For many of the clients who come to Jewish Family Services, the holidays can often be a stressful and dark time. This year is especially difficult as so many in our Central Florida community have lost their jobs, are struggling to pay bills, or have even lost a loved one to the coronavirus. But amidst the darkness, here at JFS Orlando we’ve seen a bright light appear this holiday season.
Jewish Family Services had a problem. It was a good problem, but a problem nonetheless. As part of the CARES Act, which was passed in March to provide economic relief during the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) made available a number of large grants community organizations could use to offer rent assistance for those in need.
JFS Orlando would like to give a BIG “Thank You” to all who supported their first-ever High Holiday Hope Drive (Sept. 1 — Oct. 15, 2020). Over the past several weeks, thanks to generous supporters, JFS surpassed their goal and raised more than $11,000 to support their community services!
Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando, en asociación con TOP Jewish Foundation y Jewish Capital Alliance, se complace en anunciar el lanzamiento de un nuevo programa de asistencia financiera llamado “JFS Orlando CARES”. Dedicado a brindar alivio a las personas gravemente afectadas financieramente durante la pandemia de COVID-19, el programa proporcionará $500,000 en asistencia de emergencia para el alquiler.
A new rental assistance fund from the nonprofit JFS Orlando is offering help to residents of unincorporated Orange County.
Rabbi E. Arnold Siegel is always available to local individuals and families who need a rabbi’s guidance and perspective. It’s a time in our lives that isn’t easy for anyone, and we all go through at some point.
Thanks to the community’s generous contributions, Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando collected $18,742 and 4,930 lbs. of food in this year’s Restock Challenge. With every $1 and pound of food matched $0.50 by The Weiner Family and The Winter Park Wealth Group, JFS surpassed their $10,000 match goal and therefore raised a grand total of $28,742.
JFS Orlando can’t wait to welcome back all of our volunteers once the JFS building opens back up due to COVID-19. Two of those wonderful volunteers are Robin and Marty Katz.
“What JFS Orlando does is the essence of being Jewish,” said Dick Weiner of the agency he strongly supports and firmly believes is one of the most important agencies in the community. “The essence of being Jewish is helping anyone in need-Jew or non-Jew.”
Jewish Academy of Orlando kindergarteners raised funds at the school for the Pearlman Food Pantry at Jewish Family services by operating a healthy snack store. The annual program at JAO begins with a cross-curricular study of nutrition and money and incorporates tzedakah (righteous acts of giving).