Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia (JFCS)
Strengthening Lives Since 1855
Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia has a unique and vital mission: to strengthen families and individuals across generations and cultures to achieve stability, independence and community.
In 1983 the Association for Jewish Children (AJC) and Jewish Family Service (JFS) merged to become today’s Jewish Family and Children's Service. AJC can trace its roots to 1855, when Rebecca Gratz founded its predecessor agency, the Jewish Foster Home–the first institution in the country to care for indigent and destitute Jewish children. The Home merged with several Jewish children's service organizations and AJC was formed in 1941. JFS began in 1869 as United Hebrew Charities, and was established to provide food, clothing, fuel, medical attendance and other aid to those in need.
Note: The above descriptive information came from the organization's Our Mission and History page.
In The News
- Philadelphia-Area Social Service Agencies See Increased Need for Food, Mental Health Resources, Jewish Exponent, October 22, 2020.
- Jewish Groups Make Financial Resources Available Amid Crisis, Jewish Exponent, April 2, 2020.
- JFCS Expands Suicide Prevention Program, Jewish Exponent, February 23, 2020.
- Video: JFCS Philadelphia Agency Overview (YouTube, 4m50s)