To our friends: Happy New Year!

Dear Friend,

This time of year is marked by the changing season, the end of summer, the start of school and for those of us who observe the Jewish holidays, a time for inner reflection and renewal. At JFS we also take this time to reflect back on our year, our work, our accomplishments, our challenges, our purpose in the community and our value to the community. We are so fortunate to be able to celebrate 100 years of service this year, and look forward to seeing many friends at our Centennial Celebration on October 6th!

Happy 5777!

In this new year, we wish for all of us to enter into a new year of life and blessing. We pray that all people on this earth may live a life of safety and freedom. On behalf of the board, staff, and volunteers at JFS, we wish you Shana tova, a gut yor, a sweet and healthy new year!

JFS History 2000-present

JFS modestly entered the 21st century with 7 employees and a budget of $480,000 with $80,000 deficit. In 2001, we hired a new CEO, Robert Marmor. He worked to expand the resettlement program to aid non-Jewish refugees with the Somali Bantu first to be resettled. In 2002, we changed our name to Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts. By the end of 2005, our budget grew to $1.45 million. We were nationally accredited and opened offices in Pittsfield and Northampton. We were named the premier Jewish agency in the country for resettling non-traditional refugees. We expanded counseling to serve 1,477 clients and resettled our first Iraqi refugee family in 2007. In 2011, our budget was $2.3 million. We had 4 offices, 4 core programs and 40 employees. We opened an office on the Grinspoon Jewish Campus and expanded our Jewish programs to serve over 2,000 people. In 2015, with a $2.9 million budget and almost 50 employees, new CEO Maxine Stein led JFS in service to over 5,000 people.

JFS News & Events

Volunteer Orientation coming up on October 13th. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to learn more, please contact Daisy Kabochi, JFS Volunteer Coordinator at d.kabochi@jfswm.org.

JFS Annual Meeting scheduled for November 2nd. More details coming soon.