A community leader partnering with people to achieve fulfilling lives.

Help our New American Program resettle refugees in Western Massachusetts!

Rooted in Jewish values, Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts provides exceptional social services to support individuals and families from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds.

Our programs strengthen our community by strengthening the individual–from resettling refugee families, to supporting New Americans to become self-sufficient, counseling young adults through life’s transitions, equipping older adults to age well, protecting elders from abuse, leading caregiver support groups, and helping individuals enhance their Jewish connections.

Jewish Life

Enriching the quality of life for individuals in the Jewish community of Western Massachusetts.

Older Adults

Serving the unique needs of older adults, their families, and/or caregivers. 

Behavioral Health

Supporting individual and family resilience.

New Americans

Helping refugees resettle and thrive in our community.  

Citizenship & Immigration

Assisting immigrants and refugees to become US Citizens. 

Volunteer

Engaging community members, offering internships, and placement for AmeriCorps staff, to help our newest neighbors succeed.

Latest Updates

Partnerships and Summer at JFS!

JFS is an active partner with community organizations in the Jewish and interfaith community. During this summer, we are again partnering with the Springfield Jewish Community Center to help send New American children to Camp! The JCC generously saved ten camp spots for us. This partnership, dating back to 2018, has long supported New American children as they integrate into their new home community.

The Youth Program at JFS has also been supporting refugee youth with summer school enrollment, summer camp enrollment, sports and extracurricular activities, and will run our soccer program from July 8th – August 8th as part of the Emergence Academy summer school and partnership with the Springfield Public Schools.

 Additionally, JFS works with the Pioneer Valley Interfaith Refugee Advocacy Group (PVIRAG) to educate local community members about the benefits of immigration into our region and to support the needs of newcomers. This year, VIRAG ran a gift card drive to provide much-needed direct support for newcomers. We are so grateful to say that their gift card drive raised over $4,000 for our clients!

 JFS strives to be a community leader, and is grateful to work alongside such amazing partners to cultivate resilience and welcome people to Western Massachusetts!

World Refugee Day: Celebrating Solidarity and Support

June 20th was World Refugee Day. This year’s theme “Solidarity with Refugees” emphasizes the importance of building inclusive support systems and ensuring equitable assistance for refugees worldwide. 

 World Refugee Day is also an opportunity to celebrate the stories of displaced people who are thriving in their new communities. Many of our dedicated staff members arrived in the United States as refugees and are now giving back, using their experiences to help others navigate the challenges of resettlement. Click here to read some of their stories, and join us in acknowledging Sadadine Adam, JFS Health Case Aide, pictured here in a HIAS publication, and kicking off our new Sudanese Health group

 Learn more about how you can help by visiting our website at https://www.jfswm.org/get-involved/.

Fire Safety for Newcomers

We recently wrapped up a successful fire safety class with members from our Arabic, Swahili, Haitian Creole and Dari and Pashto speaking communities. In partnership with the Springfield Fire Department (SFD), clients in our New American Program learn all about the “dos” and “don’ts of fire safety, including how to prevent cooking and electrical fires, and how to respond in the event of a fire. 

Professional Development for JFS Staff!

Professional Development has been front and center for our staff the past several months. We sent several staff members to the NJHSA annual conference, to the Points of Light Conference, and to several other local and regional conferences. Our team returned inspired and equipped with new strategies to enhance our programs and support services. 

We are also excited to announce the launch of our new in-house management training program. Led by our CEO, Rabbi James Greene, and our COO, Sara Bedford, this initiative is designed to empower our managers with advanced leadership skills, effective communication techniques and strategic planning capabilities. By investing in our leadership team, and continually enhancing our skills and knowledge, we strive to provide the most effective and compassionate support to those we serve. 

Upcoming Events

Mark Your Calendars for the Ride to Provide

JFS will be participating in the upcoming Ride to Provide 2024, on September 29th in Springfield, MA. We invite you to sign up, join our team, and ride with us to raise funds in support of local Jewish organizations, including JFS! Bikers, runners and walkers are all welcome to participate in the all ability-level/family-friendly event hosted by the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts. 

Spread the Word—We Have Openings in Our Caregiver Support Groups

Are you caring for a parent, spouse or loved one? Join one of our Caregiver Support Groups to reduce caregiver isolation, receive support, explore relevant topics, discover resources, share coping strategies and learn from other caregivers. Currently all support groups are being held remotely. Groups are free of charge. Pre-registration is required. Click here for more information, or contact Cathy Chandler at c.chandler@jfswm.org.

How You Can Help

Help Welcome New Refugees

Everyday brings new Ukrainians and Haitians to JFS, in addition to our ongoing resettlement work welcoming refugees from other countries including Eritrea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala and Syria. While we aim to keep our storeroom supplies stocked, with the urgent influx of need, we are continually working to replenish our inventory.

  • Help us replenish our supplies by purchasing items from our WISHLIST. Please designate delivery to JFS, 15 Lenox Street, Springfield, MA 01108, and add a gift receipt so that we can thank you! If you have any questions, call (413) 737-2601.
  • Sign up to Volunteer! As we expand our programming, more support from the community is needed to help newly arriving refugee families! Click here to find a volunteer opportunity to fit your interests and schedule.

Shelter State of Emergency Community – Community Asks

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has asked organizations like JFS to support families transitioning from emergency sheltering into permanent housing. This is meant to help divert people from sheltering waiting lists, as well as support families who are ready to move from sheltering into more permanent housing. Click here to learn more, and how you can help! 

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