From the Executive Director

Keeping Warm this Winter

Winter time has its own challenges. At JFS, we often see more individuals in need due to increased heating bills, price increases, and post holidays. This is also a time when due to the lack of sunlight and more darkness, depression can settle in. JFS provides counseling by experienced licen…

What Each Candle Means to Me

The lights of Chanukah are a good time to reflect on challenges that need illumination. Therefore, I would like to share with you eight candles. While I will list them from one to eight, each candle is important in its own way and you may choose your own order.

The first candle is for the p…

A Tribute to My Dad

As I write this article, all I can really think about right now is that I lost my dad last week. It’s hard for me to accept even though I know it’s real. He lived a great life: a rabbi of a congregation for 42 years, a husband to my mother for 67 years and a man who cruised around the wo…

Volunteering Transforms Lives

If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life.  -Author Unknown

The High Holy Days have come to an end for the year and the Pope has been to Philadelphia. Organizations are continuously challen…

Be Mindful of the Present this New Year

The Jewish New Year brings back many memories: a beautiful tablecloth, buying a new hat, the aroma of honey cake, kugels, and brisket, round challah and most of all the special people we shared the holidays with who are no longer with us.  

As we travel through time and we age, these memor…