. “Older adults never have sufficient transportation. So our goal with the grant was to grow the ways that we can provide transportation.”

  • 3/1/17

    Vandalism. Threats. How to talk to children about hatred in the community

    Publication: Fox 29 News: Good Day Philadelphia

    In light of all that is happening in the Jewish Community, social workers from the Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) of Greater Philadelphia are providing helpful communication tips to families about how to discuss it with children.

  • 3/1/17

    JFCS Offers Tips on How To Speak With Children Regarding Traumatic Events at Jewish Day Schools and JCCs

    Publication: The Jewish Exponent

    The bomb threats at Jewish day schools and Jewish Community Centers may have proven traumatic to some children, so Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia has offered some tips for parents.

  • 2/28/17

    Vandalism at Jewish cemetery predated reports, superintendent says


    by Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer @FarFarrAway | The toppling of about 100 headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia’s Wissinoming section occurred at least five days earlier than the first report to police on Sunday, according to another cemetery’s superintendent who visited the site last week. Bill Doran, the superintendent of Laurel Hill Cemetery […]

  • 2/17/17

    JFCS, KleinLife Receive Grant for Holocaust Survivor Support

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    “As the agency, the organization, that’s really tasked with taking care of Holocaust survivors,” she said, “we always are looking for ways to provide the best care that we possibly can…

  • 1/6/17

    Changes in adoption over the decades

    Publication: Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane

    MEREDITH ROSE, the Director of JFCS’ program, Open Arms Adoption Network speaks to the changes in adoption in the past 50 years.

  • 1/6/17

    Funds for Fashion

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    The “Fashion for All” event held on Nov. 30 by Our Closet – Powered by JFCS raised an all-time high of $106,000 to benefit JFCS’ clothing assistance program.

  • 12/7/16

    JFCS Thrift Boutique in NE Philadelphia Closes, Merger Presents New Opportunity

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    By: Marissa Stern | JE Staff After three years, the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia thrift boutique in Northeast Philadelphia has closed its doors. But as they say, when one door closes, another one opens. Or in this case, pops up. JFCS recently finalized a merger with Our Closet, a nonprofit formed […]

  • 12/2/16

    Our Closet – Powered by JFCS hosted Neiman Marcus Fashion Show

    Publication: 6ABC WPVI, Evening News

    Fashion forward Philadelphians came to Neiman Marcus in King of Prussia and got a glimpse the hottest trends and helped raise awareness and funds for this wonderful program.

  • 12/1/16

    Fall4Fertility Raises Money

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    Host committee members and other guests were able to raise money to defray the expense of fertility treatment at Fall4Fertility, held on behalf of the JFCS’ Fertility Fund: A Gift From the Heart. ▲ From left: Fall4Fertility host committee members Avi Koffler, Beth Cook, Brittany Cook, Christie Rovinsky, Kimi Sokol and Laura Stern.

  • 11/9/16

    Conference Explores Inclusion of Transgender and Nonbinary People Within Jewish Communities

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    This weekend Congregation Kol Ami in Elkins Park, along with Jewish Family and Children’s Service, hosts “Kindness Counts: Beyond the Gender Boxes, Embracing Transgender and Nonbinary Jews and Allies in the Mishkan.”

  • 11/7/16

    If I Knew Then… Featuring Paula Goldstein

    Publication: Crain's Philadelphia

    “In order to promote change, you have to honor the past.

  • 11/2/16

    The Parent Trip: Ginny Kleinert and Erika Lopez of Haddon Township

    Publication: The Philadelphia Inquirer

    I remember holding onto Erika, and I started crying,” Ginny says. Her partner, in contrast, remained calm and sure: “These are the boys for us.”

  • 9/28/16

    The Parent Trip: Jeff DeVault and Herbie Sayles of Deptford

    Publication: The Philadelphia Inquirer

    Then – it was a Monday night in February – their social worker called. “What do you think? Are you guys ready to be parents?” Herbie wanted all the details: weight (9 pounds), length (22 inches), time of birth (10:20 a.m. the previous Friday).

  • 7/28/16

    Treasurer of the JFCS Board, Steven Winokur named 2016 CFO of the Year Honoree

    Publication: Philadelphia Business Journal

    Treasurer of the JFCS Board, Steven Winokur was named 2016  CFO of the Year by the Philadelphia Business Journal: Watch Video  

  • 6/27/16

    JFCS Fertility Fund a Godsend for Some Couples

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    Forget what the calendar says: Every day is Mother’s Day for Lisa Feingold.

  • 6/9/16

    Disabled Adults Learn Life Skills Through Baking

    Publication: KYW Newsradio and CBS Philly

    LOWER MERION, Pa. (CBS) – People with the “Baking A Difference” program bake challah every other week in the kitchen by JFCS

  • 6/2/16

    Breaking Bread to Make a Difference

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    The challahs are freshly baked (the best kind), come in a variety of flavors from chocolate chip to rosemary and garlic, and are baked thanks to those involved with STEP-Up (Supportive Training and Employment Program)…

  • 6/1/16

    Mind Body and Soul

    Publication: Nefesh

    As a therapist with my heart immersed in the world of those who have experienced many different kinds of painful losses, Mother’s Day highlights a sadness of absence, for the mothers who are grieving a child no longer with them, and for the mothers in waiting, struggling with infertility and wishing they had a child to celebrate today.

  • 5/25/16

    Rafael Robb’s Parole Is Denied, Case Raises Abuse Awareness

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    By: Liz Spikol | JE Staff In 1987, he met 30-year-old Ellen Gregory through a dating service; the two married in 1990. As his career as an academic powerhouse thrived, the couple bought a house in Upper Merion and had a daughter, Olivia, in 1994. From the outside, everything seemed perfect for this scholarly Jewish […]

  • 5/11/16

    Liberation Day Luncheon Held In Wynnewood

    Publication: CBS 3/KWY News Radio

    More than 150 Holocaust Survivors from Greater Philadelphia participated in an annual event to celebrate Liberation Day: the end to Hitler’s 3rd Reich.

  • 5/3/16

    Celebrating Survival, and Liberation Day

    Publication: 6ABC WPVI, Evening News

    WYNNEWOOD, Pa. (WPVI) — Local survivors of the holocaust connected with each other at an event in Wynnewood Tuesday.

  • 4/22/16

    At special Seder, Holocaust survivors entrust stories of endurance to the young

    Publication: WHYY: Newsworks

    “There’s that sustainability factor, making sure everyone feels comfortable and safe in their environment,” he said. “And then there’s getting out, being a part of something. One of the greatest mitzvot — the commandments — that we have on Passover is to tell the story.”

  • 4/20/16

    Stories of Survival Surround Pre-Passover Table

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    Kahn is able to share his story with more than 70 other Holocaust survivors and their guests who attended the fifth annual Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia pre-Passover seder.

  • 4/3/16

    JFCS Hosts Pre-Passover Seder for Holocaust Survivor Clients

    Publication: 6ABC WPVI, Evening News

    JFCS’ Holocaust Support Program helps to ensure that those who lived under Nazi rule during World War II are cared for with compassion and respect.

  • 2/18/16

    The Parent Trip: David D’Amico and Brad Kushner of Northern Liberties

    Publication: Philadelphia Inquirer

    They met with a social worker, chose Open Arms Adoption Network, and made the call. They assembled a profile book – photos of a family reunion in the Smoky Mountains, pictures of the two riding bikes in Key West, snapshots of their beloved boxer, Rosie. And then they waited.

  • 12/6/15

    Paula Goldstein, CEO of JFCS

    Publication: Philadelphia Inquirer

    There’s an executive presence a CEO has to have. Everything you do you have to do with the intent of leading, modeling, inspiring. When you are talking to people – internally and externally – you’re carrying a message about what this organization is all about – all the time.

  • 9/18/15

    For JFCS, There Will Be No Place Like Home

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    According to Goldstein, the focus inside the complex will be around group services, community-building and “helping those that are most isolated because of their life challenges make connections in the community.

  • 9/12/15

    Jewish Family and Children’s services breaks ground for Bala Cynwyd center

    Publication: Main LIne Times

    In its 160-year history, Jewish Family and Children Services has assisted countless individuals and families in the Philadelphia area, including Main Line communities, at every stage of life.

  • 9/9/15

    New Social Service Site Groundbreaking in Bala Cynwyd

    Publication: ABC Action News

    JFCS hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to bring back to life an 18,000-square foot vacant building at 349 Montgomery Avenue. The new building will be called the Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center of JFCS.

  • 9/9/15

    Renovations Begin On Vacant Bala Cynwyd Building For New Enrichment Center

    Publication: CBS Philly

    “We look forward to partnering with JFCS in Montgomery County as we work together to serve the needs of the people in Montgomery County,” says Shaprio, “they’re a great partner.”

  • 9/8/15

    Finally, Jewish center finds home on the Main Line

    Publication: Philadelphia Inquirer

    The agency, which started out as a Jewish orphanage, occasionally had no office on the Main Line, a longtime hub of a Jewish community that is one of the fastest-growing in the nation.

  • 9/7/15

    First-ever LGBT Senior Prom to be held at William Way

    Publication: Philadelphia Gay News

    By: Paige Cooperstein The ballroom of the William Way LGBT Community Center will be decked out in two historic rainbow banners and balloons next weekend. Philadelphia’s first LGBT Senior Prom, slated for 7-10 p.m. Sept. 19, will feature the same banners that were wrapped around the John C. Anderson Apartments at the ribbon-cutting ceremony in […]

  • 8/16/15

    Foster and adoptive families celebrate at Please Touch Museum

    Publication: Main Line Times

    JFCS’ deepest roots are in their work with children. They began in 1855 as the first Hebrew orphanage in the country and evolved into a full service agency serving individuals, children and seniors through all phases of the life cycle.

  • 8/5/15

    Jewish Family And Children’s Service Celebrates 160th Birthday

    Publication: 6 ABC Action News

    The Jewish Family and Children’s Service celebrated their 160th birthday at the Please Touch Museum in Fairmount Park.

  • 8/5/15

    JFCS Commemorates 160 Years With Party At Please Touch Museum

    Publication: CBS Philly

    “We started as the first Jewish orphanage in North America in 1855,” she says, “and taking care of family is what we do best.”

  • 7/29/15

    The Parent Trip: Amy and Brian Lyons of Trooper

    Publication: Philadelphia Inquirer

    It wasn’t a date until the seventh inning. That’s when Amy and Brian – grade-school classmates who reconnected in their late 30s – both realized the goofy ease between them might point to something more.

  • 7/9/15

    Upcoming Papal Visit Inspires Ecumenical Outreach

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    Among the 40-plus organizations submitting a proposals explaining how they would use grants from the fund to provide for hunger relief and homelessness was Jewish Family and Children’s Service.

  • 7/3/15

    Jewish Family and Children’s Service expanding to Main Line

    Publication: Main Line Times

    BALA CYNWYD >> A long-vacant commercial building on Montgomery Avenue in Bala Cynwyd will soon have a new life as a community and family services center.

  • 6/19/15

    When Foster Care Becomes a Family Affair

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    JFCS policy, said Fagan, also favors keeping a child with birth parents or a biological family member if it can be proven that “they have a safe place for the child and [can] meet their needs.”

  • 6/18/15

    Philly Pride Week Takes on a Jewish Tinge

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    Rainbow flags filled the streets as Pride Week, a seven-day celebration of all things lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and asexual/ally, officially kicked off June 14 with the 27th annual Philly Pride parade.

  • 6/12/15

    8 Ways to Help Your Child Cope With Loss

    Publication: Main Line Parent Magazine

    Eli Schostak, Director of Individual and Family Services at Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia, provided some guidance about how to help your child.

  • 5/18/15

    Café Europa: Mingling and Schmoozing for Holocaust Survivors

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    More than 150 Holocaust survivors attended a special Café Europa event this week, held in recognition of the Day of Liberation.

  • 5/13/15

    JFCS Handiwork Honors Yom Hashoah

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    In honor of Yom Hashoah, Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia held area creative workshops to focus on the Holocaust remembrance day in an artistic mode.

  • 4/13/15

    JFCS Plans Multimillion-Dollar Facility on Main Line

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Greater Philadelphia is expanding to the Main Line as part of a long-term initiative.

  • 4/7/15

    J.Proud Hosts ‘Liberating’ LGBTQ Seder

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    Members of Philadelphia’s Jewish LGBTQ community came together for a Passover seder hosted by J.Proud at the William Way Community Center.

  • 3/20/15

    I have a deep understanding about the complexities of families.

    Publication: Philadelphia Business Journal

    Philadelphia Business Journal Executive Profiles

  • 3/19/15

    The Parent Trip: Rachel Blake and Rob Jefferson of Spring Garden

    Publication: Philadelphia Inquirer

    You can parse a pregnancy into trimesters, divide labor into stages. You can figure that after nine months of gestation, give or take a few days, you will hold a squirming infant in your arms.

  • 3/17/15

    Special-needs adults learn clothing biz at NE Philly boutique

    Publication: Philadelphia Daily News

    JOHNZEE TOOK A break from the breakneck pace of the JFCS Thrift Boutique’s back room and said that he and Robin Michaelson are pioneers, which is true.

  • 3/15/15

    JFCS Hosts Holocaust Survivor Passover Seder

    Publication: Eyewitness News, CBS Television Philadelphia

    Holocaust survivors get together at a pre Passover Seder. More than 50 survivors were on hand at Adath Israel Synagogue in Bala Cynwyd.

  • 3/13/15

    160th Anniversary

    Publication: Comcast Newsmakers

    Jill Horner speaks with Paula Goldstein, President and CEO of Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia, about the organization’s 160th anniversary.

  • 3/11/15

    Shopping for Gently Worn Clothing Is Now a Consign of the Times

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    Stephanie Brandow first walked into Robin Eklund’s consignment shop looking for an outfit …

  • 1/21/15

    Finding Help to Stay at Home for Holocaust Survivors

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    By: Eric Berger Shirley Herzberg walks gingerly down the hallway of her row home in Northeast Philadelphia, passing a painting of Jeru­salem made by a relative who, like her, survived the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Both her parents and two of her siblings were killed there, but Herzberg doesn’t mind talking about the tragic events of […]

  • 12/31/14

    Five Jewish Groups Help Those With Disabilities “In-Joy” Chanukah

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    More than 120 community members gathered at Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park…

  • 12/13/14

    Congregations unite in LGBTQ Inclusion

    Publication: The Philadelphia Inquirer

    Jane Tausig and her partner were Conservative Jews who came out late in life.

  • 11/19/14

    JFCS to Launch Online ‘Mitzvah Market‘

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    Donating a mattress to someone in need? $18.
    Seeing exactly where your charitable dollars go and teaching your children about giving along the way? Priceless.

  • 9/30/14

    Domestic Violence Has a Home Among Jews, Too

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    The domestic violence case of Janay Palmer Rice has drawn a great deal of media attention because she is the spouse of Ray Rice, a rich and famous public figure.

  • 9/15/14

    The Growing Appeal of Hospice Care

    Publication: The Jewish Exponent

    “No one wants to go in her room,” an outspoken middle-aged man says. “Aunt Joan looks awful.”

  • 5/22/14

    New LGBTQ initiative launches for local Jewish community

    Publication: Philadelphia Gay News

    Phoenix Schneider has a passion for creating a more just world, and says a new job is fulfilling that passion.

  • 2/26/14

    Center City Couple Creates JFCS Fertility Fund

    Publication: Jewish Exponent

    “The JFCS professional staff and board have marveled at the Greenbergs’ generosity and strong desire to help others who are experiencing a similar journey toward parenthood,” she said in an email.