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Welcome to
JFS Rochester

Welcome to JFS Rochester

JFS Rochester provides comprehensive support for individuals and families across the lifespan throughout the Greater Rochester community. We’re committed to meaningful social and economic empowerment by addressing essential human needs, promoting self-sufficiency, and fostering individual and community strengths.

Jewish Family Services

How We Can Help

We take our role in the Rochester community very seriously, believing that everyone deserves access to the support they need, regardless of age or circumstances. We are proud to serve our community with the highest standards of care for 100 years and counting and plan to expand our programs and services to reach more individuals and families in need as we move into the future. 

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JFS Blog

3 Calls for Action to Fight Food Insecurity

In the heart of our vibrant community here in Rochester lies a struggle that affects thousands of families every day: food insecurity. Read more for three actionable steps you can take to combat food insecurity and build a more resilient community for all.

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Empowering Communities Through Place-Based Care

Across the nation, place-based interventions have gained traction as a promising approach to human services. Research indicates that such initiatives not only improve access to support and resources but also foster social cohesion, reduce disparities, and enhance overall community well-being.

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Kids learning and literature.

A Cozy Winter Reading List for Kids

In the chill of winter, there’s nothing quite like snuggling up with a good book. Fostering a love for reading knows no bounds. This list, carefully curated by the Library Volunteer at Pencils & Paper, embraces the joy of childhood reading. As children explore these books, they not only embark on literary adventures but also encounter characters and experiences mirroring their own lives.

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Our Mission:

Jewish Family Services empowers Jewish and non-Jewish individuals, families and communities to thrive by providing a wide array of programs and services built upon the traditions of dignity, kindness and tikkun olam – improving the world.

Our Vision:

Tikkun Olam…We will repair the world through compassion, connection, and creative solutions.

Featured Event

Exclusive preview performance for JFS Rochester guests to a world premier showing of: The Berlin Diaries Centerstage Theater at the JCC March 1, 2025 Sponsorship Packages & Tickets Available Soon

Featured Program

The Pencils & Paper Program at JFS Rochester serves the educational and creative needs of children in the greater Rochester area by providing free school supplies to teachers in high need schools.

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