LGBTQ Programs for Older Adults and Seniors | LGBQT Community Support | Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Questioning (LGBTQ+) Programming

A supportive environment for LGBTQ+ individuals at every age

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia provides a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for members of the LGBTQ community throughout your life. We have created a place where Judaism, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression can intersect to be embraced, affirmed and celebrated.

When someone is exploring sexual orientation or gender identity, the experience can be liberating, empowering, and at the same time it can sometimes be frightening.  Some of those difficult feelings can range from isolation, confusion and anxiety to depression and loneliness.  But you’re not alone; others have taken the same path and found acceptance and peace. JFCS can help you find that path.

Our Support and Programs

We provide counseling and support groups to individuals and families in the LGBTQ community, including programs that address:

  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity
  • Anxiety
  • Transitioning
  • Coming out
  • Family conflict
  • Depression


We offer Sensitivity Training for Affirming and Respectful Spaces (STARS), an LGBTQ sensitivity training program, to synagogues, schools and other community-based organizations.

Our Speakers Bureau trains individuals (LGBTQ youth, parents, students, Jewish professionals/leaders/clergy, teachers and community members) to participate on panel discussions at schools, congregations and community-based organizations where they can share personal stories and address the unique issues and challenges faced by the LGBTQ community.

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia works each day to help strengthen the lives of those in our community. We do this through outreach to individuals as well as to organizations.

Click here to learn about our LGBTQ training and coaching services.

Community Engagement:

The J.Proud Jewish Philly LGBTQ Consortium works together to raise awareness, educate, and advocate for the diverse needs of the Jewish LGBTQ community while building relationships with allies in the Philadelphia area.

We also organize and promote community and cultural events that offer LGBTQ Jews, their families and friends, opportunities to socialize, gain support and build community.  Events are designed to help participants celebrate the intersection of their LGBTQ and Jewish identities.

JFCS Non-Discrimination Policy

ACAF Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia 2015- 18x24 (1) (1)JFCS clients have a right to be treated with dignity and respect; free of all discrimination, including that which is based on race, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national origin, or disability; and not subject to any verbal, sexual, emotional, or physical abuse; or harsh or unfair treatment. To the extent possible, JFCS will make every reasonable accommodation to serve you consistent with our program services.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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