Jewish Family Service of Tidewater

is a non-profit organization providing a full spectrum of social and health services to meet the needs of Hampton Roads residents. Established in 1946, JFS has had a long-standing tradition of caring and concern for the community it serves.

Serving
Tidewater
Since
1946

Our Mission

To provide a full spectrum of services that promotes quality of life within the philosophy and tradition of Judaism, which include:

  • Honesty

  • Integrity

  • Brit

    keeping one’s word
  • Loyalty

  • Tzedakah

    giving to charity, contributing directly to the needy, and extending kind words to those in need
  • Chesed

    one is to practice acts of kindness, compassion, and mercy toward others
  • Respect for human dignity

  • Respect for the law,

    which includes good citizenship
  • Following fair laws

    and showing regard for the decision-making process of the community in which we live
  • Accountability

  • Taking and accepting responsibility

    for one’s own decisions, and to set an example for others
  • Bikkur Holim

    visiting and caring for those who are ill
  • Tikkun Olam

    repairing the world or helping to make the world a better place in which to live
  • Honesty

  • Integrity

  • Brit

    keeping one’s word
  • Loyalty

  • Tzedakah

    giving to charity, contributing directly to the needy, and extending kind words to those in need
  • Chesed

    one is to practice acts of kindness, compassion, and mercy toward others
  • Respect for human dignity

  • Respect for the law

    which includes good citizenship.
  • Following fair laws

    & showing regard for the decision-making process of the community in which we live
  • Accountability

  • Taking & accepting responsibility

    for one’s own decisions, and to set an example for others
  • Bikkur Holim

    visiting and caring for those who are ill
  • Tikkun Olam

    repairing the world or helping to make the world a better place in which to live

Our Vision

Jewish Family Service will provide a full spectrum of human services to meet the health, education and welfare needs of Jewish families and individuals in Hampton Roads. Jewish Family Service will be the service agency of choice for all members of the Jewish community. JFS services will be of the highest quality and developed within the context of our Jewish identity, cultural awareness and education.

Jewish Family Service will be the innovative leader and essential provider of human services to the Jewish and general community. JFS will be an advocate and its opinions will be heard and respected by federal, state, and local leaders.

The Jewish Family Service tradition of caring and concern will continue through the work of highly trained staff, board members, community leaders and volunteers supported by the technological advancements.


  • Nearly 5,000

    hours of in-home personal care were provided to individuals
    in our community by Certified Nursing Assistants and Licensed
    Practical Nurses every two weeks.


  • 966

    incapacitated, vulnerable adults in our community received court-appointed guardianship & conservatorship. Many of these individuals are elderly and/or disabled and are the most vulnerable, at-risk members of our community.

  • 370

    Impoverished Jewish individuals in our community
    received food and/or financial assistance

  • 110

    Jewish individuals with developmental disability
    or chronic illness received service from JFS

  • 72%

    of JFS’ clients are NOT Jewish. JFS serves individuals of
    all faiths, races, and ethnic backgrounds, regardless of income.

  • 10,858

    Meals on Wheels were delivered to the elderly and homebound
    in Norfolk and Virginia Beach by volunteers and JFS staff.

  • 411

    individuals received counseling and support services
    for issues related to loss, transition, and healing

  • 1,133

    trips were provided for senior adults for
    medical appointments and social activities

  • 1,000

    individuals received skilled home help services from
    JFS registered nurses and physical therapists.



Our 2018 Impact

Our Impact


Nearly 5,000

hours of in-home personal care were provided to individuals in our community by Certified Nursing Assistants and Licensed Practical Nurses every two weeks.


10,858

Meals on Wheels were delivered to the elderly and homebound in Norfolk and Virginia Beach by volunteers and JFS staff.


966

incapacitated, vulnerable adults in our community received court-appointed guardianship & conservatorship. Many of these individuals are elderly and/or disabled and are the most vulnerable, at-risk members of our community. They are often targets of abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect.


370

Impoverished Jewish individuals in our community received food and/or financial assistance


110

Jewish individuals with developmental disability or chronic illness received service from JFS


72%

of JFS’ clients are NOT Jewish. JFS serves individuals of all faiths, races, and ethnic backgrounds, regardless of income.


411

individuals received counseling and support services for issues related to loss, transition, and healing


1,133

trips were provided for senior adults for medical appointments and social activities


1,000

individuals received skilled home help services from JFS registered nurses and physical therapists.

Affiliations and Memberships

Accreditation

Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Social Services as a Private Child Placing Agency


Member


Affiliated


Partnerships

JFS staff provide in-school counseling and classroom observation services for students. Services are is designed to assist students with social and learning issues, peer concerns, and family concerns.
United Jewish Community of Virginia Peninsula Early Childhood Center
United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula
JFS maintains a presence at UJCVP, providing support to Jewish individuals living on the peninsula with services and programs very similar to those offered in the Tidewater Region. We are committed to help to provide support to our Jewish partners throughout the region.

JFS provides counseling and support services to adults residing in the Beth Shalom Home. These services are available to residents to address concerns related to mental health issues, regardless of affiliation.
JFS is proud to partner with Freda Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care of Tidewater to help support patients and families as they receive compassionate support and attention throughout their journey.
Peace by Piece is an interfaith, community-based peer support group for children, teens, and families who have experienced the death of a loved one. Peace by Piece is a partnership between Edmarc (link) and JFS. These groups meet twice a month and are provided free of charge.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

JFS provides counseling and support services to adults residing in the residential living facility operated by Our Lady of Perpetual Help. These services are available to residents to address concerns related to mental health issues, regardless of affiliation.
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