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JFS Colorado Receives $1 Million Endowment from Dresner Foundation

Jewish Family Service of Colorado recently received a $1 million gift from the Dresner Foundation of Detroit, Michiga...

Jewish Family Service of Colorado recently received a $1 million gift from the Dresner Foundation of Detroit, Michigan, to establish an endowment in support of JFS's Family Safety Net Program. The proceeds will be used to help individuals and families in crisis with food, rent assistance, utilities, and medical expenses.
The Family Safety Net Program provides food, limited emergency financial assistance, case management, and community resources to individuals and families in crisis.

The goal of the department is to enhance intervention services by creating more case management and outreach activities, and developing additional support services to promote economic self-sufficiency.

Jewish Teens Meet World in Mount Laurel, NJ

Learning by doing is the guiding lesson plan behind a new elective for teens attending evening religious school at Ad...

Learning by doing is the guiding lesson plan behind a new elective for teens attending evening religious school at Adath Emanu-El.

The new hands-on class at Mount Laurel's Reform synagogue is called Repairing the World. It's helping to keep busy eighth- and ninth-graders attracted to religious studies after they turn 13 and become Bar and Bat Mitzvah. That's when entering high school, pursuing other interests and having limited time typically account for a significant drop-off in the number of students who continue through confirmation at age 16.

This is the first semester for the course, which received a $3,500 grant from the Jewish Community Foundation, a division of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey. It is taught in partnership with Samost Jewish Family and Children's Service of Southern New Jersey, a federation agency based in Cherry Hill. Continue reading here.

 

JFS Buffalo Launches Western New York Center for Survivors of Refugee Trauma and Torture

Jewish Family Service of Buffalo & Erie County, a longtime regional leader in the successful resettlement of refu...

Jewish Family Service of Buffalo & Erie County, a longtime regional leader in the successful resettlement of refugees from around the world, has launched the Western New York Center for Survivors of Refugee Trauma and Torture.

Erie County is among the five Upstate New York counties that are home to 94 percent of the refugees resettled in the state from Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Burma, Bhutan, Nepal and other conflict-ridden countries, according to 2013 data from the Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance (BRIA).

The Western New York Center for Survivors of Refugee Trauma and Torture is funded by a $250,000 grant from the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth), the result of a 10-year vision articulated by Marlene Schillinger, president and CEO of JFS Buffalo and project director Pam Kefi. Learn more here.