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Volunteer thank you

February 26, 2018
Maybe you purchased polka dot pajamas for an eleven-year-old girl and a new purse for her mother so they could enjoy Hanukkah. Perhaps you helped older adults winterize their windows. Or packed food so families could enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal. You might have been one of the 110 b’nai mitzvah students who fixed up […]

Donor profile

February 26, 2018
It is with great appreciation that Jewish Family Service recognizes Eugene Wagner (z”l), who passed in 2017. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Mr. Wagner worked as a successful clothing sales representative before opening his own job placement agency. A highly charitable individual, he left his entire estate to Jewish organizations here in the […]

Giving our lobby a lift

February 26, 2018
Jewish Family Service helps thousands of people each year, making a positive impact on our community. Now, our lobby better reflects the breadth and depth of our reach. Designed in memory of Suzanne (z”l) and Joseph Orley (z”l), the beautiful new look is thanks to the generosity of their family members, including Harriet and Gregg […]

Calendar of Events

February 26, 2018
  April 29 Because We Care: Spring into Action! 1-2:30pm at multiple metro Detroit locations B’nai mitzvah students are invited to create and build planter boxes and other fun projects to spruce up the homes of older adult clients in our community. To register or for more information, contact Michael Kelmenson at 248.592.2264 or […]

Jewish Family Service 90th Anniversary Event

February 26, 2018
An evening with Jeannette Walls, Author of The Glass Castle Andi and Larry Wolfe, Chairs Since 1928, Jewish Family Service has been helping individuals, families, and the community face and overcome the many challenges impacting their quality of life. And we’ll be celebrating those 90 years of service at our annual event. Jeannette Walls, author […]

Always at your service

February 26, 2018
JFS staffers provide suicide prevention trainings throughout the year at Jewish Family Service as well as out in the community. In 2017, 184 community members participated in one or more mental health/suicide prevention trainings, including Mental Health First Aid, safeTALK and ASIST, as well as an intensive workshop created by clinical social worker and suicide […]

Making the most of mitzvot

November 16, 2017
Because We Care is a unique program for b’nai mitzvah students that offers fun and fulfilling volunteer opportunities. Have an idea for a project or a specific group you’d like to help? We’ll make it happen with step-by-step guides and ongoing support. Kids give back on their own schedule or join us for one (or […]

2018 JFS Annual Event

November 15, 2017
We are very excited to announce that our featured Reva Stocker Speaker for the JFS Annual Event on May 30, 2018 will be Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle. For information, contact Debra Marcus at or call 248.592.2327.

Brightening up the holidays

November 15, 2017
When you join our Adopt a Family program, you ensure that more than 700 people served by JFS—people who otherwise may not receive any gifts—have something to unwrap come December. You can choose to shop for a specific family or individual from their wish list, donate gift cards or make a general donation to the […]

Making our work possible

October 26, 2017
We serve thousands of people each year through more than 30 programs. But we don’t do it alone, and we wouldn’t be able to do it at all without the generosity of our community. Here are a few of the recent gifts we’ve received: The Anna and Meyer Prentis Emergency Fund is named in memory […]
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