JFS Celebrates 170 Years

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

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Adoption Lunch & Learn

Adoption Workshop - Free Admission

Wednesday, August 21st from Noon - 1 pm

Contact [email protected] to RSVP.

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

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JFS Celebrates 170 Years

By Maya Barnett | January 30, 2019

In the 1830s Richmond welcomed a new wave of German Jewish immigrants. By 1841, on the outskirts of Richmond, these new immigrants founded Beth Ahabah to continue their traditions from the old country, such as including German and English in worship. As the Richmond Jewish population continued to grow, encouraged by Rabbi Maximillian Michelbacher, the […]


Martha’s Story

By Maya Barnett | January 29, 2019

When an aging parent’s medical condition becomes more complicated, the family needs all types of support.  That is what happened to Martha F. when her 90+ year old seemingly healthy father had a fall. “I didn’t know anything about JFS until I had something horrible happen.  We didn’t realize how forgetful he had become and […]


Richmond Jewish Care Line: Help is One Phone Call Away

By Maya Barnett | January 9, 2019

Richmond’s Jewish Care Line, Responding with Care to those in Need. In 2017, all Richmond’s Jewish organizations, Rabbis, and Synagogues, and committed individuals came together to understand and respond to the number of Jewish individuals and families in crisis.  What they learned is that across the U.S., many Jewish families or individuals live in or […]


Ending One Year and Starting a New by Theresa Goff, LCSW

By Maya Barnett | December 27, 2018

Wow!  That was fast!  Yes, I say that every year.  So how did we do with our 2018 goals? Did anyone succeed in starting a positive new habit? How about initially making progress only to abandon efforts when it became too overwhelming?  Yeah, me too. Change can be hard, life can be fast and sometimes […]


Managing the ‘Holiday Blues’

By Maya Barnett | December 12, 2018

The holiday season is a time full of joy, cheer, parties, and family gatherings. For many it is also a time of self-evaluation, loneliness, and anxiety about the future. Struggling with negative feelings during the holidays is referred to as the ‘Holiday Blues.’ What are some of the causes of Holiday Blues? There as many […]


A Word from JFS Adoption: Halloween Edition

By Maya Barnett | October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween! By: JFS Adoption Some kids begin to brainstorm what they would like to be for Halloween months in advance and cannot wait until it is finally October 31st. But for a lot of children, Halloween can be either really confusing or really scary. Why do you have to dress up to get candy? […]