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Paula Goldstein Installed as NJHSA Board Chair

By Megan Manelli, NJHSA Director of Marketing & Communications NETWORK OF JEWISH HUMAN SERVICE AGENCIES INSTALLS  BOARD OF DIRECTORS  Diverse…

Emotional Health an Issue for Everyone

By Paula Goldstein, Op-Ed for The Jewish Exponent When COVID hit in 2020, the collective trauma over this mysterious illness…

JFCS Honors: Anna Zuritsky Boni & Jane Golden

By 6ABC Action News 6ABC Action News covered our May 10, 2022 fundraising event, JFCS Honors: Anna Zuritsky Boni &…

JFCS Honors: Anna Zuritsky Boni & Jane Golden

By PHL17 Local news outlet PHL17 joined JFCS for our very special major donor event on May 10, honoring Anna…

Pre-Passover Seder for Holocaust Survivors

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Briefly Noted: Yehuda Sichel of Huda and Frank Olivieri of Pat’s King of Steaks

By Michael Klein, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Huda, Pat’s King of Steaks Chefs to Host Virtual Cooking Class Benefiting Hunger Relief

By Pat Ralph, Philly Voice Yehuda Sichel and Frank Olivieri will make matzo ball soup and brisket while sharing stories…

Huda Philadelphia and Pat’s Steaks Team Up for a Good Cause

By Molly Given, Metro Philadelphia Philly is a city full of chefs, and most know how to wow patrons with…

Philly Celeb Chefs Hosting Cooking Demo to Raise Money for Hunger Relief

By Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio Virtual event presents a master class in brisket and matzo ball soup. PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Two Philadelphia…

Pat’s King of Steaks & HUDA to Host Fundraiser that Benefits Jewish Family & Children’s Service

By Amaris Pollock, Triple Play Media Philadelphia, PA—Two prominent names in Philadelphia’s restaurant industry are coming together in a collaborative…

Chefs Yehuda Sichel and Frank E. Olivieri Help JFCS of Greater Philadelphia Battle Food Insecurity

By Marilyn Johnson, NewsBreak Two prominent Philadelphia chefs – Yehuda Sichel of HUDA and Frank E. Olivieri, Pat’s King of Steaks – will conduct…

Chefs Yehuda Sichel and Frank E. Olivieri to Help JFCS of Greater Philadelphia Battle Food Insecurity with Virtual Cooking on Feb. 1

www.gohomephilly.com Two prominent Philadelphia chefs – Yehuda Sichel of HUDA and Frank E. Olivieri, Pat’s King of Steaks – will conduct a unique virtual…

Two Top Area Chefs Are Hosting a Virtual Cooking Experience to Help Battle Food Insecurity

By Hec, Wooder Ice Two prominent Philadelphia chefs – Yehuda Sichel of HUDA and Frank E. Olivieri, Pat’s King of…

Helping Families Of Fairmount Fire Victims With Donations

By Jennaphr Frederick, Fox 29 Jennaphr Frederick of Fox 29 shares information about Our Closet – Powered by JFCS and how…

Hoarding Increased During the Pandemic. Stress, Isolation, and Lack of Visitors Could Be Why.

By Anndee Hochman, For The Inquirer “I am a shopper and a hoarder. I find reasons to keep things. The…

JFCS In Your Neighborhood News Coverage

Youtube A compilation of news coverage from local sources on our JFCS In Your Neighborhood event on October 11, 2021…

Seniors in Philly are Aging in Place with the Help of Community ‘Villages’

By Nora Macaluso, The Philadelphia Inquirer “I really like to think of it as seniors helping seniors,” one member said….

Brotherly Love: Sending Help Straight To Neighborhoods

By Janelle Burrell, CBS Philadelphia PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia nonprofit has been taking its popular pop-ups on the road as…

This Comedian and Speaker Brings Her Message of Inclusion, Positivity

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Comedian’s Show Uniting People with Disabilities Through Kindness, Laughter

By Alicia Vitarelli, 6 ABC PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Growing up with a disability is something Comedian Pamela Rae Schuller not…

JFCS Dental Fund Named in Honor of Longtime Employee Joanne Lippert

By Andy Gotlieb, Jewish Exponent A Jewish Family and Children’s Service dental fund for older adults is being renamed in honor…

What Is the Story That Will Be Told?

Op-Ed by Paula Goldstein, President and CEO, Jewish Exponent The Pfizer vaccines are being distributed, and our country has approached…

A Little Black Box That Fights Loneliness

While the pandemic has brought it into sharper focus, loneliness and social isolation have long been major issues facing older…

JFCS In Your Neighborhood

Media coverage of JFCS In Your Neighborhood. 

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

Life is not going back to normal anytime soon, and local Jewish organizations are preparing to help clients struggling with…

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

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

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….

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

Philadelphia, PA. August 1, 2020 – Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia (JFCS)  is proud to announce that…

Where to Find Free and Low-Cost Therapy and Support Right Now

ARTICLE EXCERPT Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia This social service agency offers several free programs for people…

Jeffrey Lurie and the Philadelphia Eagles Donate $1 Million to COVID-19 Relief Efforts in the City of Philadelphia

As the world continues to join forces in the fight against COVID-19, Philadelphia Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie has…

JFCS Begins Food Delivery

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

Patients, Doctors Adjust to Telehealth Amid Social Distancing

Telehealth is nothing new to Dvora Entin. Entin is a nationally recognized specialist in maternal mental health, based in Bala…

Our Closet Teamed up With Today Style Expert Bobbie Thomas for Its Annual Clothing Fundraiser

By Marni Manko, Philadelphia Style Sartorial-minded Main Liners know that Neiman Marcus is a mecca for all things luxe, but,…

JFCS Expands Suicide Prevention Program

It’s estimated that 33% of Jewish households in Greater Philadelphia have at least one person who has been diagnosed with…

Our Closet

The nonprofit continues to provide clothing—and dignity—for Philadelphians from all walks of life Perhaps Jill Aschkenasy’s dedication can best be…

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey Helps Out In Bala Cynwyd Ahead Of Thanksgiving Holiday

3CBS Philly Casey joined volunteers from The Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Greater Philadelphia, and Project Home to prepare,…

The Intersection of Transgender Identities and Judaism

By Michele Zipkin, Philadelphia Gay News The Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia wants to highlight trans acceptance…

Donate a Coat at Our Closet’s Annual Pop-up Shop

NBC10 Philadelphia Our Closet is hosting their annual Coat Day pop-up shop on Monday. Melanie London, the director of Our…

Our Closet, JFCS Recognized at Eagles Home Opener

The Jewish Exponent At the Philadelphia Eagles home opener, members of Our Closet and Jewish Family and Children’s Service of…

Our Closet Gives Clothing to Families in Need

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.

Correspondent Matt Gutman Speaks at JFCS

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.

ABC’s Matt Gutman Speaks at JFCS

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.

JFCS Hosts Opioid Epidemic Panel

By Joshua Needelman Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia, which works to identify and raise awareness about key public…

Our Closet’s Coat Day Helps People Zip Up

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.

JFCS Addresses the Opioid Crisis

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…

Keeping Our Community Warm!

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.

Our Closet Coat Day 2018

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

J.Proud Consortium Marches in Pride Parade

By Selah Maya Zighelboim When asked how congregations can be more welcoming to the LGBTQ community, Beth Am Israel Rabbi…

Interviews with JFCS Foster Moms at Our Closet Pop-up

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

Holocaust Survivors Celebrate at Cafe Europa

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.

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.

JFCS Holocaust Survivor Clients Celebrate Liberation Day

Emotional Stories and Lively Celebration of Life From Holocaust Surivors

Did You Catch Us on @Fox29Philadelphia Good Day Philadelphia?

Our Closet’s Director, Melanie London walked us through this special day for amazing moms with Jennaphr Frederick!!! Watch our Mother’s…

Getting Ready For Mother’s Day!!

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.

Teen Empowerment Program Raises $8,000 for JFCS

Teen Empowerment Program (TEP), a six-month long program designed to provide teens with a springboard to become future leaders in…

Clothes Minded

Designer Nanette Lepore adds the fundraising frenzy at Our Closet’s annual fashion show and luncheon. – Marni Manko In 2011,…

From Your Closet to Theirs

The Main Line mingled with fashion designer Nanette Lepore at Neiman Marcus on Tuesday – and raised a boatload for…

‘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.

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

“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.

Students Read Poems About Holocaust Survivor

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.

Survivors Celebrate Liberation Day

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.

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

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 struggle.

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

“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.”

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.”

In Montgomery County, Jewish Families Have A New 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…

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

This afternoon leaders cut the ribbon on the Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center. It is the long-awaited Grand Opening…

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

Rabbis Preparing for the opening of the Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center of JFCS. They hung them throughout the…

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.

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

Ty Pennington Paints JFCS Mural with Local Kids

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

When:   Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 2 to 3 p.m. Where:   The new Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center Jewish Family…

Ty Pennington Helps JFCS Connect with Community, His Own Roots

By Jon Marks, The Jewish Exponent Ty Pennington was transported back in time while Cynwyd Elementary School third graders labored…

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.

JFCS, KleinLife Receive Grant for Holocaust Survivor Support

“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…

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

By: Marissa Stern | JE Staff After three years, the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia thrift boutique…

Our Closet – Powered by JFCS hosted Neiman Marcus Fashion Show

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.

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.”

Disabled Adults Learn Life Skills Through Baking

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

Breaking Bread to Make a Difference

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)…

Liberation Day Luncheon Held In Wynnewood

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

Celebrating Survival, and Liberation Day

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

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.”

Stories of Survival Surround Pre-Passover Table

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.

JFCS Hosts Pre-Passover Seder for Holocaust Survivor Clients

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.

For JFCS, There Will Be No Place Like Home

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.

Jewish Family and Children’s Services Breaks Ground for Bala Cynwyd Center

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.

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.

Renovations Begin On Vacant Bala Cynwyd Building For New Enrichment Center

“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.”

Finally, Jewish Center Finds Home on the Main Line

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.

First-Ever LGBT Senior Prom to be Held at William Way

By: Paige Cooperstein, Philadelphia Gay News The ballroom of the William Way LGBT Community Center will be decked out in…

Jewish Family And Children’s Service Celebrates 160th Birthday

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

Jewish Family and Children’s Service expanding to Main Line

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.

Philly Pride Week Takes on a Jewish Tinge

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.

Café Europa: Mingling and Schmoozing for Holocaust Survivors

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

JFCS Plans Multimillion-Dollar Facility on Main Line

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

J.Proud Hosts ‘Liberating’ LGBTQ Seder

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

JFCS Hosts Holocaust Survivor Passover Seder

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

160th Anniversary

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.

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

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

JFCS to Launch Online ‘Mitzvah Market‘

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.

New LGBTQ Initiative Launches for Local Jewish Community

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

Center City Couple Creates JFCS Fertility Fund

“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.