May is Mental Health Month

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, there have been myriad concerns about mental health. As providers of mental health services, our community relies on JFCS to foster the development of cognitive and emotional skills that allow them to cope with life’s many challenges. They look to us to help support them as they work to discover deeper purpose and connection in … Read More

International Holocaust Remembrance Day Webinars

Jewish Family & Community Services (JFCS) commemorated International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27 with a special event offering virtual tours of the Frisch Family Holocaust Memorial Gallery. The dynamic webinars provided a creative and COVID-safe way to mark this year’s remembrance and help educate the community during the pandemic. Not only have the videos been viewed a collective 1,600 times, … Read More

JFCS Opens Food Pantry at George Washington Carver Elementary School

Across the city, need and food insecurity has increased drastically since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Non-profit organizations were hit hard with increased demand – Jewish Family & Community Services alone saw a 50% rise in food pantry clients since March. However, the Jacksonville community did not allow the hardships of 2020 to defeat our sense of hope. JFCS’s … Read More

Foster Teen Birthday Program is Alive and Well – Even During a Pandemic!

Celebrating birthdays is the one thing the teens in JFCS’s care want the most. They want to be acknowledged and experience the love and care put into someone selecting a special gift for them. They want a favorite dessert. They want to feel normal, and it’s been a long time since most have been able to do anything remotely (no … Read More

Why Moms Should Prioritize Mental Wellness During Difficult Times

To say that being a parent can be tough is an understatement – but as all moms and dads know, it’s one of the most rewarding jobs in the world. While the strain of a global pandemic and subsequent shift of societal norms has undoubtedly been difficult for all parents, mothers in particular are feeling intense strain. Through our work … Read More

JFCS Saved My Life.

As a former victim of human sexual trafficking, there were moments when I didn’t believe I would survive. I was “purchased” more times than I can count by the highest bidder for that day. I was at the lowest place in my life and getting addicted to drugs seemed inevitable. After being identified by the Department of Children and Families … Read More

Volunteer Rockstars – Jim and Francine Kempner

For more than 20 years, Jim and Francine Kempner have been an invaluable gift to Jewish Family & Community Services.  In 1997, Jim Kempner relocated to Jacksonville from New York and immediately felt that he needed something new and exciting to do that would allow him to help the community. Francine suggested visiting Iris Young, former JFCS Executive Director. “I … Read More

JFCS Welcomes New Board President, Dr. David S. Loeb

David S. Loeb, M.D. was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. He graduated from Newman School and Brown University magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with an A.B. in Political Science. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, he completed his Internal Medicine residency at Ochsner Foundation in New Orleans. … Read More

School Supplies Needed!

School starts on August 20th and JFCS is still collecting school supplies for children/teens in our care that need help with school supplies! Backpacks or collected school supplies are due between August 3rd and 7th (after tax-free weekend), from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. They can be safely delivered to the 8540 Baycenter Road location on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays … Read More