Our Programs

Basic Needs

Affordable Housing

We deliver holistic programming and resource linkage to residents at a local, affordable housing complex, The Rochester Highlands. Programming including case and resource management, nursing services, educational workshops, exercise instruction and child programming are available for utilization by residents.

Brighton Food Cupboard

The Brighton Food Cupboard (BFC) is committed to the prevention and reduction of hunger and food insecurity for individuals and families living in Brighton and surrounding communities. Each client interacts with our social worker and receives case management services.

Brighton Your Wardrobe

Brighton Your Wardrobe (BYW) offers free clothing to the children, individuals, and families living in or attending the Brighton School District who are in need.

Financial Assistance

If you are facing an inability to cover your basic needs, Jewish Family Services (JFS) can help. JFS is here to advocate for those most vulnerable in our community.


In an effort to connect volunteers who can bring groceries and supplies to those in high-risk demographics, Jewish Family Services (JFS) 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.

Pencils and Paper

The Pencils & Paper program serves the educational and creative needs of children in the greater Rochester area by providing free school supplies to teachers in high poverty schools. Teachers can shop twice a year and receive an estimated $800 worth of school supplies at each shopping trip.

Senior Care

Care Management and Consultation

JFS care managers are gerontology experts, committed to providing excellent service delivery and care coordination that maintains the dignity and achieves the goals of older adults served. Care managers offer thoughtful advice and compassionate support to help older adults maintain or improve their quality of life.

Friendly Connections

Could you or someone you know benefit from a friendly call? As we navigate this unprecedented time, Jewish Family Services would like to offer the gift of connection to those in our community who may be especially challenged by the diminished contact while home-bound.

Groups and Educational Offerings

Thanks to a generous grant from the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, we offer therapy/support groups and educational offerings (webinars and workshops) that support the mental health and wellness of community members.

JFS Connects

JFS Connects joins seniors with new friends in our community and beyond via a Virtual Senior Center. Each day is different, interesting, and stimulating while never leaving your home. 


Jewish Family Services (JFS) NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) program is an innovative model for aging in place in your own apartment. NORCs offer seniors an affordable housing option with on-site social services provided by a JFS community social worker.

Mental Health

Counseling & Wellness

Whether you are struggling with depression that impacts your family and work life, are unhappy in a relationship or reeling from a personal loss, Jewish Family Services (JFS) Counseling can help you regain a sense of well-being and stability.

Groups and Educational Offerings

We offer therapy/support groups and educational offerings (webinars and workshops) that support the mental health and wellness of community members.

Sara Line

The Sara Line is a confidential hotline intended for Jewish women who have experienced some form of domestic abuse including emotional, physical, financial, sexual or verbal attacks. Women who call the SARA line are provided with information, support and resources to help them address their concerns about safety and their family’s future.

School Counselor

The Jewish Family Services (JFS) School Counselor provides services to meet the social, emotional, developmental, and mental health needs of children and youth at Jewish day schools, religious schools, and child care centers.


Baby Safe Sleep

Baby Safe Sleep Coalition (BSSC), a program of Jewish Family Services (JFS), is a community wide education program committed to eliminating preventable infant fatalities caused by unsafe sleep practices in Monroe County.

Literacy Program

If you have an hour a week to spare and know how to read… you can be a literacy volunteer! A small investment of your time brings the greatest of rewards. Sign up today!

Parenting Village

Parenting Village fosters the health and well-being of children and families in the Rochester area by providing support and connection to all families via the Nurture, Circles, and Connections programs.

Safe Crib

The Safe Crib Project was established in 1993 to meet the need of families of newborns for safe, high-quality cribs.

Accessibility and Inclusion

Accessibility and Inclusion

Jewish Family Services (JFS) Special Needs Navigation Program provides information, referrals, resources, programming and and coordination for people with disabilities. JFS partners with local synagogues and Jewish communal agencies to promote inclusion and address the needs of Jewish people with disabilities and their families.

Friendly Connections

The Friendly Connections program is designed to provide isolated individuals (seniors and those with intellectual/developmental disabilities) in the Rochester area with a volunteer for 10-15 minute “check ins.”