Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven (JFSGNH) strengthens and improves individual, family, and community life by providing a wide range of social and human services to people in the community at every life stage, especially those who are vulnerable, poor, and disadvantaged, and without regard to race, ethnicity, or religion. The agency is guided by the moral and ethical values of Judaism in its policies, programs, and services.
JFSGNH traces its roots to 1881 when community lay leaders created the Hebrew Benevolent Society to provide assistance to newly arriving Russian immigrants to the New Haven area. The demand for aid was so great that additional Jewish community members established similar groups (e.g., Hebrew Charity Society, Mishkan Israel Sisterhood Philanthropic Works). In 1919, they merged to become United Jewish Charities.
Upon the hiring of a professional social worker, this former lay agency set the foundation for the current professionally staffed social service agency. In 1920, a collaborative effort with other area organizations emerged as Community Chest—now known as the United Way.
By 1940, United Jewish Charities emerged with a new name, Jewish Family Service of New Haven. And finally, 75 years later, in order to better reflect JFSGNH’s expanded outreach and community presence throughout the entire Greater New Haven region, the agency once more officially changed its name to become Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven.
JFSGNH is a licensed and fully accredited multi-service social service agency supported in part by the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven. We are a member of the Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies (AJFCA), the CT Council of Family Service Agencies (CCFSA), and the CT Community Non-Profit Alliance (CCNA). JFSGNH is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families & Children (COA). Our Foster Care and Adoption programs are funded in part by the CT Department of Children & Families (DCF).