AGING
"Honor thy father and thy mother..."
We honor our community elders with services that help them age at home with independence and dignity.
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COUNSELING
We help individuals and families to cope with life's challenges, take control of their lives, and achieve their personal goals.
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BASIC NEEDS
We provide food, clothing, emergency loans, and case management to help individuals and families meet urgent needs with long term stability as the goal.
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COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
Our programs provide information and education that will enable our clients to adapt to change, reach their maximum potential, and lead fulfilled lives.
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AGING

"Honor thy father and thy mother..."
We honor our community elders with services that help them age at home with independence and dignity.

COUNSELING

We help individuals and families to cope with life's challenges, take control of their lives, and achieve their personal goals.

BASIC NEEDS

We provide food, clothing, emergency loans, and case management to help individuals and families meet urgent needs with long term stability as the goal.

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Our programs provide information and education that will enable our clients to adapt to change, reach their maximum potential, and lead fulfilled lives.

Community Helpline – JFS is here to help our community in navigating resources during this unprecedented time. Please call us at (585) 461.0114 or email us at helpline@jfsrochester.org from 9am – 5pm daily and weekends as needed.  Please note that this is not an emergency hotline

If you are experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency or fear for your safety, call 911.

August 27, 2020

Rosh Hashanah In-a-Box

Jewish Family Service of Rochester, Inc. is proud to offer Rosh Hashanah In-a-Box on Friday, September 18th. Dinners will be provided at no cost to those who are in need of a meal and/or unable to access food without assistance. Sign-up hereRosh Hashanah In-a-Box may also be purchased for $20/box. If you would like to sponsor a meal for someone, donate here.  All orders must be received by Wednesday, September 9th at 5 PM.


July 20, 2020
Pandemic Youth Voice Project Survey closes today, July 20th


Children and teens of ALL ages (up to 18): We know that the best way to understand what you are experiencing at this time is to listen to YOU!  Jewish Family Service of Rochester, Inc. is collecting responses for our Pandemic Youth Voice Project to provide children/teens (locally, and beyond) an opportunity to have their voices heard during this pandemic.  The purpose of our short SURVEY is to provide a space for children/teens to reflect on their current experiences; prompt meaningful conversations in families; and inform parents and our community what children/teens think adults should know during this time.  Our survey will close tonight!  


Feature article from WXXINews.org  Kids talk about what the pandemic is like for them, how parents can help.



July 12-17
A Week of Community 
Join us along with the JCC, Jewish Federation, Jewish Senior Life, Hillel Community Day School, Women's Philanthropy, Board of Rabbis of Rochester and the JCC Ames Amzalak Rochester Jewish Film Festival, for a weeklong of community opportunities. Click links to the right for details.

Monday, June 15
Jewish Family Service and Hillel Community Day School are proud to launch The Lunch Box!
Sign-up for free lunches for your children by this Thursday. First lunch pick-up starts June 15.  Once you have signed-up, you will receive an email with next week sign-up form. Children ages 3 to 18 years-old are eligible. Orders accepted until Thursday at 3 pm each week.

Lunches may be picked-up at Hillel Community Day School,191 Fairfield Drive, Rochester NY 14620.  Monday-Friday from 10 to 11 am Certified Kosher from the Buffalo Vaad.  Milk NOT Cholov Yisroel. Nut-free facility.  Sign-up here.

SUMMER FUN BAGS
Please help Jewish Family Service, Brighton Food Cupboard and Pencils and Paper in providing healthy snacks and fun activities to over 400 children supported by our agencies. Please drop-off individually packaged requested items at the following locations between 9 am to noon.
MONDAY, JUNE 15
B’RITH KODESH 2131 Elmwood
Small Bottles of Water, Applesauce, Popcorn
TUESDAY, JUNE 16
TEMPLE SINAI 363 Penfield Road
Juice Boxes, Animal Crackers, Fruit Roll-Ups/Dehydrated Fruit
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17
BETH EL 139 Winton Road South
Granola Bars, Small Bottles of Water, Animal Crackers, Popcorn
THURSDAY, JUNE 18
B’RITH KODESH 2131 Elmwood Avenue
Pretzels, Animal Crackers, Applesauce


May 10, 2020
Pandemic Parenting
with bestselling author Rachel Simmons
Free interactive workshop - Preregister Here

When the pandemic is over, your children will most remember how they felt. In this interactive workshop, learn practical tools to respond to stress—theirs and yours—with emotional intelligence, composure and compassion.

May 10, 2020
Nurses Serving Others sponsoring food drive to benefit the Brighton Food Cupboard
Nurses Serving Others is sponsiring a food drive in celebration of National Nurses Week.  Drop off is at the Brighton Town Hall on Sunday, May 10th between 11 am & 1 pm.  Nonparishable food requested: canned fruites & vegetables, soup, rice, pasta, sauce, snacks.

May 5, 2020
Food Drive for Brighton Food Cupboard
The JCC is hosting a food drive to benefit the Brighton Food Cupboard on Tuesday May 5 from 2-4 pm in the JCC parking lot.  Please bring non-perisable food donate.  Thank you JCC!

March 31, 2020
Join our Virtual Support Group
Bereavement support group for those who have lost a loved one
1:00 pm on Mondays
Join via Zoom using this link


March 18, 2020
Volunteering - If you are interested in volunteering, please email us at volunteer@jfsrochester.org We are looking for volunteers willing to deliver food, grocery shop, medication pick-up for those immunocompromised or elderly in our community.  We are also looking for volunteers to who are willing to make calls to elderly individuals who could simply use a friendly caller.

Groceries-to-Go
In an effort to connect volunteers who can bring groceries and supplies to those in high-risk demographics, Jewish Family Service has implemented a Groceries-to-Go program. Groceries-to-Go aims to connect volunteer shoppers with individuals who can afford their groceries but are currently unable to get to the store themselves. Our initial focus is on the those who do not have family or other supports to assist them and are elderly, immunocompromised, or a person with disabilities. Call (585) 461.0116 to participate.

Counseling - Are you in need of counseling? While JFS staff is working remotely due to COVID-19, we are conducting business as usual in the counseling department via Telehealth Counseling. We are here to support you and your children for crisis intervention or short/long term counseling. All you need is a WiFi enabled device. Please call the JFS Helpline at: (585) 461.0114


March 16, 2020
Programs Suspended - Pencils & Paper , Brighton Your Wardrobe, Programing at the NORC and Affordable Housing is closed or canceled until further notice.
  • ​Volunteers - Please do not report for any scheduled shifts at this time.  Your saftey and health is our chief concern.  Thank you.
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Jewish Family Service is grateful for the support of our 100 Year Platinum Sponsors: Cornell Weinstein Family Foundation, William and Sheila Konar Foundation and Wegmans

 


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