Our Impact

Curbing your anxiety around COVID-19

by Debbie Zoller
JFS Executive Director

A couple of weeks ago, the word “Corona” was associated with a beer. Today, the mention of coronavirus or (COVID-19) produces a variety of responses from disbelief to panic and anxiety. The thought of this being a worldwide epidemic along with all…

Lehigh Valley leaders lobby on Capitol Hill for disability rights

Tuesday, Feb. 4 was the 10th annual Jewish Disability Advocacy Day (JDAD) in Washington, D.C., but it was the first time that staff from Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley and Jewish Family Service traveled together to participate in the event. Four staff members made the trip to Capitol…

JCC pre-K visits the JFS Food Pantry

Children from the Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley pre-K class decorated tote bags at a recent visit to the Jewish Family Service Community Food Pantry. They can take the bags to the store and bring back supplies to the pantry.

Students visit JFS several times throughout the sch…

Community Food Pantry expands hours—and need for volunteers

After the fanfare of the Community Food Pantry Grand Re-Opening last fall, the staff and volunteers at Jewish Family Service have quietly carried on the work it takes to provide supplemental food assistance to families within the 18104 zip code. And that is a lot of work! With just one part-…

Volunteer uses ‘thrifty’ approach to collect coats for kids

Imagine being a child and not having a coat for the winter, or having to wear your sibling’s hand-me-down that is too small. When JFS staff received multiple requests for children’s outerwear, they knew they had to mobilize the community. PJ Library and JFS created the “Coats & Cocoa…