Innovative Community Programs

Committed to accelerating social, academic and health equity in our community, JFS frequently pilots new programs to address gaps in services – creative solutions that demonstrate measurable impacts through sophisticated data and performance management systems – staff driven, volunteer powered, community invested initiatives that move the needle across domains.

In addition to the many programs JFS offers to support immigrants and older adults, JFS is also focused on serving individuals and families in the Jewish and LGBT+ communities, and is developing resources for Veterans to ensure that no one is left behind. 

Jewish Community

Current Programs:

  • CJP anti-poverty initiative – FAN: Confidential and respectful assistance to CJP eligible individuals and families in Metrowest to help them meet short-term challenges resulting from urgent financial difficulties and plan for long term stability.
  • JFS Committee on Anti-Racism and Fighting Antisemitism: Serving as a community convener, JFS is working to establish collaborative partnerships to raise awareness, increase skills and empower individuals to respond to incidents of hate as they occur.
  • JFS/Rashi Learning and Leadership Council: Providing opportunities for Middle School students to strengthen their leadership skills, execute social services programming, and to lead in Boston Jewish community endeavors and beyond.
  • Holiday Assistance: Providing low-income families with the supplies they need to honor Passover and Purim traditions.
  • Temple Partnerships – engaging in collaborative programming, advocacy and community member support
  • Mobilizing Tikkun Olam: Bringing resources and capacity to a variety of initiatives that offer opportunities to engage in social justice action that has meaningful impact in our community and beyond.

Partnering Organizations:

  • 2Life Communities
  • American Jewish Committee-New England
  • Boston’s Jewish Community Day School
  • Combined Jewish Philanthropies
  • Combined Jewish Philanthropies Women’s Philanthropy Group
  • Congregation B’nai Shalom, Westborough
  • Congregation Beth El, Sudbury
  • Congregation Beth Shalom
  • Congregation Kehillath Israel
  • Congregation Mishkan Tefila
  • Congregation Or Atid
  • Friends of the IDF
  • HIAS
  • JCCs Greater Boston
  • JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School
  • Jewish Big Brother Big Sister
  • Jewish Collaborative Services of RI
  • Jewish Community Relations Council
  • Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Waltham
  • JFS of Western Massachusetts
  • Jewish Teen Initiative
  • Jewish Vocational Service
  • Jewish War Veterans
  • Keshet
  • MetroWest Jewish Day School
  • The Rashi School
  • The Shapiro Foundation
  • Temple Beth Am, Framingham
  • Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley
  • Temple Beth Shalom, Needham
  • Temple Beth Sholom, Framingham
  • Temple Beth Torah, Holliston
  • Temple Emanuel, Newton
  • Temple Israel, Boston
  • Temple Israel, Natick
  • Temple Shalom, Newton
  • Temple Shir Tikva, Wayland
  • Temple Sinai, Brookline
  • Tufts Hillel at Tufts University
  • Yad Chessed

LGBT+ Community

Current Programs:

  • Patient Navigator Expansion: This project seeks to recruit, train and develop a network of volunteers who escort LGBT+ older to medical providers so that they feel safe going to a local provider if they are not able to travel to known LGBT+ affirming clinics.
  • Information and Referral: JFS is a community referral source for LGBT+ individuals and families looking for help and services.
  • LGBTQ resources for veterans: For more information/resources about assistance for Veterans, click here.

Partnering Organizations:

  • Congregation Beth El, Sudbury
  • Keshet
  • LGBT Aging Project, Fenway Health
  • OUTMetrowest
  • Temple Beth Am, Framingham
  • Temple Israel, Natick
  • Temple Shir Tikva, Wayland


Program News

Reserve your tickets for Seize the Dream 2024!

You are cordially invited to attend the 34th annual Seize the Dream Gala to be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 6PM at the Westin Waltham Boston Join us as we celebrate this year's honorees: Martin Cohen and receiving the JFS Max Michelson Humanitarian Award: Yale...

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Hanukkah Greetings From JFS of Metrowest

  CELEBRATE HANUKKAH WITH FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS! See below for the holiday schedules of our partner synagogues. Please note that pre-registration may be required. Congregation Beth Elohim, Acton: Congregation Sha’arei Shalom,...

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NORC Blood Pressure Clinic

  JFS is collaborating with the Framingham Housing Authority to support resident seniors to remain healthy, independent, and age in place as part of the Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC). JFS has implemented and manages a healthy aging program...

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