All Parent Ed classes are currently being postponed as mandated by the state. We will contact you as soon as we can safely reschedule the classes. In the meantime, please email or call Rachel Scolnic Dobin at email@example.com or 203-389-5599, ext 109 with any parenting plan or co-parenting concerns you may have while navigating this very difficult time.
Important Coronavirus Update
According to the CDC and Health officials, social distancing is seen as the most effective means of slowing the spread and reducing the impact of COVID-19 among our employees, volunteers, clients and the general community.
Due to the volume of traffic into our office, Jewish Family Service is taking the following steps in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) until further notice.
The JFS office is currently closed and the staff of JFS is currently working remotely. The best way to contact staff members is via email or voicemail.
JFS continues to diligently strategize how to best continue to help serve the needs of our clients and community at this time of need and yet keep all safe. We are so appreciative of your support and will keep you updated via email, Facebook and our website as we establish additional plans to serve our community. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Rashba at firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy G. Rashba, LCSW, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven (JFSGNH). “We are thrilled that Amy has accepted this leadership role,” says Linda Caplan, JFSGNH Board President. “Her energy and devotion to JFS is inspiring.”
Rashba’s career at the agency began in 1986 when she came to JFS as a MSW student. Shortly after joining JFS, Rashba developed the Shalom Group, offering educational enrichment and social interaction to developmentally disabled Jewish adults. During her 30-plus years with the agency, she has created new programs, helped families adopt children and provided counseling services throughout our community to children, families and aging adults and takes great pride in directing both the adoption and mental health programs. “Having spent my entire professional career here, it’s a privilege to lead JFS, an agency I am passionate about,” says Rashba. “I’m grateful to the staff and Board for their support and look forward to many years of collaborating on the future of our beloved JFS. I am humbled to have made a difference in the lives of those in our Jewish community.”
“Amy’s ability to develop and cultivate relationships with staff, board and community makes her a natural to lead JFS”, says Caplan. “She has a unique combination of approachability and positivity and is well-respected by clients, peers and community members.”
Rashba’s local Jewish roots run deep. A Hamden native, she attended the New Haven Hebrew Day School, and her father owned the renowned Glick’s Delicatessen in New Haven. She and her husband Steve were married at B’nai Jacob and their children attended local preschools- daughter Ilana at Yeladim, and son Jordan at Temple Beth Sholom. The family has been members of Temple Beth David of Cheshire for over 20 years.
A summa cum laude graduate of Quinnipiac College, Rashba earned her Master of Social Work (MSW) at Southern Connecticut State University. Upon being named CEO, she said, “It is my honor to be leading the amazing staff at JFS who all work hard every day to provide quality services to our community- protecting children, creating families, feeding the hungry and healing hearts.”
Amy Rashba looks forward to bringing more awareness of JFSGNH’s many programs and services to the Greater New Haven region.
To contact her: email@example.com
Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven (JFSGNH) is excited to launch a new program called Ken’s Closet, clothing for men and women. This program honors the memory of the late Ken Sperling, who had passion for JFSGNH, as well as a clear understanding of how looking presentable positively affects self-esteem.
Through Ken’s Closet, JFSGNH will supply work-ready clothing to clients who need help navigating the challenges of the job market — with employment as their goal; in addition to other life situations/circumstances. Prospective Ken’s Closet clients will be screened through JFSGNH programs such as Social Work Outreach Services, Mental Health & Counseling and the Food Assistance. To schedule an appointment with a social worker, please contact Rachel (ext. 109) or Liz (ext. 117) at 203-389-5599.
You can Stay Home in Support of Food4Kids New Haven this November! Food4Kids is hosting a “Non-Event” fundraiser this month allowing you an evening to do whatever you like. We hope this evening will include a donation to this vital kids feeding program.
Food4Kids New Haven provides weekend supplemental food to 354 children in the New Haven school system. For as little as $211, you can sponsor one student for a full academic year. To sponsor a child or to make a donation to this program, please click here. Be sure to choose Food4Kids in the drop down menu on the donation page.
JFS honored adoptive families on Sunday, November 4th at the JCC in Woodbridge as part of National Adoption Month. JFS Adoptive families were treated to family friendly activities including the play scape, rock wall, crafts, games and an ice cream party! The event was organized by Liz Davenport, MSW, and Marissa Gonsalves, JFS Student intern. Pictured are just some of the fun events during this celebration. National Adoption Month is recognized each year as a time to acknowledge and celebrate families formed through adoption. It is a time to encourage others to adopt and increase awareness of the adoption process. For more information about the JFS Adoption Program, please call Liz Davenport, MSW, at (203) 389-5599, ext. 117.
Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven has created a foster care specific Facebook page called “JFS Foster Care Resources.” The purpose of this page is to educate the general public on the importance of foster care and to highlight the need for loving families and individuals to become foster parents. At any given time, there are over 4,000 children and teens in foster care. By educating and motivating others to open their homes and hearts to children in need, we hope that the number of children in foster care will decrease over time. Please visit and like this Facebook page (JFS Foster Care Resources), as well as our agency Facebook page (JFS of Greater New Haven) where we post updates, events, timely news and program information.
Food Collections to Benefit JFS Food Pantry During National Hunger Action Month
September is National Hunger Action Month and Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven, Inc. is participating by collecting non-perishable food to help stock its pantry shelves. Hunger Action Month is your opportunity to be a part of this national movement by donating non-perishable items to help feed the many local families in need of food assistance.
Some of the items most requested include:
Boxed pasta, Dried beans; Canned meats (chicken, Spam, turkey); Canned Fish (albacore tuna, salmon, chunk white tuna); Hamburger Helper; Rice mixes (Rice-a-Roni, microwave rice pouches); Grains (couscous, quinoa); Canned vegetables all varieties (beets, mushrooms, potatoes – sliced, whole or diced, corn, French style green beans, peas, lima beans); Tea and Coffee (especially Decaf); Soups of all types; and baking mixes.
On Friday, September 14th (National Hunger Action Day) the JFS Food Pantry & Nutritional Health Center will be open from 8-12 accepting donations. In addition, non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at the JFS Food Pantry (1440 Whalley Avenue) on Wednesdays or Thursdays between 8:30 – 11:45 a.m. or the JFS main office during non-pantry hours (please be aware that the Jewish High Holidays are in September so the offices will be closed on several days).
In addition, synagogues conducting food drives during the High Holidays are asked to please sort and remove any expired food before delivering. To arrange a drop off day and time, contact Mara Ginsberg at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information please contact Sandy Hagan at (203) 389-5599, ext. 121 or email@example.com.
The High Holidays begin on the first day of the Jewish calendar and include two of the most important Jewish holidays, Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement).
Prior to the start of the High Holidays, the JFSGNH office will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 3rd. Then in observance of the High Holidays, the JFS office will be closed on the following dates:
Closed Monday, September 10th and Tuesday, September 11 (Rosh Hashanah)
Close at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18 (Yom Kippur)
Closed Wednesday, September 19 (Yom Kippur)
Closed Monday, September 24th and Tuesday, September 25th (Sukkot)
Closed Monday, October 1st (Shimini Atzeret)
Closed Tuesday, October 2nd (Simchat Torah)
Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven is collecting school supplies for service recipients. Currently there are 100+ children between the ages of 4-18 in need of supplies for the upcoming school year. Items we are seeking include: New backpacks, two pocket folders; crayons (thick and thin); markers (thick and thin); pre-sharpened pencils; ink pens (blue or black only); One-subject notebooks (wide or college ruled); two+ subject notebooks (wide or college ruled); three ring binders; child safe pencil sharpeners; child safe scissors; glue sticks; erasers; construction paper; and highlighters.
Items can be dropped off at the JFS Food Pantry on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or the JFS main office, 1440 Whalley Avenue, New Haven during operating hours (Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.). If you have questions, please contact Sandy Hagan.