Our Impact

After Disaster Strikes, JFS Helps Family Transition

Recent disasters like Hurricane Harvey and Maria remind us how any family can suddenly suffer a devastating event. When one such family decided to relocate to the Lehigh Valley to be near relatives, they needed to buy clothing, furnish a new apartment and find new jobs. Each of these tran…

Volunteers Cook and Deliver Kosher Meals for Older Adults

Volunteers from across the community came together on Jan. 28 for the debut of Jewish Family Service’s kosher meal delivery program.

The project took place during the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley’s Super Sunday Community Mitzvah Day.

In the days leading up to Super Sunday, th…

Bringing Chanukah Joy to Older Adults

Volunteers and local clergy came together this Chanukah to bring joy to older Jewish adults across the Lehigh Valley.

At Traditions of Hanover in Bethlehem, Rabbi Michael Singer from Congregation Brith Sholom joined the residents on the first night of Chanukah to sing songs, light the meno…

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 generally …

JFS Pairs Volunteers with Older Adults for Shopping Experience

Picking out a new outfit for the High Holidays was the highlight of 102-year-old Henriette’s day. “I haven’t gone shopping in ages because I have to have somebody go with me,” she said before choosing a jacket, blouse and skirt to wear to synagogue. “I’m so glad that I came out t…