Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia - drawing on the vision, caring and expertise of our staff, board of directors and trustees, and volunteers - is a comprehensive human service organization that offers professional counseling and supportive services to children, adolescents and adults in every phase of the life cycle and from all walks of life.

JFCS works with individuals, couples and families to develop better ways of understanding and coping with life's challenges. And we are dedicated to preventative strategies - strengthening and enriching Jewish family life through educational programs, seminars and discussion groups which address the specific needs of participants.

As individuals or families live and grow and develop, it's normal for problems to arise and for people to feel uncertain or discouraged at times. Timely help from a caring professional can provide coping strategies and help prevent problems from becoming serious crises. For more information call: 215-496-9700.

Serving the Community Nearly 150 Years!

Today's JFCS is the result of the historical merger in 1983 of the Association for Jewish Children and Jewish Family Service.

AJC dates back to 1855, when Rebecca Gratz founded its predecessor, the Jewish Foster Home - the first institution in the country to care for indigent and destitute Jewish children. The Home merged with several Jewish children's service organizations to form the Association for Jewish Children in 1941. 

JFS began in 1869 as United Hebrew Charities, established to provide food, clothing, fuel, medical attendance and other aid to those in need. By 1920, the agency had evolved from one run mainly by volunteers to a professional organization with trained social workers. By 1948, when the agency became Jewish Family Service of Philadelphia, its services included counseling, homemaker services, services for older persons, a volunteer program, and Jewish family life education. 

Since both AJC and JFS were serving children and parents, they eventually merged to become JFCS, one comprehensive agency serving clients from birth through death.

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To give us your feedback, contact Janice Snyder, Director of Continuing Quality Improvement, at or (215) 673-0100, ext. 294.


Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

JFCS is a partner with the 
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
and is a United Way member agency

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