JFS Celebrates 170 Years

Since 1849, JFS has transformed lives and strengthened our community.

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JFS Adoption. A young couple thinking about their future while awaiting an adoption.

Adoption Lunch & Learn

Adoption Workshop - Free Admission

Wednesday, August 21st from Noon - 1 pm

Contact [email protected] to RSVP.

Thank You

We're honored to be awarded the 2015 Distinguished Merit Citation by the VCIC

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JFS’ 170th Birthday Party!

By Morgan Goad | October 22, 2019

Jewish Family Services celebrated its 170th Birthday Party on Sunday, October 6 at the Virginia War Memorial. The warm, overcast afternoon was perfect for enjoying the sweeping views of the James and the Richmond skyline. Many friends of JFS gathered to celebrate: current and former board and staff members, people resettled by JFS from the […]


14 Graduated from JFS’ First East End PCA Class

By Morgan Goad | September 3, 2019

  Long before Felicia took JFS’ inaugural East End Personal Care Aide (PCA) training course, she helped care for her great-grandmother Maxine. “She lived to be 104,” Felicia said. “I always enjoy being with seniors. They have so much knowledge, and their stories are so good.” Felicia signed up for JFS’ East End PCA course […]


Three Strategies to Reduce Dementia Symptoms

By Morgan Goad | July 31, 2019

The number of individuals suffering from dementia is expected to more than triple by the year 2040, according to a recent study published in Frontiers in Neuroscience. One of the most effective ways to prevent or reduce dementia symptoms is to increase brain activity. “Working out” the brain can help reduce the severity of dementia […]


JFS’ 2019 Annual Meeting

By Morgan Goad | July 23, 2019

Jewish Family Services held our Annual Meeting on Monday, June 17th at Maymont Nature Center to celebrate the 170th year of transforming lives and strengthening our community. This year in particular, we understand our work is achieved through a persistent focus on the JFS mission, dedication to working with partners, and the commitment of outstanding […]


A Year to Remember: Celebrating JFS’ 2018-2019 Accomplishments

By Maya Barnett | June 25, 2019

On June 30th, JFS’ 2018-2019 fiscal year ends and we are proud to have continued a 170 year old tradition of caring for Richmond’s citizens, seniors and families and broadening our reach to transform more lives. We began this year with all of Richmond’s Jewish organizations coming together to create the Richmond Jewish Care Line […]


From Caregiver to Family

By Maya Barnett | May 30, 2019

In 1984, Retta Leigh’s father passed away and her mother, Ruth Perl, was in need of evening companionship. For the next 16 years, Retta Leigh and her family bounced from family member to professional caregiver in search for someone to help care for her mother’s needs. In 2000, Retta Leigh contacted JFS for a professional […]