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Gail Schulman, JF&CS CEO

Update from the most recent edition of the 
Making Connections newsletter


June 4, 2024


Dear Friends,

At JF&CS, we work with people of many faiths—and usually our work has nothing to do with faith at all, at least on the surface. Core to this work, though, are our Jewish values of loving kindness, charity and social justice, welcoming the stranger, and repairing the world. These values underpin all of our services, whether someone is facing illness or bereavement, domestic abuse, disability, economic instability, or a mental health challenge.

As part of our work, we have a unique obligation to serve the Jewish community—offering supports for Holocaust survivors, a kosher food pantry, and other services that no other agency offers. This work has become especially important when many Jewish people are feeling alone, anxious, and afraid as a result of the increase in antisemitic incidents.

Rabbi Hillel famously said: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if I am for myself alone, what am I?” JF&CS proudly embraces both parts of this quote in all of our work. 

The stories below provide just a few examples of ways JF&CS is fostering healing, wellness, and connection, guided by Jewish tradition. If you’re interested in learning more, I encourage you to be in touch.  

Gail Schulman

Chief Executive Officer


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