Since March 15, 2020 Jewish Family Services has been adapting and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. We started offering telehealth counseling sessions by secure video call. Our volunteers reached out to more than 250 older adults to offer free daily telephone reassurance. We’re delivering food and supplies to isolated seniors. We provided personal protective equipment, childcare stipends, and overtime pay to our care staff.
JFS has been here before. During the pandemics of the early 1900s, our volunteers supported the victims and their families. Zipporah Cohen was JFS’ President through it all, from 1904 – 1938, and her words ring true today:
“No matter what may come to us or how severe… we will be able to meet these demands, for in the hearts of our people dwell love and charity.”
JFS is still here to serve the Richmond community a century later. You can help us meet the demands of the COVID-19 crisis by making a gift to JFS. We are honored to share our mission of transforming lives and strengthening our community with you. Thank you.
An Aging Richmond 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 every day in the U.S. When Boomers get together, conversations often turn to caring for their aging parents, their own health, and then the puzzling question: “Who will care for us?” A UVA study suggests that in Greater Richmond alone, the population of elders between ages 80 […]Click Here to Read More
Jewish Family Services celebrated our 172nd Annual Meeting this year on June 15th. A year’s experience with Zoom showed: the brisk meeting zoomed by, with fabulous emceeing from former JFS Board Member and Trustee Larry Salzman – and no technical difficulties to speak of. Rabbi Dovid Asher delivered a touching D’Var Torah with an adoption […]Click Here to Read More
Ever since JFS’ predecessor, the Ladies Hebrew Association, added “Benevolent” to their name and began serving the community beyond its own members, we have continued to expand our reach to more and more Richmonders in need. In 2019, JFS was particularly concerned with two intertwined problems facing residents of Richmond’s East End: elders with Medicaid […]Click Here to Read More
May is National Foster Care Month, and JFS Connecting Hearts is partnering again with CBS 6 on a multimedia awareness campaign! Keep an eye on JFS Connecting Hearts’ Facebook page and watch CBS 6 to see interviews with Richmond foster families! Right now, there are 729 children and youth in central Virginia’s foster care system. […]Click Here to Read More
Virtual Learning Event for Foster Parents The National Foster Parent Association announced their 50th Education Conference, FORWARD, will take place online from June 24-26, 2021. Registration opens on April 15 and costs $99 for the three day event. Videos of the entire conference will be available to watch for three months after it ends, so […]Click Here to Read More