Our Impact

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…

JFS teen volunteer wins local award

Leyna Fleischaker started volunteering at Jewish Family Service at age 12 as part of her bat mitzvah project, but she didn’t stop giving back after the celebration was over. Now a junior at Parkland High School, the honors student still makes time each summer when she’s not swimming or l…

Local Hillels join together to prepare a special High Holiday Mazel Meal

The Mazel Meal Program is in its fourth consecutive month of supplying kosher meals to older adult clients across the Lehigh Valley. The ability to expand the program is in large part thanks to a generous increase in the allocation from the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, along with …

Ushering in the New Year with inspiration from our youth

Thanks to the vision of our youth, JFS looks forward to our future. We celebrate the New Year with these young leaders!

JULIAN FINLEY is a Temple Beth El member who is becoming a Bar Mitzvah this September. He  chose to support JFS with his mitzvah project. On his invitations, he requested…

Plant a Row offers families fresh choices for summer

In a survey Jewish Family Service conducted of its food pantry clients, one of the most requested items was fresh produce. The Plant a Row program helps to fill that need for the 125 families who visit the pantry each month.

Plant a Row is an initiative which was started four summers ago to…