Accelerating Social, Academic and Health Equity
Jewish Family Service of Metrowest (JFS) provides vital social, health, and community services to alleviate suffering, enhance lives, and support people in need.
It is with sincere and heartfelt appreciation for their hard work and dedication that we say goodbye to Marc Jacobs, Diana O’Brien, Raquel Woodard, Risa Lifshatz, Myrna Winter, Stephanie Rohr, Danny Woodward, Maggie Kenney, and Anniey Michelson as they leave JFS and move on to new adventures – best of luck to all!read more
Temple Beth Am community members donate over 20 bags of food and personal care items to be distributed to JFS clients!read more
JFS seeks to hire a full-time program specialist to provide case management support to low-income immigrant families in the Metrowest Community, with a focus on pregnant and new mothers and to coordinate JFS’ efforts to increase food security and access to basic needs in the community.read more
JFS is excited to share that they have received a generous donation from Ms. Elizabeth “Betty” Smith (née Kaldeck) on behalf of the Kaldeck family! JFS staff member Anniey Michelson recently met virtually with Ms. Smith to learn more about her family’s history and Holocaust experiences. To read more about the Kaldeck/Kohn family and Anniey’s reflections, click the link!read more
JFS seeks to hire a case manager to work with clients in the Family Assistance Network program.read more
For the 9th consecutive year, JFS of Metrowest aims to provide over 200 backpacks full of school supplies to children in our community who need it most; but given the current public health emergency, this year’s initiative is going to look a little different…!read more
10th JFS Collaborative Distribution – Over 2,700 Bags of Food & Personal Care Items Distributed to Date!
In an on-going collaborative community effort, JFS has passed out a total of 1,427 bags of food and 1,304 bags of personal care products to the Framingham community in 10 weeks of distributions!read more
Personal Care Assistants (PCAs) and Homemakers needed, Framingham/Metrowest area. Weekday hours. Recruitment is ongoing. Click to learn more.read more
JFS Patient Navigator Staff and Volunteers with Susan Lewis Solomont, Cummings Foundation’s pro bono Director of Volunteers, member of the...read more
JFS Supports the Needs of Families at Every Stage of Life
Family Assistance Network
Supported by CJP, the JFS Family Assistance Network provides confidential and respectful assistance to individuals and families in Metrowest to help them meet the short-term challenges resulting from urgent financial difficulties. Our goal is to help households remain independent and financially self-sufficient.
Accelerating Academic & Social Equity
Poverty, high family stress, language barriers and overburdened educational systems are some of the obstacles to success faced by many students in our community. To accelerate academic and social equity for those who face these barriers, JFS is working in collaboration with the Framingham School Department, Framingham State University and MassBay Community College to address academic, social and basic needs challenges.
Immigrant & Resettlement Services
Today’s immigrant families face many challenges, and JFS is developing innovative, integrated resources that address the social, emotional and financial needs of new Americans as they adapt to their new surroundings.
Innovative Community Programs
JFS is a nimble and responsive community-based organization that works to fill gaps in existing services and frequently pilots new and innovative programs to meet unaddressed or emerging community needs.
Programs Include: Kesher, Temple Partnerships, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Projects, Jewish Education Collaborative, LGBTQ+ Services and Information/Referral
Healthy Aging and Support for Adults aged 60+
JFS is improving safety, social engagement and access to medical care for frail older adults to maximize their health, independence and quality of life as they navigate the challenges that come with aging.
Impactful Volunteer Opportunities
Each year, JFS partners with over 350 volunteers to positively and significantly impact our community. Across 15+ programs, opportunities range from mentoring students to providing support to older adults to assisting in the office. Volunteer with JFS and make a meaningful difference in the lives of people in need.
Comprehensive Adoption Services
JFS Adoption Choices social workers help adoptive parents and birth mothers understand their options and navigate the adoption process.
Specializing in: LGBTQ+ Adoption, Special Needs Adoption and Transracial Adoption
Thinking about Privilege & the Pervasiveness of Racial Injustice: Thoughts by JFS Staff Member Stephanie Rohr
JFS staff member Stephanie Rohr shares helpful reflections and resources about racial injustice and white privilege.
JFS staff member shares own thoughts and list of educational resources on racial injustice as protests and demonstrations continue throughout the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the hands of law enforcement.
JFS seeking donations for educational care packages for the 57 Woodrow Wilson 3rd and 4th graders who were a part of the JFS All Stars and STEAM Academy programs this school year!
Watch a recording of the full online meeting!
Watch a recording of the full online event!