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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.