Friends Campaign 2020

Dear JFS Friends,

As we reflect on our 80th anniversary, JFS has always been here with support and assistance. As the demands from our community have risen dramatically in the past months, JFS continues to offer not just help, but much needed hope to those in need.

We would like to share with you some inspirational quotes from our clients:

“The food staples that I receive each month at the JFS Food Pantry help me make it through the month. Since food stamps have decreased and I am now unemployed, this help is even more important to my family.”

JFS needs ongoing funds to keep our pantry running at its current level. No doubt more and more community members will need this help.

“It’s more than a Shabbat meal, I feel like someone cares about me.”

JFS needs $40,000 each calendar year to continue providing weekly Kosher Shabbat meals to Holocaust survivors, aging adults and individuals with disabilities who are shut in and isolated.

“My therapist at JFS is my lifeline. She is helping me overcome severe anxiety and I’m learning better coping skills.”

JFS needs funds to continue offering teletherapy to those in need — to digitize records and to purchase an electronic medical record system.

“I felt so depressed losing my job. I didn’t know where to turn. The JFS social workers offered me emotional support and concrete job searching strategies.”

JFS needs funds to continue unemployment support groups, employability workshops and job searching strategies.

With your generous donation, JFS can continue our mission to serve and assist the community during these times of urgent need. Donations can be made online at JFS needs your help!


Ilene Rosalimsky Bronen, Co-President, JFS Board of Directors

Linda Caplan, Co-President, JFS Board of Directors

To support JFS, please donate here.

Creating a Healthy Routine Through Unemployment

Join Rachel Scolnic, LMSW and Hannah Leiterman, LCSW from Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven for a Zoom workshop series on creating a healthy routine, managing anxiety and taking care of your mind and body while navigating through unemployment.  Each workshop will include job search strategies.

The next class is Monday, November 2nd beginning at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the general public and will be conducted via Zoom.

We will add additional topics and workshops with guest speakers from across Connecticut.  Follow us on Facebook and check our website calendar listings for additional dates.

You must pre-register by noon on the day before the workshop by emailing Rachel  A Zoom link will be sent prior to the workshop start time.  For targeted assistance please include your resume when registering.

“Virtual” Caregiver Support Group

Do you care for a loved one or family member? Do you find yourself isolated from others because of your role? During this time of social distancing, we are launching a new Caregiver Support group “virtually.” If you are on the journey of caring for an ill or aging loved one and looking for support and connection join us online the third Wednesdays of each at 11:00 am.  Upcoming dates include:  Wednesday, November 18th and Wednesday, December 18th.    Please R.S.V.P. at or call 203-389-5599, ext. 116. A link will be sent to you prior to the group date