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JFS champions honored with Shamash award

By admin | May 20, 2015

  At this year’s 166th JFS Annual Meeting, Jerry and Ann Samford will be honored with the Shamash Award, one of the highest awards bestowed on those who are recognized leaders in the Richmond Jewish community as well as supporters of JFS. The Shamash is the candle in the menorah that serves and lights the […]


The Story Behind the Story: Draw Back the Curtain

By admin | May 4, 2015

  Draw Back the Curtain is a project that has taken a journey of its own, in preserving the history of the brave Jewish families who emigrated from the Former Soviet Union to Richmond in the 1990’s.  Jewish Family Services can think of no better way to celebrate Jewish-American Heritage month than with a screening […]


Tikkun Olam in practice at JFS!

By admin | April 16, 2015

JFS has a long history of compassionate individuals practicing “Tikkun Olam” (repairing the world), through their dedicated service to the Richmond community. The Ladies Benevolent Hebrew Association in 1849 was the first incarnation of JFS, and was made up of Jewish women dedicated to bettering their community through selfless acts of service.  The impact of […]


What is Public Guardianship?

By admin | April 2, 2015

Charlotte Bowen, BSW, is the JFS Public Guardianship coordinator. She graduated from VCU with a Bachelor’s in Social Work in 2005.  Prior to employment with JFS,  Charlotte spent three years working with adults with intellectual disabilities in residential facilities in the community, as well as working with adolescents at the Mayor’s Youth Academy Jr. summer […]


A book list for adoptive families

By admin | March 12, 2015

For many families, helping your child understand what it means to be adopted can be challenging. Other parents are a great resource, but books are also a great tool for parents and kids.  Adoption books can be a means to help children understand adoption and process their emotions.  There are many age-appropriate books to assist children […]


Have an appetite for knowledge?

By admin | February 10, 2015

  JFS is excited for the debut of our new speaker series in partnership the Weinstein JCC, “Food for Thought.”  The series brings experts in aging, from a variety of professions and fields, together to share their unique advice and experience.  Food for Thought will ignite conversation and arm people with all the information to […]