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Our JFS Blossom Bash is Back! Join us on May 16th, 2024. Make an impact and become a Sponsor!

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. 


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

Latest Updates

Shelter State of Emergency - Community Asks:

We reached out last winter asking for your support to provide temporary housing options for clients awaiting emergency sheltering access. You responded in the fullest reflection of our values, with a deep sense of human dignity and compassion. More than 30 families in our community reached out to JFS and offered to host a family in your home! Others purchased urgently needed items on our Emergency Shelter WishList and donated gently used goods. We are immensely grateful to each and everyone of you who stepped up to partner with us to make a difference in peoples lives.

Now several months later, we are reaching out to you again with a different request. 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. We are looking for your support in five critical areas:

  1. Offer affordable housing: We are seeking Massachusetts landlords that are within a 40-mile radius of Springfield, MA who would be willing to rent to JFS clients through the HomeBase This would provide the opportunity for individuals to have enough stability to begin working and providing for their families. HomeBase provides a rent subsidy that can be used for up to two years to support families who are transitioning out of sheltering and will create a reliable funding stream to support families during this interim period.
  2. Provide 1 to 3 months of shelter to one family: We are seeking community members who can host a family while they wait for emergency shelter placement or while we look for a permanent housing solution for them. Hosts can define a period of time or family makeup that would be a good fit.
  3. Provide urgent and temporary shelter for 2 to 4 weeks: We are still seeking families who are willing to open their spaces for a short-term stay. This would provide stability for a family and time for JFSWM to secure appropriate housing and support.
  4. Purchase items on our Amazon wish list: We created a new list specifically for families arriving who will need items for their new house. We particularly need sheets, pillows, cookware, boxed bed sets, and more. Click here see the full list.
  5. Donate household items: We are looking for community members to donate new or gently used items for their new houses. Please schedule an appointment with our Donations Assistant Nina Echols echols@jfswm.org for specific pick up/drop off times for large pieces of furniture. Specific items include: beds, dressers, couches, kitchen tables, chairs, and other household furnishings and kitchen supplies as well as personal hygiene supplies.  Click here to find the full list of needed items.

Every small effort counts, and your contribution can impact these families directly during an unprecedented housing challenge in the Commonwealth. All families that we are working with either have children under the age of eighteen or have babies on the way. We need your help as we make sure they have shelter as we help them navigate next steps in their new home.

If you are interested in helping in any of the ways above and have questions or would like to know next steps, please contact JFS Housing and Integration Specialist, Frenaud Dorilien at f.dorilien@jfswm.org.

Together, we can build a vibrant community where people are welcomed! Thank you for being part of our JFS community, and for your support of new American families at this critical stage in their journey.

JFS ESL Leaners Visit the Dr. Seuss Museum

JFS ESL learners enjoyed a guided field trip to the Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield as part of their English language learning and cultural experience. The museum served as an interactive learning space to explore resources and lessons beyond the traditional classroom setting. JFS Learning Coordinator and ESL teachers prepared handouts with questions related to the museum visit to encourage pair/group work, discussions, and dynamic learning. For many newcomers, these visits were their first to public spaces of this kind in the United States where they could relax and learn with their peers, and find a new welcoming space in the city. Thank you to our amazing and resourceful JFS staff for creating these wonderful learning opportunities to support our clients, and to the Dr. Seuss Museum and staff for the opportunity to visit and for their hospitality.

Volunteers Gather Supplies to Outfits Kitchens for Newly Arriving Refugees

An ambitious group of six volunteers, spearheaded by Sarah Fuller, joined together over a year ago, and took it upon themselves to collect pots and pans, flatware, and other kitchen necessities to outfit apartments for newly arriving refugees. The group attends tag sales, seeks out free give away items, and conducts weekly visits to local thrift shops to source the many items needed to create a functional kitchen. They then store the items in Ellen Tobiassen’s garage and meet to box up items to deliver to JFS. The group has become known at JFS as the “Kitchen Kit Crew,” and we’ve come to depend on their generous and timely donations. We are so grateful for their ingenious and enterprising efforts on behalf of JFS!

If you or someone you know is interested in VOLUNTEERING with JFS, we URGENTLY need help sorting donated items in our storage space at our Springfield office. We also need help setting up apartments for newly arriving New Americans. Click here to learn about our volunteer opportunities, and to fill out a volunteer application.

Upcoming Events

The Blossom Bash Is Back! May 16th at Quonquont Farm

We’re excited to announce our upcoming Blossom Bash event. We’ll be returning to the beautiful Quonquont Farm in Whately on Thursday, May 16th, 2024 for a special evening of good food. good times, all for good! Mark you calendars to celebrate and support our work at JFS. Click here for more information, tickets, and to learn about Sponsorship Opportunities.

Building Resilience from Within: A 6-week self-care series for caregivers and anyone experiencing stress in their lives!

Join us Wednesdays, beginning April 10 to May 22 (no class Apr. 24), 11am to 11:45am on Zoom. Learn simple techniques to balance the nervous system and deepen a healthy connection to your body. The program is free and open to the public. No experience is required. Drop-ins welcome. Click here to learn more. Registration is required.

Join Us for the Film Screening of Running on Sand, April 11th, 7pm

JFS is proud to co-sponsor the film screening of Running On Sand, Thursday, April 11th, 7:00 pm, at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. Join us on the closing night of the 18th annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival for this screening, with an introduction by JFS CEO Rabbi James Greene, and a post-screening Q&A with Shira Abbo, Spokesperson, and Michael Tesfahans Afroki, Actor from The Hotline for Refugees and Migrants.
A drive to benefit our JFS New American Refugee Resettlement Program will be held in conjunction with this screening. Please consider donating an item at the screening itself or in-person at the Springfield JCC. Click here to view items most needed.
Questions? Contact: Yael Silver, ysilver@springfieldjcc.org, 413-739-4715

LHS 2024 Benefit Concert at Trinity Church, April 20th, 6:30pm

Join us on Saturday, April 20th for a special concert at Trinity Church in Springfield featuring student-led groups from the Longmeadow High School Music Department to benefit Jewish Family Service’s New American Refugee Resettlement Program.The concert is free and open to the public. Donations encouraged at the door.

Jewish Family Jam with Felicia Sloin!

Calling all families with children ages 0-5! Come sing, move and jam with us. Jewish Family Jam is an enriching, joy filled, Jewish music and learning class for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers, held weekly 10:45-11:30am, Tuesdays at Lander Grinspoon Academy, Northampton, through June 4th, 2024. Registration is required. Cost: $35 registration fee. Click here to register. Questions? Contact Rosalind Torrey at r.torrey@jfswm.org.

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.


Volunteer support is crucial to our work and the long-term success and wellness of our community.

About Us

Rooted in Jewish values, we provide exceptional social services to support individuals and families from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds.


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