Our Impact

A Lifeline for Sam

JFS Executive Director Debbie Zoller will never forget the moment when Sam* walked through the door with nothing but a small suitcase.

“Don’t take me to a shelter,” he begged Debbie. “I don’t think I could survive.”

Sam, a man in his early 70s with a slight build and genera…

JFS Brings the Joy of Tradition to Older Adults

On April 6, JFS Clinical Coordinator of Older Adult Services Carol Wilson brought a Passover seder experience to over a dozen residents of Kirkland Village in Bethlehem.

The group of residents, which included people who were born Jewish, people who converted to Judaism and people who are …

For Herb, JFS Offered a Brighter Future

When Herb, 68, suddenly needed surgery for a serious heart condition, his sister, who lives in New Jersey, turned to Jewish Family Service for help. She was afraid that her brother would have a hard time managing in his home because, in addition to his heart condition, he was somewhat unstea…

Mitzvah Project Revives Happy Memories for Older Adults

Over two dozen volunteers gathered at Atria Bethlehem on Jan. 29 to bake a recipe that resident Gloria Nelson remembers from her Aunt Lil. The chocolate cake was a staple at her family’s celebrations, and as part of a community-wide mitzvah project in partnership with the Jewish Federation…

Spreading the Joy of Chanukah

Jewish Family Service brought the light of Chanukah to Kirkland Village on Dec. 16.

Residents, both Jewish and non-Jewish, gathered to hear the story of Chanukah and light the candles together. Some even shared memories of their own Chanukah traditions. 

Gladys Yass remembered eating …