Agency Story: Jewish Family Service

September 27, 2013 | Perry Ohren

At Jewish Family Service we are informed by the following values:

  • Tzedakah – the obligation of the Jewish community to create justice in the world
  • Tikkun Olam – the collective obligation to work toward making the world right and whole
  • B’tzelem Elohim – treating others with the inherent dignity that arises from the belief that all human beings were created in the image of God
  • Derech Eretz – the code of mutual respect and responsibility that guides our daily actions following the traditions of generations of Jews before us
  • Chesed – compassion and caring for others
  • G’Melut Chasadim – acts of kindness and assistance toward others
  • Amcha – our sense of Jewish peoplehood that connects one generation to the next
  • Shleimut – the pursuit of wholeness through honorable actions
  • Here’s some of what Jewish Family Service does, by the numbers:
  • 12,000 – This is the number of lives, of people, that Jewish Family Service impacts in a year – either through ongoing assistance, one-time telephone referral, and everything in between.
  • 107 – The Tigers have 25 on their roster. That ain’t nothing. We play with 107 superstars! Case managers, drivers, psychotherapists, homemakers, psychiatrists, nurses…
  • 85 – In 1928, some 85 years ago, in between WWI and WWII, Jewish Family Service was founded. And this year we celebrate this milestone 85th anniversary.
  • 10,070,032 – This is what our projected annual operating budget is. Sometimes this feels like a lot of money and other times not so much. It’s what donors, foundations, the State, Federation, The Jewish Fund, the Claims Conference, the Jewish Women’s Foundation, United Way, i.e., the people and entities that invest in JFS provide to support us.
  • 28 – This is the number of discrete services/programs JFS offers.
  • 560 – That’s the number of Holocaust survivors Jewish Family Service helped last year.
  • 31,000 – That’s the number of rides JFS’ 14 vehicles and 11 bi-lingual drivers provided last year to essential appointments, like doctors’ visits.
  • 1 – Hopefully you know what this number represents. It’s the most important number. It’s the one person who is “in front of us” at any given time.

A happy and healthy and prosperous new year to you and your families from the Jewish Family Service Board, Staff, and the people we serve.

» Read the entire Shabbat Message from Friday, September 27, 2013


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