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.
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.
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…
The Parent Trip: Rachelle and Megan Schneider of South Philadelphia
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.
Mayor Kenney Helps Holocaust Survivors Celebrate The Day of Liberation
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.
‘You’re Free, Go Home’: ‘After Auschwitz’ an Eye-Opening View of Post-Liberation Life
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.
JFCS Helping Heroes Program: Adults with Disabilities Wish Community’s Helping Heroes a Sweet New Year
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.
Ask the Experts: What Options Exist for LGBT Family-Building?
“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.
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.
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.
Brodsky Center Opens Doors After Long Journey to Completion
“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.”
Jewish Social Service Agency Opens New Center in Bala Cynwyd
“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.”
Every door of a New Family Center Now Blessed and Protected According To Jewish Tradition
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.
Ty Pennington teams with Cynwyd School students to paint new Brodsky Enrichment Center mural
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.
The Parent Trip: Charlotte Boulay and Brian Girard of Chestnut Hill
“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?”
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.
Senior Mobility Improves Thanks to Jewish Federation Transportation Grant
“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.”
Vandalism. Threats. How to Talk to Children About Hatred in the Community
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.
JFCS Offers Tips on How To Speak With Children Regarding Traumatic Events at Jewish Day Schools and JCCs
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.
Conference Explores Inclusion of Transgender and Nonbinary People Within Jewish Communities
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.”
The Parent Trip: Jeff DeVault and Herbie Sayles of Deptford
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).
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)…
At Special Seder, Holocaust Survivors Entrust Stories of Endurance to the Young
“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.”
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.
The Parent Trip: David D’Amico and Brad Kushner of Northern Liberties
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.
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.
New Social Service Site Groundbreaking in Bala Cynwyd
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.
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.
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.